Joining our orchestra is an exciting opportunity that is open to all musicians at the University of British Columbia! Whether you’re used to high school bands and orchestras, private lessons, or garage jam sessions, A Chorus Line will provide a new experience that is both challenging and extremely rewarding.
Throughout the rehearsal process, orchestra members get to know their tight-knit group of fellow musicians and develop their musical ability in a fun, supportive environment. They then go on to combine their talents with the cast and crew to put on a great production.
Rehearsals will be held weekly Wednesdays, 6:00 – 9:00 PM and Saturdays, 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM on UBC campus. Rehearsals begin Wednesday January 12th and lead up to the performances on March 19th, 20th, 25th, and 26th. These rehearsal times may be subject to slight changes, but it is expected that members attend all rehearsals which should not exceed a total of 6 – 8 hours per week.
A Chorus Line:
Seventeen Broadway dancers audition to be a part of the chorus for a Broadway show. As the show progresses, each one exposes their individuality and opens up to the choreographer and to the audience about what brought them here. Cassie, an ex-star who needs a job, Kristine, who can’t sing, and Mike, a tap dancer, are just a few individuals who tell us about their lives as they learn the finale number.
Instruments for A Chorus Line:
We’re looking for enthusiastic musicians to fill the following instruments:
- Keyboard 1, 2, and 3
- Trumpet 1, 2, and 3
- Tenor Trombone 1 & 2
- Bass Trombone
- Reeds (Clarinet, Bass Clarinet, Oboe, Flute, Alto Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone, Baritone Saxophone, Bassoon)
If accepted, orchestra members are asked to pay a $20 participation fee. This is a small fee to help support the production, as we perform in a professional venue and aim to create high-quality productions. Cast and orchestra members will also receive a production shirt as part of this cost. If you are selected but have difficulty paying this fee, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or speak with a club executive team member.
Applying for A Chorus Line:
- Complete this application form by Sunday November 14 at 10:00 PM.
- Schedule a fifteen-minute informal audition with our co-orchestra directors, Ashley and Scott, on November 15th or 16th.
- Successful applicants will receive an email by Sunday November 21st at 8:00 PM.
We will also be accepting virtual auditions for those who may not be able to attend in-person auditions. Please contact Ashley and Scott at email@example.com if you would like to audition virtually.
For your audition you will be expected to prepare an excerpt from A Chorus Line based on your instrument of choice, see provided options below. Learn this to the best of your ability, and, if possible at the correct tempo (refer to soundtrack). We have chosen some of the most challenging sections for this part of the audition, so don’t be afraid of making mistakes. If you have difficulty preparing the audition piece due to lack of access to an instrument, please let us know!
- Keyboard (mm. 54 – 74)
- Bass (mm. 196 – 229)
- Drums (mm. 32 – 59)
- Trumpet (mm. 202A – 202P, play top line)
- Trombone (mm. 46 – 83)
- Clarinet (mm. 107 – 138)
- Bass Clarinet (mm. 80 – 96)
- Oboe (mm. 107 – 138)
- Flute (mm. 107 – 138)
- Alto Saxophone (mm. 267 – 288)
- Tenor Saxophone (mm. 212 – 238)
- Baritone Saxophone (mm. 212 – 238)
- Bassoon (mm. 138 – 171)
- Violin (mm. 253 – 298, excerpt from The Addams Family)
You will also be asked to do some sight reading or any additional musical exercises selected by our orchestra directors. We’re not looking for perfection, this informal audition will be to gauge your ability and comfort with your instrument. We look forward to getting to know you better as both a musician and an individual.
Thank you for your interest in the orchestra! We are very excited about the upcoming year and can’t wait to welcome you into our orchestra. For any orchestra-specific inquiries, please email Ashley and Scott at firstname.lastname@example.org.