Calendar

September 2017

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2017 Student Open House/Audition Info
2:30 PM|Bernhard Music Center

The music department opens its doors to new and returning students for the annual Open House from 2:30 – 4:00 p.m. Williams students are invited to meet with faculty, and to find out about music courses, as well as lesson and ensemble auditions. All students can sign up for lesson or ensemble auditions right on the spot.

Lesson Auditions for Sitar and Tabla
5:15 PM|Bernhard Music Center

Artist Associate in Sitar Veena Chandra and Artist Associate in Tabla host auditions in Practice Studio 15 from 5:15 – 7:15pm for sitar and tabla students who wish to take lessons. Visit the Music Department Open House to meet Veena Chandra and Devesh Chandra and sign up for an audition time!

Questions? Please email the instructor.

Lesson Auditions for Violin & Viola
5:15 PM|Bernhard Music Center Room 27

Violinists who would like to take lessons with Joanna Kurkowicz or Joana Genova, and violists who are interested in viola lessons with Ah Ling Neu have the opportunity to audition in Room 27 from 5:15 – 7pm. Visit the Open House to meet with the teachers and sign up for your audition times!

Questions? Please contact Joanna Kurkowicz.

Lesson Auditions for Cello
5:15 PM|Bernhard Music Center Room 30

Artist Associate in Cello Nathaniel Parke hosts auditions in Room 30 from 5:15 – 7:15pm for cello students who wish to take lessons. Visit the Music Department Open House to meet Nathaniel Parke and sign up for an audition time!

Questions? Please email the instructor.

Auditions for Chinese Music Ensemble/Lessons
5:15 PM|Bernhard Music Center Room 29

Students interested in the Department of Music’s Chinese Music student ensemble are encouraged to come to Open House and to audition. To sign up for an audition please contact Wang Guowei. The Department of Music will also offer Individual Instrumental Instruction courses (MUS 281-288) in Erhu, Yangqin, Zheng, Liuqin/Pipa, and Zhongruan.

Ensemble Auditions for Jazz Groups
5:15 PM|Shainman Rehearsal Hall (SRH)

Students interested in participating in the Williams Jazz Ensemble, Williams Repertory Jazz Ensemble and Small Jazz Groups are invited to bring their instruments to Shainman Rehearsal Hall and for the jazz faculty who will work with qualified students following auditions to form ensembles and establish rehearsal schedules. To sign up for an audition please contact Kris Allen.

Students will be asked to sight read and play a piece of their own choice, and have the option to also improvise over a 12-bar blues progression.

Questions? Please email the ensemble instructor.

Lesson Auditions for Voice
5:15 PM|Presser Choral Hall

Students interested in voice lessons are invited to audition for placement into the studios of Keith Kibler, Kerry Ryer-Parke, Marlene Walt, Erin Nafziger, and Brad Wells. Auditions take place in Presser Choral Hall. Please bring one song best representing your singing ability.

Questions? Please email the instructor.

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Piano Auditions for Lessons and Ensembles
2:00 PM|Bernhard Music Center Room 27

Piano students who wish to take lessons can visit the Music Department Open House and meet with piano faculty Doris Stevenson, Elizabeth Wright, and Edwin Lawrence and sign up for audition times.

Pianists should prepare one or two pieces which demonstrate your skill and musicality. The auditions will be brief.

Questions? Please email the instructor.

Ensemble Auditions for Percussion
5:00 PM|Shainman Rehearsal Hall (SRH)

For new percussion students, only one audition is necessary for the Berkshire Symphony, Williams College Wind Ensemble, and Percussion Ensemble. For the Berkshire Symphony, the audition is for membership/placement; for the Wind Ensemble and Percussion Ensemble, the audition is for seating purposes only.

Each student should prepare approximately 10 minutes of music of his/her choice demonstrating ability on a range of percussion instruments including marimba, snare drum, and timpani.  Students may also be asked to sight read and play scales and rudiments.

To sign up for an audition time, please visit the Music Department website.

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Williams Chamber Players
8:00 PM|Brooks-Rogers Recital Hall

The Williams College Department of Music presents the Williams Chamber Players in their first concert of the season, Friday, Sept. 8 at 8 p.m. in Brooks-Rogers Recital Hall on the Williams College campus. This free event is open to the public.

