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Orchestral Ensembles

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For information or to join the KSU Orchestra, contact Michael Alexander at 678-797-2141 or malex919@kennesaw.edu. Audition materials available here

Symphony Orchestra and Wind Ensemble Audition Information

All KSU students interested in Performing in the Top Instrumental Rotation (Symphony Orchestra/ Wind Ensemble) are required to audition. (University Philharmonic and Concert Band are available without an audition and just by registering for the class.) Auditions take place August 10-13. Please sign up here for an audition time for your instrument. Results will be posted on August 15. Students should then drop/add accordingly for the appropriate ensemble. Once you fill out the sign-up form, an audition time will be e-mailed to you within seven days.

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Audition Requirements

The School of Music will provide accompanists for voice auditions. No accompaniment is required or expected for classical instrumental auditions. Applicants to the jazz program should provide play along tracks on either CD or MP3.

The School of Music audition requirements are as follows:

Classical Guitar auditions must include two solo works. Suitable selections include, but are not limited to, works from the Royal Conservatory series volumes 4 and up, or studies by Sor, Carcassi and Brouwer. The first four scales from the Segovia edition of diatonic major and minor scales, or other fingerings of scales in two and three octaves are also required.

Percussion auditions must demonstrate proficiency on timpani, snare drum and a mallet instrument - marimba, vibraphone, or xylophone. Snare Drum: Prepare an etude, such as Etude in 5/4 from Modern School for Snare Drum by Morris Goldenberg, or any from the Delecluse: 12 Etudes for Snare Drum. Also be prepared to demonstrate concert rolls at all volume levels. Mallet: Prepare a four-mallet solo piece, for example Rain Dance by Alice Gomez, Yellow After the Rain by Mitchell Peters or another similar piece, or a two-mallet etude from Modern School for Marimba, Xylophone and Vibraphone by Morris Goldenberg. Timpani: Prepare one piece for timpani, for example Exercise 72 from Modern Method for Timpani by Saul Goodman or a similar piece.

Piano auditions will last 10-15 minutes, and must include two solo works representative of the baroque, classical, romantic, impressionistic or contemporary periods. Music must be memorized. The audition will also include performance of scales and tonic arpeggios in four octaves, both hands together, in the keys of the pieces to be performed. Sight-reading will also be assessed at the audition. You must bring a typed list of your audition program in the order you will be performing to the audition.

String auditions must include at least two (2) solo works, one of which must be a complete movement from a concerto or sonata from the baroque, classical, romantic or contemporary period.

Voice auditions must demonstrate clear diction, accurate pitch, acceptable tone quality, breath control, a concept of phrasing, and an ability to communicate through song. All singers must have two (2) solo songs in contrasting styles chosen from baroque, classical, romantic, or contemporary art song repertory, one of which would preferably be in English. (Audition repertory could include English and Italian art songs, German and French art songs, oratorio and opera aria, and contemporary English art songs.) All music performed must be memorized, and an accompanist will be provided.

Woodwind and Brass auditions must include at least two (2) solo works written for the specific instrument. One work may be an etude or study. The other work should be a solo, sonata, or concerto, which specifically demonstrates a faster, articulate movement or section and a slower, lyrical movement or section. Be prepared to play all 12 major scales in two octaves where possible.

Audition Requirements for Jazz Performance

Jazz Bass applicants must play three jazz tunes (two of which should be written transcriptions) of contrasting styles including one blues (see the list below for suggestions). You will be expected to play the melody and improvise at least two choruses. You should also be prepared to “walk” a full chorus on swing tunes.

Jazz Guitarists must play Major scales in 5 positions and Dorian and Mixolydian scales in 2 positions. Applicants will also be asked to play one chord melody and perform two jazz standards of contrasting styles demonstrating melody, comping and improvisation (see tune list below for suggestions). Please provide the audition panel with play-along tracks on either CD or MP3; playback equipment will be provided for your audition. Applicants should also be prepared to sight-read chord charts and single note melodies.

All other instruments (except Jazz Guitar and Bass) must prepare three jazz tunes of contrasting styles, one of which should be a blues (see the list below for suggestions). You will be expected to play the melody and improvise at least two choruses. Applicants must also demonstrate competency on their primary instrument via two contrasting (lyrical and technical) works in the classical idiom (one must be a movement from a standard solo work and an etude may be substituted for the other).

Guitarists and Pianists should be prepared to “comp” the chords on their prepared pieces. Drummers are expected to demonstrate a variety of styles in the jazz idiom (swing, latin, jazz waltz, shuffle, rock and funk).

