ORIENTATION BEGINS AUGUST 20, 2014 Orientation for all Frost School of Music new freshmen and transfer music students will begin with the Dean’s Meeting at 8:30 a.m., Wednesday, August 20, in the Student Activity Center. Attendance is required. At this meeting, you will receive a schedule for all studio auditions, ensemble auditions and other placement examinations. These events will begin immediately after the Dean’s Meeting. A continental breakfast will be served to you and your family. There will be meetings and activities for parents; a schedule will be provided at the Dean’s Meeting.
Classes for first semester freshmen have been carefully selected by the faculty. Many of these courses are only offered in the fall semester and are prerequisites for spring semester classes. To ensure proper enrollment, freshmen will be registered for classes by the Frost School of Music. A typical schedule will include the following:
Principal Instrument/Voice Lessons
Principal Instrument/Voice Forum
Forum for your Major
Transfer students do not need to complete the Music Course Preference form as you will construct your class schedule with your faculty advisor during orientation.
UNIVERSITY BULLETIN The University Bulletin outlines all the requirements needed for graduation in a semester by semester format and becomes your “contract” with the University of Miami. The bulletin gives a detailed description of all courses at the University and is found at www.miami.edu/umbulletin. Your bulletin will be for the academic year 2014-2015. You may expect it to be posted at the beginning of August. While you are welcome to look at the 2013-2014 Academic Bulletin, there will be improvements in the new bulletin, particularly in regard to the general education requirements.
PERFORMING ENSEMBLES All students will perform in ensembles. Certain majors have specific ensemble requirements. All students will audition during fall orientation for ensemble placement.
Piano principals will be placed in Accompanying by audition. Piano principals may choose to audition for an ensemble (in additional to accompanying).
Students participating in Symphony Orchestra, Wind Ensemble, or Symphonic Winds are required to provide for themselves traditional concert black attire (black dress for women, and tuxedo for men.)
All students participating in traditional choral ensembles will be required to purchase uniform concert attire. More information, including prices, will be provided by the choral office after auditions.
AUDITIONS DURING ORIENTATION Beginning August 20 various auditions will occur placing you in ensembles and/or faculty studios. You will receive a detailed schedule at the Dean’s Meeting on August 20. Every student, regardless of major or instrument, will participate in these auditions.
Note: Sight-reading may be included in all auditions
The placement auditions consist of the following:
Two Contrasting Works (an etude, movement from a concerto or a solo similar to the one used for your entrance audition.
Flute: A Mozart Concerto or a Bach Sonata and a 20th or 21st century piece
Brass: Two Contrasting Works (an etude, movement from a concerto or a solo similar to the one used for your entrance audition)
Percussion: 1 Snare Drum and 1 Mallet piece
Strings: There will be a string section rehearsal during orientation. Orchestra seating will be determined at this time.
In addition, your studio teacher may wish to hear the following: Two Contrasting Works: (an etude, movement from a concerto, or solo similar to the one used for your entrance audition)
Voice: Studio Placement/Choral Ensemble: one memorized song or aria (Please bring a copy of the music for the pianist)
Piano: Studio Placement: Works similar to what you performed on your entrance audition
Instrumental: Sight reading and Improvisation
Voice: Jazz vocal ensemble auditions will consist of sight reading, aural pitch and interval identification and performance of two selections from the jazz and/or standard repertoire; one swing, one ballad. In addition, you are to learn an excerpt of a jazz vocal group arrangement and sing it in ensemble with other singers on the day following the audition.
Creative American Music students: Up to three original songs, self-accompanied. (Others by permission of instructor.)
Instrumentalists: Ability to play by ear and improvise parts to complement original songs in a large variety of musical styles.
INSTRUMENT LOCKERS A limited number of lockers are available for instrument storage in the Foster Building. Information on renting an instrument locker will be provided during orientation. Student should only bring the instrument needed for the first semester.
INSURANCE Be certain that you have insurance coverage for your personal instrument, computer, etc. while they are on campus.