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Spring 2017

MUSI 111-01

World Music

  • Days: MWF
  • Meeting Time: 02:20 pm-03:20 pm
  • Room:
  • Instructor: Kathryn Alexander

Notes: This course surveys traditional, folk, and pop genres from major musical traditions in Africa, Asia, the Americas, Europe, and the Middle East. We approach music as both aesthetic and social processes, and explore the relationship between music making and other domains of human experience. Students will develop basic skills in critical listening, analysis, and writing about music. Course readings and audiovisual examples are designed primarily for non-music majors or minors. Previous knowledge of musical instrument or notation is not required. (4 credits)

MUSI 111-02

World Music

  • Days: MWF
  • Meeting Time: 03:30 pm-04:30 pm
  • Room:
  • Instructor: Kathryn Alexander

Notes: This course surveys traditional, folk, and pop genres from major musical traditions in Africa, Asia, the Americas, Europe, and the Middle East. We approach music as both aesthetic and social processes, and explore the relationship between music making and other domains of human experience. Students will develop basic skills in critical listening, analysis, and writing about music. Course readings and audiovisual examples are designed primarily for non-music majors or minors. Previous knowledge of musical instrument or notation is not required. (4 credits)

MUSI 114-01

Theory II

  • Days: MWF
  • Meeting Time: 09:40 am-10:40 am
  • Room:
  • Instructor: Victoria Malawey

Notes: In this course we explore theoretical concepts of chromatic music, including harmony, voice leading, and form, always seeking answers to questions about how chromatic music works. Students will develop the ability to discuss and write about music in a sophisticated way. We will accomplish these tasks through written exercises, analysis, composition, and ear training. Specific topics covered include review of diatonic harmony and voice leading, secondary dominants, modulation to closely related keys, small forms (binary, ternary), mode mixture, chromatic mediants, modulation by common tone, Neapolitan sixth chords, augmented sixth chords, descending tetrachord bass line, enharmonic modulation, extended tertian chords, altered chords, and an introduction to sonata form. Aural activities include sight singing, identification of pitch patterns, melodic dictation, harmonic dictation, identification of sonorities, identification of intervals, harmonic substitution, modulating harmonic dictation, three-chord progressions, and contextual listening. Three lectures and one lab per week. (4 credits)


MUSI 114-L1

Theory II Lab

  • Days: T
  • Meeting Time: 01:20 pm-02:50 pm
  • Room:
  • Instructor: Victoria Malawey

Notes: *Concurrent registration with MUSI 114-01 required*

In this course we explore theoretical concepts of chromatic music, including harmony, voice leading, and form, always seeking answers to questions about how chromatic music works. Students will develop the ability to discuss and write about music in a sophisticated way. We will accomplish these tasks through written exercises, analysis, composition, and ear training. Specific topics covered include review of diatonic harmony and voice leading, secondary dominants, modulation to closely related keys, small forms (binary, ternary), mode mixture, chromatic mediants, modulation by common tone, Neapolitan sixth chords, augmented sixth chords, descending tetrachord bass line, enharmonic modulation, extended tertian chords, altered chords, and an introduction to sonata form. Aural activities include sight singing, identification of pitch patterns, melodic dictation, harmonic dictation, identification of sonorities, identification of intervals, harmonic substitution, modulating harmonic dictation, three-chord progressions, and contextual listening. Three lectures and one lab per week. (4 credits)


MUSI 153-01

Electronic Music

  • Days: TR
  • Meeting Time: 09:40 am-11:10 am
  • Room:
  • Instructor: Reid Kruger

Notes: Electronic music composition explores the art of creating experimental sound compositions using analog and digital technology. Although we will survey the historical development of electronic music, the emphasis of the classis on composition, including multi-media and experimental work. The class format includes listening, discussion, lab sessions and a final concert showcasing works created throughout the semester. Enrollment limited to 13 to allow each student sufficient lab time. 4 credits

MUSI 194-01

MUSI Topics Course

  • Days: MWF
  • Meeting Time: 10:50 am-11:50 am
  • Room: MUSIC 113
  • Instructor: STAFF

Notes:

MUSI 294-01

Musical Fictions

  • Days: MWF
  • Meeting Time: 01:10 pm-02:10 pm
  • Room:
  • Instructor: Mark Mazullo

