The Music Dept. holds open auditions for scholarships on commencement weekend each May. Auditions, both vocal and instrumental, take place in the choir rehearsal room in the O'Brien Building, room O-128. They are available to all students and only require participation in the music related classes. Scholarships are available for music majors and non-music majors alike. If you would like to audition, you do not need an appointment. Just show up to the first come, first served time slots prepared with the requested materials. Scholarships are available for participation in Concert Choir, Celebration, Jazz Band, Bluegrass Band, Stage Band and Pep Band.
Complete and submit online audition form
Auditions will remain a first-come, first-served format. However, to expedite the process and ensure that we can accommodate all auditionees, complete and submit the Online Audition Form.
- Prepared solo selection
Your prepared solo selection is flexible. We want to hear something you feel comfortable with and you feel is an accurate representation of your musical abilities. It is to hear your instrument/voice, but also to see how you perform for an audience. You may sing/play acapella, bring sheet music for the pianist to accompany you, or use CD accompaniment. It can be a representation from any style of music, including jazz, classical, Broadway, folk, etc.
This portion assesses vocal range and instrumental flexibility. It gives the faculty an idea of how the auditionee may fit into the context of an ensemble.
- Sight reading
This is only to assess the auditionee's music reading ability at the time of the audition. It is not a make or break part of the audition, but the faculty is more inclined to choose someone with the ability to read music if there are numerous auditionees of the same musical/vocal abilities. The exercise uses an unfamiliar hymn tune that is of low to moderate difficulty. Auditionees are asked to sing/play any of the applicable vocal lines (range) with the rest of the lines covered by the pianist.
Because the scholarships (specifically Celebration and Jazz Band) require leadership qualities, schedule availability, dependable transportation, etc., the faculty will spend some time with the auditionee outlining the specifics of scholarship responsibilities and getting a feel for the personality of the auditionee. This is also a good time for you to ask questions.
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