Audition Dates and Guidelines - Music, B.A.

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.

Notes: Auditions may also be requested on any of the Biola University event dates. Please visit https://www.biola.edu/undergrad/events for event registration.

University event registration does not automatically include the audition time. Contact us at music@biola.edu after registration to schedule the audition.


Woodwinds, Brass and Percussion


Brass and Winds Audition Requirements:

Two contrasting pieces from the standard solo literature of your instrument: one lyrical, one technical

Percussion Audition Requirements:

  • One snare drum piece
  • One mallet piece using two or four mallets
  • One timpani piece using two or four drums

All three areas are desired, but consideration will still be given to those who are weak in one of the aforementioned instruments.

If you are interested in playing in Jazz Ensemble, please be prepared to audition on drum set as well, demonstrating various styles and grooves (Swing, Rock, & Latin).

2017/2018 Audition Dates
  • Friday, November 3
  • Friday, November 17
  • Monday, November 20 (Music Visit Day)
  • Friday, January 19
  • Friday–Saturday, February 16-17 (Music Visit Weekend)
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Piano


Piano Audition Requirements:

(Choose 3 of the following 4. All 3 are to be memorized)

  • Baroque Composition
  • Romantic Composition
  • Impressionistic or Contemporary Composition
  • A sonata-allegro movement from Haydn, Mozart or Beethoven

Sight-reading, scales and arpeggios may be requested.

2017/2018 Audition Dates
  • Friday, November 3
  • Friday, November 17
  • Monday, November 20 (Music Visit Day)
  • Friday, February 2
  • Friday–Saturday, February 16-17 (Music Visit Weekend)
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Organ


Organ Audition Requirements:

(One of each of the following pieces. Up to 2 of these pieces may be played on the piano.)

  • Baroque Composition
  • Romantic Composition
  • Contemporary Composition

Please be prepared for sight-reading and ear tests.

2017/2018 Audition Dates
  • Friday, November 3
  • Friday, November 17
  • Monday, November 20 (Music Visit Day)
  • Friday, January 19
  • Friday, February 2
  • Friday–Saturday, February 16-17 (Music Visit Weekend)
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Strings


Audition Requirements:


Violin

  • One movement from a Bach unaccompanied sonata or partita.
  • One movement from a concerto of your choice
  • Sight-reading, scales and arpeggios may be requested
  • If submitting an online audition, include one major and one minor scale of your choice (can be the same or different keys); both scales should be three octaves. (Additionally, see online submission guidelines below.)

Viola

  • One movement from a Bach unaccompanied sonata, partita, or suite
  • One movement from a concerto of your choice
  • Sight-reading, scales and arpeggios may be requested
  • If submitting an online audition, include three octave D Major scale (ascending & descending) and a three-octave D Major arpeggio. (Additionally, see online submission guidelines below.)

Cello

  • One movement from a Bach unaccompanied suite
  • One etude by Popper or Duport (or equivalent)
  • One movement from the concerto of your choice
  • Sight-reading, scales and arpeggios may be requested
  • If submitting an online audition, include three octave Eb and A minor scale and arpeggio. (Additionally, see online submission guidelines below.)

Double Bass

  • Major and Minor scales or an etude of your choice
  • One movement from baroque or classical sonata or concerto, or a one-movement piece

Guitar

  • One transcription of a work written before 1750
  • One classical or romantic selection written for guitar

Harp

  • Handel: B-Flat Concerto - first movement
  • Tchaikovsky: Nutcracker ‘Waltz of the Flowers’ cadenza
  • Two contrasting solo pieces of your choice

If submitting an online audition, include one major and one minor scale of their choice (can be the same or different keys); both scales should be three octaves. (Additionally, see online submission guidelines below.)

2017/2018 Audition Dates
  • Friday, November 3
  • Friday, November 17
  • Monday, November 20 (Music Visit Day)
  • Friday, January 19
  • Friday, February 2
  • Friday–Saturday, February 16-17 (Music Visit Weekend)
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Voice


Voice Audition Requirements:

Two contrasting art songs, arias and/or golden age music theatre pieces from any opera, oratorio, or golden age musical. The first selection must be an art song or aria, the second selection may be any of the above.


(Acceptable selections may be found in the 26 Italian Art Songs and Arias published by G. Schirmer, any art song, aria, or oratorio collection published by Hal Leonard or G. Schirmer, and selections from musicals by golden age composers such as Lerner and Lowe, Rodgers and Hammerstein, George Gershwin, Cole Porter, Leonard Bernstein, etc. Selections from Phantom of the Opera will also be accepted.)

2017/2018 Audition Dates
  • Friday, November 3
  • Friday, November 17
  • Monday, November 20 (Music Visit Day)
  • Friday, January 19
  • Friday, February 2
  • Friday–Saturday, February 16-17 (Music Visit Weekend)
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Commercial Music


Commercial Music Audition Requirements:

Students auditioning for the Commercial Music concentration on any instrument need to perform two songs from the contemporary music repertoire. These can be popular songs, jazz standards, Christian or music theatre (for vocalists). The songs should be contrasting in style.

Note: All students auditioning for the Commercial Music emphasis are responsible for providing their own accompaniment for the audition. Students can either accompany themselves on piano or guitar (guitar not provided), or they can bring in a recorded accompaniment.

2017/2018 Audition Dates
  • Friday, November 3
  • Friday, November 17
  • Monday, November 20 (Music Visit Day)
  • Friday, January 19
  • Friday, February 2
  • Friday–Saturday, February 16-17 (Music Visit Weekend)
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Composition


Composition Audition Requirements:

The audition requirements for composition students are the same for both the BA and BM degrees and can be found in detail here.



2017/2018 Audition Dates
  • Friday, November 3
  • Friday, November 17
  • Monday, November 20 (Music Visit Day)
  • Friday, January 19
  • Friday, February 2
  • Friday–Saturday, February 16-17 (Music Visit Weekend)
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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.