Notes: *Cross-listed with ENGL 294-08* What can music teach us about literature, and, conversely, how can literature lend meaning to music? In this course, we will read novels (and short stories, novellas, and/or plays) that deal explicitly with musical themes. Perspectives we will consider in our discussions include: the history of musical aesthetics; the question of musical value/s; musical empathy; music and semiotics; the history of subjectivity; music’s function in formations of race, class, gender, and sexuality. Our reading will include: Kazuo Ishiguro, The Unconsoled (1995); James Baldwin, “Sonny’s Blues” (1957); Rose Tremain, Music & Silence (1999); Peter Shaffer, Amadeus (1979); E. M. Forster, Howards End (1910); Marguerite Duras, “Moderato Cantabile” (1958); Jonathan Lethem, You Don’t Love Me Yet (2007); Michael Chabon, Telegraph Avenue (2012); and Richard Powers, Orfeo (2014). In a semester-long independent project, students will write a critical essay on a musical-fictional topic of their own devising.

MUSI 314-01

Theory IV, Contemporary Theory and Literature

  • Days: MWF
  • Meeting Time: 03:30 pm-04:30 pm
  • Room:
  • Instructor: Randall Bauer

Notes: Survey of contemporary music and modern compositional techniques with emphasis on analytical skills. (4 credits)


MUSI 343-01

Western Music-19th Century

  • Days: MWF
  • Meeting Time: 12:00 pm-01:00 pm
  • Room:
  • Instructor: Mark Mazullo

Notes: This course provides a survey of Western art music from the early works of Ludwig van Beethoven, composed in the mid-1790s, to the symphonic works of the generation of modernist composers born around 1860 (Gustav Mahler, Jean Sibelius, Giacomo Puccini, Richard Strauss). One principal aim of the course is to expose students to a large quantity of multi-national Western music in a variety of genres and styles, thus leading students to a deeper understanding of the development of musical style in the nineteenth century. In addition to the musical works themselves, and no less importantly, the course stresses the contexts surrounding the musical texts. Lectures address the political, cultural, and intellectual history that directed the path of musical style in this period. Students are therefore expected to become familiar not only with specific works and the stylistic footprints of many composers, but also with the significant cultural-historical events and trends that informed composition during this period--the pan-European revolutions of 1848, the aesthetic ideology of autonomous music, the public music culture of the European bourgeoisie, the relationship between musical reception and various strains of European nationalism, and so on. Classroom activities include lectures, directed listening of pieces on the listening list (and sometimes, for comparison, other works), some formal and stylistic analysis, and discussion. (4 credits)

MUSI 370-01

Conducting

  • Days: TR
  • Meeting Time: 09:40 am-11:10 am
  • Room:
  • Instructor: Mark Mandarano

Notes: *Pre-requisite MUSI 114*

Emphasizes basic techniques, including beat patterns, baton techniques, score preparation and rehearsal techniques. (4 credits)


MUSI 394-01

Analysis of Sound

  • Days: TR
  • Meeting Time: 03:00 pm-04:30 pm
  • Room:
  • Instructor: Kathryn Alexander

Notes: This course explores the creation, dispersal, and uses of sound in musical cultures throughout the world. We will explore how individuals and societies use music to construct culture in many social and cultural contexts. Students will build on their existing skills as musicians in developing new skills in analysis, performance, critical listening, and writing about music. Course readings and audiovisual examples are designed primarily for music majors and minors. Previous knowledge of musical instruments or notation is expected.

MUSI 73-01

African Music Ensemble

  • Days: TR
  • Meeting Time: 06:30 pm-08:00 pm
  • Room:
  • Instructor: Sowah Mensah

Notes: *Register in person with the ensemble director. Check the Music Department website to see whether auditions are required.*


MUSI 75-01

Macalester Concert Choir

  • Days: MWR
  • Meeting Time: 04:45 pm-06:15 pm
  • Room:
  • Instructor: Sandra Peter

Notes: *Register in person with the ensemble director. Check the Music Department website to see whether auditions are required.*


MUSI 77-01

Macalester Chorale

  • Days: T
  • Meeting Time: 04:45 pm-06:15 pm
  • Room:
  • Instructor: Sandra Peter