All instruments (excluding drum set) are expected to play all major, dorian, and mixolydian scales and arpeggios and will be asked to sight-read. Please provide the audition panel with play along tracks on either CD or MP3. There will be a speaker provided for playback.

Suggested Standards

Billie’s Bounce
Recordame
Tune Up
Someday My Prince Will Come
Bluesette
Take the A Train
Lover Man
Tenor Madness
Song for My Father
Blue Bossa
Oleo
What’s New
Mr. PC
Watermelon Man
Satin Doll
Alice in Wonderland
Anthropology
Body and Soul

Audition Requirements for Jazz Performance

In addition to completing an audition on a principal applied instrument following the requirements detailed above, applicants to the B.A. in Music with a concentration in composition must submit a portfolio consisting of 2 to 3 compositions representing your best work, and demonstrating substance and variety. A CD of performances or MIDI realizations of the works is recommended, but not required. Composition portfolios must be submitted in hard copy along with this application by the deadlines for your desired audition date.

NOTE: The B.A. in Music: Composition is intended for students writing classical concert-hall music and is not intended for the pursuit of rock, pop, folk, jazz, contemporary Christian, or hip-hop styles.

Questions regarding the application and audition process can be directed to the College of the Arts Office of Admissions, 770-423-6614.


Audition Excerpts

Bassoon
Bass Trombone
Cello
Clarinet
Double Bass
Drums
Euphonium
Flute
Harp
Horn
Oboe
Percussion
Sax
Trombone
Trumpet
Tuba
Viola
Violin

Please print the excerpts for your instrument and be prepared to play them plus 1-2 minutes of the solo or etude of your choice. Please be 10 minutes early to your audition AND DRESSED APPROPRIATELY. (Professional Business Attire). All auditions will take place in the Bailey Performance Hall. Please send questions to Dr. Kehler (Wind Ensemble conductor) or Dr. Alexander (Orchestra conductor). We look forward to hearing you.

The Kennesaw State University Symphony Orchestra began in the Fall of 2004 and in 2010 expanded to include the KSU Philharmonic. The symphony orchestra performs a wide variety of repertoire from all time periods and styles. Students in the orchestra are made up of music majors and non-music majors with an interest in orchestral repertoire and come from distinguished high school programs and honor ensembles across the region. Read more

In 2009 the KSU Orchestra was invited to perform at the Georgia Music Educators Association In-Service Conference and hosted and performed at the 2010 College Orchestra Directors Association National Conference. Other highlights of the 2009-2010 year included a residency and performance with violinist David Perry. In January 2011, the KSU Orchestra completed a three-concert tour of Beijing and Xian, China.

Highlights of the 2011-2012 Season included a performance with KANSAS at the Cobb Energy Centre on September 30, and residencies with Romanian conductor, Ovidiu Balan and cellist Jesús Castro Balbi. 2012-2013 included two world premieres, the first University Orchestra performance of Peter Gabriel’s New Blood, and a guest appearance by Alan Baer, principal tuba of the New York Philharmonic.

The 2013-2014 season featured the Orchestra performing Illuminations, composed by KSU composer-in-residence Laurence Sherr. In November, the Orchestra performed a concerto with MacArthur Fellow and pianist Jeremy Denk. The Orchestra will combine forces with the KSU Wind Ensemble in January 2014 to perform the music of The Who. Then, in February, the Orchestra will perform in the Kennesaw State New Music Festival featuring world-renowned composer Chen Yi, who was commissioned to write a Violin Concertino celebrating the 10th Anniversary of Professor of Violin, Helen Kim, at KSU. In March, the Orchestra will present Brahms' Symphony No. 4 featuring KSU artist-in-residence in viola, Catherine Lynn, and guest conductor David Becker.


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For information or to join the KSU Philharmonic Orchestra, contact Charles Laux at
(770)423-6553 or claux@kennesaw.edu.

The KSU Philharmonic is an orchestra for string players that are non-music majors or music majors wishing to perform on a secondary string instrument. Playing in the Philharmonic is a great way for KSU students to continue having musical experiences throughout their college years. The orchestra performs a wide variety of string orchestra literature from different time periods. Read more

The orchestra is under the direction of Mr. Charles Laux and rehearses on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 3:30-4:45 p.m. in the Bailey Performance Center. Each semester the orchestra performs approximately two concerts and collaborates with members of the KSU Concert Band to form a full orchestra.

Interested students should register for MUSI 1144 or 3344. A zero credit option is also available! There is no audition requirement, however previous string/orchestra performing experience is necessary. Come join us to sharpen your string playing skills, meet new people, and have some fun making wonderful music!