In 'The Way They Danced' Williams Chamber Players feature many of their talented faculty musicians. Performed works include Bohuslav Martinu's "Revue de Cuisine," Lou Harrison's "Varied Trio for Rice Bowls," and Johannes Brahms's "Piano Quartet in G Minor, op. 25."

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Choir Auditions
1:00 PM|Presser Choral Hall

Prospective singers are invited to audition for Concert Choir and Chamber Choir directed by Brad Wells.

Please bring a short song to sing (sheet music for accompaniment optional.)  If you don’t have anything prepared, consider the National Anthem, a hymn, or a carol.

To sign up for an audition time, please visit the Department of Music website.

Ensemble Auditions for Wind Instrumentalists
2:00 PM|Bernhard Music Center Room 30

For woodwind and brass students, only one audition is necessary for the Berkshire Symphony, Wind Ensemble, Brass Ensemble, and chamber music ensembles. For the Berkshire Symphony, Wind Ensemble and chamber music ensembles, the audition is for membership/placement.

Each student should prepare approximately 5-10 minutes of music from the orchestral, band, or solo repertory consisting of something lyrical and something technical.

Brass and woodwind players auditioning for the Berkshire Symphony should prepare two standard contrasting excerpts from the orchestral repertoire. A short solo demonstrating technique and sound is required. The Artist Associate in each instrument can be contacted for suggestions on excerpts.

To sign up for an audition time, please visit the Music Department website.

Auditions for Williams Opera Workshop
7:00 PM|Presser Choral Hall

Williams Opera Workshop Erin Nafziger, Keith Kibler, co-directors Saturday, September 9, 7 – 8pm, Presser Choral Hall Prospective singers are invited to audition for Williams Opera Workshop directed by Erin Nafziger and Keith Kibler.   Questions? Please contact the instructor.

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Ensemble Auditions for Strings
12:00 PM|Bernhard Music Center Room 30

String players auditioning for the Berkshire Symphony and Chamber Music should play something lyrical, and something technical. A movement of Bach, a portion of a concerto or an incidental piece is suggested. Scales and sight reading are not required. Excerpts are required for those auditioning for the Berkshire Symphony. The excerpts are taken from the first Berkshire program. They will be posted on the website two weeks before the audition in September. Returning students must re-audition.

To sign up for an audition, please visit the Music Department website.

Choir Auditions
1:00 PM|Presser Choral Hall

Prospective singers are invited to audition for Concert Choir and Chamber Choir directed by Brad Wells.

Please bring a short song to sing (sheet music for accompaniment optional.)  If you don’t have anything prepared, consider the National Anthem, a hymn, or a carol.

To sign up for an audition time, please visit the Department of Music website.

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Auditions for Zambezi Marimba Band
4:00 PM|Shainman Rehearsal Hall (SRH)

Visit the music department Open House to meet with Tendai Muparutsa, director of the Zambezi marimba band, and sign up for an audition time! Questions? Please email the instructor.

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MIDWEEKMUSIC "In C"
12:15 PM|Chapin Hall

MIDWEEKMUSIC is a unique lunchtime music series. The audience sits on the Chapin Hall stage to enjoy the wonderful acoustics and atmosphere of a grand hall combined with the intimacy of a chamber concert. Everyone is encouraged to bring lunch and enjoy the music performed by our students and faculty. This first MIDWEEKMUSIC of the year consists of just one piece – with many performers. Matthew Gold leads a group of Williams students, faculty, and friends in a performance of In C, by Terry Riley. The minimalist work brings together people who might not otherwise get a chance to perform with one another. Over the years, the piece has become a tradition in the music department.

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Ronald Feldman, cello; Doris Stevenson, piano
8:00 PM|Brooks-Rogers Recital Hall

The Williams College Department of Music presents cellist Ronald Feldman together with pianist Doris Stevenson on Friday, Sept. 22 at 8 p.m. in Brooks-Rogers Recital Hall. This free event is open to the public.

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Kenny Garrett Quintet
8:00 PM|MainStage

The Williams College Department of Music is pleased to present the Kenny Garrett Quintet as part of its ongoing Visiting Artists Series.

For more than 30 years, Grammy® Award-winning saxophonist, arranger, composer, and bandleader Garrett has garnered critical recognition for his versatility in jazz, blues, and R&B contexts. The Detroit native began his career performing with the Duke Ellington Orchestra and Mel Lewis Orchestra. In 2011 Garrett presented the commencement address at Berklee College of Music and was awarded an honorary doctorate of music by that prestigious institution.

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