Balkan Ensemble Auditions

This ensemble will introduce students to a variety of traditional musical styles from Southeast European countries (such as Bosnia, Bulgaria, Croatia, Macedonia, and Serbia) and to their historical and societal contexts. Through rehearsing the music of several ethnic groups, students will learn different characteristic approaches to ornamentation, phrasing, and accompaniment on their own instruments and voices and will also have the opportunity to learn to perform on traditional Balkan instruments. The ensemble will work on developing a repertoire over the course of the semester and perform this music at an end-of-semester concert.

Prior experience with musical performance and the ability to read music notation and/or chord sheets are presumed (though opportunities to learn/perform Balkan percussion instruments and to sing in the ensemble will be made available to untrained musicians with, respectively, good senses of rhythm and decent voices).

Auditions for the ensemble will be held on Sept. 1st from 12:30 to 3:30 and on Sept. 2nd from 10:30 to 1:30 in Music Department room 115. Please prepare a folk song to perform on your instrument or voice, either from notation or from memory (experienced percussionists should prepare 2 or more patterns in contrasting meters). In addition, you will be asked to sight read a piece of notated music from the ensemble's repertoire (performers who do not read from music may learn this music by rote from the instructor at the time of the audition).

The ensemble meets Mondays and Wednesdays, 5:50-7:20pm in Hall of Music 102B.

Please contact Professor Ian MacMillan for more information