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Who should audition for Camerata?
Any UMBC undergraduate or graduate student with significant choral experience, music reading skills, a commitment to expressive singing, and a creative imagination.

When are Auditions?
Fall 2017 auditions will be held on:
Monday, August 28, 6:30-9:30pm
Tuesday, August 29, 9:30am-12:30pm, 6:30-9:30pm
Wednesday, August 30, [first day of classes] 9:30-11:30am, 1:30-3:30pm

Audition slots for new and returning singers are scheduled in advance by e-mailing Camerata conductor, Dr. Stephen Caracciolo. Last minute auditions are welcome by placing your name on the audition time sign-up sheet posted outside of PAHB 254 during the first week of school.

What do you prepare for the audition?
During the audition time, your instrument will be checked for range, vocal color, and flexibility. In addition you will be asked some rudimentary score reading questions and do some sight singing.

The piece to prepare for the 2017 audition is the first four pages of the “Gloria” movement from Haydn’s Mass in D Minor.  Please also learn the solo portions as well for the audition: if the part goes too high just pause singing for a moment, that is fine. Camerata will perform this movement in the Fall and the entire Mass with orchestra in the Spring. Everything you need to be successful at the audition is provided below. Listen to the Performance Video then learn your part using the Printed Music and the Part Tracks to help you.

Performance Video:
Listen to the English Consort and Choir perform Haydn’s “Gloria” here so you can learn your part.

Printed Music:
Print the music for Haydn’s “Gloria” using the PDF link here.

Part Recordings:

Individual part tracks for Haydn’s “Gloria” may be found here. Use these parts just to get started, then return to singing with the recording and head phones as quickly as possible so you can absorb the style.

Where are Camerata auditions?
Auditions are held in PAHB 254. Come with your voice already warmed up, practice rooms are located in the building. Come early to your time; you will be greeted by a Camerata Board member, asked to fill out a form, sit for an informal picture for our records, and type some information into our database.

When is the first Camerata rehearsal?
The first rehearsal will be Thursday, August 31, 2017 at 1pm in the PAHB Concert Hall, PAHB 144. Auditions are completed the evening before and notification is sent to all students informing them, (1) who is seated in the ensemble for the semester, and (2) which singers have been accepted into the Music Performance Fellowship program. Seated students purchase music in the bookstore hours before the Thursday 1pm start time so as not to be stuck in the bookstore check out and late for rehearsal.

How to apply to be a Music Performance Fellow?
The Music Performance Fellowship program is sponsored by the UMBC Department of Admissions to support select First-Year (non-music major) students in their desire to sing in Camerata and take voice lessons. Four First-Years will be chosen for the program on the basis of their Camerata audition (any voicing). Students invited to accept the fellowship sing in Camerata for the entire year and receive one-hour voice lessons with a UMBC professor free of charge. Fellows register concurrently for Camerata (MUSC 303 or MUSC 358, see below) and Performance Studies (MUSC 190). For a fellowship application, contact Connie Bailey.

How is registration for Camerata carried out?
On the basis of student auditions, names will be entered into the system giving them permission to register for Camerata (MUSC 303). Once the permissions are entered, each individual will log into the system to add the course to their schedule. Camerata is a two credit course.

Will singing in Camerata satisfy an Arts and Humanities General Education Program (GEP) requirement?
Yes, if for one semester you register for Music in Performance (MUSC 358) instead of Camerata (MUSC 303). Music in Performance consists of your ensemble rehearsal times plus a one-hour, once-a-week lecture course that introduces students to important topics in music performance and criticism.

MUSC 358, therefore, is a combined class and grade between Camerata and your work in the lecture portion of the course. All First-Year students who are seated in a Department of Music ensemble, including majors in music, are strongly encouraged to register for MUSC 358.

What are the additional things for which students are responsible?
Sopranos and Altos are required to purchase a Music Department black performance dress and costume pearl necklace. The cost of the dress is approximately $68, and pearls approximately $7. Information on the dress and pearls will be supplied the second week of the semester. Tenors and Basses are required to own a black suit, a solid black silk necktie, a dress black shirt, a black belt, and black dress shoes. In addition, students are required to purchase scores from the UMBC bookstore in time for the first rehearsal. Semester packets are typically no more than $25 or so.

I am a student in the Honors College at UMBC. Is there an Honors section of Camerata for which I may enroll?

Yes, it is Camerata (MUSC 303H). This Honors section is a 3-credit course.  Students research the literature Camerata is studying. Honors students may enroll as many times as they wish in MUSC 303H, but only one of those semesters, of course, will satisfy the requirements of the Honors College.