Music Audition Requirements

How do I request a music audition?

You may request a music audition on the Presidential Scholarship Competition RSVP form. Please be sure to include the specific instrument for which you will be auditioning.

Who may audition?

Music auditions are available for students that wish to major or minor in music, music composition, or music education, as well as students wishing to be considered for a participation award.

Who is eligible for a participation award?

Participation awards are available for all instruments with the exception of piano, organ, and guitar. Awards are based primarily on a students’ participation in and contribution to the Concert Band, Orchestra, Women’s Chorus, or Concert Chorale.

I play an instrument that is not eligible for an award. Should I still audition?

Students wishing to major or minor in one of the music department programs will be required to fulfill a certain number of ensemble credits, which will grant them eligibility for an award at that point. For questions or more information, please contact Dr. John Paul, Professor and Music Department Chair, at jpaul@benedictine.edu.

May I audition for more than one ensemble?

You will receive a participation award for only one ensemble. It is suggested that a student audition with either their best or primary instrument, or the instrument best suited for the ensemble setting.

When will I receive my audition time and location?

You will receive your audition time and location when you check in on Friday, January 31.

When should I check in for my audition?

The check-in for students wishing to audition will be Friday, January 31, between 11:00 a.m. - 11:30 p.m. in the Lower Level of the St. John Paul II Student Center.

If I cannot make the check in time, what should I do?

You should include your arrival time in the comments section of the Presidential Scholarship Competition RSVP form. Please note: audition times depend, in part, on faculty availability and are only available on Friday, January 31, from 12:00 - 2:00 p.m. If there is an adjustment that needs to be made to your RSVP or arrival time, please notify Monica Nelson, Assistant Director of Admission, at mnelson@benedictine.edu.

Does the college provide instruments for the audition?

A limited number of oversize instruments (i.e. string bass, percussion, cello) are available for students who are unable to fly with these instruments. Please contact Monica Nelson, Assistant Director of Admission, at mnelson@benedictine.edu by Friday, January 19 if you need assistance.

Where may I store my instrument?

Students may store their instruments at the check-in counter and pick them up for their assigned practice and audition times.

What should I wear for my audition?

While Friday, February 2, is a casual visit day and casual attire is acceptable, students should still dress presentably and sensibly for cold weather.

How long will my audition be?

Auditions will range from 5 – 10 minutes. If you wish to learn about the opportunities available or speak with a professor about questions, you may do so during the introductory remarks at 11:30 a.m. or at the Academic Open House at 4:00 p.m.

What should I prepare?

Please prepare one 2-minute selection that showcases your level of competency in technique and expression. It is recommended that students prepare something in Classical, Broadway, or Jazz literature (not pop, rock, country, etc.).

What do I bring to my audition?

You should bring your music, instrument, and the Music Interest Survey you receive at check-in.

Will I have an accompanist?

Vocal students will have an accompanist for their audition if they would like and should bring a copy of their sheet music. No CD recordings are permitted.

Will I have the opportunity to practice before my audition?

Students will be assigned a practice room in the music building and a 10-minute time slot for warming up.

May my parents sit in the audition?

No. The music department holds closed auditions

When will I hear about whether I receive an award?

Students being offered an award will be notified by the music department and required to submit a signed commitment form stating their level of participation in the Orchestra, Concert Band, Women’s Chorus, or Concert Choral. Awards will appear on your official financial aid award letter.

How much are the music awards?

Award range from $250 – 2500 and are renewable each year of participation in one of the ensembles.

Please click here for more information about the Benedictine College Music Department.

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