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Ensembles & Performance

The Department of Music at Brown offers a huge array of performing opportunities, all offered for academic credit. Students may choose to join one of the department's many performing groups, including: orchestra, chorus, chamber choir, wind symphony, jazz band, marching band, chamber music ensemble, Ghanaian drumming ensemble, Old-Time string band, Sacred Harp Shape-Note Singing, Electro-Acoustic Improv Ensemble, and Javanese Gamelan. Or, for an additional fee, they may elect to take private lessons through our Applied Music Program. Approximately thirty professional musicians from the greater Boston-Providence area provide weekly instruction in voice, keyboard, and all the wind, string, brass and percussion instruments. Master classes, student recitals, new music concerts, and an annual concerto competition round out a regular roster of concerts. All Brown students are eligible to participate, regardless of their concentration.

Audition Details Below

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By clicking onthe Audition signup links below you will be brought to the page for that instrument and/or performing group.

IMPORTANT! if you decide to change your audition time, please make sure you DELETE any other time(s) you signed up for.


Orchestra, Chamber Music & Applied Music Strings (violin, viola, cello, bass, harp, classical guitar)
Audition consists of playing a prepared piece and may also include sight reading and scales.
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Bring a prepared piece to the audition if possible (not required) and be prepared to sight-read.
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Wind Symphony & Applied Music Winds, Brass, Percussion
Anyone auditioning for Wind Symphony should bring a prepared piece to the audition which includes lyrical and technical passages. Everyone will be asked to sight read as well.

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Jazz Band, Combos & Applied Music Jazz
There will be an important meeting on Thursday, September 4 at 6:00pm in Fulton Rehearsal Hall for anyone interested in jazz performance (Jazz AMP, Big Band, Combos.).
Audition materials will be distributed and audition sign-up instructions will be given at this meeting. Jam session will immediately follow the meeting. Bring your instrument!
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Brown Band
Sign up for auditions at the Activities Fair.
For more information contact

Applied Music Program [private lessons]

  • Strings sign up for an Orchestra audition above.
  • Winds, brass, and percussion sign up for a Wind Symphony audition above.

MEME Ensemble
Auditions for the MEME ensemble take place at the first class meeting. Interested students are encouraged to bring any acoustic/electronic instrument or sound-making device they would like to explore. Auditions are centered around the creative use of sound in an improvisational context as well as focused listening.

Ethnomusicology Performance Ensembles
All orientation meetings and/or auditions take place on the first day of each ensemble's regularly scheduled meeting time. (See ensemble course listings on Banner for times and locations.)