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Placement Auditions

(AKA Voice studio placement, applied study auditions)
If you are planning to be a music major (or minor) with voice as your instrument, it is important that you sing an audition for the voice faculty during the first week of school (Tuesday August 26 and Wednesday August 27).

These auditions will determine admittance into the music degree programs, and the assignment of a studio teacher. You will be expected to perform two classical songs from memory. At least one of these songs must be in a language other than English. You may, if you wish, sing the same songs you sang for us at the scholarship auditions.  Please bring music for the accompanist. Original copies are preferred.

Each of our three UM choirs is a dynamic ensemble made up of both music and non-music majors.  It is our goal to place as many singers as possible into one of these three groups.  Entrance into these choirs is accomplished through a very simple placement meeting with Dr. Edmonds, Director of Choral Activities.  Follow the link above to learn about this process, to fill out the necessary forms and to sign up for your meeting time. 

The University of Montana Symphony Orchestra (UMSO) was founded in 1903 and has developed into one of the best university orchestras in the Northwest.  Every year the ensemble performs five to seven unique programs; works with faculty, student, and guest soloists; and collaborates with UM Choirs and Opera Theatre.  Membership in UMSO is determined by auditions held immediately before the beginning of Fall semester. UMSO open to music majors and non-majors. MUSI 108A/308A

The Symphonic Wind Ensemble is the premier concert ensemble of The University of Montana Bands and is under the direction of the UM Director of Bands, Dr. James Smart. The ensemble performs repertoire from the cutting edge of contemporary composition to the standard repertoire of the wind band medium.  The ensemble maintains an active performance schedule including both on-campus concerts and a tour this January to Seattle from January 20-24.  Just in the last twenty years, the Symphonic Wind Ensemble has been selected to perform at three NAfME Northwest conferences (Spokane ’01, Bellevue ’05, and Portland ‘12), and three College Band Directors National Associations Western/Northwestern Regional Conference in Reno, Nevada ('96, '06, and ’10) as well as several Montana MMEA conferences. The ensemble also hosts/performs the UM All-Star Wind Ensemble Weekend, the UM Concert Band Festival, UM Fusion Concert and has accompanied many elite wind, brass and percussion soloists from across the country.  This year’s program will feature five world premiere performances.  Positions in the ensemble are open to all university students, regardless of major and are determined by auditions.  Those not placed in the Symphonic Wind Ensemble will be placed in the Concert Band.  All woodwind, brass, and percussion majors are required to complete the SWE audition. 

The Jazz program has a total of four Jazz Bands. Positions in the ensembles are open to all university students, regardless of major, and are determined by auditions held at the beginning of each semester.  Jazz bands offer concerts and combos and perform often.  This growing program has the UM Buddy DeFranco Jazz Festival in the Spring that brings in many talented artists the bands perform with and are able to work with in clinics.  MUSI 131A, 331A, 162A, 362A