Ensemble and Audition Opportunities

Student Arts at UR

Learn more about private music lessons and ensemble and audition opportunities in the Department of Music and the Department of Theatre and Dance.

Music Ensembles  

Nearly 200 students enroll each semester in faculty-led ensembles, all of which are open to all student musicians, regardless of major. Students can receive academic credit for participating and can fulfill the FSVP general education requirement by successfully completing two semesters in the same 0.5-unit ensemble. Opportunities include the University Symphony Orchestra, University Band (Wind Ensemble), Chamber, Jazz, Choral (Schola Cantorum mixed-voice; Women’s Chorale), and Global Music.

Music Ensemble Auditions  

For the Fall 2020 semester, the ensemble audition process for new students will be announced in mid-August.

Private Music Lessons  

Private lessons in voice, keyboard, band/orchestral instruments, guitar, electric and upright bass, and drum set are offered every semester for academic credit (0.5 units). Learn more about this opportunity and how to submit a private lesson request. 

Theatre and Dance Productions  

The Department of Theatre and Dance is a home for collaboration and creativity. Students whose interest is either avocational or pre-professional are welcome in classes and to work on our productions in any number of ways. Each year, the Department produces four faculty led theatre productions that often feature professional artists in residence. Also, the department produces the annual concert of the University Dancers that features some of the nation’s leading choreographers. In addition to these productions, student theatre groups produce performances throughout the academic year.

Theatre Performance Auditions  

Auditions are held throughout the year and are publicized throughout the campus community. Our first production usually auditions the first week of classes.

University Dancers 

Students in this auditioned student dance company study a variety of dance and movement techniques such as African, ballet, contemporary, hip-hop, jazz, modern, and non-traditional partnering in company classes (three per week), master classes, and rehearsals. Students receive academic credit for participating in University Dancers. The University Dancers perform one main stage concert every spring and there are often additional performance opportunities throughout the academic year. Watch University Dancers' 35th Anniversary Dance Concert.

University Dancers Auditions  

Auditions are scheduled for Saturday, August 29, 2020 beginning at 10:00am in MB 111.