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Ensemble Audition Information

Bands

* updated mid to late July

Concert Band - No Audition Required.

Chamber Groups

No audition required.

Choirs

Choirs are open by audition to all music majors (including non-voice majors) as well as all non-music majors.

What to Expect:
  • no preparation required (Women’s Choir, Men’s Choir, Concert Choir)
  • vocalization to determine range
  • sing a hymn or patriotic song melody
  • sight-reading and tonal memory (we play melodies to be sung back)
  • prepared aria or solo (A Cappella, Bella Voce, Chamber Singers)

A Cappella Choir - Baylor's premier mixed choral ensemble

  • Year commitment
  • April audition for coming year
  • Open by audition to all university students: Sophomores through Graduate students
  • contact Dr. Schmidt for an appointment

Bella Voce - highly selective women's ensemble

  • Year commitment
  • April audition for coming year
  • Open by audition to all university students: Sophomores through Graduate students
  • contact Dr. Gackle for an appointment

Chamber Singers - chamber ensemble

  • Year commitment
  • April audition for coming year
  • Open by audition to all university students: Sophomores through Graduate students
  • contact Dr. Schmidt for an appointment

Concert Choir - mixed choir

  • Year commitment
  • April/summer audition for coming year; auditions in November for balance needs
  • Open by audition to all university students
  • contact Dr. Gackle for an appointment

Men's Choir

  • Year commitment
  • April/summer and November auditions for coming year/semester
  • Open by audition to all university students
  • contact Dr. Bradley for an appointment

Women's Choir

  • Year commitment
  • April/summer and November auditions for coming year/semester
  • Open by audition to all university students
  • contact Dr. Gusukuma for an appointment

VirtuOSO - premiere pop / a cappella / vocal jazz ensemble

  • Year commitment
  • April/May audition for coming year
  • Open by audition to all university students: Sophomores through Graduate students
  • contact Dr. Gusukuma for an appointment

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 mid to late July

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 quesitons.

Orchestras

All participants in both orchestras are selected each fall in one general audition; auditions are arranged as needed at the beginning of the spring semester. Both music majors and non-music majors are eligible to participate; and may be selected for either group. The fall auditions are held at the end of Welcome Week before the initiation of classes. All auditions are conducted individually and anonymously behind a screen.

* updated mid to late July

Baylor Percussion Group

Contact Dr. Todd Meehan.

World Music

N/A

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