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Performing Arts | Auditions for Groups & Performances

Please note: the information below is for current/upcoming performance group auditions only; for degree program entrance-auditions, please see links on right.


All auditions are held in Katzen 152. Email Erin Foreman-Murray for further information.

American University Dance Company Auditions

September 2016 (for Fall Semester) and November (for Spring Semester)

Email Erin Foreman-Murray

Spring Dance Concert Auditions

First week of classes, January 2017


First or second week of classes, September 2016



American University Chorus & Chamber Singers:
First week of classes, September 2016
Various times available; sign up in the Katzen Arts Center outside room 146, call 202-885-3425, or email

Regular rehearsal times for Chorus are Tuesday evenings and some Monday evenings; Chamber Singers rehearse Monday/Thursday afternoons.

Gospel Choir:
Auditions held during first scheduled class time.
For information, email

  • Prepare: one a cappella or accompanied hymn, gospel or inspirational piece. 


AU Symphony Orchestra:
Auditions are open to all standard instruments of the orchestra (flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, french horn, trumpet, trombone, tuba, harp, percussion, violin, viola, cello, bass).

Various times available; contact Matthew Brown asap if interested in joining:

  • Rehearsal Times: Mondays and Wednesdays from 7:45-10:30 p.m. 

University Orchestra and Symphonic Band:
First week of classes, September 2016
Sign up in the Katzen Arts Center outside room 147, call 202-885-3477, or email

  • Woodwinds - TBA
  • Brass and Percussion - TBA
  • Violas, Cellos and Basses - TBA
  • Violins - TBA
  • Prepare: two excerpts of auditionee's choice that show contrast, preferably fast and slow.

Pit Orchestra, Fall 2016 Musical:
Seeking Woodwinds (flute, clarinet/bass clarinet, alto, tenor, and baritone saxophones), Trumpet I-II, Trombone I-II, Double Bass,
Auxiliary Percussion, Rehearsal Keyboard/Keyboard II (may be divided), Assistant Musical Director/Copyist.

Contact Elizabeth Gerbi for dates, audition criteria, and with any other questions:

Chamber Music:
By appointment
For information and audition appointment, email Nancy Jo Snider, music program director.

Jazz Ensemble:
First week of classes, September 2016
For information and audition appointment, contact Joshua Bayer, or 202-885-3872.

Jazz Orchestra:
The American University Jazz Orchestra is a full size Jazz Big Band that plays swing, bop, funk, rock, latin, and all other styles of Jazz music! We perform on and off campus on concerts and festivals. We are looking for saxes, trombones, trumpets, and rhythm section players to become involved in this fun group! We meet Wednesday nights at 5:30. The class can be taken for credit or non-credit if above 17. Contact Joshua Bayer, or 202-885-3872.

AU Workshop:
By appointment
The Workshop welcomes students and community members. For information and audition appointment, email Noah Getz.

Pep Band - The "Screamin' Eagles":