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Audition Information

Percussion

Percussion Audition Requirements:

  • Drumset performance demonstrating proficiency in three or more of the following styles: Swing, latin, funk, rock
Fall 2021 Audition Dates Spring 2022 Audition Dates
November 12, 2021

November 22, 2021 (Music Visit Day)

January 28, 2022
February 4, 2022
February 18–19, 2022 (Music Visit Weekend)

Keyboard

Keyboard Audition Requirements:

  • One contemporary selection
  • Sight-reading, scales and arpeggios may be requested
Fall 2021 Audition Dates Spring 2022 Audition Dates
November 12, 2021

November 22, 2021 (Music Visit Day)

January 28, 2022
February 4, 2022
February 18–19, 2022 (Music Visit Weekend)

Strings

Electric Bass Audition Requirements:

  • One piece demonstrating the player's ability to play over chord changes on a lead sheet. This song can be from the Contemporary Christian/Worship genre or from the Pop/Rock/Rnb genre.

Guitar Audition Requirements:

  • One piece that demonstrates chord knowledge & right hand strumming technique
  • Knowledge of open-voiced and barre chords and sight-reading will also be assessed.
Fall 2021 Audition Dates Spring 2022 Audition Dates
November 12, 2021

November 22, 2021 (Music Visit Day)

January 28, 2022
February 4, 2022
February 18–19, 2022 (Music Visit Weekend)

Voice

Voice Audition Requirements:

  • One contemporary selection
Fall 2021 Audition Dates Spring 2022 Audition Dates
November 12, 2021

November 22, 2021 (Music Visit Day)

January 28, 2022
February 4, 2022
February 18–19, 2022 (Music Visit Weekend)

Additional Requirements

In addition to an audition in their primary area, Contemporary Worship Minor candidates are required to have an interview with Dr. Barry Liesch. The interview may include several or all of the following:

  • Performance of a contemporary piece on your primary instrument
  • Performance of singing and playing simultaneously
  • Performance of any original songs
  • Performance on any additional instruments
  • Assessment of vocal ability and pitch matching
  • Assessment of reading ability: bass & treble clefs, key signatures, basic rhythms
  • Assessment of any improvisation skills
  • Assessment of any keyboard ability

Note: Please be prepared to discuss the reasons you feel God is leading you toward this degree.

Online Submission Guidelines

While we strongly encourage students to audition in person, we also recognize that not everyone will be able to do so. Because of this, we accept recorded auditions via YouTube, due March 1. Simply upload a video recording (meeting the following requirements) and email the link to music@biola.edu. Those planning to audition via recording must adhere to the following guidelines:

  • Performance of each piece should be continuous with no editing.
  • Include the date of the performance, which should be no more than 6 months old.
  • Include a typed copy of the entire performance program. There should be no talking or explanation on the recording itself. Any additional comments should be typed and submitted with the recording.
  • All recorded audition submissions must be of highest quality sound and visual recordings.

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