Audition: School of Music, Theatre, and Dance

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Audition Information


Audition Information for Singers

All students who plan to major in music are required to audition on the instrument or voice part that they intend to declare as their “primary” instrument. The primary instrument is typically the instrument with which a student has developed the most ability and experience, acquired through individual practice, private study, and ensemble participation. Students are encouraged to audition on multiple instruments if prepared to do so.

Audition Requirements
Singers auditioning for acceptance into the School of Music, Theatre, and Dance will be expected to perform from memory two selections of contrasting style and to sight-read a simple melody. The most appropriate pieces would be those selected from upper-level state contest literature. Students may select from any of the following categories and collections:

Foreign Language Art Songs:

  1. Early Italian art song or aria
    Suggested collections: 26 Italian Songs & Arias, Alfred; Italian Arias of the Baroque & Classical Eras, Alfred
  2. Other foreign language art songs
    Suggested collections: Anthology of Spanish Song, Hal Leonard; Gateway to German Lieder, Alfred; Favorite German Art Songs, Hal Leonard; The French Song Anthology, Hal Leonard

Art Songs in English:

  1. English language art song from the 19th-21st Century
    Suggested collections: 20th Century Art Songs, G. Schirmer; Songs by 22 Americans, G. Schirmer; Quilter, 55 Songs, Hal Leonard; Any of the “First Book” series, G. Schirmer
  2. Early English art song or aria
    Suggested collections: English Songs, Renaissance to Baroque, Hal Leonard; Purcell, 40 Songs, International Music; Handel, 45 Arias, in 3 Vols, International Music

Songs from Musical Theatre:

  1. The Singer’s Musical Theatre Anthology is an extensive collection with four volumes for each voice range. Each volume contains authentic editions of 30-40 songs in their original keys. The series is published by Hal Leonard.

A professional accompanist will be provided, although an auditioning student may bring their own accompanist. Recorded accompaniments, although allowed, are discouraged. Regardless of particular style or genre, the selections presented should demonstrate the singer’s full range and vocal potential.

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Audition Information for Pianists

All students who plan to major in music are required to audition on the instrument or voice part that they intend to declare as their “primary” instrument. The primary instrument is typically the instrument with which a student has developed the most ability and experience, acquired through individual practice, private study, and ensemble participation.

Audition Requirements
Pianists auditioning for acceptance into the School of Music, Theatre, and Dance are expected to prepare the following:

  • Major and harmonic minor scales, hands together, at least 2 octaves
  • Two pieces in contrasting styles chosen from the standard classical piano repertoire. Memorization is preferred.
  • Level of difficulty at or above J. S. Bach Little Preludes, Clementi Sonatinas, and Schumann Album for the Young
  • Sightreading at the level of minuets in the J. S. Bach Notebook for Anna Magdelena

Students intending to complete the Bachelor of Music degree with a performance major in piano should prepare pieces at the level of J. S. Bach’s Well-Tempered Clavier, a Beethoven sonata movement, and/or the Chopin nocturnes.

The audition should present one’s musicianship at its best. If this means non-classical material, then it may be played. Students should be aware, however, that piano study involves reading and memorization of standard classical piano repertoire, and the audition needs to show ability in these areas.

Required Materials
Pianists who are accepted into the program are expected to own a metronome and will need to purchase published copies of assigned music in a timely manner.

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Audition Information for Wind Instruments

All students who plan to major in music are required to audition on the instrument or voice part that they intend to declare as their “primary” instrument. The primary instrument is typically the instrument with which a student has developed the most ability and experience, acquired through individual practice, private study, and ensemble participation. Students are encouraged to audition on multiple instruments if prepared to do so.

