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Pop/Rock Ensemble

Music and Performing Arts Professions Ensembles

The DownBeat Award-winning NYU Pop/Rock Ensemble offers high level emerging artists the opportunity to achieve fluency in the genres of pop and rock music. Throughout the course of study, an emphasis will be placed on individualized vocal and instrumental performance through the study of style, communication, and collaboration. This ensemble will address active listening, appropriate stylization, amplification techniques, and help students cultivate the tools necessary to effectively collaborate with a live rock band. Students will 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, masters, and doctoral level vocalists and instrumentalists are all eligible to audition. While majors and non-majors are encouraged to submit, priority for vocal opportunities is given to vocal performance majors.


This ensemble must be taken for 1-credit. 

Vocal Audition Information: 

Please fill out the audition form by Friday, August 25. 2023 at 2:00 pm ET. Vocalists should prepare a song in the pop/rock style which may be chosen from any of the following genres: Motown, 70s Folk/Rock, Disco, 80s Pop/Rock, Hip-Hop/R&B, 90s Pop/Rock, Country, Faerie, or Latin Pop. Singers are strongly encouraged to sing what they sing best. Be sure to provide a backing track for your selection(s). No a cappella performances, please. If you have a second or third contrasting selection, please feel free to include this material on the audition form.

Instrumental Audition Information:

Please fill out the audition form by Friday, August 25, 2023 at 2:00 pm ET. Instrumentalists (dummers, bassists, and guitarists) should offer 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 genres: Motown, 70s Folk/Rock, Disco, 80s Pop/Rock, Hip-Hop/R&B, 90s Pop/Rock, Country, Faerie, or Latin Pop. Please email Dr. Moniz with any questions.

Rehearsal/Class Information:

This ensemble meets on Mondays from 2:45 - 4:45pm ET in Provincetown Playhouse. Attendance at all meetings is mandatory.

Performances and Concerts: 

Final performance will be held Monday, December 11, 8:00 pm in the Iris Cantor Theatre


Dr. Justin John Moniz

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