Fall 2014 Music Ensemble Audition Information Guide


Case Concert Choir

Want to sing with a group of dynamic people? Join Case Concert Choir and share in the excitement of making music together! Rehearsals are Monday and Wednesday evenings from 7-8:30 pm.

Case Concert Choir is open to any undergraduate or graduate student at CWRU or CIM. Fall 2014 auditions will take place starting Monday, August 25 in the Harkness Chapel classroom. Interested student singers may sign-up for an audition time online, using your CWRU network ID. Faculty and staff interested in joining us should contact Dr. Matthew Garrett directly to schedule an audition meeting. Visit our website for additional information: music.case.edu/ensembles/case-concert-choir

  • Want to check things out before you decide to audition? Join us from 7-8 pm for an open rehearsal in Harkness Chapel on Wednesday, August 27 and stay for auditions afterward!

Questions? Contact Dr. Matthew Garrett: chorus@case.edu or (216) 368-2496.


University Singers

Want to sing but auditioning is “not your thing?” Case University Singers might just be the place for you! Rehearsals are Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4:30-6 pm.

Case University Singers is open to ALL undergraduate and graduate students who enjoy singing and want to develop their musicianship skills. The ability to read music is not required for participation and there is no formal audition. The director will lead members in group exercises to ensure folks are singing an appropriate voice part.

  •  Join us August 26, 28 and September 2, 4 in Harkness Chapel for our first rehearsals. Bring your friends and/or make some new ones!

Questions? Want more information? Visit our website: music.case.edu/ensembles/case-university-singers or contact Dr. Lisa Hanson: lisa.hanson@case.edu.


Symphonic Winds

Open to all Woodwind, Brass and Percussion players!!!

Join the world-class performing ensemble, CWRU Symphonic Winds!  The ensemble plays advanced and significant wind band repertoire, with two of our five performances this season in Severance Hall. Symphonic Winds is OPEN TO ALL STUDENTS, with a required short audition used only for part placement within sections.

  • Rehearsals:  Tuesdays from 6:30 – 8 pm and Thursdays from 4:30 – 6 pm.
  • First REHEARSAL MEETING:  Tuesday, August 26, 6:30 pm. in Denison/Wade Rehearsal Hall.Just show up with your instrument – READY TO PLAY. Need an instrument??  Instruments will be available to you at the first session.
  • Just show up with your instrument – READY TO PLAY.
  • Need an instrument?  Instruments will be available to you at the first session.

For additional information, contact Dr. Gary Ciepluch @ gxc6@case.edu or (216) 368-2361.


CWRU Orchestras

The Case/University Circle Orchestra (MUEN 385) is open to all CWRU students, faculty, and community members by audition who play a woodwind, brass, percussion or string instruments who desire to perform in a high level ensemble.  The group rehearses twice per week for a total of 90 minutes and performs 5 to 7 concerts per academic year.  Rehearsals are Monday and Wednesday evening from 7 to 8:30 p.m.  The repertoire is drawn from standard orchestral literature comprised of symphonies, overtures, suites, etc.  as well as other more contemporary genres such a Rock and Jazz.  The ensemble also works in collaboration with the Case Concert Choir, Case Jazz eEnsembles, and other University Circle affiliated groups.  Performance in this group requires a high level of commitment because the repertoire demands outside practice and some of the responsibilities are outside of regular rehearsal schedule.

If this group does not meet your needs you may consider the Case Camerata Chamber Orchestra (MUEN 386 ) as another option.  Many first year students opt to perform in Camerata to make a smoother transition to CASE.

Both orchestras require an audition for placement and seating.  Case Camerata Chamber Orchestra (MUEN 386) requires the audition for seating and section placement while the Case University Circle Symphony Orchestra requires the audition to get in, section placement, and seating.

  • Auditions for both orchestras will be held in the Denison/Wade Rehearsal Facility beginning on Monday, August 25 and continue through Thursday, August 28, 2014.
  • Auditions begin each afternoon around 4p.m. and go through the evening.
  • Students may begin signing up at Haydn Hall Room 305 starting on Monday August 18, 2014.

Both groups are of high quality, but, the  rehearsal and practice demands are different.  The Case Camerata Chamber orchestra is smaller and the group has more flexibility and players have voice programming decisions.  And there is more opportunity for solo performance.  The Case University Symphony Orchestra is much larger and has more concerts performing traditional orchestral repertoire so there is a demand for more out of class practice.  Many freshman opt for Camerata for their first year on campus to make the transition smoother.  Please see the music department web site for additional information.


Case/CIM Baroque Orchestra

Are you an accomplished string, woodwind, brass or keyboard player who loves baroque music? If so, the Case/CIM Baroque Orchestra (MUEN397) may be for you. Open to undergraduate and graduate CWRU and CIM students, our high-level ensemble plays music from the 17th and 18th centuries on instruments with historical setups. Many of these instruments belong to the Kulas Instrument Collection and are available to students enrolled in the course.

  • Auditions will be held on Wednesday, August 27, from 11a.m.-1:30 p.m. in Harkness Chapel.

If interested, please contact Dr. Julie Andrijeski, Director, at julie.andrijeski@case.edu.


Case Baroque Dance Ensemble

This ensemble (MUEN394) is open to all undergraduate and graduate students at CWRU and CIM. Its new morning time, 9:30-11a.m. Mondays and Fridays, provides an excellent way to get your blood flowing and your bodies moving. Learn many of the popular baroque dances such as the minuet, bourée, and gigue. The ensemble performs at least once a semester in baroque costumes, often accompanied by the Case Baroque Orchestra. No previous experience is needed, but dance and/or music background is a plus. No audition required.

If interested, please contact Dr. Julie Andrijeski, Director, at julie.andrijeski@case.edu.


Case Baroque Chamber Ensembles

Open to students with at least one semester of Case Baroque Orchestra experience, the Case Baroque Chamber Ensembles (MUEN393) perform everything from the early violin band repertoire of the late 16th century to arrangements of Haydn symphonies and beyond. Students should have a working knowledge of historical performance practice basics before joining the ensembles. Ensembles meet for 1-2 hours per week, times to be arranged. Auditions to be held on Wednesday, August 27, from 11:00-1:30pm in Harkness Chapel, or as arranged with the Director. If questions, please contact Dr. Julie Andrijeski, Director, at julie.andrijeski@case.edu.


Early Music Singers

Maybe you’ve sung madrigals at school or with friends. Maybe you love listening to groups like the Tallis Scholars or Chanticleer – led for 25 years by CWRU alum Joe Jennings – and wish you could sing like they do. CWRU’s choral ensemble for medieval, Renaissance, and baroque music is the Early Music Singers, and we invite you to audition to join us!

Led by Dr. Ross W. Duffin, internationally known scholar and director of Quire Cleveland, EMS meets Tuesday evenings from 6:15 to 8:15.

  • Auditions for this fall are Tuesday, August 26, from 6 to 8:30 in Harkness Chapel, or by appointment with Dr. Duffin (rwd@case.edu).

Our program this fall is Chapelle et Chateau, French music from the thirteenth to the sixteenth centuries, including selections by Perotin, Guillaume de Machaut, Guillaume DuFay, Clément Jannequin, Claudin de Sermisy, and others. The performance is Friday, November 21 at 7:30 pm. (Also, look for a program of Spanish music in the spring semester!)

Questions? Check out our website (http://music.case.edu/ensembles/early-music-singers/), email Dr. Duffin, or just drop by Harkness on August 26. We hope to see and hear you then!


You can find even more Department of Music ensembles listed at http://music.case.edu/ensembles/.