University of Mississippi Choirs

The University of Mississippi

Auditions for 2020 Choir will be held on the following dates:   

November 15, 2019

February 7, 2020

February 28, 2020

April 3, 2020 

April 17, 2020 

 

Choir auditions begin at 1:00 for non-majors 

Music major/minor auditions begin at 2:00

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AUDITION PROCEDURES

Anyone can participate in the choir, however, an audition is required for all students interested in receiving a vocal or choral scholarship.  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 also audition for the voice faculty.

For all students auditioning (in person or through video submission):  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. 

 

PRE-RECORDED AUDITION SUBMISSION GUIDELINES

If you live more than three hours from Ole Miss or you are unable to secure a visit day to attend one of our on-campus audition dates, you may submit pre-recorded audition videos using the guidelines listed below.

Instructions for submitting a recorded audition are as follows:

1) Start your video by stating your full name, what you are auditioning for (music majors, choir scholarship-only, etc.), and the name of each piece (2) you will perform.

2) Auditions should be filmed as if they were “live,” using the highest quality audio and video recording equipment possible. The video should be one take (no editing or stopping mid-recording.)

3) If you haven’t already, you’ll need to create an account on the video sharing site of your choice in order to upload a video, preferably YouTube.

4) By default, online video submissions are public and generally accessible through search results. You may wish to restrict who can view your audition recording, but you need to make sure we are able to access the video. On YouTube, setting your video to Unlisted will allow anyone with the link to view your video. We are unable to access videos set to Private. Have a family member or friend test your video link before you submit it. 5) Email your video link to Dr. Don Trott – dtrott@olemiss.edu OR select ‘submit recorded audition’ as your audition date preference and paste the video link in the box that appears on the form.

For Music Majors:  

  • First year prospective music majors should prepare and perform two (2) vocal selections of contrasting character.

  • Transferring students, who will be music majors, are also expected to sing two contrasting pieces, but must have at least one in a language other than English.

  • 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 practice with an accompanist prior to your audition. The choral and voice faculty will be present for your audition. 

  • Please note, as a Music Major you will be asked to take a diagnostic theory and sight-singing test. 

For Music Minors:  

  • Both first year prospective and transferring music minors should prepare one (1) piece in their desired language.  

  • 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 practice with an accompanist prior to your audition. The choral and voice faculty will be present for your audition.

For Non-Music Majors (Students pursuing any degree other than music and only 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 (1) 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 note that a prepared piece is not required  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.

 

Additional Information Needed for Graduate Students (Only): 

  • A cumulative repertoire list

  • Audition recital program

  • Junior and Senior recital programs

  • Unofficial copy of transcript

 

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