All vocal music must be performed from memory. Vocal applicants may be asked to sing all or part of their prepared repertoire. Applicants must prepare entire pieces (not 16 bars or a "cut").
An accompanist will be provided free of charge at the on-campus national audition dates. One copy of the music must be supplied for the accompanist, hole punched and in a three ring binder. You will meet with the accompanist briefly prior to your scheduled audition time. Music that has been transposed must be readable. If you are transposing music, please contact us to discuss the appropriate format for transposed music.
Taped accompaniments, A Cappella performances, staging, props, and dance are not allowed during the vocal audition, whether live or recorded.
Vocal Performance and Music Theatre applicants are required to provide a headshot and resume at the audition.
Vocal Music Education*, Music Business-Voice Emphasis, Composition-Voice Emphasis, Church Music-Voice Emphasis, and Bachelor of Arts-Voice Emphasis
Applicants are required to sing two contrasting classical or art songs.
One selection must be in English.
*Applicants for the Choral Music Education program are required to bring a one page resume, which lists the applicant’s age appropriate activities in music teaching such as: school section leader, choral instructor in religious communities, summer teaching activities in camp or other youth programs, volunteer activities, or any other sustained activity that demonstrates an age appropriate interest in teaching or nurturing others. The applicant is also encouraged to list any special recognition or awards that have been received for their musical and/or academic achievements.
Composition auditions require the submission of a portfolio of original compositions and recordings, if available. Students will interview, by appointment, with the Composition faculty. In addition, composition applicants must also audition on voice, according to the guidelines above.
Applicants must be prepared to sing three classical or art songs:
Applicants must be prepared to sing three songs, perform two monologues, and participate in a short dance evaluation:
*The two monologue selections together should not exceed three minutes in total time. The monologues are to come from published plays. Monologues from musicals, television, or other mediums are not allowed.
All students auditioning for Music Theatre must also participate in a dance evaluation. This evaluation will be used to assess your ability to move and potential for continued improvement.
Applicants will fulfill their OCU dance evaluation by performing the musical theater combo provided online. The link to this combo is posted here. Students must learn the audition combination BEFORE their audition date; it will not be “taught” on the audition day, though there will be a brief run through of the material. The audition combination will be performed in small groups.
*Please note that previous dance experience is not required for acceptance into the MT tract. Students with previous dance experience will be given the opportunity to show additional skills at the end of the provided combination.
Suitable dress for women includes jazz pants, tights, a leotard, dance skirts, or other form fitting clothing. Men may wear tights, jazz pants, shorts, t-shirts, or form fitting sweatpants. All students should bring jazz shoes and character shoes. You are welcome to bring tap or ballet shoes if you have them.
Music Theater and Vocal Performance Combined Audition
Applicants interested in both Music Theater and Vocal Performance must be prepared to sing five songs:
Applicants participating in the combined audition must also prepare two contrasting monologues and participate in the dance evaluation. Please see the above Music Theatre audition requirements for more information.