Audition Requirements

There are two types of choral auditions:

Choral Auditions
Instrumental Requirements
Theater Requirements
Art Requirements

If you have any questions about the information presented, please call or email Debi Goodwin at (615) 547-1364 or dgoodwin@cumberland.edu.

Non-Music Majors:

(i) Director will play and you will sing scales to (a) determine the quality of your voice (c) clap rhythms and sight read a piece of music.

(ii) Prepare a solo or sing your voice part to a piece of choral literature you currently sing in your high school or college choir.

Music majors and Minors with a voice emphasis:

(i) Director will play and you will sing scales to (a) determine your vocal range (b) determine the quality of your voice (c) clap rhythms and sight read a piece of music.

(ii) Prepare and sing two contrasting solo's from two different style periods.

(iii) Sing a piece of choral literature in your voice part this is currently in your high school/college choir repertoire. Alternatively, you can request at choral piece to prepare from the CU choral director.

As a part of the scholarship contract, all successful scholarship recipients are required to take private voice lessons for four semesters and take a two semester sequence of sight-singing and ear training. Music majors and minors sing in both the Cumberland Chorale and University Singers.

 

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Instrumental Music Auditions:

Non-Music Majors

(i) Scales: Play all the scales you know in as many octaves as you can.

(ii) Prepared Music: Perform a piece of music of your choice which will demonstrate your skill as an instrumental musician. This piece could be anything you have worked on in the past, such as an etude, solo for solo festival, audition music for honor band, or something you are working on in band.

Music Majors and Minors with an Instrumental Emphasis

(i) Scales: Play all the scales you know in as many octaves as you can.

(ii) Prepared Music: Perform an etude or solo which demonstrates your musical skills.

(iii) Sight-Reading: The audition will include sight-reading to determine the student's ability to read music at sight.

Instrumental Music scholarship contracts will require participation in the following:

  • University Band, which includes marching band, wind ensemble, and pep band
  • At least one other ensemble, such as jazz band or a chamber ensemble for brass, woodwind or percussion
  • Private lessons on the student's major instrument

 

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Requirements for Scholarships in Theater:

The prospective student will fill out the "Slating" Form before auditioning, this will include contact information and a statement that will be read aloud once the audition-er takes the stage.

The prospective student will perform 2 contrasting monologues of their choosing, prepared beforehand, memorized and with character development. Monologues should not exceed 3 minutes combined.

The Audition Committee will give feedback, and choose one of the monologues for the audition-er to implement said feedback to the best of their abilities. The student will be given 3 minutes to prepare.

 

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Requirements for Fine Art scholarships:

Prospective students will submit a portfolio of their work and have an interview with the director of the art program.

 

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