Notes: *Additional required meeting time on Thursdays from 6:30-8:00pm in Music 113 (Hewitt Hall). Register in person with the ensemble director. Check the Music Department website to see whether auditions are required.*


MUSI 81-01

Mac Jazz Band

  • Days: MW
  • Meeting Time: 04:45 pm-06:15 pm
  • Room:
  • Instructor: Joan Griffith

Notes: *Register in person with the ensemble director. Check the Music Department website to see whether auditions are required.*


MUSI 83-01

Jazz/Popular Music Combos

  • Days: M
  • Meeting Time: 07:00 pm-09:00 pm
  • Room:
  • Instructor: Peter Hennig

Notes: *Register in person with the ensemble director. Check the Music Department website to see whether auditions are required.*

Jazz and Popular Music Combos are open to all who wish to concentrate on improvisation and original music. The combos present two concerts each year and record at a professional studio spring semester.

MUSI 85-01

Pipe Band

  • Days: W
  • Meeting Time: 06:30 pm-10:00 pm
  • Room:
  • Instructor: Michael Breidenbach

Notes: *Register in person with the ensemble director. Check the Music Department website to see whether auditions are required.*


MUSI 87-01

Chamber Ensembles

  • Days: TBA
  • Meeting Time: TBA
  • Room:
  • Instructor: Mark Mandarano

Notes: *Register in person with the ensemble director. Check the Music Department website to see whether auditions are required.*


MUSI 89-01

Orchestra

  • Days: TR
  • Meeting Time: 04:45 pm-06:15 pm
  • Room:
  • Instructor: Mark Mandarano

Notes: *Register in person with the ensemble director. Check the Music Department website to see whether auditions are required.*


MUSI 91-01

Mac Early Music Ensemble

  • Days: F
  • Meeting Time: 04:45 pm-06:15 pm
  • Room:
  • Instructor: Clea Galhano

Notes: *There may also be some occasional Sunday afternoon rehearsals. Register in person with the ensemble director. Check the Music Department website to see whether auditions are required.*


MUSI 93-01

Other Ensembles

  • Days: M
  • Meeting Time: 07:00 pm-08:30 pm
  • Room:
  • Instructor: Shelley Hanson

Notes: *Register in person with the ensemble director. Check the Music Department website to see whether auditions are required.*


MUSI 95-01

Private Studio Instruction

  • Days: TBA
  • Meeting Time: TBA
  • Room:
  • Instructor: STAFF

Notes: *Studio instruction may be taken by any Macalester student in voice, piano, harpsichord, organ, guitar, recorder, a variety of other standard orchestral instruments, as well as some non-Western instruments. Please refer to the Music Department web page for specific lesson and fee arrangements. Registration must be done in person (in Office 201 of the Music Building) at the beginning of the semester. Please contact Rachel Hest, Department Coordinator (rhest@macalester.edu), for more information.*


Fall 2016

MUSI 110-01

Music Appreciation

  • Days: MWF
  • Meeting Time: 10:50 am-11:50 am
  • Room: MUSIC 113
  • Instructor: Mark Mandarano

Notes: Focuses on listening to music and making sense of what we hear. Explores diverse musical styles and cultures with an emphasis on concert music of the western world, placing the music within cultural-historical frameworks. (4 credits)


MUSI 111-01

World Music

  • Days: MWF
  • Meeting Time: 09:40 am-10:40 am
  • Room: MUSIC 228
  • Instructor: Kathryn Alexander

Notes: This course surveys traditional, folk, and pop genres from major musical traditions in Africa, Asia, the Americas, Europe, and the Middle East. We approach music as both aesthetic and social processes, and explore the relationship between music making and other domains of human experience. Students will develop basic skills in critical listening, analysis, and writing about music. Course readings and audiovisual examples are designed primarily for non-music majors or minors. Previous knowledge of musical instrument or notation is not required. (4 credits)

MUSI 113-01

Theory I

  • Days: MWF
  • Meeting Time: 12:00 pm-01:00 pm
  • Room: MUSIC 219
  • Instructor: Randall Bauer

