Audition Applications

Music Audition Application

Every opportunity with JBU Music & Theatre begins with an audition, from scholarships to program placement to ensemble participation.

Schedule an Audition

Can’t make it to campus? No problem! Email us to set up a virtual audition.

Voice Major/Minor Audition Requirements:

  • Performance of two prepared selections: at least one art song from traditional repertoire (foreign language preferred) and a second contrasting selection (musical theatre and contemporary commercial styles are permitted). For Worship Arts majors, one selection may be a praise and worship song.
  • Demonstration of skills at the keyboard or other instrument, if applicable.

Piano or Organ Major/Minor Audition Requirements:

  • Performance of two prepared selections from traditional literature, representing contrasting style periods. For Worship Arts majors, one selection may be an arrangement of a praise and worship song or traditional hymn.
  • Playing of the scale and arpeggio on the tonic chord from any major or minor key.

Instrumental Major/Minor Audition Requirements:

  • Performance of two contrasting selections demonstrating lyrical playing and technical proficiency. Repertoire may include studies, etudes, and sonata, or concerto literature, classical in nature. Sample repertoire is that of state solo and ensemble competitions.
  • Playing of major scales through four sharps and four flats demonstrating the full range of the instrument.
  • Sight-reading a short excerpt.

NOTE: Bass players, guitar players, and set drummers may send a recording consisting of a demonstration of playing in contemporary styles and improvising. Recorded excerpts from ensembles such as jazz bands, combos, and worship teams may be included to demonstrate abilities in ensemble playing.

 

Ensemble Audition Requirements:

1. Cathedral Choir or Women’s Chorus

Students should prepare one song that demonstrates musicianship and vocal ability (suggestions: art song, musical theatre song, hymn). Students will also be asked to demonstrate vocal range, intonation, and strength of musical ear.

2. Chamber Orchestra or Jazz Ensemble

Students should prepare one instrumental selection that demonstrates musicianship and technical ability. Appropriate material may include selections prepared for solo and ensemble competitions. Students may also be asked to play scales and demonstrate sight-reading ability.

3. Chapel Band

All students interested in auditioning for the JBU Chapel Bands must fill out an online application with the Office of Christian Formation. Specific dates for auditions and links to audition applications will be released the first week of fall semester classes. Audition requirements will be included in the released information.

**Auditions may be scheduled in advance as part of a campus visit, or may take place during orientation at the beginning of the semester.**