Perform with Us!

The School of Music welcomes a​ll students to participate in vocal and instrumental ensembles, regardless of major! Ensemble placements take place each fall during Orientation week. Check back in summer 2022 for updated requirements. We look forward to seeing you!

CHORAL ENSEMBLES

Adelphian Concert Choir, Dorian Singers, and Voci d’Amici
Contact: Dr. Steven Zopfi

All Choral Placements consist of:

  • Singing a song that best shows off your “classical” choral voice (art song, aria, classically arranged folk-song). You may sing to a prepared accompaniment track or a cappella.
  • Tonal Memory patterns
  • Short Sight-reading excerpts

You may sign up for Chorale directly without a Choral Placement if you wish. Please contact Dr. Steven Zopfi for more information.


INSTRUMENTAL ENSEMBLES

Strings and Harp

Symphony Orchestra
Contacts: Dr. Maria Sampen, Violin and Director of Strings; Dr. Anna Wittstruck, Director of Orchestra; and Professor Alistair MacRae, Cello and Director of Chamber Music. 

Students will need to prepare a 3-5 minute solo (or excerpt of a solo) that best represents your current playing.

Woodwinds and Percussion

Wind Ensemble and Symphony Orchestra
​Contacts: Dr. Gerard Morris, Director of Bands, and Dr. Anna Wittstruck, Director of Orchestra. 

Woodwinds & Brass –
The placement consists of two contrasting excerpts demonstrating both lyrical and technical ability, a chromatic scale (full range, slurred, ascending and descending), and sight-reading.

Percussion 
The placement process is twofold. First, sign up for a “get to know you” interview with our Director of Bands and Director of Orchestra.

You may sign up for Concert Band without completing an ensemble placement. Please email Dr. Gerard Morris for more information.

Jazz Orchestra

Contact: Tracy Knoop, Jazz Director.

The placement consists of two contrasting jazz excerpts, one fast and one slow. You will also be required to sight-read. If you are interested in improvising, be prepared to demonstrate your ability. 

CHAMBER MUSIC

For information regarding membership in chamber music ensembles visit pugetsound.edu/chambermusic or contact Professor Alistair MacRae.