Notes: In this course we explore theoretical concepts of diatonic music, including counterpoint, harmonic progression, and voice leading, always seeking answers to questions about how diatonic music works. Students will develop the ability to discuss and write about music in a sophisticated way. We will accomplish these tasks through written exercises, analysis, composition, and ear training. Specific topics covered include pitch, meter, intervals, scales, keys, triads, seventh chords, diatonic modes, figured bass, lead-sheet (chord) symbols, Roman numeral identification, part writing, cadences, basic harmonic function, sequence, phrases and periods, melody harmonization, non-chord tones, and basic principles of orchestration. Aural activities include sight singing, identification of pitch patterns, identification of scales, rhythmic dictation, rhythm reading, melodic dictation, harmonic dictation, identification of sonorities, identification of cadences, and contextual listening. Three lectures and one lab per week. (4 credits)


MUSI 113-02

Theory I

  • Days: MWF
  • Meeting Time: 01:10 pm-02:10 pm
  • Room: MUSIC 219
  • Instructor: Randall Bauer

Notes: In this course we explore theoretical concepts of diatonic music, including counterpoint, harmonic progression, and voice leading, always seeking answers to questions about how diatonic music works. Students will develop the ability to discuss and write about music in a sophisticated way. We will accomplish these tasks through written exercises, analysis, composition, and ear training. Specific topics covered include pitch, meter, intervals, scales, keys, triads, seventh chords, diatonic modes, figured bass, lead-sheet (chord) symbols, Roman numeral identification, part writing, cadences, basic harmonic function, sequence, phrases and periods, melody harmonization, non-chord tones, and basic principles of orchestration. Aural activities include sight singing, identification of pitch patterns, identification of scales, rhythmic dictation, rhythm reading, melodic dictation, harmonic dictation, identification of sonorities, identification of cadences, and contextual listening. Three lectures and one lab per week. (4 credits)


MUSI 113-L1

Theory I Lab

  • Days: T
  • Meeting Time: 01:20 pm-02:50 pm
  • Room: MUSIC 219
  • Instructor: Victoria Malawey

Notes: *Concurrent registration with MUSI 113 required*

In this course we explore theoretical concepts of diatonic music, including counterpoint, harmonic progression, and voice leading, always seeking answers to questions about how diatonic music works. Students will develop the ability to discuss and write about music in a sophisticated way. We will accomplish these tasks through written exercises, analysis, composition, and ear training. Specific topics covered include pitch, meter, intervals, scales, keys, triads, seventh chords, diatonic modes, figured bass, lead-sheet (chord) symbols, Roman numeral identification, part writing, cadences, basic harmonic function, sequence, phrases and periods, melody harmonization, non-chord tones, and basic principles of orchestration. Aural activities include sight singing, identification of pitch patterns, identification of scales, rhythmic dictation, rhythm reading, melodic dictation, harmonic dictation, identification of sonorities, identification of cadences, and contextual listening. Three lectures and one lab per week. (4 credits)


MUSI 113-L2

Theory I Lab

  • Days: T
  • Meeting Time: 03:00 pm-04:30 pm
  • Room: MUSIC 219
  • Instructor: Victoria Malawey

Notes: *Concurrent registration with MUSI 113 required*

In this course we explore theoretical concepts of diatonic music, including counterpoint, harmonic progression, and voice leading, always seeking answers to questions about how diatonic music works. Students will develop the ability to discuss and write about music in a sophisticated way. We will accomplish these tasks through written exercises, analysis, composition, and ear training. Specific topics covered include pitch, meter, intervals, scales, keys, triads, seventh chords, diatonic modes, figured bass, lead-sheet (chord) symbols, Roman numeral identification, part writing, cadences, basic harmonic function, sequence, phrases and periods, melody harmonization, non-chord tones, and basic principles of orchestration. Aural activities include sight singing, identification of pitch patterns, identification of scales, rhythmic dictation, rhythm reading, melodic dictation, harmonic dictation, identification of sonorities, identification of cadences, and contextual listening. Three lectures and one lab per week. (4 credits)


MUSI 194-01

Passion Music

  • Days: MWF
  • Meeting Time: 10:50 am-11:50 am
  • Room: MUSIC 228
  • Instructor: Michael McGaghie

Notes: *First Year Course only* This course will explore music of the Passion tradition (the story of Jesus’s arrest, trial, and death). The genre includes some of the most ambitious, innovative, and seminal works of the past five hundred years. We will begin the term by looking at the Passion form’s growth into the paradigmatic settings of Johann Sebastian Bach. Our study will then consider several modern expansions upon this legacy. We will examine the evolving narrative/dramatic sense of these works, their roles in liturgical and/or concert performance, the inclusion of non-canonical (and non-Christological) texts, their myriad sociopolitical implications, and of course, the novelties of their musical language. This course meets the College’s Writing requirement and will help students learn to write critically about music. A familiarity with basic musical notation is necessary and will be assumed. Past experience in music ensembles (choir, orchestra, band) will certainly be helpful but is not required.


