University of Mississippi Choirs

The University of Mississippi

Audition Information

We are excited to announce the dates for our 2016 choral auditions!

Auditions are required for all prospective students who wish to participate in our choral program. Scholarships are also awarded to majors and non-majors based on these auditions, so secure your spot early!

Friday, February 5, 2016

Friday, March 4, 2016

Friday, April 22, 2016

Audition Procedures:

All students interested in auditioning for a vocal or choral scholarship including partial out-of-state tuition waivers will have to audition. There are two categories of auditioning for the choral/vocal program at the University of Mississippi. The first category is vocal music majors/minors and the second category is non-music majors/minors. All students will audition with the choral faculty. Those students who are vocal music majors/minors will audition for the voice faculty as well.

For all students auditioning: Please complete and submit our online Audition Information Form. This form asks for basic information as well as a narrative describing your background in choral/vocal music including the choirs you have participated in, the honor choirs or all-state choirs you were a member of, and the instruments you play (if any) and the number of years of study. Also include the name of your high school, your choral director’s name, and your private voice teachers. In addition, please include your outside interests and hobbies. If you have a music resume and a picture of yourself, please bring this to your audition as well. Recommendation letters are optional.

For Music Majors and Music Minors: Prospective music majors and minors should prepare and perform two vocal selections of contrasting character. Transfer students who will be music majors are expected to sing two contrasting pieces, with at least one in a language other than English. Music minors should prepare and perform one vocal selection. (If you have been taking private voice lessons, you might want to bring a repertoire list at the time of the audition.) It is suggested that you select repertoire that best demonstrates your vocal range, quality and musicality. (Please do not bring choral music to perform, unless you are singing a solo from a larger work.) An accompanist will be provided. You will have time to prepare and practice prior to your audition. The choral and voice faculty will be present for your audition. Following the audition, you will be asked to take a diagnostic theory and sight-singing test.

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For Non-Music Majors (students pursuing any degree other than music and planning to sing in choir): The choral faculty will ask you to vocalize and sing something familiar (such as “My Country ‘Tis of Thee”). Performing one vocal selection that best demonstrates your vocal range, quality and musicality is possible but not necessary. You may bring a piece that you have prepared, but please do not prepare a piece specifically for this audition. You are not guaranteed an accompanist, and a cappella singing is not recommended. (Please do not bring choral music to perform, unless you are singing a solo from a larger work.) You may also be asked to take a sight-singing test.

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