Music Audition Information

Because of the precautionary measures enacted by the Houston Baptist University Administration in response to COVID-19, our April 4th and April 24th live auditions are cancelled.  We invite you to please submit a video recording of your audition repertoire below.  You may either submit a link to a YouTube recording, or submit the video file to us directly.  We pray that all of you remain well and under his mercy, we look forward to watching your audition submissions.

You can email your YouTube link or video file directly to music@hbu.edu

If you do not have the technology to record your audition please let us know and we can work out a plan.

Audition Dates for Fall 2020 Admission

Saturday, October 19, 2019, 11:30 am Fall Preview Day
Friday, January 17, 2020, 4:00 pm
Saturday, February 15,  2020, 11:30 am Winter Preview Day
Friday, March 13, 2020, 4:00 pm
Saturday, April 4, 2020, 11:30 am Spring Preview Day – Cancelled
Friday, April 24, 2020, 4:00 pm- Cancelled

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All auditions take place in Belin Chapel, located within the Morris Cultural Arts Center.

In the event you are unable to audition on one of these dates, please call 281-649-3204 or email DKirkwood@HBU.edu to schedule a private audition.

For the audition:

Two “classical” pieces of contrasting styles – selections from the standard classical repertoire

  • Voice students should sing at least one piece in a foreign language (a language other than English), and both from memory. A pianist will be provided.
  • Keyboard students should prepare at least two memorized selections from the standard classical repertoire. The selections should be representative of the student’s technical and musical proficiency, and should represent contrasting musical periods and styles. A brief interview and some assessment of sight-reading skills will accompany the audition. For out-of-state candidates, a preliminary audition video is acceptable.
  • Organ students may audition on either the organ or piano. Music may be used. Students should prepare at least two selections from the standard classical repertoire. Prepare a hymn. You also will be asked to sight-read.
  • Wind Instrumental students should prepare at least two standard pieces of repertoire for their instrument, along with major and minor scales. A brief assessment of sight-reading skills will accompany the audition. For out-of-state candidates, an audition video will be acceptable.
  • Percussion Instrumental students should prepare two standard pieces of repertoire for snare, timpani and mallet percussion. In addition to the standard pieces, major and minor scales should be prepared, and a brief assessment of sight-reading will accompany the audition. For out-of-state candidates, an audition video will be acceptable.
  • Musical Theatre students should sing two contrasting musical theatre songs, each one cut to one minute or less.  Students should also perform a one-minute monologue.  An accompanist will be provided.  Please bring a headshot/resume, as well as music in the correct key.

Audition information:

  • Students wishing to major or minor in music are admitted to the School of Music by audition only.

Degrees offered:

  • Bachelor of Music – Vocal Performance
  • Bachelor of Music – Organ Performance
  • Bachelor of Music – Piano Performance
  • Bachelor of Music – Musical Theatre
  • Bachelor of Music Education – Voice
  • Bachelor of Music Education – Piano
  • Bachelor of Music Education – Organ
  • Bachelor of Music Education – Instrumental
  • Bachelor of Arts

Scholarships:

  • Awarded to qualifying students following the auditions
  • All scholarships are renewable for four (4) years
  • Recipients must maintain a minimum grade point average of 2.5
  • Show progress in their applied major performance area
  • Fulfill the requirements for ensemble participation and performance

 

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