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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. Information relating to auditions, audition dates, and BJU Music Scholarships is available at music.bju.edu/apply.

Music instruction is available to all full-time students at BJU. There is no cost for music majors. Non-majors have a lesson fee. All students desiring to take music lessons must audition.

Voice

Performance Majors and Principals

Students who wish to pursue a BMus in Voice Performance, a Bachelor of Music Education with a voice principal, a BS in Music and Church Ministries with a voice principal, or a BA/BS in Music with a voice principal should perform three contrasting selections, including one song in Italian, German, or French from the 17th, 18th, or 19th centuries, one English or American art song or aria, and one sacred selection with a notated piano arrangement accompaniment. Memorization is required. Vocalists must sing with piano accompaniment.

Music Minor and Non-Major

Students who wish to take non-major lessons or minor in music with an emphasis in voice should perform one selection from the Baroque, Classic, Romantic, Impressionist, or Modern eras from memory. Vocalists must sing with piano accompaniment.

Piano

Piano Performance Major

Students who wish to pursue a BMus in Piano Performance should perform from memory three contrasting works from the Baroque, Classic, Romantic, Impressionist, or Modern eras. Suggested repertoire: Bach preludes and fugues or three-part inventions; first movement of a Haydn, Mozart or Beethoven sonata; or works by major composers of the Romantic and later style periods. Level of audition pieces should be at least Masterworks Classics Level 9 (Magrath/Alfred). Sacred piano arrangements are not considered standard repertoire and may not be used for auditions. Memorization is required, and the applicant should expect to sight-read. The applicant should also submit a list of past repertoire.

Piano Principal

Students who wish to pursue a BMus in Piano Pedagogy, a Bachelor of Music Education with a piano principal, a BS in Music and Church Ministries with a piano principal, or a BA/BS in Music with a piano principal should perform from memory two contrasting works from the Baroque, Classic, Romantic, Impressionist, or Modern eras. Level of audition pieces should be at least Masterworks Classics Level 8 (Magrath/Alfred) for piano pedagogy and Level 7 for other principals. Sacred piano arrangements are not considered standard repertoire and may not be used for auditions. Memorization is required, and the applicant should expect to sight-read. The applicant should also submit a list of past repertoire.

Music Minor and Non-Major

Students who wish to take non-major lessons or minor in music with an emphasis in piano should perform two contrasting works from the Baroque, Classic, Romantic, Impressionist, or Modern eras, preferably from memory.

Organ

Performance Majors and Principals

Students who wish to pursue a BMus in Organ Performance or another music degree with an organ principal should be prepared to play two contrasting works from the Baroque, Classic, Romantic, Impressionist, or Modern eras 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 eras). The applicant should also submit a list of past repertoire.

Music Minor and Non-Major

Students who wish to take non-major lessons or minor in music with an emphasis in organ should prepare one 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 eras).

Orchestral Instruments

Flute, Oboe, Clarinet, Bassoon, Saxophone, Horn, Trumpet, Trombone, Euphonium, Tuba, Percussion*, Harp, Violin, Viola, Cello, Double Bass

Orchestral Instrument Performance Major

Students who wish to pursue a BMus in Orchestral Instrument Performance should perform two contrasting works from the Baroque, Classic, Romantic, Impressionist, or Modern eras. A movement of a larger work may be considered as one composition. Memorization is not required. Scales and sight-reading will be included in the audition. The applicant should also submit a list of past repertoire. Applicants performing pieces written or arranged with piano accompaniment must audition with an accompanist. Sacred arrangements are not considered standard repertoire and may not be used for auditions.

Orchestral Instrument Principal

Students who wish to pursue a Bachelor of Music Education, a BS in Music and Church Ministries, or a BA/BS in Music with an orchestral instrument principal should perform one work from the Baroque, Classic, Romantic, Impressionist, or Modern eras. A movement of a larger work may be considered as one composition. Memorization is not required. Scales and sight-reading will be included in the audition. The applicant should also submit a list of past repertoire. Applicants performing pieces written or arranged with piano accompaniment must audition with an accompanist. Sacred arrangements are not considered standard repertoire and may not be used for auditions.

*Percussion: Students who wish to pursue a major or principal in percussion should perform in two of the following areas: snare drum (rudiments and a prepared solo or etude); timpani; marimba. Percussionists should provide their own sticks and mallets. Memorization is not required.

Music Minor and Non-Major

Students who wish to take non-major lessons or minor in music with an emphasis in an orchestral instrument should perform one work, sacred or classical, preferably from memory. Scales and sight-reading will also be included in the audition.

Guitar

Students who wish to pursue a major or principal in guitar should perform two works in contrasting styles to be chosen from solo classical guitar literature and/or etudes. Auditioning guitarists should demonstrate a degree of technical fluency and musical awareness appropriate to the level of audition literature. Memorization is not required.

Composition

Students who wish to pursue a BMus in Composition must present an audition consisting of a review of two or three contrasting original compositions and/or arrangements, which should be presented in written form (and in recorded form if available), and an assessment of the student’ performance ability based on a second audition for the appropriate area faculty, using the repertoire guidelines outlined above.

Music Education

In addition to the repertoire requirements listed above, Music Education applicants must demonstrate an ability to sing at sight and match pitch in a comfortable vocal range.

Secondary Audition Requirements

Students applying for admission to the BA in Music or BS in Music degrees are not required to declare a specialization in a secondary instrument. All other applicants must declare and audition in a secondary area as follows.

  • Non-keyboard majors or principals must declare piano as their secondary area and take the piano proficiency placement test.
  • Keyboard majors or principals must declare a secondary area in voice or orchestral instrument and audition with one work, sacred or classical. Memorization is not required.

All students regardless of their program of study can audition for membership in the University band, choirs, orchestras and performance casts. Auditions are held during Welcome Week and the first week of classes. All students can earn academic credit by participating in these ensembles without additional tuition fees.

Find audition requirements and additional information at music.bju.edu.