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


Please see Dance Program website.


First or second week of classes, September 2016


Choral Ensembles

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

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"