Department of Music

Music Auditions

Enochs Scholarship Auditions
Theory Entrance Exam
Piano Placement Exam
Ensemble Auditions

Enochs Scholarship Auditions

What to Expect the Day Of
Frequently Asked Questions

Auditions for the Lois Durbin Enochs Endowed Scholarships are for freshmen and transfer music majors only.

This scholarship fund was established by Jacquelin Emogene Enochs in memory of her mother, Lois Durbin Enochs. If you are a freshman or transfer student entering Harding for the first time this coming fall and majoring in music, we invite and encourage you to audition for a music scholarship.

There are two ways to audition for the Enochs scholarship:

You can choose to come to our all-category audition date: Friday, April 18, 2014 (Spring Sing weekend). Complete the music scholarship audition form, save the completed form to your computer, and send a copy to music@harding.edu at least 3 weeks prior to audition date.  All audition forms must be received by the music office at least 3 weeks prior to the all-category audition date.  You should receive a confirmation email within two business days. If you have not received a confirmation, please contact the Music Office at 501-279-4343 or music@harding.edu.  The music office will set the audition schedule two weeks prior to the audition date. Once the schedule is set, you will receive an email with your audition time, as well as other pertinent information.

OR

If you are unable to come to our all-category audition date, you may set up an audition appointment for another date during the Spring semester prior to April 18, 2014. Complete the music scholarship audition form, save the completed form to your computer, and send a copy to music@harding.edu.  The audition form must be received by the music office at least 3 weeks prior to your preferred audition date.  You will receive a confirmation email within two business days. Next contact an area coordinator to schedule an audition time. Contact us at least three weeks before your campus visit in order to better coordinate all of the details of the audition process. All auditions are by appointment only.

Area coordinators are:

Keyboard - Dr. Scott Carrell scarrell@harding.edu

Winds, Strings, Percussion - Dr. Michael Chance mchance@harding.edu

Vocal - Susan Shirel sshirel@harding.edu

Scholarship awards will be announced and contracts mailed in the week following the Spring Sing audition date.

Need more information? See Frequently Asked Questions below. If you don't find the answer, call or e-mail us. We want to help you earn a music scholarship!

What to Expect the Day of Auditionees

You will warm up--with your accompanist if you are performing with one--twenty minutes before your scheduled audition time.  When it is your turn to audition, you will be escorted through the backstage hallway and directed onstage.

When you enter the Recital Hall stage, have your instrument and other essentials ready to go. Your student escort can assist you if necessary. After you have set up, tuned, and announced your first selection, you may begin playing. Bear in mind that the faculty, in the interest of time, will likely pick and choose what and how much of your prepared material they want to hear.

The faculty will then proceed with diagnostic work which may include pitch memory exercises (singing musical motives played on the keyboard), performance instrument sight-reading, or vocal sight-reading.

You will then sit with the faculty for a brief interview. This is an opportunity for the faculty to get to know you through sharing your background information and career plans.

In addition to your audition, you will also be scheduled to take the Theory Entrance Exam and the Piano Placement Exam while you are on campus.

Auditions typically begin at 9 am, but could start as early as 8 am.  Please be prepared to stay all day.

Parents/Family

Family may accompany auditionees during the warm-up. We invite family to hear the first part of the audition by entering the Recital Hall through the doors in the lobby.

After the performance of the prepared pieces, we request that the family leave the hall while we conduct the diagnostic work and interview. You may wait for your son/daughter in the lobby.

Suggestions

In addition to those below, The National Association of Schools of Music has these suggestions:  http://nasm.arts-accredit.org/index.jsp?page=FAQ%2017

  • Speak with someone who has attended the university and learn about the faculty.
  • Research the degree options and musical opportunities.  There are many ways to be involved in music other than teaching or performance:  technology, business, theory, composition, or therapy.
  • Discuss the audition requirements with music faculty:  Do you need to have your pieces memorized? Language requirements? How are accompaniments handled?
  • Be familiar with your music:  pronunciation of composers, title, lyrics.
  • Practice sighting reading/singing

Frequently Asked Questions

Who may audition?
Where will auditions be held?
What should I wear?
What constitutes an audition?
What kind of compositions should I perform?

