Ensemble Auditions

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 homepage.


First or second week of classes each September.



See all musical ensembles.

Vocal Ensembles

See all vocal ensembles.

American University Chorus & Chamber Singers

First week of classes, September
Various times available; sign up in the Katzen Arts Center outside room 146, call 202-885-3425, or email chorus@american.edu.

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

For audition and registration information see the choral auditions page.

Gospel Choir

Auditions held during first scheduled class time.
For information, email ssledge@american.edu.

  • 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: mbrown@american.edu

  • Rehearsal Times: Mondays and Wednesdays, 8:15-10:30pm.

University Orchestra and Symphonic Band

First week of classes, September
Sign up in the Katzen Arts Center outside room 147, call 202-885-3421, or email mbrown@american.edu.

  • 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 Nathan Blustein for dates, audition criteria, and with any other questions: nblustein@american.edu

Chamber Music

By appointment
For information and audition appointment, email Ann Kang, director: akang@american.edu

See all jazz ensembles.

Jazz Ensembles

First week of classes, September
For information and audition appointment, contact Joshua Bayer, josh@joshuabayer.com 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, josh@joshuabayer.com 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"



Auditions for theatre and musical theatre performances are announced on the theatre listserv. Email Richard Streeks to join.

Fall 2019 performances include Overture, Shared Space, and How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying.