Auditions are required only for majors in Performance, Collaborative Piano, Piano Pedagogy and Performance, Conducting, and Church Music with Performance or Conducting emphasis (see also below under "Conducting Auditions"). Live, in-person auditions are preferred.
After submitting your application through GoBaylor, you will be able to schedule an audition by filling out and submitting the Request to Audition form online. In the event you are unable to attend a regularly scheduled audition day, graduate students may make special arrangements for auditions by contacting the Division chair in their area of audition.
Audition requirements for performance majors vary with each instrument or area. For specific information about audition expectations, please follow the links below:
The audition process for Conducting majors begins with submission of a video of the prospective student's conducting of an ensemble in rehearsal and performance. This will be evaluated by the Conducting faculty, who will then decide whether or not to invite the student to the campus for in-person auditions, interviews, and diagnostic testing in analysis and ear training. After this second round of auditions a final selection of candidates will be made for admission and assistantships.
Schedule for conducting auditions:
January 30: Deadline for receipt of audition videos in the Graduate Program Director's office.
February 15: Status regarding the in-person audition will be determined and the students notified shortly after.
March 15: Admission and assistantship status will be determined and the students notified shortly after.
Note: These requirements and dates apply only to Conducting majors, not to Church Music majors with Conducting emphasis, who are required only to submit a video of their conducting.
Note: Prospective MM-Conducting (Choral) students are not required to audition for the voice faculty as part of their admission process.
For further information about audition requirements and scheduling contact the following persons:
Voice Dr. Randall Umstead
Piano Dr. Brian Marks
Organ Dr. Isabelle Demers
Instrumental Dr. Doris DeLoach
Orchestral Conducting Mr. Stephen Heyde
Band Conducting Dr. Eric Wilson
Choral Conducting Dr. Alan Raines
Audition materials(CDs, video tapes, DVDs, etc.) must be sent only if the audition is not done in person. These materials must be submitted to:
Graduate Program Director
School of Music
One Bear Place #97408
Waco, TX 76798