MUSI 213-01

Theory III, Form and Analysis

  • Days: MWF
  • Meeting Time: 02:20 pm-03:20 pm
  • Room: MUSIC 219
  • Instructor: Randall Bauer

Notes: Analysis of musical forms and musical development techniques with emphasis on music of the common practice period; advanced harmonic ear training. (4 credits)


MUSI 342-01

Medieval to Mozart

  • Days: MWF
  • Meeting Time: 01:10 pm-02:10 pm
  • Room: MUSIC 228
  • Instructor: Mark Mazullo

Notes: This course traces the development of Western art music from its beginnings in the monophonic chant of early Christianity, through the development of polyphonic genres in the Renaissance (mass, motet, madrigal), to the emergence of opera in Italy around 1600 and the stylistic revolution that we now call the Baroque (including musical life in the extravagant court of Louis XIV in France and Johann Sebastian Bach’s masterful synthesis of Baroque styles), to the sophisticated, multi-movement sonata structures of late 18th century Viennese classicism. Its central concerns are: (1) to understand the place of music in social and cultural life, (2) to gain an appreciation of the musical style and rhetoric that characterizes each of the periods we study, and (3) to develop students’ abilities in communicating, in writing and the spoken word, what they have learned about this music and the culture in which it was produced. Course activities will take several forms, including lectures, musical analyses, and performances. Lectures will introduce key terms and concepts and will address broader concerns of cultural life (including composer biographies). In-class analysis and performance will lead to a more detailed understanding of key works. Examinations will test students’ retention of course listening and lecture/discussion/reading material. Essays will give students the opportunity to delve deeper into critical and musical analysis, and to sharpen their prose, specifically with respect to writing about music. The course assumes no historical knowledge of the periods in question. However, basic skills in the analysis of music are necessary. (4 credits)

MUSI 354-01

Gender and Music

  • Days: TR
  • Meeting Time: 09:40 am-11:10 am
  • Room: MUSIC 228
  • Instructor: Victoria Malawey

Notes: *Cross-listed with WGSS 354-01*

This course explores issues concerning gender in a variety of American and European musical styles, with an emphasis on popular genres. Taking a topical approach, we will examine the ways in which gender is constructed in various musical contexts and explore the ways in which gender relates to and is informed by other apsects of identity formation, including class, race, and sexuality. We will investigate issues that have affected women's participation in musical life, such as musical canons, gendered musical discourse, and gender stereotypes. In addition, we will explore contributions of trans* musicians, as well as issues that affect their musical lives. We will also interrogate constructions of gender, masculinity, and femininity as they relate to music. An ongoing goal will be to develop reading comprehension and critical thinking skills through a series of short summary/response papers and discussion in class. Finally, as this course emphasizes writing and research skills, several class periods will be devoted to research techniques and the writing process, and accordingly you will be required to write and revise a substantial paper. Cross-listed with Women's and Gender Studies 354. (4 credits)

MUSI 405-01

Ethnomusicology

  • Days: TR
  • Meeting Time: 01:20 pm-02:50 pm
  • Room: MUSIC 228
  • Instructor: Kathryn Alexander

Notes: *Cross-listed with ANTH 405-01*

This course introduces students to the field of ethnomusicology through its philosophical foundation, theoretical models, and disciplinary practices. Topics include comparative approach, structuralist/functionalist models, cultural relativism, organology, bi-musicality, reflexivity, post/modernism, among other recent research directions. Assignments are designed to develop skills in musical fieldwork, transcription and analysis, as well as preparing and presenting scholarly findings in ethnographic disciplines. This course is aimed primarily for students of music and/or anthropology. Basic knowledge or experience in world music and performance is desirable. Cross-listed with Anthropology 405. (4 credits)

