Worship Audition Guidelines

Auditions will include:

  • Performance of two selections on your primary instrument
  • Performance of a brief selection on your secondary instrument
  • Sight-reading on your primary instrument
  • Interview

Students are encouraged to accompany themselves, use accompaniment tapes, or bring an accompanist. However, we are able to provide an accompanist for your audition. When scheduling your audition, please let us know if you need an accompanist. If you will be using a Cedarville University accompanist, please provide copies of your pieces 2 full weeks before your scheduled audition.

Vocal

Students auditioning with voice as their primary instrument should prepare two memorized selections of contrasting nature using the following guidelines:

  • One classical art song or hymn arrangement.
  • One selection of your choice. Contemporary Christian songs, pop standards, or Broadway show tunes are allowed.

Students auditioning with voice as their secondary instrument should prepare to sing one memorized selection using the following guidelines:

  • A hymn of your choice, sung a cappella.

You will also:

  • Sight-read a melodic line a capella. (Primary instrument only)
  • Sing back a series of pitches to test your tonal memory
  • Be vocalized by a member of the worship faculty to determine your vocal range and flexibility

Piano

Students auditioning with piano as their primary instrument should prepare two selections of contrasting nature using the following guidelines:

  • One classical piece, such as a movement from a piano sonata of Haydn, Mozart or Beethoven.
  • One hymn arrangement, jazz standard, or arrangement of a contemporary song.
  • Memorization is highly encouraged.

You will also:

  • Play major and minor 4-octave scales (between 4 sharps and 4 flats) at a moderate tempo.
  • Sight-read a piece of medium difficulty.
  • Play from a chord chart

Students auditioning with piano as their secondary instrument should prepare to perform one short piece of your choice.

You will also:

  • Play from a chord chart.

Guitar

Students auditioning with guitar as their primary instrument should prepare two selections of contrasting nature using the following guidelines.

  • Selections should include several playing styles, such as finger picked, solos, and strummed.
  • Classical, jazz, rock, blues, and contemporary Christian music styles are all welcome.

You will also:

  • Play major and minor 2-octave scales (between 4 flats and 4 sharps) at a moderate tempo.
  • Sight-read a melody
  • Play from a chord chart.

Students auditioning with guitar as their secondary instrument should perform a short piece of their choice.

You will also:

  • Play from a chord chart

Recorded Audition Instructions

On campus auditions are preferred and required for applicants living within 300 miles. If a recorded audition is necessary, please submit a video or DVD recording using the same guidelines for on-campus auditions:

  1. Please announce each piece before it is performed allowing sufficient breaks between selections.
  2. Recordings should be prepared with great care. If you cannot have the recording made professionally, be sure to locate the best equipment, acoustical situation and personal assistance possible.
  3. The recording should not be edited or spliced.

Recordings should be mailed to: Cedarville University Music Department, 251 North Main Street, Cedarville, Ohio 45314. Deadline for recorded auditions is March 16, 2013.

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