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Chamber Music for Fun

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Spring 2016
Music 98 / 198
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About the Course:

*** SIGN UP FOR AUDITIONS HERE: http://bit.ly/1Uz8vN8 ***

 Our DeCal aims to provide a music performance opportunity for non-music majors at Berkeley. The Chamber Music for Fun DeCal provides an exciting way for Cal students to continue their passion for music in a relaxed, friendly, and engaging environment. If you are searching to continue your involvement in playing and performing, please sign up for an audition this week!

Where and when are auditions?

Auditions will be held from Tuesday through Thursday, 2/2-2/4, this week in 250 Morrison. Auditions will be in 15 minute slots. Please prepare a 5-minute excerpt from a solo piece that adequately demonstrates your skill level on an instrument you are comfortable with. (We advise playing a slow excerpt and a fast excerpt.)

Who should join this DeCal?

Non-music majors who are looking to continue playing their instruments in a small ensemble setting without having to worry too much about grades. 

Do I have to perform at a certain level to join?

As long as you are comfortable with your instrument, we welcome you to audition. The purpose of this DeCal is to offer performance opportunities for people who have already been playing and would like to continue.

What musical pieces are played?

Classical music (mostly!). Each ensemble of players chooses its own piece –  in the past, we've had classical, contemporary, and jazz selections included in our final performance. We welcome all styles, but the availability to play depends on whether others in the ensemble are also willing to play that genre.

How are groups formed?

Sign up for auditions here: http://bit.ly/1Uz8vN8. The auditions allow us to gauge your instrumentality level (we recommend preparing excerpts from slow and fast passages that can be from the same piece or different pieces). We then form groups of ensembles based on instrumentation, level, and desired genres.

How competitive is it to get in?

Because we mainly base acceptance on instrumentation and level, acceptance generally depends on what and how many instruments are auditioning. As we cannot determine either factor until auditions are over, the number accepted each year varies. We encourage you to audition if you're interested in performing music and getting to know your fellow musicians!

When and where is class held?

This class can work with any schedule! Ensemble groups are required to rehearse for 90 minutes each week in Morrison Hall. Each ensemble meets individually, so musicians only have to coordinate their schedules with a few other people. (Musicians are expected to practice outside of the weekly scheduled rehearsal time as well.)

I didn't know about this DeCal, and I left my instrument at home. What can I do?

If you cannot retrieve your instrument from home, you can visit the music office in Morrison Hall to inquire as to whether they can lend you an instrument to audition. If not, you may have to ask a friend or a fellow auditionee. You may also email us for more information on your specific instrument needs. However, you will need access to an instrument for the entire semester. Pianos are an exception, as they will be provided by the music department.

You can also reference the syllabus (attached below in the files section), or email us questions at our course contact email: berkeleychambermusic@gmail.com. Note that we will not be having a first meeting this semester due to the $5 add deadline this Friday (2/5).

How to Enroll:

Participation in the DeCal is determined through auditions held in the beginning of the semester.

*** SIGN UP FOR AUDITIONS HERE: http://bit.ly/1Uz8vN8 ***


Pianists will have a brief sight-reading section to the audition—this is a recent change, so please note this!

Auditions will be held from Tuesday through Thursday, 2/2-2/4, this week in 250 Morrison. Auditions will be in 15 minute slots. Please prepare a 5-minute excerpt from a solo piece that adequately demonstrates your skill level on an instrument you are comfortable with. (We advise playing a slow excerpt and a fast excerpt.)

Course Contact: berkeleychambermusic AT gmail.com

Faculty Sponsor: Leighton Fong

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