Organ

Undergraduate and graduate audition requirements are listed below.

The audition is the most important factor in determining whether or not a student will be accepted as music major. For the 2020-21 application cycle, applicants who are required to audition must upload a video recorded audition to their music application. After your application file is reviewed, a follow-up live virtual audition and/or interview may also be required. If required, you will be notified via Acceptd to schedule it on one of the available dates.

Please remember, students must apply to both Baylor University and the School of Music. We highly encourage you to email Dr. Isabelle Demers to set up a virtual visit or sample lesson.

  • The audition committee consists of keyboard faculty members.
  • Memorization is not required.
  • Although not needed for the audition, organ applicants should have studied major/minor scales and arpeggios.
Video Submission Guidelines
  • Each piece or movement can be a different recording, i.e. a trio-sonata would be 3 separate recordings and a prelude and fugue would be 2 separate recordings.
  • Camera angle should show hands and feet as much as possible.
  • All audition requirements listed below should be part of your video recording.

All candidates are welcome to communicate directly with Dr. Isabelle Demers with questions regarding their application, repertoire, audition date, etc.


Undergraduate Audition Requirements

B.M. in Organ Performance - three contrasting solos are required:

  • one work by J.S. Bach, such as a trio-sonata or a prelude and fugue
  • one work from the Romantic era, or one movement of a multi-movement work
  • one work from the 20th or 21st Century

B.M.E. in Organ

  • one work by J. S. Bach, such as a prelude and fugue
  • one chorale-prelude by J.S. Bach, or a comparable work from the same period
  • one work from either the 19th or 20 Century

B.M. in Church Music

  • one work by J. S. Bach, such as a prelude and fugue
  • one hymn with introduction, and varied treatment of all verses; or one work of service music, such as an anthem, mass setting, set of canticles, etc.
  • one work from either the 19th or 20th Century

B.A. in Music

  • Organ students must prepare at least three contrasting pieces similar to those suggested for organ majors in the previous section.

Pianists interested in organ

  • Keyboard students who have not previously studied organ and who wish to begin organ lessons at Baylor should plan to audition in piano as an indication of the necessary background for organ study. See the requirements for piano students.)

Scholarships

  • All undergraduate students who apply and audition are automatically considered for an organ scholarship. Organ scholarships are based upon outstanding accomplishment in performance, potential for artistic development, and commitment to a career in music. Qualifications are determined by either a campus audition (recommended) or recorded audition, and awards are announced by letter in late March or early April.

Graduate Audition Requirements

M.M. in Organ Performance

  • An audition program, at least 30 minutes in duration, of solo repertoire from three style periods is required for admission in Performance. The program must include one large work of J.S. Bach such as a trio-sonata, a large-scale diptych, or another comparable work. Auditions in person are recommended but not required.

M.M. in Church Music, Organ Emphasis

  • An audition program, of at least 20 minutes in duration, of solo repertoire from three style periods is required for admission in church music. The program must include one work of J.S. Bach, such as a trio-sonata, large-scale chorale-prelude (from the Leipzig collection or Clavierubung III), or a diptych. Auditions in person are recommended but not required.

Admission will require a live audition before a committee which will include at least four members of the Keyboard Division faculty appointed by the Director of Keyboard Studies and the Graduate Program Director in Music. The option of a video performance may be approved when distance to the audition would be a hardship. When the audition is by video, the student must present a live audition before a designated faculty committee during the first semester of residence in order to be fully accepted into the program. The audition will require sixty minutes of solo repertoire representing the 18th, 19th, and 20th centuries and will include at least two major works from the literature. The audition committee may choose from the repertoire prepared.

Prepared to play a thirty-minute audition, including at least the following components:

  • one major work by J. S. Bach, such as a prelude and fugue
  • one work from a representative Romantic composer
  • one work from the 20th or 21st century

Graduate Assistantships and Financial Aid:

  • Graduate assistantships in organ are available for those entering the M.M. Organ Performance degree. Candidates apply for assistantships on their School of Music application. Organ scholarships are also available to graduate students and are based upon outstanding accomplishment in performance, potential for artistic development, and commitment to a career in music. Qualifications are determined by either a campus audition (recommended) or recorded audition, and awards are announced by letter in late March or early April.

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