Audition Dates and Guidelines - Music in Worship, B.S.

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.


IMPORTANT: In addition to auditioning on a primary instrument (includes voice) all Music in Worship candidates must schedule an interview with Dr. Barry Liesch. Interviews will be scheduled on an individual basis.


Percussion


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.

  • Drumset performance demonstrating proficiency in three or more of the following styles: swing, latin, funk, rock
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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Keyboard


Keyboard Audition Requirements:

  • One classical selection
  • One contemporary selection
  • Sight-reading, scales and arpeggios may be requested
2016/2017 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


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


Electric Bass Audition Requirements:

  • One piece demonstrating the player's ability to read standard notation. This can be an etude or piece from the classical or contemporary repertoire.
  • 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 their chord knowledge & right hand strumming technique.
  • One piece that demonstrates ability to finger pick or play fingerstyle/classical.
  • Knowledge of open-voiced and barre chords and sight-reading will also be assessed.

(Studies by Carcassi, Sor, Sargeras, and Guilani are acceptable).

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:

One contemporary selection and one art song, aria or golden age music theatre piece 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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Additional Requirements


In addition to an audition in their primary area, Worship Majors 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.