Graduate Choral Music Audition Requirements
1. Submit a repertory list to the "Program-Specific Questions" section of the Graduate College Application.
2. Submit a prescreening video recording of approximately 15 minutes of a recent choral rehearsal or performance, with the camera focused on the conductor. Excerpts should include contrasting repertoire. Video recordings will be uploaded to the Graduate College application.
At the end of the Fall 2020 term (December 2020), we will determine if live auditions will be possible given national, international, and local coronavirus circumstances. If live auditions are possible, and an applicant who passes the prescreening requirement is uncomfortable or unable to travel to campus for a live audition, alternate arrangements will be made. If live auditions are not possible, Dr. Megill will be in touch with you regarding the next steps. In addition to the conducting audition, the faculty will also hold interviews. The interview includes a conversation about the candidate’s background and aspirations, as well as his or her philosophy of teaching and knowledge of choral repertoire. As part of the interview, candidates will demonstrate proficiency as both a singer (by performing a short art song or aria) and keyboardist (playing a piano work of at least the difficulty of a Bach two-part invention). There will also be an evaluation of the applicant’s aural skills. For the conducting audition, the applicant will work with one of the choral ensembles, conducting a "performance" of a work the choir knows well, and teaching a new work. Both pieces will be assigned.
The Music Admissions Office will send prescreening results around December 15.