Audition Requirements
Wind players auditioning for acceptance into the School of Music, Theatre, and Dance are expected to audition on their primary instrument and it is recommended that they prepare the following:

  • Major scales in all keys (two octaves when possible, other scales optional)
  • One technical study from an accepted method book.
  • One concert solo chosen by the student. This piece should be selected from upper-level state contest literature
  • Sight-reading

Equipment Requirements
Wind players who are accepted into the program are expected to bring the following equipment with them when they come to campus in the fall:

  • Instrument and case; unless arrangements have been made to borrow a university-owned instrument
  • Mouthpiece(s), reeds, oils, cleaning supplies, mutes (straight and cup)
  • Tuner and metronome
  • Music to be used in your private lessons will be specified by your instructor and is expected to be purchased in a timely manner

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Audition Information for String Instruments

All students who plan to major in music are required to audition on the instrument or voice part that they intend to declare as their “primary” instrument. The primary instrument is typically the instrument with which a student has developed the most ability and experience, acquired through individual practice, private study, and ensemble participation. Students are encouraged to audition on multiple instruments if prepared to do so.

Audition Requirements
String players (violin, viola, cello, and upright bass) auditioning for acceptance into the School of Music, Theatre, and Dance are expected to audition on their primary instrument and prepare the following:

  • Major scales in all keys (two octaves when possible, other scales optional)
  • Two contrasting concert solos or studies chosen by the student. The pieces should be selected from upper-level state contest literature or the equivalent
  • Sight-reading

Equipment Requirements
String players who are accepted into the program are expected to bring the following equipment with them when they come to campus in the fall:

  • Instrument, bow and case (arrangements may be made to borrow or rent an upright bass on a limited basis)
  • Mute, rosin, extra strings, etc.
  • Tuner and metronome
  • Music to be used in your private lessons will be specified by your instructor and is expected to be purchased in a timely manner

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Audition Information for Percussionists

All students who plan to major in music are required to audition on the instrument or voice part that they intend to declare as their “primary” instrument. The primary instrument is typically the instrument with which a student has developed the most ability and experience, acquired through individual practice, private study, and ensemble participation. Students are encouraged to audition on multiple instruments if prepared to do so.

Audition Requirements
Auditions for acceptance into the School of Music, Theatre, and Dance should demonstrate the student’s training and experience in snare drum, timpani and mallet instruments. The following are repertoire recommendations for each category.

  • Snare drum: a solo from upper-level state contest literature OR select one etude from numbers 8 through 14 in Audition Etudes by Garwood Whaley (Meredith Music Publications)
  • Timpani: a solo from upper-level state contest literature OR select one etude from numbers 10 through 14 in Audition Etudes by Garwood Whaley (Meredith Music Publications)
  • Mallet Percussion: a solo from upper-level state contest literature OR select one etude from numbers 3, 4, 5, 8, or 9 through 14 in Audition Etudes by Garwood Whaley (Meredith Music Publications)

Percussionists are expected to bring their own sticks and mallets to the audition. Anderson University will provide all instruments on which you will perform your audition. Percussionists may audition on drum set in addition to the above instruments.

Equipment Requirements
Percussionists who are accepted into the program are expected to bring the following equipment with them when they come to campus in the fall:

  • 4 medium yarn mallets for marimba
  • 1 pair of hard rubber mallets for xylophone
  • 1 pair of concert snare drum sticks
  • 1 pair of drum set sticks
  • 1 stick bag to house sticks and mallets
  • Metronome
  • Music to be used in your private lessons will be specified by your instructor and is expected to be purchased in a timely manner

The equipment listed above is the minimum that percussionists are expected to bring to campus. Students may bring other sticks and mallets in addition to those listed above. Percussionists who wish to bring a drum set or other instruments with them to campus must make their own arrangements for storage.

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Audition Information for Guitarists

All students who plan to major in music are required to audition on the instrument or voice part that they intend to declare as their “primary” instrument. The primary instrument is typically the instrument with which a student has developed the most ability and experience, acquired through individual practice, private study, and ensemble participation. Students are encouraged to audition on multiple instruments if prepared to do so. We recognize that pre-college guitar training is varied and somewhat inconsistent. We also recognize that the average guitar major accepted at Anderson University may not have studied classical guitar. The following requirements are intended to help students understand expectations for guitar study at the collegiate level.

