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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.

When are Auditions?
Fall auditions will be held on:
Monday, August 26, 6:30-9:30pm
Tuesday, August 27, 9:30am-12:30pm, 6:30-9:30pm
Wednesday, August 28, [first day of classes] 9:30-11:30am, 1:30-5pm

Audition slots for new and returning singers are scheduled in advance by e-mailing Camerata conductor, Dr. Stephen Caracciolo. Last minute auditions are welcome by placing your name on the audition time sign-up sheet posted outside of Fine Arts 021 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 excerpt to prepare for the audition is drawn from Mozart's Mass in C, K317 "Coronation Mass," measures 1-56 of the Gloria movement. Camerata will perform this movement in the Fall. Everything you need to be successful at the audition is provided below. Listen to the Performance Video then learn your part using the Printed Music and the Part Videos to help you.

Listen to a choir and orchestra perform the Gloria Movement up to counter number 1:20 (at the words “gloriam tuam”) here so you can learn your part, the Latin pronunciation, and the overall style of singing and phrasing.

Copy and paste the URL below into your web browser and print out the first 5 pages of the score for the Gloria movement and learn your part for measures 1-56 (up to the words “gloriam tuam”) for your audition. Learn the brief soloist measures on those pages as well.

Learn the Soprano part mm. 1-56 here

Learn the Alto part mm. 1-56 here

Learn the Tenor part mm. 1-56 here

Learn the Bass part mm. 1-56 here


Where are Camerata auditions?
Auditions are held in Fine Arts 021. 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 rehearsal will be Thursday, August 29 at 1pm in the Fine Arts Recital Hall, FA118. Auditions are completed the evening before and notification is sent to all students informing them, (1) who is seated in the ensemble for the semester, and (2) which singers have been accepted into the Music Performance Fellowship program. Seated students purchase music in the bookstore hours before the Thursday 1pm start time so as not to be 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 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 (MUSC303 or MUSC358, see below) and Performance Studies (MUSC190). For a fellowship application, contact Connie Bailey.

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 (MUSC303). 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 (MUSC358) instead of Camerata (MUSC303). 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.

MUSC358, 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 MUSC358.

What are the additional things for which students are responsible?
Ladies are required to purchase a Music Department black performance dress. The cost is approximately $68. Information on the dress will be supplied the first week of the semester. Men 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, students 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.

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 (MUSC303H). This Honors section is a 3-credit course. Students research the literature Camerata is studying, prepare short presentations for the class, and turn their research into program notes for he printed concert program. Honors students may enroll as many times as they wish in MUSC303H, but only one of those semesters, of course, will satisfy the requirements of the Honors College.

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