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Undergraduate Music Auditions

Purpose

The purpose of the undergraduate audition in music is to evaluate your background and determine your potential as a music student (major, principal, minor, non-major). It is used as an assessment tool and is designed as a guide for your professor as you begin studying. The audition is taken when you arrive for your first semester. One to three faculty members will be present for the audition. Locations for the audition will be listed in your Registration Guide.

Please remember that the audition process is used to help you to begin your study with a good understanding of what will be expected of you. You will be given an opportunity to ask questions of the faculty audition committee. The audition is intended as the first step in effective communication between you and the faculty.

Music instruction is available to all full-time students at BJU. All students desiring to take music lessons must audition.

Piano

Majors

Students who wish to pursue a degree in piano performance should perform from memory 2 pieces from different musical style periods. The applicant should submit a list of past repertoire and should expect to sight-read. Level of audition pieces should be at least 9 (Magrath/Alfred).

Principals

Piano principals (piano pedagogy majors, church music majors and music education majors) should perform from memory 2 pieces from different musical style periods. The applicant should expect to sight-read. Level of audition pieces should be at least 8 (Magrath/Alfred).

Minors and Non-majors

Piano minors and non-majors should perform 2 pieces, preferably from memory.

Hymn Improvisation

Students auditioning for hymn improvisation lessons must demonstrate the ability to read hymns at sight. Pianists with intermediate ability may be placed in the basic Hymn Reading course. Those with above-average sight-reading ability and some experience in chording and improvising will be assigned to Hymn Improvisation. Piano skills of approximately Grade IV level are expected for the latter course.

Organ

Majors and Principals

Students who wish to pursue an organ major or a major in church music or music education with an organ principal should be prepared to play 2 pieces representing 2 of the major musical style periods (Baroque, Classic, Romantic, Impressionistic, and Contemporary) on the piano or organ, preferably with one piece from memory. Sight-reading will be included in the audition. Organ students are expected to have a good piano background (up through Bach Two-Part Inventions, and/or sonata movements from the Classic and Romantic periods). The applicant should also submit a list of past repertoire.

Minors and Non-majors

Organ minors and non-majors should prepare 1 piece (either on the piano or organ). Sight-reading will be included in the audition. Organ students are expected to have a good piano background (up through Bach Two-Part Inventions, and/or sonata movements from the Classic and Romantic periods).

Instruments

Instruction is offered in Bassoon, Cello, Clarinet, Double Bass, Euphonium, Flute, French Horn, Harp, Oboe, Percussion, Saxophone, Trombone, Trumpet, Tuba, Viola and Violin.

Majors

Students who wish to pursue an instrument major should be prepared to play 2 pieces that demonstrates their best ability. Scales and sight-reading will also be included in the audition. The applicant should also submit a list of past repertoire.

Principals

Students who wish to pursue a major in church music or music education with an instrument principal should be prepared to play 1 piece, preferably secular, that demonstrates their best ability. Scales and sight-reading will also be included in the audition. The applicant should also submit a list of past repertoire.

Minors and Non-majors

Music minors should prepare 1 piece, sacred or secular. Scales and sight-reading will also be included in the audition.

Voice

Majors and Principals

Students who wish to pursue a degree in voice performance or a major in church music or music education with a voice principal should prepare 2 selections, sacred or secular, preferably from memory. Students who have had prior vocal training should present literature that represents their current level of work, such as English or foreign art songs or arias from opera or oratorio. An accompanist will be provided.

Minors and Non-Majors

Voice minors and non-majors auditioning for voice lessons should prepare 1 selection demonstrating their ability. An accompanist will be provided.

Learn more about our performance groups.

Choirs

  • A prepared song of your choice demonstrating your range (An accompanist is provided.)
  • Sight reading

Bands

Preliminary Ensemble Placement Audition Requirements

  • Chromatic scale, ascending and descending, from the lowest note of the instrument through the top of your range
  • Selected scales from the following: G, C, F, B♭, E♭, A♭, D♭
  • A prepared piece (solo, etude, honor band audition piece, etc.) of your choice. No pianist is needed.
  • Sight reading

Seating Audition Requirements (for seating within ensemble)

Orchestras

Wind, brass, and percussion openings are filled by appointment and audition.

Preliminary Ensemble Audition Requirements for New Students

  • Audition takes place during registration.
  • Students will play a three- or four-octave scale.
    • Violin—any scale in the key of D or higher
    • Viola/Cello—any scale in the key of G or higher
    • Bass—any two- or three-octave scale in the key of A or higher.
  • A prepared piece (solo, etude) of your choice. No pianist is needed.

Seating Audition Requirements for Strings

Auditions will be held Thursday, September 4, 6-9 p.m. The sign-up sheet will be posted in FA 119 the last week of August. The string department will hold an audition workshop on Wednesday, September 3, at 4 p.m. in FA 119.

A brief sight-reading excerpt will be required in addition to the excerpts listed below. Find some good recordings and get to know these excerpts inside and out.

String Orchestra

Violin
Viola
Cello
Bass