The Early Music Ensemble (EME) specializes in the unique,
surprising, and extravagant music of the medieval, Renaissance,
and Baroque periods of Western music. Participants will explore
the repertoire of these centuries through performance with an
emphasis on questions of style, historical practice, notation,
intuition, and expression. EME offers ensembles for both
vocalists and instrumentalists as well as collaborative
Update on community members: Non-students who
are employees of the university will be allowed to participate
in the music department ensembles, following the usual
protocols. We are working through the logistics for how we can
also include community members who are not employees by the
university. We hope to have more information on this by
Mondays and Wednesdays, 7:10–9:00 pm, Recital Hall, Ann E.
Your Choral Placement Hearing will be very short (10
minutes or less) and as painless as
possible. Think of
it as a miniature voice lesson with an
opportunity to connect
with me one-on-one. The goal of
the Choral Placement Hearing is to determine which
choir(s) might be the best fit for you this year.
There is a UC Davis choir for everyone!
Your Choral Placement Hearing will include:
Vocal warmup and range exploration
Short musicianship exercises (matching
pitches and/or sight reading)
1–2 minutes of something you love to sing. This
could be a pop song, an aria, Happy Birthday, or
anything that feels comfortable in your
voice. Plan to sing unaccompanied (by
yourself without piano, guitar, etc.).
Brief chat about your musical goals, why you
love singing, and which choir(s) might be the best fit for
Please plan to arrive to Room 130 (Erik’s office) a few minutes
before your scheduled time to fill out a brief questionnaire. I’m
looking forward to meeting you!
A note about reading music
There are many equally valid ways to learn
music. For your Choral Placement Hearing, I am curious
about how you personally learn music right
now. That might be by reading music, that might be by ear, that
might be by some system unique to
you. The short musicianship exercises are
not tests, they’re just small parts of
helping me understand you as a singer.