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.


Brass, Winds, 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.

2016/2017 Audition Dates
  • Monday, November 7 (Music Visit Day)
  • Friday, November 11
  • Friday, November 18
  • Friday, February 10
  • Friday, February 17
  • Friday, February 24
  • Monday, February 27 (Music Visit Day)
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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, Beethoven, or Schubert

Sight-reading, scales and arpeggios may be requested

2017 Audition Dates
  • Monday, November 7 (Music Visit Day)
  • Friday, February 17
  • Friday, February 24
  • Monday, February 27 (Music Visit Day)
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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 Audition Dates
  • Monday, November 7 (Music Visit Day)
  • Friday, February 17
  • Friday, February 24
  • Monday, February 27 (Music Visit Day)
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Strings


Audition Requirements:


Violin

  • 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 sending a DVD, 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 DVD 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 sending a DVD, include three octave D Major scale (ascending & descending) and a three-octave D Major arpeggio. (Additionally, see DVD 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 sending a DVD, include three octave Eb and A minor scale and arpeggio. (Additionally, see DVD 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

If sending a DVD, 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 DVD submission guidelines below.)

2016/2017 Audition Dates
  • Monday, November 7 (Music Visit Day)
  • Friday, November 11
  • Friday, November 18
  • Friday, February 10
  • Friday, February 17
  • Friday, February 24
  • Monday, February 27 (Music Visit Day)
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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.

(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.)


2016/2017 Audition Dates
  • Monday, November 7 (Music Visit Day)
  • Friday, November 11
  • Friday, November 18
  • Friday, February 3
  • Friday, February 10
  • Friday, February 17
  • Friday, February 24
  • Monday, February 27 (Music Visit Day)
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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.

2016/2017 Audition Dates
  • Monday, November 7 (Music Visit Day)
  • Friday, November 11
  • Friday, November 18
  • Friday, February 3
  • Friday, February 10
  • Friday, February 17
  • Friday, February 24
  • Monday, February 27 (Music Visit Day)
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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.



2016/2017 Audition Dates
  • Monday, November 7 (Music Visit Day)
  • Friday, November 11
  • Friday, November 18
  • Friday, February 17
  • Friday, February 24
  • Monday, February 27 (Music Visit Day)
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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.