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Ensemble Course Auditions

Do you play an instrument or sing? Our ensembles are open to all Queen's students!

Hone your collaboration and team-work skills in a music ensemble! The experience of co-creating music is unparalleled in the way it brings joy and stretches the mind. At the DAN School, we offer a range of ensemble experiences to anyone within the Queen’s community with participants including students, faculty, and staff members. Ensembles regularly participate in collaborations with professional performers, and composers, including with the Kingston Symphony Orchestra. 

Undergraduate students within the Faculty of Arts and Science can enrol in an ensemble for a course credit of 1.5 units upon completing a successful audition/application. All ensembles are scheduled to run through the Fall and Winter terms and to receive credit, students must participate in both terms. Students may register for credit in a maximum of two ensembles per year.

Large Ensembles:

  • Choral Ensemble
  • Orchestra
  • Wind Ensemble

Medium Ensembles:

  • Jazz Ensemble
  • Music Theatre Ensemble
  • Polyhymnia Chamber Choir

Small Ensembles:

  • Chamber Ensembles
  • Cello Ensemble
  • Clarinet Choir
  • Flute Choir
  • Keyboard Accompanying
  • Percussion Ensemble

Audition and Application Information

Please note that in a change to previous years, some ensembles require you to submit an audition video and some do not. 

Choral Ensemble, Jazz Ensemble, Orchestra, Polyhymnia Chamber Choir, and Wind Ensemble require an audition video to be submitted with the online application form. 

Cello Ensemble, Clarinet Choir, Flute Choir, and Percussion Ensemble require an application only and no audition video.

All auditions/applications will be submitted through the 2022-23 DAN SCHOOL ENSEMBLE APPLICATION AND AUDITION FORM. Applications but be received by August 22, 2022 at 8 pm. 

This audition/application is a four-step process:
You should first check the audition/application requirements found under each ensemble description.
If any of your ensembles require an audition (Choral Ensemble, Jazz Ensemble, Orchestra, Polyhymnia Chamber Choir, Wind Ensemble), you should record your audition(s) and upload them to an online video hosting service of your choice (for example, a private YouTube Channel, a Microsoft OneDrive Account, Google Drive etc. and generate a link that can be viewed by the ensemble director. Please double check to ensure that your video can be viewed.

You should then complete the 2022-23 DAN SCHOOL ENSEMBLE APPLICATION AND AUDITION FORM for the ensemble(s) you are interested in joining. If you are interested in auditioning for more than one ensemble, please only complete ONE form but indicate your preference by ranking the ensembles under consideration.  Other factors for placement in an ensemble are contingent upon the number of positions available.

As part of the application, you will be asked for the link(s) to your recorded audition(s). Paste the link(s) to your audition video(s) into the correct box. If you are applying to multiple ensembles that require an audition, for example, Choral Ensemble and Orchestra, you must submit two links – one to each of your audition recordings.

Please note, students are unable to add ensemble courses on SOLUS on their own. Successful students will be added to the ensemble(s) after the audition process is completed by the DAN School Undergraduate Program Coordinator. Submitting the online application and audition form provides the DAN School with permission to add a student directly to an ensemble.

It is the student’s responsibility to check SOLUS to ensure that they are registered in the correct ensemble prior to the ADD/DROP deadline for FW courses (September 19, 2022). As needed, students should contact the Undergraduate Program Coordinator, Kim Gudlauski, at kim.gudlauski@queensu.ca.