MUSI 425-01

Seminar in Composers/Genres: Beethoven, Mahler, Shostakovich

  • Days: MWF
  • Meeting Time: 12:00 pm-01:00 pm
  • Room: MUSIC 228
  • Instructor: Mark Mazullo

Notes: In this course, we will study selected major works by Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827), Gustav Mahler (1860-1911), and Dmitri Shostakovich (1906-1975). We will approach the musical works analytically and critically, with the goal of applying our observations about musical form/s to the formation of arguments concerning aesthetics, ethics, politics, culture, and other perspectives. Through readings from a variety of disciplines and traditions, we will develop an understanding of such categories as Classicism, Romanticism, Nationalism, Modernism, and Socialist Realism, both musically and more broadly. Works we will study closely include: by Beethoven--Symphony No. 7, String Quartet in B-flat Major, Opus 130, Piano Sonatas Opus 110 and 111; by Mahler--Symphony No. 3, Das Lied von der Erde (“The Song of the Earth”); by Shostakovich--Symphony No. 4, String Quartet No. 3, Symphony No. 8, the Preludes and Fugues for Piano. In a semester-long independent project, students will write a critical-analytical essay on a topic of their own devising. This course carries the prerequisite of MUSI 114 (Theory II). Other interested and adequately prepared students may request permission of the instructor to register.

MUSI 72-01

African Music Ensemble

  • Days: TR
  • Meeting Time: 06:45 pm-08:15 pm
  • Room: MUSIC 116
  • Instructor: Sowah Mensah

Notes: *Register in person with the ensemble director. Check the Music Department website to see whether auditions are required*


MUSI 74-01

Macalester Concert Choir

  • Days: MWR
  • Meeting Time: 04:45 pm-06:15 pm
  • Room: MUSIC 113
  • Instructor: Michael McGaghie

Notes: *Register in person with the ensemble director. Check the Music Department website to see whether auditions are required*


MUSI 76-01

Macalester Chorale

  • Days: T
  • Meeting Time: 04:45 pm-06:15 pm
  • Room: MUSIC 113
  • Instructor: Michael McGaghie

Notes: *Additional required meeting time on Thursdays from 6:30-8:00pm in Muisc 113 (Hewitt Hall). Register in person with the ensemble director. Check the Music Department website to see whether auditions are required*


MUSI 80-01

Mac Jazz Band

  • Days: MW
  • Meeting Time: 04:45 pm-06:15 pm
  • Room: MUSIC 116
  • Instructor: Joan Griffith

Notes:

MUSI 82-01

Jazz/Popular Music Combos

  • Days: M
  • Meeting Time: 07:00 pm-09:00 pm
  • Room: MUSIC 113
  • Instructor: Peter Hennig

Notes: *Register in person with the ensemble director. Check the Music Department website to see whether auditions are required*

Jazz and Popular Music Combos are open to all who wish to concentrate on improvisation and original music. The combos present two concerts each year and record at a professional studio spring semester.

MUSI 84-01

Pipe Band

  • Days: W
  • Meeting Time: 06:30 pm-10:00 pm
  • Room: MUSIC 116
  • Instructor: Michael Breidenbach

Notes: *Register in person with the ensemble director. Check the Music Department website to see whether auditions are required*


MUSI 86-01

Chamber Ensembles

  • Days: TBA
  • Meeting Time: TBA
  • Room:
  • Instructor: Mark Mandarano

Notes: *Register in person with the ensemble director. Check the Music Department website to see whether auditions are required*


MUSI 88-01

Orchestra

  • Days: TR
  • Meeting Time: 04:45 pm-06:15 pm
  • Room: MUSIC 116
  • Instructor: Mark Mandarano

Notes: *Register in person with the ensemble director. Check the Music Department website to see whether auditions are required*


MUSI 90-01

Mac Early Music Ensemble

  • Days: F
  • Meeting Time: 04:45 pm-06:15 pm
  • Room: MUSIC 116
  • Instructor: Clea Galhano

Notes: *There may also be some occasional Sunday afternoon rehersals. Register in person with the ensemble director. Check the Music Department website to see whether auditions are required*


MUSI 92-01

Wind Ensemble

  • Days: M
  • Meeting Time: 07:00 pm-08:30 pm
  • Room:
  • Instructor: Shelley Hanson

Notes: *Register in person with the ensemble director. Check the Music Department website to see whether auditions are required*