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Pop/Rock Ensemble

Music and Performing Arts Professions Ensembles

Achieve success in the genres of pop/rock music. An emphasis will be placed on individualized solo vocal performance through the study of style, communication, and collaboration. This ensemble will address microphone technique, active listening, appropriate stylization, and effective collaboration with a live band. Gain a greater understanding of the stylistic demands of various pop/rock genres and further refine their skills as storytellers, collaborators, and communicators.

Who Can Join:

Sophomores, juniors, seniors, and graduate level vocalists are all eligible to audition. Priority is given to Vocal Performance majors. At this time, we are also seeking two (2) guitarists and one (1) bassist for Spring 2022. 

Credit:

This ensemble can be taken for 1 or 0 credit.  

Vocal Audition Information: 

Auditions for all vocalists will be held via Zoom on Tuesday, January 11, 2021 at 3:00pm ET. Please email Dr. Moniz, justinjohnmoniz@nyu.edu, no later than Friday, January 7 to schedule your audition time. In your email, you MUST include: Full Name, N#, Major, Class Year, and School at NYU. Failure to include all of this information may prevent you from being scheduled for an audition. Auditions are filled on a first come first serve basis. Please note: There is a limited number of audition slots for non-majors. Those interested are encouraged to apply sooner than later.

If granted an audition, you must confirm your slot within 24 hours. Once confirmed, kindly prepare a song in the pop/rock style, which may be chosen from any of the following: Motown, 70s Folk/Rock, Disco, 80s Pop/Rock, Hip-Hop/R&B, Country, Faerie, or Latin Pop. PLEASE SING WHAT YOU SING BEST! Do plan to provide a backing track for your selection(s). No a cappella performances, please. If you have a second contrasting selection, please bring it to your audition, though one is not required.

Instrumental Audition Information:

We are currently seeking two (2) guitarists and one (1) bassist for Spring 2022. Instrumentalists should send a short sample of their playing in the pop/rock style. Guitarists should include both comping and solo capabilities. Selections may be chosen from any of the following: Motown, 70s Folk/Rock, Disco, 80s Pop/Rock, Hip-Hop/R&B, Country, Faerie, or Latin Pop. Please email Dr. Moniz, justinjohnmoniz@nyu.edu, with a link to your videos no later than Tuesday, January 11, 2021 at 3:00pm ET. In your email, you MUST include: Full Name, N#, Major, Class Year, School at NYU. Failure to include all of this information may prevent you from being considered for this opportunity.  

Rehearsal/Class Information:

This ensemble meets on Mondays from 2:00-4:00pm ET in Provincetown Playhouse. Attendance at all meetings is mandatory. 

Performances and Concerts: 

TBD

Instructor:

Dr. Justin John Moniz

Contact Information:

justinjohnmoniz@nyu.edu

Performance Sample:

NYU Steinhardt's Pop/Rock Ensemble Perform "Turn the Beat Around"

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