Wind Ensemble

For information or to join the KSU Wind Ensemble, please contact Dr. David Kehler at dkehler1@kennesaw.edu An audition is required for entrance into this ensemble at the beginning of each academic year. Audition materials available here

Wind Ensemble Audition Information

All KSU students interested in Performing in the Top Instrumental Rotation (Symphony Orchestra/ Wind Ensemble) are required to audition. (University Philharmonic and Concert Band are available without an audition and just by registering for the class.) Auditions take place August 10-13. Please sign up here for an audition time for your instrument. Results will be posted on August 15. Students should then drop/add accordingly for the appropriate ensemble. Once you fill out the sign-up form, an audition time will be e-mailed to you within seven days.

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Audition Excerpts

Bassoon
Bass Trombone
Clarinet
Euphonium
Flute
Harp
Horn
Oboe
Sax
Trombone
Trumpet
Tuba

Please print the excerpts for your instrument and be prepared to play them plus 1-2 minutes of the solo or etude of your choice. Please be 10 minutes early to your audition AND DRESSED APPROPRIATELY. (Professional Business Attire). All auditions will take place in the Bailey Performance Hall.
Please send questions to Dr. Kehler (Wind Ensemble conductor) or Dr. Alexander (Orchestra conductor). We look forward to hearing you.

The Kennesaw State University Wind Ensemble serves the University as the top concert band on campus. Formed in 1996, the KSU Wind Ensemble performs a diverse repertoire encompassing large works for band, wind ensemble repertoire, and chamber music. The KSU Wind Ensemble continues to lead in supporting and creating consortiums for the development of new music, which have included the creation of new works by Steven Bryant, Michael Markowski, Joel Puckett, James Stephenson, Christopher Theofanidis, and an upcoming commission by Pulitzer Prize winner, Joseph Schwantner. In addition, leading composers including Chen Yi, and Pulitzer Prize winner David Lang have visited and worked directly with the Ensemble and its students. Read more

Because of KSU’s continued close relationship with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, Georgia Symphony Orchestra and Atlanta Opera Orchestra, collaborations and performances have resulted with many of those principal players. The KSU Wind Ensemble continues to serve as an important musical voice in the Atlanta Metropolitan area, and has been featured frequently on 90.1 FM (WABE- Atlanta public radio), and has garnered praise from leading composers including Jennifer Higdon, Karel Husa, David Lang, David Maslanka, Scott McAllister, and others. In 2012, the KSU Wind Ensemble was a featured ensemble and hosted the Southern Division College Band Directors /National Band Association Conference. In 2013, the KSU Wind Ensemble was the Winner for the American Prize for best wind ensemble/concert band performance.

Concert Band

For information or to join the KSU Concert Band, please contact Dr. Debra Traficante at dtrafica@kennesaw.edu. No audition is required to enroll, but prior instrumental experience is required.

The Kennesaw State University Concert Band serves the University as the second concert band on campus. This ensemble provides performing opportunities for all students campus-wide. (Prior instrumental experience is required). In addition, music education students may perform in the ensemble on a secondary instrument. Chair placements will occur at the beginning of each semester during the first class meeting. To enroll and perform in the KSU Concert Band, students must register for MUSI 1145 or MUSI 3345 for one credit hour. The ensemble performs concerts twice each semester in the Bailey Performance Center on the KSU campus. 

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Jazz Ensembles

Led by Sam Skelton, The Jazz Ensemble is comprised of instrumentalists from KSU and the community by audition. The Jazz Ensemble performs a great variety of styles and composers, performing six times yearly. Recent performances have included programs of Brazilian and Latin jazz, swing concerts, music from the musical theatre, jazz rock, and retrospectives of such composers as Duke Ellington, Stan Kenton, Count Basie, and others. Read more

Membership in the ensemble develops general jazz performance and improvisational skills, giving students the flexibility to meet the varying demands of today's musical world. These goals are pursued through rehearsals, workshops, and performances of the full jazz ensemble as well as numerous small combos.

Jazz Combo

Jazz Guitar Ensemble


Chamber Ensembles

The KSU Mixed Chamber Ensembles

The Kennesaw State University Mixed Chamber Program is expanding rapidly. The program trains musicians in classical and contemporary chamber repertoire. Student ensembles receive regular faculty coachings from Professor David Watkins and Dr. Allyson Fleck. Each semester the student groups perform in a final concert. Students also have the opportunity of performing in Master Classes with visiting guest artist ensembles. This semester the Kennesaw State University Mixed Chamber Program has over ten ensembles performing works by composers such as Brahms, Shubert, Beethoven and Dvorak. Read more

Brass Ensemble

The Brass Ensemble performs the finest large and small compositions in the brass repertoire. Founded by William "Bill" Hill, one of the nation's most distinguished brass pedagogues, the Brass Ensemble programs original works by Britten, Copland, Gabrieli, and Tomasi among others. The Brass Ensemble performs four times throughout the academic year in joint concerts with the KSU Wind Ensemble.

