At the New School of Music, we are committed to bringing a well-rounded musical experience to our students and this includes participating in an ensemble. This fall we are offering a wide range of classes to meet our community’s needs. NSM Ensemble members will also get the opportunity to work with distinguished guest artists and arts organizations through our Musical Connections program.
- Chamber Ensemble auditions for string & wind ensembles will be scheduled on a rolling basis. Contact our office for more information.
- Choir auditions – Auditions for the Repertory Ambassadors Choir will be held on Saturday, September 12th beginning at 12pm.
Please refer to information below to prepare for your audition/placement audition.
- Wind, String, and Piano Placement Audition Requirements: A scale of the student’s choice, a prepared solo, and sight reading.
- Repertory Choir Audition Requirements:
Prepared Song (memorized) – This song can be a folk song, a chorus song from school choir, a hymn, art song, Broadway song, patriotic song, multicultural song, etc. Please bring an extra copy for the pianist.
Happy Birthday (acapella) – The singer will be asked to sing this song without piano accompaniment and will only be given the starting pitch. Click here for a copy of the music.
Row, Row, Row Your Boat (canon) – The singer will be asked to sing this song in canon (a round ) with another person. The singer should be prepared to perform either part of the canon. Click here for a copy of the music.
Additional Chorus Audition activities:
Vocalises (warm-ups) to check range.
Tonal Memory and Ear Training – The singer will be asked to sing back, on ‘loo’, a short melody that has been sung to them. The singer will be asked sing back the different notes of a triad that have been played on the piano.
Rhythmic accuracy and Memory – The singer will be asked to echo a short rhythmic pattern that has been clapped to them.
Reading – The singer will be asked to read a short poem.
- Young Ambassadors Audition Requirements:
A prepared song is not necessary. Singers will be taken through exercises that show their ability to match pitches, learn a simple tune, and hold their voice part against another.
- Ambassadors Audition Requirements:
Prepared Song (memorized) – This song can be an art song, folk song or opera aria, Broadway song, patriotic song, multicultural song, etc. Please bring an extra copy for the pianist.
Tonal Memory and Ear Training – The singer will be asked to sing back a short melody that has been played on the piano. The singer will be asked sing back the different notes of a triad that have been played on the piano.
To schedule a placement audition time, please fill-out the Placement Audition form Chamber Music or Chorus Audition Form and the NSM office will contact your shortly to confirm date and time of placement audition. Questions? Contact NSM at 617.492.8105 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Don’t see the chamber group for you? Let us know what ensemble you would like to form and we may have people wanting to join!
Please fill out the Ensemble Inquiry Form.