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CUP Ensemble Placement
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CUP Ensemble Placement

Placement into CUP ensembles is based on a combination of private instructor recommendation, student interest, and ensemble need. Placements for continuing students are made each spring for the following academic year.

Students who are currently enrolled in private lessons should meet with their private lesson instructors during the week following Spring Break to discuss their interests and skill levels in order to generate a list of ensembles best suited for them. The instructor completes the Ensemble Request Form and submits it to Chuck Webb, Coordinator of CUP Ensembles. Final ensemble rosters will be posted mid-April.

All available openings in the fall semester for CUP ensembles are filled by live auditions, usually held on the first day of classes. Eligible new and transfer students, as well as continuing students who did not meet the eligibility requirements during the previous spring semester (who now meet requirements), are welcome to audition. Audition sign-up sheets will be posted outside Room 207A in early May.

Because CUP ensemble participation is a full academic year commitment, there are limited ensemble openings each spring. Available openings for the spring semester are posted the last two weeks of the fall semester; auditions are held by appointment in the ensemble class at the end of the fall semester.

**Please note: A student must be concurrently enrolled in private lessons while participating in a CUP ensemble. If a student feels he/she has the necessary experience to take private lessons but has not yet taken the official prerequisites for private instruction, an audition must be arranged with an area coordinator or private lesson instructor. If the student passes the audition, authorization will be granted for placement into private lessons. 

If a student schedules an audition but is unable to attend, a cancellation must be made 24 hours in advance. If the student does not show up (without notice) for a scheduled audition, that student will be prohibited from all performance opportunities for at least one semester.