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University of Mississippi Choirs

The University of Mississippi

Welcome to the Office of Choral Activities at Ole Miss!
We want you to sing with us!

CHOIR AND VOICE AUDITION INFORMATION

All students auditioning should complete and submit this online Audition Information Form.

CHOIR ONLY (non-music majors)

ALL STUDENTS enrolled at the University of Mississippi are welcome to participate in choir!  If you are not going to major or minor in Music, you are most welcome to sing!  For choir placement and for choir scholarship consideration, you are asked to submit a video recording containing the following:

  • Five-note descending scales that show your top and bottom range. Sing full volume.
  • Sing a prepared selection, either with accompaniment or unaccompanied – or – sing “My Country Tis of Thee” unaccompanied
  • Submit a digital video utilizing the RECORDED AUDITION SUBMISSION GUIDELINES.

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.
  • 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.
  • The choral and voice faculty will review your audition video.
  • If you have been taking private voice lessons, you might want to send a repertoire list along with your video submission.
  • Please note, as a Music Major you will be asked to take a theory and sight-singing test for assessment.  This will be given to you individually via shared document.
  • Submit your digital video utilizing the RECORDED AUDITION SUBMISSION GUIDELINES.

 

GRADUATE STUDENTS

In addition to the information found under Music Majors above, send the following additional documents to Dr. Brad Robinson at robinson@olemiss.edu

  • A cumulative repertoire list
  • Audition recital program
  • Junior and Senior recital programs
  • Unofficial copy of transcript

MUSIC MINORS

  • Both first year prospective and transferring music minors should prepare one (1) piece in their desired language.
  • 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.
  • The choral and voice faculty will review your audition video.
  • If you have been taking private voice lessons, you might want to send a repertoire list along with your video submission.
  • Submit your digital video utilizing the RECORDED AUDITION SUBMISSION GUIDELINES.

RECORDED AUDITION SUBMISSION GUIDELINES

1) Start your video by stating your full name, what you are auditioning for (music major, choir scholarships, etc.), and the name of each selection you will perform.

2) Auditions should be filmed as if they were “live,” using the highest quality audio and video recording equipment possible, which in most cases is your iPhone or Android.  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.

 

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

If your question is not answered here, please do not hesitate to contact our choral faculty.

Do I have to audition to be a part of the Ole Miss Choirs?
Yes.  Students (both music majors and non-majors) are required to audition for choir. However, your audition is to give us the information we need to place you in an ensemble. So, rest assured, there is a place for YOU in Ole Miss Choirs.

How many choral ensembles do you have?
We have five ensembles that make up the Ole Miss Choral Department. Women’s Ensemble (SSA), Women’s Glee (SSAA), Men’s Glee (TTBB) and University Chorus (SATB) as well as Concert Singers (SATB).  Concert Singers is our premiere auditioned ensemble with an established reputation for outstanding choral performance across the United States and in Europe.

Visit https://choral.olemiss.edu/about-us/ensembles/ for more info!

Do I have to be a music major to be in choir?
Not at all! In fact, our choral program is about 40% non-music majors and we welcome anyone that wants to sing and contribute to our great organization.

How much time do the choral/vocal ensembles require?
University Chorus, Women’s Ensemble, Men’s and Women’s Glee ALL rehearse MWF from 12:00-12:50
Concert Singers rehearses MW from 2-2:50 and T TH from 2:30-3:45.

We typically perform anywhere from 2-4 performances per semester.

What kinds of scholarships are available?
The Department of Music offers scholarships to qualified students entering the University of Mississippi. Choral scholarships are available to students who elect to be music majors, music minors, or who simply want to participate in a choir as a non-music major. All students interested in receiving a choral scholarship must audition for the choral faculty. Scholarships are awarded based upon talent, and choral/vocal program needs.

Why do I want to be a member of the Ole Miss Choirs?
Our students are happy to share with you why they love being a member of the choir – https://www.facebook.com/OleMissChoir/posts/2858649130855249

I want to be a music major, now what?

Visit our audition page or our music department page for details about becoming a music major at Ole Miss.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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