Completing a performance audition is necessary to be considered for a competitive performance-based scholarship, which can be awarded to majors, minors, and non-majors to perform with a university ensemble, or in the case of pianists, serve as a collaborative pianist. Completion of a successful audition at Asbury University is also required for acceptance into the music department as a major or minor.
Prospective students are encouraged to audition on one of our audition dates, although auditions can be scheduled at other times upon request.
Upcoming Audition Dates:
Contact the Music Department for additional options for audition dates.
You can indicate your preference for a live or Zoom audition or indicate that you wish to submit a video audition when you complete your audition request.
Asbury offers prospective students a free private lesson (live or on Zoom)! This can help you prepare for your college or all-state auditions or just because you want to learn from some of our excellent faculty!
Music Scholarships are still available up to the start of the fall semester, but it is to your advantage to audition as soon as possible!
Students who are skilled in more than one area of musical talent may audition on multiple instruments/areas.
There are three parts to brass auditions as listed below. Auditions usually take place in Jameson Recital Hall and students will be provided with a rehearsal space prior to their audition.
There are three parts to guitar and bass guitar auditions as listed below. Auditions usually take place in Jameson Recital Hall and students will be provided with a rehearsal space prior to their audition.
Please note that this audition is for students that play in the classical or jazz traditions or are looking to work toward technical virtuosity on their instrument. Students looking to audition on rhythm or lead guitar for worship ensembles should audition for the worship arts program. Students interested in both traditional/jazz and contemporary styles are encouraged to audition for both programs.
A brief example of sight-reading, several major scales (hands together, four octaves) and solo piano literature representing two stylistic periods. The literature should equal or exceed the level of challenge presented in the sample works listed: (a) Baroque Period: J.S. Bach, Two-Part Invention No. 13 in A Minor, (b) Classical Period: Beethoven, Sonata in C Minor, Op. 13, Movement III, (c) Romantic Period: Brahms, Rhapsody in G Minor, Op. 79, No. 2, (d) Twentieth Century: Debussy, Arabesque No. 1 in E Major. Other appropriate literature might be found in anthologies such as the following: (1) Volume 47, Early Advanced Classics to Moderns, New York: Consolidated Music Publishers, 1969; (2) Recital Winners, Volume Two, Van Nuys, CA: Alfred Publishing, 1993; (3) Applause, Book Two, Van Nuys, CA: Alfred Publishing, 1986.
There are three parts to Percussion auditions as listed below. Auditions take place in the band room, and students are given time to prepare on the instruments in the room before the audition.
There are three parts to string auditions as listed below. Auditions usually take place in Jameson Recital Hall and students will be provided with a rehearsal space prior to their audition.
Prospective students performing a vocal audition sing two selections – one in English and a second item in a foreign language. For scholarship consideration, the two songs should present contrasting styles of classical-tradition art songs from the Baroque, Classical, Romantic, and/or Twentieth-Century periods of music history. Following the prepared solos, vocalists should also be prepared for two short sight-singing demonstrations.
An accompanist will be provided for on-campus vocal auditions, though a student may bring his or her own accompanist if desired. (Recorded accompaniments are not acceptable.) Please be sure when making photocopies of music for an accompanist that all lines of the piano parts appear on the photocopy. (Overly large pages may need to be reduced slightly.)
Students who wish to submit a videotaped audition will be asked to submit the contact information for an accompanist or other music mentor who would be willing to administer the sight-singing portion of the videotaped audition after the solo songs have been recorded.
There are three parts to woodwind auditions as listed below. Auditions usually take place in Jameson Recital Hall and students will be provided with a rehearsal space prior to their audition.
If you need additional information about auditions, please contact the faculty coordinator for your musical area.
Vocal: Dr. Marie-France Duclos – (859) 858-3511, x2244
Instrumental: Dr. Glen Flanigan – (859) 858-3511, x2308
Organ: Dr. Mark Schell – (859) 858-3511, x2124
Piano: Dr. Mary Ann Wilder – (859) 858-3511, x2273
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