Audition Requirements
Guitarists auditioning for acceptance into the School of Music, Theatre, and Dance are expected to audition on classical guitar and prepare the following:

  • Major scales in first position (other scales are optional)
  • One solo demonstrating ability to read staff-based music notation
  • If currently studying classical guitar, one technical study from a book of etudes by Carcassi or Sor or comparable repertoire
  • Sight-reading of standard staff-based music notation

Guitarists are encouraged to audition on a nylon string classical guitar. However, guitarists may audition on a steel string acoustic guitar if a classical guitar is unavailable.

Equipment Requirements
Guitarists who are accepted into the School of Music, Theatre, and Dance are expected to bring the following equipment with them when they come to campus in the fall:

  • Non-cutaway classical guitar with nylon strings
  • Foot stool
  • Tuner and metronome
  • Repertoire as assigned by private guitar instructor

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Audition Information for Electric Bass (Music Business only)

All students who plan to major in music are required to audition on the instrument or voice part that they intend to declare as their “primary” instrument. The primary instrument is typically the instrument with which a student has developed the most ability and experience, acquired through individual practice, private study, and ensemble participation. Students are encouraged to audition on multiple instruments if prepared to do so.

Audition Requirements
Bassists auditioning for acceptance into the School of Music, Theatre, and Dance on electric bass are expected to prepare the following:

  • Major scales in all keys (two octaves, other scales optional)
  • One technical study from a standard method book for electric bass
  • One solo chosen by the student that is representative of the player’s experience and ability level
  • These selections must demonstrate the student’s ability to read music notation.
  • Sight-reading of standard staff-based music notation

Bass players are expected to bring their own electric bass at the time of their audition.

Equipment Requirements
Electric bassists who are accepted into the program are expected to bring the following equipment with them when they come to campus in the fall:

  • Instrument and case
  • Amplifier
  • Tuner and metronome
  • Music to be used in your private lessons will be specified by your instructor and is expected to be purchased in a timely manner

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Audition Information for Dance

Students seeking admission as a dance major at Anderson University are required to audition for members of the dance faculty on a scheduled audition date. Auditions will be held in the dance studio at the Kardatzke Wellness Center on the AU campus.

The following items must be received prior to your audition:

  • completed dance admission audition form
  • letter of recommendation from a current/recent dance instructor
  • a headshot (portrait)

The audition consists of:

  • Ballet Technique Class
  • Modern Technique Class
  • Jazz Technique Class
  • Interview

Attire:

  • Ballet classes require women to wear pink tights, a black, solid colored leotard, and pink ballet slippers with elastic. Women may wear a ballet skirt. Men are required to wear black men’s tights or form fitting leggings, fitted white T-shirt or tank top, and dance belt/supporter.
  • Modern classes require tights or leggings and any solid colored leotard for women (a fitted tank or t-shirt over the leotard is allowed). Men must wear either dance pants, leggings, form fitting t-shirt or tank top, and dance belt/supporter. Bare feet are required for all students.
  • Jazz classes require tights, leggings or dance pants with any solid colored leotard for women (a fitted tank or t-shirt over the leotard is allowed). Men are to wear jazz pants, or some form of fitting pant/leggings, and a fitted solid colored t-shirt or tank top. All students are required to have Jazz Shoes.
  • Additionally hair should be neat and controlled, and jewelry, watches, earrings, rings, etc., removed.

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Audition Information for Musical Theatre Majors

The audition for the Bachelor of Music in Musical Theatre consists of three parts – acting, singing, and dancing. Your “audience” will consist of School of Music, Theatre, and Dance faculty (and a few current students) – all of whom will be wishing you great success!

The purpose of the audition is to help the faculty identify your strengths and potential in each of the three areas. For admittance to the program, you must demonstrate the potential to develop your skills in all three areas. Please read each of the following guidelines very carefully. If you have any questions regarding the musical theatre audition, please contact Beth Doub badoub@anderson.edu, (765) 641-4543.

