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Do I have to be a music major to sing in an ASU choral ensemble?

Do I have to be a music major to sing in an ASU choral ensemble?

No. All ensembles are open to all qualified students and members of the community. See Choral Ensembles for detailed information about the ensembles available at ASU. Most ensembles require an audition. For up-to-date audition information, see the description for each ensemble.

When do choral auditions take place?

When do choral auditions take place?

Auditions for choirs begin a few days before the start of classes each semester and continue into the first few days of the term. Specific audition information is given in the description of each ensemble on
the website.

How do I sign up for an audition?

How do I sign up for an audition?

Email the contact person listed in the group's description.

Do I have to be a student to audition?

Do I have to be a student to audition?

No. All members of all ensembles must register for the ensemble or pay community dues in some cases. (For example, non–registered members of Choral Union pay a nominal fee each semester.) You can register as a non–degree student, if you wish. Most ensembles allow you to register for one or two academic credits.

Who must audition?

Who must audition?

Everyone must audition to be admitted to an Arizona State University choir (except the Gospel Choir).
All new members must audition, and some groups require periodic reauditions. Specific information for your ensemble is given in the description for each group.

How do I decide which group to audition for?

How do I decide which group to audition for?

Read the descriptions and rehearsal information under Choral Ensembles. Make sure the group you are interested fits your schedule.

We want you to be in the ensemble that will be best for you! So if you audition for one and we feel another group would serve you better, we will refer you to the conductor of that group for a follow–up hearing. All music majors should audition for Concert Choir/Chamber Singers. There are some non–music majors in Concert Choir, but generally, non–music majors sing in the Barrett Choir, Choral Union, Men's Chorus, or Women's Chorus.

What do I need to prepare for the audition?

What do I need to prepare for the audition?

Please refer to the audition information given for each group.

What should I bring to the audition?

What should I bring to the audition?

Please have your local address, telephone number, current email address, and class schedule available. Plan to arrive 10–15 minutes before your scheduled time, so you can complete the audition form. If your audition requires a prepared selection, please bring a copy of the music for the pianist.

How do I find my ensemble in the ASU schedule of classes?

How do I find my ensemble in the ASU schedule of classes?

Course numbers for each of the ensembles are given in the group descriptions. Most ensembles are available for 1 or 2 credits. Be sure to choose the appropriate number of credits when you register (see next
question).

Should I enroll for 1 or 2 credits?

Should I enroll for 1 or 2 credits?

As a general rule, sign up for 2 credits if you have room for them in your schedule. This more accurately reflects the time spent in ensemble. If signing up for 2 credits creates an overload or additional expense,
you may enroll for 1 credit.

The registration system will not let me enroll in choir. What should I do?

The registration system will not let me enroll in choir. What should I do?

Certain ensembles have enrollment restrictions. If you are unable to register, email the director of the ensemble to request an override. Include your name, ASU ID number, course prefix and number, and 5–digit class number.

What if I have (or have not) enrolled in choir already?

What if I have (or have not) enrolled in choir already?

We recommend that you enroll in the ensemble that most interests you so that you receive all relevant information about auditions and the first rehearsals.

Please note that registering for an ensemble does not automatically ensure that you will be accepted into that group. You must still audition if the group requires it, and the faculty may recommend a different ensemble for you. The drop/add period extends for approximately two weeks in the School of Music to allow for ensemble adjustments. You should know your ensemble assignment in plenty of time to drop/add online before the deadline, but if not, you can do it for another week using a paper Enrollment Change Request form, allowing you plenty of time to add a group if there is a change.

What if only one choir fits my schedule?

What if only one choir fits my schedule?

Music majors should try to hold all choir times (except for Barrett Choir and Gospel Choir) open until auditions are completed. Placement in choir is primarily based on skill level and your ability to contribute to the group, not on availability. Consider registering for alternative courses that you will drop if they conflict with your eventual choir placement. Non–music majors should let the conductor know of any conflicts. If you cannot arrange your schedule to accept your choir placement, you may wait until the next semester to join the choir, with approval of the conductor.

How do I set my lesson and work schedule?

How do I set my lesson and work schedule?

Please wait to establish a final lesson and work schedule until all auditions are complete. (Remember also to take into consideration the schedule of concerts and any extra scheduled rehearsals). We make every effort to complete the audition process quickly, knowing that many other areas of your schedule are affected.

I’m a choral scholarship student. What if I have a class that conflicts with the ensemble in which I’ve been placed?

I’m a choral scholarship student. What if I have a class that conflicts with the ensemble in which I’ve been placed?

You should not make any plans that interfere with the rehearsals of any of the groups until you know where you have been placed. You may need to adjust your class or work schedule accordingly. We accommodate student teachers by placing them in the Choral Union for the semester during which they are student teaching.

If I am not an ASU student or a dues–paying member, where and how do I apply for non–degree student status?

If I am not an ASU student or a dues–paying member, where and how do I apply for non–degree student status?

You must apply through ASU. Undergraduate and graduate students apply differently.

Non-Degree Undergraduate Application Procedures

Non-Degree Graduate Application Procedures

If I am interested in becoming a music major, how do I apply?

If I am interested in becoming a music major, how do I apply?

You must apply through ASU. Undergraduate and graduate students apply differently.

Undergraduate Music Application Procedures

Graduate Music Application Procedures

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