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Audition Requirements

Types of Music Auditions

Major Auditions in Music: required for admission as major in music at BJU. This audition is part of the Application for Admission to the Division of Music. 

Scholarship Auditions: required to be considered for a BJU Music Scholarship, open to music majors only. Division of Music Merit Awards are occasionally offered by the Division of Music based on the Scholarship Audition results. 

Minor Auditions: for students who wish to study music while majoring in a different field. Students wishing to minor in music will audition on campus during Welcome Week in August. See repertoire information below. 

Non-Major Auditions: for students who wish to take music lessons as a BJU student. In keeping with BJU’s philosophy, first-time beginners are welcome as are all experienced performers, regardless of level. These auditions take place on campus during Welcome Week in August. No formal application process is required if not applying for scholarship consideration. In certain instances, highly skilled non-major performers may qualify for Merit Scholarship consideration.

Ensemble Auditions: for all students who wish to join a BJU band, orchestra, or choir, these are held on campus during Welcome Week in August. See Ensembles for more information.

Who Must Audition?

  • New students who plan to major in music at Bob Jones University must submit a video audition.
  • New students who plan to double major in music and another field must submit a video audition.
  • Transfer students who plan to major in music at BJU must submit a video audition.
  • Current BJU students desiring to change majors to a music degree must audition on campus.
  • New or current students who plan to minor in music must audition during Welcome Week in August.
  • All students, regardless of major, who desire to participate in a large ensemble (bands, orchestras, choirs) must audition during Welcome Week in August.
  • All students desiring non-major private lessons must audition during Welcome Week in August.

Audition Checklist

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Preparing a Successful Audition

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Repertoire Requirements for Music Admission and Scholarship Consideration

VOICE Major or Principal:

Bachelor of Music Education VOICE 

Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science VOICE

Bachelor of Music in Composition VOICE 

Bachelor of Science Music and Church Ministries VOICE 

Bachelor of Music in Voice Performance 

PIANO Major or Principal: 

Bachelor of Music in Keyboard Performance PIANO

Bachelor of Music in Piano Pedagogy 

Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science KEYBOARD

Bachelor of Music Education KEYBOARD 

Bachelor of Science Music and Church Ministries KEYBOARD

ORGAN Major or Principal: 

Bachelor of Music in Keyboard Performance ORGAN

Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science KEYBOARD

Bachelor of Music in Composition KEYBOARD

Bachelor of Science Music and Church Ministries KEYBOARD 

ORCHESTRAL INSTRUMENT Major or Principal in Strings: Violin, Viola, Cello, Double Bass, Harp, Guitar 

Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science STRINGS

Bachelor of Music Education STRINGS

Bachelor of Music in Composition STRINGS

Bachelor of Music in Orchestral Instrument Performance STRINGS 

Bachelor of Science Music and Church Ministries STRINGS

ORCHESTRAL INSTRUMENT Major or Principal in Woodwinds, Brass, and Percussion: (Flute, Oboe, Clarinet, Bassoon, Saxophone, Horn, Trumpet, Trombone, Euphonium, Tuba, Percussion) 

Bachelor of Music Education WOODWIND BRASS PERCUSSION

Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science WOODWIND BRASS PERCUSSION

Bachelor of Music in Composition WOODWIND BRASS PERCUSSION

Bachelor of Music in Orchestral Instrument Performance WOODWIND BRASS PERCUSSION

Bachelor of Science Music and Church Ministries WOODWIND BRASS PERCUSSION

SECONDARY AUDITION REQUIREMENTS

Students applying for admission to the BA Music, the BS Music, the BMus Keyboard Performance, or the BMus Piano Pedagogy programs are not required to declare a specialization in a secondary instrument. All other applicants must declare and audition in a secondary area as follows.

  • Secondary piano is required for students in the following programs:

    BS Music & Church Ministries, voice principal
    BME – Choral track, voice principal
    BME – Instrumental track, orchestral instrument principal
    BMus Composition, orchestral instrument principal or voice principal
    BMus Orchestral Instrument Performance
    BMus Voice Performance
  • Secondary piano auditions are held during Welcome Week and Pre-Registration. Secondary piano audition information is available here: Secondary Piano Information. Students who test out of secondary piano must replace those credits with music electives.
  • Secondary lessons in voice or another instrument are required for students in the following programs:

    BS Music & Church Ministries, piano principal
    BME – Choral track, piano principal
    BME – Instrumental track, piano principal (secondary must be an orchestral instrument)
    BMus Composition, piano principal

    These students may audition with one work, sacred or classical. Memorization is not required. Auditions are held during Welcome Week and Pre-Registration – stop by the Division of Music Office (GFAC 130).

Repertoire Requirements for Music Minor and Non-Major Lessons:

These auditions will be held during Welcome Week in August

VOICE: Music Minor and Non-Major: Students who wish to take non-major lessons or minor in music with an emphasis in voice should perform either one selection from the Baroque, Classic, Romantic, Impressionist, or Modern eras or one published sacred vocal solo from memory. Vocalists must sing with piano accompaniment.

PIANO: 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: 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) from the standard repertoire.

ORCHESTRAL INSTRUMENTS: (Flute, Oboe, Clarinet, Bassoon, Saxophone, Horn, Trumpet, Trombone, Euphonium, Tuba, Percussion, Violin, Viola, Cello, Double Bass, Harp, Guitar) 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.