Dance Audition Guidelines
The dance audition will occur either before or after the acting and singing auditions:

  • Please dress in dance attire that allows for total freedom of movement as outlined below:
    • Men: Any solid color fitted T-shirt, tank, with black leggings, jazz pants, or other close fitting pants.
    • Women: Any solid color leotard with tights (worn under the leotard), leggings or fitted jazz Capri or pants
    • Shoes – Ballet slippers, character shoes, and jazz shoes (no sneakers), (tap shoes if you are seeking advanced placement or wish to demonstrate skill in tap)
    • All – All should have hair neat and pulled away from the face. Please note that there should be no jewelry of any kind worn during the dance audition. Also, please note that no baggy clothing or street clothing of any kind may be worn – thisincludes, but is not limited to, sweatshirts, t-shirts, sweatpants, shorts.
  • There will be time between dance and acting/singing auditions to change.
  • The dance audition will run in the following order and be taught as a class:
    • You will be taught several ballet barre exercises and/or combinations.
    • You will be taught a jazz progression, sequences and a musical theatre center combination.
    • Students who wish to be considered for advanced placement in tap may also complete a tap combination, but please note that this portion of the audition is optional and for placement purposes only.

Acting and Singing Audition Guidelines:

Acting: Prepare one (1) monologue that is one minute in length from a modern 20th century play that showcases your ability. Please observe the following guidelines:

  • Choose monologues that are well written-this means monologues from published plays. Avoid monologues from movies, monologue books, musicals and the internet. Never attempt an audition monologue without reading the entire play and understanding your character in the context of the play.
  • Monologues should have a beginning/middle/end with a journey/discovery/change.
  • Choose characters that are within 5-10 years of your playable age range. Choose material that you connect with. Those for whom you are auditioning are looking for you to create honest relationships with clear given circumstances outlined by the playwright.
  • Do not choose monologues that require accents, eccentric characterizations, props or costumes. Portray one character per monologue. Choose material that is life affirming and avoid cynical or negative subject matter. Avoid climactic material that requires great depth or intensity ofemotions. There is not enough time to achieve these emotional peaks effectively and honestly.
  • A chair will be provided for your use if you choose to use it.
  • Monologues must be memorized!

Singing: Prepare two (2) songs contrasting in style that demonstrate your range and versatility:

  • Select songs from musicals, operettas or American or English art song repertoire.
  • Select a song sung by a character within 5-10 years of your playable age range.
  • Every attempt should be made for selections to have as much contrast in style and character as is possible to provide adjudicators a sense of your abilities.
  • Songs must be memorized!
  • For all songs, bring clean, well-marked sheet music in a binder. No page protectors. An Anderson University staff accompanist will be provided.
  • Songs from the following musicals/composers are considered either iconic and/or utilized too often and are no longer effective in the audition process. Please do Not select music from the following shows:
           LES MISERABLES, WICKED, RENT, AIDA, JEKYLL AND HYDE, All musicals by Andrew Lloyd Webber

Introduction:

  • This is our first impression of you. Practice this so you feel confident. Find out how to correctly pronounce the play/playwright and composer/lyricist/musical.
  • Those auditioning you will be writing down your name, monologue and song titles, so speak clearly and confidently.

The Audition should go as follows:

  • State your name
  • State your song, musical, and composer/lyricist selection
  • Perform song
  • State your other song, musical, and composer/lyricist selection
  • Perform song
  • State your monologue’s play and playwright
  • Perform monologue

You may do your monologue before your songs, if that’s more comfortable for you. Also, be prepared to be asked to make an adjustment and try a piece again.

Focus:

  • During the audition, choose focal points slightly above and/or to the side  of your audience.
  • Do not say “scene” at the end of your pieces.
  • Practice transitioning from one piece into the other.

What to Wear:

  • Choose clothing and shoes that are simple and comfortable. Be sure clothes fit well and are not too baggy or too tight. Clothes should be clean, ironed, and allow us to concentrate on your work rather than your outfit. Avoid large jewelry, uncomfortably or hard-to-stand-in high heels, and revealing necklines.
  • Both men and women should make sure hair is out of their face at all times.

Please contact Beth Doub at badoub@anderson.edu or (765) 641-4543 for more information regarding DVD/VHS auditions.

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