All students interested in entering one of the programs offered by the School of Music must submit a vocal or instrumental audition to the School of Music. School of Music students must declare a primary/major instrument of study.
Auditions are designed to demonstrate that you possess exceptional talent, the potential to develop high levels of musicianship, artistic sensibilities, and a strong sense of commitment to calling. The audition can be held either on campus at the School of Music or by video submission.
This placement audition enables faculty to evaluate the skill, tendencies, and overall strengths of the student. It does not by itself secure entrance into a music degree program. That decision is made at the end of the sophomore year; see section entitled Sophomore Review in the Student Handbook. As a result of this audition, the student will be placed in a studio for music instruction appropriate to his or her skills and aspirations.
In-Person Audition Dates
Auditions dates for the Center for Music & Worship are scheduled in conjunction with the College For A Weekend (CFAW) dates. Fall CFAW is open to only high school juniors, seniors and transfer students between the ages of 15-24.
To schedule an audition time, contact the appropriate individual below:
- Vocal – Dr. Samantha Miller, Coordinator of Vocal Studies; firstname.lastname@example.org
- Keyboard – Dr. Tad Hardin, Coordinator of Piano and Keyboard Studies; email@example.com
- Guitar – Dr. Michael Brennan, Coordinator of Guitar Studies; firstname.lastname@example.org
- Strings – Dr. Luca Trombetta, Coordinator of Strings Studies; email@example.com
- Woodwind – Dr. Cassandra Hibbard, Coordinator of Woodwind Studies; firstname.lastname@example.org
- Brass – Dr. Andrew Phillips, Coordinator of Brass Studies; email@example.com
- Percussion – Mr. Jay Ware, Coordinator of Percussion and Drum Set Studies; firstname.lastname@example.org
For those students who are not able to complete a live audition for placement into your private lessons, you will need to submit a video audition by attaching a link to the Scholarship Application.
The following link is for the School of Music Audition and Scholarship Application. When the page opens, click “Add Registrant.” This form will lead you through the process of filling out the application and submitting an audition video. If you are auditioning in-person, you do not need to attach a video to this form, unless the Coordinator of your area has instructed you differently.
If you have any questions, contact email@example.com.
General Guidelines for Audition Repertoire
For worship or commercial music degrees, the repertoire guidelines are as follows:
If auditioning on campus, please provide sheet music and/or chord charts in the correct key for the accompanist. Any repeats should be eliminated for the sake of time; the audition should last no more than 8 minutes.
For worship, prepare:
- At least one worship song
- Another song of any style
For commercial music, prepare:
- Prepare two contrasting pieces in commercial style (i.e. – jazz, pop, country, etc.).
- Original songs are encouraged and welcomed, but not required.
Guitar, Brass, Strings, Woodwinds
Prepare two contrasting pieces of your choice (drawn from a sheet music publication or fake book/chart rendition).
At least one piece in:
- Modern Worship/Christian Contemporary
- Folk, or country style
- A classical piece would also be an option
Additionally, demonstrate skills according to the choice of the auditioning instrumentalist among the following:
- Scales and Arpeggios
- Improvising over charts
- Media production with a component featuring their instrument
Prepare two contrasting pieces from the following categories (either derived from a fake book or chord chart rendition):
- Christian Contemporary/Worship
- A Baroque, Classical, Romantic, 20th-century classical work or virtuosic hymn arrangement could be an acceptable second audition work
Demonstrate skills according to the choice of the auditioning pianist among the following:
- Scales and Arpeggios
- Chord Progressions
- Improvising Over Charts
- Composition/Songwriting/Media Production with a component featuring piano or synth (if doing a live audition you will need to provide your own synth keyboard).