In addition to exploring the major works for full orchestral brass sections, the Brass Ensemble forms smaller ensembles to perform trio, quartet and quintet repertoire in a chamber setting. In this formation the works of Ruggles, Poulenc, Villa Lobos, Bassett, Ewald, Beethoven and others are explored, either in settings for mixed brass or in ensembles of like instruments.

Clarinet Ensemble

Coached by Ted Gurch and John Warren, the Clarinet Ensemble explores chamber music for clarinets and for clarinet choir. The complete family of clarinets are utilized, including E flat, A, Alto, Bass and Contra-Bass clarinets.

Flute Ensemble

The Flute Ensemble, coached by Cecilia Price, provides KSU flutists a performance venue for duet, trio, quartet and choir repertoire of composers such as Kuhlau, Boismortier, Bozza, Damase, Joplin and Adler. The ensemble makes full use of the family of flute instruments, utilizing piccolo, alto and bass flutes in addition to the standard C flute.

Percussion Ensemble

Using traditional and non-traditional instruments and compositions, the Percussion Ensemble affords the KSU percussionists the opportunity to explore repertoire written chiefly for percussion instruments.

Guitar Ensemble

Choral & Vocal Studies

Chamber Singers

The Kennesaw State University Chamber Singers, the premiere choral ensemble at Kennesaw State University, is comprised of 44 mixed voices including both music majors and non-majors from across the campus.

Invited to perform at the 2002 and 2006 GMEA In-Service Convention, the Chamber Singers have collaborated with the KSU Orchestra in the works of Mozart, with the KSU Opera Theatre program in works of Verdi, and with KSU's Gospel Choir. Additionally, the KSU Chamber Singers regularly collaborate with the Cobb Symphony Orchestra; recent repertoire includes works of Brahms, Orff, and Handel.

Chorale

For more information or to join the KSU Chorale, contact Alison Mann at 770-423-6392 or amann9@kennesaw.edu.

The KSU Chorale, directed by Dr. Alison Mann, performs eclectic, diverse, and challenging repertoire that develops the total musician. The choral offerings at KSU are designed to make a quality choral ensemble available to each Kennesaw State student. Read more

The KSU Chorale is a non-auditioned choir open to both music and non-music majors, for credit and non-credit. Chorale participates in 4-5 major concerts per year in the Bailey Performance Center on campus. If you are looking for a great way to stay involved in music and meet singers from across the University, the KSU Chorale is for you!

Chorale- MUSI 3349
CRN 82958- 1 credit hour
CRN 82959- 0 credit hours

Men’s Ensemble

The Men’s Ensemble was formed in 1998. A select group of 22 men participate in this ensemble. They sing a variety of a cappella works in a pop and jazz vocal style as well as standard repertoire for men’s voices. The Men’s Ensemble performs on all major concerts and regularly performs for schools and civic organizations. The Men’s Ensemble is fast becoming the most well-known and sought after vocal group on campus.

Opera Theatre

Opera Theatre at KSU is an enriching program geared toward the vocal major wishing to pursue a career in singing. Each year, a fully staged production, accompanied by the KSU Orchestra is given. Recent past productions have included Donizetti’s The Elixir of Love, Gilbert and Sullivan’s The Yeomen of the Guard, and Nicolai’s The Merry Wives of Windsor. Additionally, the Opera Theatre produces the annual “Opera Gala,” a production of operatic arias, ensembles and choruses from the world’s best-loved operas. Theatre techniques, research into topic background, and character development enrich the approach to the study of opera.

For more information, please contact Eileen Moremen at emoremen@kennesaw.edu.

Women’s Chorus

Women’s Chorus

For information or to join the KSU Women's Chorus, contact Alison Mann at 770-423-6392 or amann9@kennesaw.edu.

The KSU Women’s Chorus returned to campus in the Fall of 2008 under the direction of Dr. Alison Mann. The chorus is made of women from across the university featuring many music majors and non-majors. The chorus performs a wide variety of literature from all time periods and styles.

The KSU Women’s Chorus participates in the KSU Women’s Choral Day, a one-day singing event that brings nearly 300 high school singers to campus and the Georgia Collegiate Women’s Choral Festival.

The chorus’ goals are to create high quality music in a collaborative and enjoyable environment.

KSU Women’s Choir- MUSI 3380
CRN 83002- 1 credit
CRN 83003- 0 credit hours