Audition Dates and Guidelines - Contemporary Music in Worship, Minor

Contact us at music@biola.edu to schedule an audition. Remember: The Conservatory of Music office must have a completed music application file (1 music application, 2 music references) in order to schedule an audition.

Percussion


Percussion Audition Requirements:

  • Drumset performance demonstrating proficiency in three or more of the following styles: swing, latin, funk, rock
Audition Dates
  • Friday, November 9, 2018
  • Monday, November 19, 2018 (Music Visit Day — Must Register to Audition)
  • Friday, January 25, 2019
  • Friday, February 8, 2019
  • Saturday, February 23, 2019 (Music Visit Weekend — Must Register to Audition)
  • Friday, March 1, 2019
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Keyboard


Keyboard Audition Requirements:

  • One contemporary selection
  • Sight-reading, scales and arpeggios may be requested
Audition Dates
  • Friday, November 9, 2018
  • Monday, November 19, 2018 (Music Visit Day — Must Register to Audition)
  • Friday, January 25, 2019
  • Friday, February 8, 2019
  • Saturday, February 23, 2019 (Music Visit Weekend — Must Register to Audition)
  • Friday, March 1, 2019
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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.
Audition Dates
  • Friday, November 9, 2018
  • Monday, November 19, 2018 (Music Visit Day — Must Register to Audition)
  • Friday, January 25, 2019
  • Friday, February 8, 2019
  • Saturday, February 23, 2019 (Music Visit Weekend — Must Register to Audition)
  • Friday, March 1, 2019
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Voice


Voice Audition Requirements:

  • One contemporary selection
Audition Dates
  • Friday, November 9, 2018
  • Monday, November 19, 2018 (Music Visit Day — Must Register to Audition)
  • Friday, January 25, 2019
  • Friday, February 8, 2019
  • Saturday, February 23, 2019 (Music Visit Weekend — Must Register to Audition)
  • Friday, March 1, 2019
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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
  • Please be prepared to discuss the reasons you feel God is leading you toward this degree.
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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.