Auditions and Scholarships – Asbury University
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Completion of a successful audition at Asbury University is required for acceptance into the music department as a major or minor. An audition is also 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. 

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Auditions for Fall 2021

Auditions can be performed live on-campus or via Zoom, or by recorded video. Due to COVID-19, we will not have any large audition events this year, but we are encouraging audition requests throughout the year. 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 also offers a free private lesson (live or on Zoom) for prospective students! 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!

Deadline

Scholarships will be awarded on March 1st, and while there may be scholarship money available after this date, students are strongly encouraged to audition before February 26th to receive the greatest advantage in consideration for music scholarships. 

Audition Requirements

Students who are skilled in more than one area of musical talent may audition on multiple instruments/areas.

▾ Brass

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.

  • Prepared Repertoire - Select two pieces demonstrating contrasting styles of playing, i.e., lyrical and technical. Selected pieces can be solos, etudes, or major orchestral/band excerpts.
  • Scales - Be prepared to play all major scales and a chromatic scale. No specific rhythm, tempo, articulation or number of octaves is required.
  • Sight Reading – A short sight-reading example will be provided during the audition. Students are encouraged to take a moment and review the example before being asked to perform on their instrument.

▾ Guitar and Bass Guitar

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.

  • Prepared Repertoire - Select two pieces demonstrating contrasting styles of playing, i.e., lyrical and technical. Selected pieces can be solos or etudes.
  • Scales - Be prepared to play all major scales, preferably in 2 octaves. No specific rhythm or tempo is required.
  • Sight Reading – A short sight-reading example will be provided during the audition. Students are encouraged to take a moment and review the example before being asked to perform on their instrument.

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. 

▾ Piano and Organ

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.

▾ Percussion

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.

  • Prepared Repertoire - Percussion auditions should typically demonstrate proficiency on two or more of these percussion areas: Snare drum, Mallet percussion, Timpani, Drum set. These proficiencies should be demonstrated by the performance of solos or etudes in the selected areas.
    • In addition to prepared music, performance of rudiments on Snare Drum is welcome.
    • Students including Drum set in their audition should be prepared to demonstrate a variety of styles (rock, swing, various Latin styles, etc.) in addition to prepared music
  • Scales - Be prepared to play major scales through three flats and three sharps on mallet percussion, demonstrating at least two-mallet technique.
  • Sight Reading – A short sight-reading example will be provided in the percussion area of the student’s choice during the audition. Students are encouraged to take a moment and review the example before being asked to perform on their instrument.

▾ String Instruments

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.

  • Prepared Repertoire - Select two pieces demonstrating contrasting styles of playing, i.e., lyrical and technical. Selected pieces can be solos, etudes, or major orchestral excerpts.
  • Scales - Be prepared to play all major scales up to four sharps and flats, preferably in 3 octaves. No specific rhythm or tempo is required.
  • Sight Reading – A short sight-reading example will be provided during the audition. Students are encouraged to take a moment and review the example before being asked to perform on their instrument.

▾ Vocal

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.

▾ Woodwinds

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.

  • Prepared Repertoire - Select two pieces demonstrating contrasting styles of playing, i.e., lyrical and technical. Selected pieces can be solos, etudes, or major orchestral/band excerpts.
  • Scales - Be prepared to play all major scales and a chromatic scale. No specific rhythm, tempo, articulation or number of octaves is required.
  • Sight Reading – A short sight-reading example will be provided during the audition. Students are encouraged to take a moment and review the example before being asked to perform on their instrument.

Music Faculty

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: Prof. Mary Ann Wilder – (859) 858-3511, x2273

Asbury University complies with federal and state requirements for non-discrimination on the basis of sex, race, color, national or ethnic origin in admission and access to its program and activities.