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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. In addition, UMBC faculty and staff, as well as Camerata alumni and other singers living in the Central Maryland region with significant choral experience, strong vocal ability, and reading skills are urged to audition.

When are Auditions?

Fall 2018 auditions will be held on:
Sunday, August 26 (new community singers)
Monday, August 27, 6:30-9:30pm
Tuesday, August 28, 9:30am-12:30pm, 6:30-9:30pm
Wednesday, August 29, [first day of classes] 9:30-11:30am, 1:30-3:30pm

Audition slots for new and returning students, as well as new community singers, are scheduled in advance by e-mailing Camerata conductor, Dr. Stephen Caracciolo at caraccio@umbc.edu. 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 2018 audition is the spiritual Ev’ry Time I Feel the Spirit by William Dawson! Everything you need to be successful at the audition is provided below. Listen to the Performance Video first, then learn your part using the Printed Music and the Part Tracks to help you. During the audition you will sing along with a recording using your music.

Performance Video:
Listen to the St. Olaf Choir perform Ev’ry Time I Feel the Spirit here so you can learn your part

Printed Music:
Print the music for Ev’ry Time I Feel the Spirit using the PDF link here.

Part Recordings:

SOPRANO 

ALTO

TENOR 

BASS

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 all-student rehearsal will be Thursday, August 30, 2018 at 1pm in the PAHB Concert Hall, Rm 144. The first tutti rehearsal for combined students and community singers will be Wednesday September 5 at 7:00pm in the PAHB Concert Hall, Rm 144. Auditions are completed on Wednesday August 29 and notification will be sent to all singers informing them, (1) who is seated in the ensemble for the semester, and (2) which students have been accepted into the Music Performance Fellowship program. Seated singers purchase music in the UMBC 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, at baileyc@umbc.edu.

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 singers are responsible?

Sopranos and Altos are required to purchase a Music Department black performance dress and pearl necklace. The cost is approximately $72. Information on ordering and payment will be supplied the first week of the semester. Tenors and Basses are required to own a black suit, a solid black silk necktie, a dress white shirt, a black belt, and black dress shoes. In addition, all singers 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.

Students register for Camerata and there is no additional course fee. Community members pay a $150 Chorus Fee each semester.

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, prepare short presentations for class, and turn their research into program notes for the printed concert program. 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.