Carnegie Mellon University

School of Music

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Non-Major Information

ORCHESTRA, Andres Cardenes, Artistic Director
WIND ENSEMBLE, Thomas Thompson, Co-Music Director George Vosburgh, Co-Music Director
Rehearsals: The Orchestra and the Wind Ensemble rehearse T-F 3:30 to 6:00 p.m. and alternate rehearsal periods.The Major Instrumental Ensemble rehearsal/concert schedule is published on the Calendars page. Auditions are scheduled during the first week of the fall semester.
Contact Sharon Johnston via email (slj@andrew.cmu.edu) for more information. All ensembles audition at least one time per year. Many ensembles reserve the right to audition several times per year.
Please be prepared to play a short solo piece of your choice that will demonstrate as fully as possible your present performance capabilities.

CHORUS, Thomas Douglas, Director
rehearsals: TTh 3:30-4:50 p.m.
Auditions are scheduled during the first week of the fall semester.
Sign up outside of MM 124 during the week before the semester begins. All ensembles audition at least one time per year. Many ensembles reserve the right to audition several times per year.
Please be prepared to sing a song of your choice that will demonstrate as fully as possible the present capabilities of your voice. You may also be asked to sightread a standard choral work. An accompanist will be provided.

BAROQUE ENSEMBLE, Stephen Schultz, Director
rehearsals: MW 10:30-11:50 a.m.
Auditions are scheduled during the first two weeks of the fall semester. Contact the director, Stephen Schultz, via email (sschultz@andrew.cmu.edu) for an appointment, or see him after the first rehearsal, which you are welcome to observe (Monday, the first day of the semester, from 10:30 to 11:50 a.m. in CFA ACH). All ensembles audition at least one time per year. Many ensembles reserve the right to audition several times per year.
Please be prepared to play a short solo piece of your choice that will demonstrate as fully as possible your present performance capabilities.

JAZZ ORCHESTRA, Eric DeFade, Director
rehearsals: MW 6:30-7:50 p.m.
Auditions are scheduled during the first two weeks of the fall semester. Contact the director, Eric DeFade, via email (defade@andrew.cmu.edu) for an appointment. All ensembles audition at least one time per year. Many ensembles reserve the right to audition several times per year. Please be prepared to play a short piece of music (1-2 minutes) of your choice that will demonstrate as fully as possible your present performance capabilities. Sight-reading may be requested and playing an improvisation is optional.

JAZZ VOCAL ENSEMBLE, Elizabeth Lawrence, Director
rehearsals: M 4:30-6:20 p.m. Auditions are scheduled during the first two weeks of the fall semester. Contact the director, Elizabeth Lawrence, via email (blawrenc@andrew.cmu.edu) for an appointment. All ensembles audition at least one time per year. Many ensembles reserve the right to audition several times per year. Please be prepared to sing one memorized jazz/pop song, to scat over a part of the selected song, and to sight-read a short excerpt of a song of the director’s choice. Please bring the printed music.

ALL UNIVERSITY ORCHESTRA (AUO)
Carnegie Mellon’s student run orchestra that is open to all university students. For more information, go to the following website: http://alluniversityorchestra.org/.

KILTIE BAND
Carnegie Mellon's marching band. For more information, go to the following website: http://www.contrib.andrew.cmu.edu/~kiltie/index.cgi. For information about other Carnegie Mellon student performance/artistic ensembles, go to https://thebridge.cmu.edu/Organizations and click on Performance/Artistic under Categories.

Elective Studio lessons and studio classes are open and available to all university students. They are registered through the Music Extension office and require payment of a fee. You may choose to take lessons or classes for credit or non-credit. Payment of the fee is required in either case.

Lessons - Weekly one-on-one studio lessons for the beginner, intermediate and advanced student: 14 lessons per semester, for 30, 45, or 60 minutes per week.

Classes - Weekly small group studio classes for the beginning guitar, piano, and voice student; and for the jazz piano student: 14 classes per semester, for 50 minutes per week.

Practice Rooms - Our campus communities are only accessible to on-campus residents via student ID and are restricted to those living within the housing neighborhood. Each of our neighborhoods offers a practice room that the residents that live within the area can use (Hill Neighborhood: Donner, Morewood Corridor, Morewood. Oakland: Residence on Fifth). This is not something that is open to non-residents.

For more information, go to the following website: https://www.cmu.edu/cfa/music/programs/non-majors/non-major-additional-info.html Or contact Daniel Barrett at dbarrett@andrew.cmu.edu

Most School of Music classes are open to non-music majors, if you’re qualified for the class and if there’s a space available in the class. Note that spaces in introductory music classes are usually not available for the new undergraduate non-music major. (Usually music majors and returning non-music majors fill the spaces in these classes.)

For more information, go to the following website: https://enr-apps.as.cmu.edu/open/SOC/SOCServlet.

Click on the course number of a course for more details about it.

The School of Music offers minors in Music, Musicology, Music Technology, Music Theory, and Sound Design (in the IDeATe program). All of our minors require an application.

For more information, go to the following websites: https://www.cmu.edu/cfa/music/current-students/guidelines-forms/music-minor.html

Sound Design: http://ideate.cmu.edu/undergraduate-programs/sound-design/

For information about School of Music concerts, recitals, and other public events, go to the following the Events page.