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Audition Requirements

Note: these guidelines and policies apply to applicants auditioning for the 2020-2021 academic year.

Who Should Audition?

  • All new students who plan to major in music at Bob Jones University.
  • New students who plan to double major in music and another field.
  • New students who plan to minor in music.
  • New students who are not majoring in music but desire to participate in a large ensemble may also audition to qualify for a music merit scholarship. 
  • Note: Seating auditions for large ensembles and non-major private lesson auditions are held each fall, separate from and in addition to the admission/scholarship audition described below.

Admission Audition And Scholarship Days — Music Major: To be considered for a BJU Music Scholarship, this audition is required during the posted Scholarship Audition Days in the spring. It is highly recommended that this audition be done in person. Admission and Scholarship Auditions for music majors are performed concurrently. Arrangements for video auditions and the required interview may made privately in certain circumstances but video auditions must be submitted by the first audition date. 

Admission Audition and Scholarship Days — Music Minor: To be accepted for music minor lessons, this audition is required. Minor auditions may occur during the posted Scholarship Audition Days, during Summer Orientation, or prior to the opening of classes in August. Depending on the auditions, scholarships may be made available to some music minors.

Approval Audition – Non-Music Major: An audition is required for approval for non-major lessons. In keeping with BJU’s philosophy, first-time beginners on an instrument are welcome. All experienced performers, regardless of level, are welcome to audition. These auditions take place during Summer Orientation or prior to the opening of classes in August, and no formal application process is required if not applying for scholarship consideration. In certain instances, highly skilled non-major performers may qualify for some scholarship assistance.

Audition Checklist

I understand that in order to audition for admission to the Division of Music and/or music merit scholarship consideration, I must

  • apply for general admission to BJU.
  • submit an Online Music Application form and all required materials by the posted deadlines.
  • participate in a personal interview as part of the audition process.
  • provide copies of music for an accompanist two weeks prior to the audition (for vocalists and orchestral instrumentalists). Email PDFs with your name and desired audition date to music@bju.edu.

Recorded Auditions

Applicants who are invited to audition are strongly encouraged to audition in person on campus. This allows the committee to gain confirmation of the applicant’s ability to communicate effectively through music. The campus visit is of great importance in the selection process. However, applicants who cannot attend an audition date because of extenuating circumstances may submit a digital video audition via getacceptd.com/bju or request a specially arranged audition.

Repertoire Requirements

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’s 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.