Auditions and Placement Hearings for the Community School of the Arts Music Ensembles

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The Community School of the Arts at the University of Connecticut (CSA) will be holding auditions and placement hearings for its ensemble programs. Call the CSA office at 860-486-1073 to reserve a time for an ensemble placement hearing/audition on either August 28 or September 4 between 4:30 and 7:30 p.m.


CSA’s Ensemble Programs include the Richards Advanced Chamber Music  Coaching Program which  places  pre-college string, woodwind and brass instrumentalists, in chamber music groups with Music Majors from the University of Connecticut, and are coached by UCONN and CSA Chamber Music Faculty; a new String Orchestra open to elementary and middle school students who play violin, viola, cello or bass at a beginner to intermediate level orchestra level (Suzuki Book III+);  a Guitar Ensemble open to classical guitarists, age 13 and older, who have the ability to read and play in first position on all 6 strings; a Trumpet Performance Class and Ensemble with a  focus on different topics each month from Regional and All-State preparation, jazz performance and improvisation, and ensemble playing; and a Brass Ensemble for low brass instrumentalists (horn, trombone, euphonium and tuba), which will perform with the Trumpet Ensemble. The Richards Advanced Chamber Music Coaching Program is made possible by a generous gift from the John C. and Gladys Richards Foundation.

CSA faculty members are also available to coach your chamber quartet or quintet. If you have a group that needs coaching please call the CSA office at 860-486-1073 for more information.

The Community School of the Arts offers instrumental ensembles for the purpose of encouraging and inspiring musical growth and the love of making music together. The ensembles offer the opportunity for students of all ages and experience levels a place to hone their reading and ensemble skills, intonation and general musicianship while learning classical repertoire. In addition to the larger ensembles CSA highly encourages participation in chamber music (trios and quartets) for students of all ages.

Most Chamber music ensembles are offered to CSA Private music students for free or at a reduced cost. Call the CSA office at 86-486-1073 for a schedule of ensembles day and times, fees, and placement or audition information.

The Community School of the Arts provides people of all ages and ability levels with professional, affordable instruction in the performing and visual arts. CSA is interdisciplinary and education based, linking individuals in the greater communities of Eastern Connecticut with the artistic and performance resources of the University.


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