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Audition Guidelines

Audition Guidelines

Classical Audition Requirements

*** For instrumental video submissions during COVID, you may omit piano accompaniment if not available. ***

Piano – Applicants should prepare two pieces by memory from contrasting periods: Baroque, Classical, Romantic, Impressionistic or Contemporary. Scales and sight-reading may be requested. Direct any questions to, Dr. Jerome Reed at  jerry.reed@lipscomb.edu 

Woodwinds and Brass - Applicants should have two prepared selections of contrasting style, or contrasting movements of a single large work, as well as be prepared to sight-read. For music major applicants, one selection must have piano accompaniment. The accompaniment must be provided to the school of music a minimum of two weeks in advance of the live audition date. Direct any questions to, Dr. Benjamen Blasko at ben.blasko@lipscomb.edu

Strings - Applicants should have two prepared selections of contrasting style, or contrasting movements of a single large work, as well as be prepared to sight-read. For music major applicants, one selection must have piano accompaniment. The accompaniment must be provided to the school of music a minimum of two weeks in advance of the live audition date. Direct any questions to, Dr. Benjamen Blasko at ben.blasko@lipscomb.edu

Percussion - Applicants should have two prepared selections, one with snare drum and one with mallets (keyboard or timpani), and be prepared to sight-read. Direct any questions to, Dr. Benjamen Blasko at ben.blasko@lipscomb.edu

Classical Voice - Applicants should prepare from memory two art songs or arias in contrasting styles. The original language of the composition is preferred, but is not mandatory. Selections might include songs found in collections such as, 26 Italian Songs and Arias. Singing a part from a choral selection arranged for SATB is not acceptable. Applicants should be prepared to sight-read. Direct any questions to, Dr. Christopher Bailey at christopher.bailey@Lipscomb.edu

Worship Arts Audition Guidelines**

Please submit 2 videos of yourself singing 2 songs of your choice.  These can be songs you have sung or led in worship. If you are also an instrumentalist, please accompany yourself on at least one of these songs. Please upload these videos to YouTube (set to public or unlisted) and email the links to, comcpherson@lipscomb.edu. These can be cell phone videos…professional videos are not required! 

Commercial Audition Requirements

Prescreening

All applicants interested in auditioning for a Commercial Music major at the School of Music are required to submit prescreening materials via video at least 45 days before a desired scheduled live audition date. The prescreening materials will be reviewed by faculty and, upon approval, applicants will be invited to schedule their live audition. Remote video auditions are permissible in extenuating circumstances. 

The required prescreening materials (outlined below) vary according to major and must be submitted via the appropriate format at least 45 days before a desired live audition date. Applicants will receive an update regarding their pre-screening submission at least 30 days before their requested audition date.
Prescreening videos may be submitted as an mp4 attachment or as a link (YouTube, Vimeo, or Dropbox) to Carolee McPherson at comcpherson@lipscomb.edu


Please include the title and artist of each piece. Each piece must not exceed 5 minutes. 
Your videos can be recorded on a cell phone and do not have to be professionally done.  They should include helpful videography angles and distance so that your technique is clearly visible, (embouchure, hand position, etc.) unobstructed by music or microphone stands, as well as clear audio quality.


For Commercial Music Applicants Interested in the Singer/Songwriter Track:

Please submit two songs of your choice which showcase your strengths. Please perform on your primary instrument(s). One of these songs must be an original

For Commercial Music Applicants Interested in the Production Track:

Please submit a song of your choice (original or cover) via video, which you perform on your primary instrument(s). Please also submit a second song (original or cover) via audio. Please note that we do not have a degree that is only an engineering focus. Our degree is based on a musical approach to modern production.

The second song should be an example of your production work using technology such as, GarageBand, Logic, Pro Tools, etc. Please include a detailed explanation of your function in this production.