Ensemble Audition Information

This page contains information for music-majors and current Baylor students. Audition and placement information for incoming students who are non-music majors is available here.

Band and Orchestra

Note: Instrumental Audition submissions are closed for most instruments (as of 1pm Aug. 14, 2020). Contact Mrs. Christina Rains if you have any questions.

* updated July 17, 2020

Concert Band - No Audition Required.

Chamber Groups

No audition required.

Choirs

Fall 2021 Choir Audition Information:
Incoming Freshmen / New to Baylor Choirs (Concert ChoirMen's ChoirWomen's Choir):

Fall 2021 auditions will take place throughout the summer via online form and unlisted YouTube video submission. If an audition submission is not possible beforehand, additional auditions will be scheduled August 19-22 as schedule and current in-person COVID guidelines permit. To submit an audition, please fill out the form located at bit.ly/BaylorChoirAuditions and include your unlisted YouTube video link with the following elements:

1) State your full name.

2) Sing an unaccompanied hymn or patriotic song - one verse or verse/chorus. (Possible examples are Amazing Grace, Be Thou My Vision, My Country ‘Tis of Thee, or America the Beautiful)

3) If you are familiar with a major scale, sing a major scale in a comfortable range ascending and descending. You can use any system (i.e. solfege or numbers) or sing it on a neutral syllable.

4) Siren/vocalize/slide on an “ah” vowel from the bottom of your range to the top and back down.

If you have any questions, please contact Dr. Gusukuma (Stephen_Gusukuma@baylor.edu)

A Cappella ChoirChamber Singers (sophomores → graduate students, including transfers):

Fall 2021 Auditions for A Cappella Choir and Chamber Singers will take place in-person during Welcome Week, as current in-person guidelines permit.  Please contact individual faculty directors for questions regarding specific ensembles. Additional information regarding these auditions will be posted by August 1, 2021 and emailed to members of all Spring 2021 choirs.

Bella VoceVirtuOSO (sophomores → graduate students, including transfers):

Fall 2021 Auditions for Bella Voce and VirtuOSO will take place at the end of the Spring 2021 semester and throughout the summer, as needed. Please contact individual faculty directors for questions regarding specific these ensembles.

Early Music

The Early Music Ensembles are open to all members of the student body by audition. No previous experience in early repertoire is required.

Handbells

No audition required.

Jazz

* updated July 23, 2020

New Music

N/A

Golden Wave Marching Band

Opera

  • Must enroll in Opera Workshop (MUEN 1104) to be considered for casting 
  • Those who wish to volunteer to work backstage are not required to register for the class, but must be available during the scheduled class time and rehearsals.
  • Those who want to sing in the opera chorus do not need to audition; just register for the course. Without an audition you will not be considered for named roles. 
    • this option only applies when there is a chorus in the upcoming opera.
  • Non-graduating students must audition in the spring for the following year’s productions.
  • Auditions for spring performances are held at the end of fall semester for anyone who has not auditioned previously.
  • Incoming Graduate Students: Your graduate audition can count for your opera audition as well, so long as the audition happens prior to casting. 

OPERA AUDITIONS:

  • Singers will present two selections:
    • one aria or art song in a foreign language
    • one in English (The English selection can be an aria, art song or musical theater)
  • A pianist will be provided at the audition
    • the student must provide clean, 3-hole punched, copies of their music in a 3 ring binder for the pianist
  • There is always a potential for callbacks

Contact the Director of Opera if you have any questions.

Orchestra and Band

Note: Instrumental Audition submissions are closed for most instruments (as of 1pm Aug. 14, 2020). Contact Mrs. Christina Rains if you have any questions.

* updated July 17, 2020

Baylor Percussion Group

Contact Dr. Todd Meehan.

World Music

N/A

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