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Ensemble Audition Information

Bands

Information and procedures for auditioning (including the audition excerpts) will appear here by July 15 of each year.

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

Information and procedures for auditioning (including the audition excerpts) will appear here by July 15 of each year.

New Music

N/A

Golden Wave Marching Band

Opera

Students who are interested in participating in the Opera Program should sign-up for the Opera Auditions that are held annually the first week of school. From these auditions, all opera projects for the entire school year will be chosen and cast. Students need two contrasting selections memorized and prepared for these auditions. These selections can be any literature that is approved by the student's individual vocal teacher they do not need to be opera arias. Students should choose selections that show their vocal talents to best advantage. The student will perform the selection of their choice and the committee may, or may not, ask for the additional selection.

The Opera Program works closely with the Voice Department. Students are expected to consult with their voice teachers concerning issues of specific vocal technique and the singing of a particular role.

If a student wishes to participate in opera chorus but not be considered for a major role they should sign up and audition like everyone else and indicate on the form provided that their interest is limited to opera chorus only. If there are students who are interested in participated in the technical portion of the opera, but not singing, these students should contact the Director of Opera to obtain an information sheet that they can turn in without having to sing an audition. This applies to any technical area from set building to make-up and hair preparation.

Opera Workshop is the most intensive ensemble on the Baylor, or any other campus with regard to the hours that students will be required to put in to participate in the ensemble. Class time is currently M/W/F from 3PM to 3:50PM. However, students should also be prepared for private coachings on their music outside of class time. These assignments will be made using schedules that will be provided by the students at the beginning of each semester. It will also be necessary to have night rehearsals for major projects leading up to the actual production. In addition, everyone participating in the opera workshop will have to perform a certain number of hours of service within a technical area. Without students helping in this capacity, the production of operas on this campus would not currently be possible. Be assured that the Director of Opera will also be putting many hours into the technical side of the opera production. You will not be asked to do anything to do that the Opera Professor himself does not do.

The Director of Opera and Voice Faculty realize that the hours required to participate in Opera Workshop are far in excess of the current credit given for this class. Discussions are underway to try and remedy this situation.

The appropriate course to enroll in is MUS 0104 (Opera) and the course grants one hour of credit

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. During the summer months before the school year begins (usually by July 15th), audition music is here. 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.

Baylor Percussion Group

Contact Dr. Todd Meehan.

World Music

N/A

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