If I can perform in more than one area, what should I do?

What about an accompanist?

When will I know the results?

How many audition and what are my chances?
I am eligible for the faculty/staff discount, can I still audition?

Who may audition?

Freshmen and transfer students who plan to enter Harding for the first time in the fall semester and who have applied for admission to the university are eligible. You must plan to major in music, and, once enrolled, you must make satisfactory progress toward a degree in music to keep the scholarship.

Where will auditions be held?

Auditions will take place in the music wing of the Donald W. Reynolds Center for Music and Communication located on the south side of the university campus.  Please report to the Music Office upon arrival (M101) to check in with the Music Office Secretary and be directed to the first portion of your audition.

What should I wear?

We do expect students to be dressed well for their audition. Dress as you would if you were performing in a concert. Jeans are not appropriate but slacks or a skirt/dress are. Think along the lines of Sunday clothes or business dress.

What constitutes an audition?

Your audition consists of several activities designed to evaluate your training, talent and potential as a music major. These include a series of diagnostic tests (pitch memory, pitch matching, keyboard assessment, theory exam), a short performance for the music faculty, and an interview with them.

What kind of compositions should I perform?

Choose your primary performance area.

  • KEYBOARD (piano) - the first movement of a sonata or sonatina AND one classical piece from the 19th or 20th century
  • INSTRUMENTAL (winds, strings, percussion) - two works of contrasting nature, or two contrasting movements from a solo concerto or sonata, with a minimum difficulty level of that of a standard solo from the state level solo list in your home state
  • VOCAL - one classical song in English AND one art song in Italian, German or French

If you have questions or concerns as to the appropriateness of your audition material, ask your area coordinator well before of your audition. Inappropriate audition material may result in a lower evaluation by the music faculty. We want you to do your best.

Please remember to send a legible copy of your music to the music office at least 3 weeks prior to your audition date if you plan to use one of our faculty members as your accompanist.  If you are providing your own accompanist, please make note on your audition form.  Faxed copies of your audition pieces are acceptable, but mailed or scanned/emailed copies are much preferred.  Due to copyright requirements, you will also need to bring the original music with you on the day of your audition.

Do you perform well in more than one area? See below!

If I can perform in more than one area, what should I do?

Audition for any area in which you expect to participate in college; we appreciate musicians who are versatile and multi-talented. If you wish to audition in more than one area, prepare for each area one composition which best demonstrates your skill. Consult with your primary area coordinator to confirm your audition choices.

What about an accompanist?

You may bring your own accompanist, or Harding will provide one at your request and at no charge to you. If you wish to take advantage of this service, copies of your music must reach the music department three weeks in advance of your audition. Please note: Even though you have sent copies in advance, you must provide original music for your audition.  If you are providing your own accompanist, please make note of this fact on your audition form.

When will I know the results?

Scholarship awards will be announced and contracts mailed in the week following the Spring Sing audition date.

How many audition and what are my chances?

We expect 40+ students to audition in any given year. Approximately half of that number will receive a scholarship award.

I am elegible for the faculty/staff discount, can I still audition?

Yes, please see the department chair or the office secretary for more information.

Theory Entrance Exam

The Theory Entrance Exam allows us to test your current knowledge of music theory. The results of this exam are kept confidential and help us place you in the correct theory course when you begin classes in the Fall. This exam is for placement purposes only and does not affect your acceptance into the music program.  The exams are given at 10 am and 2 pm.

Piano Placement Exam

The Piano Placement Exam allows us to test your current level of piano skills. The results of this exam are kept confidential and help us place you with the correct piano instructor when you begin classes in the Fall. This exam is for placement purposes only and does not affect your acceptance into the music program.

Ensemble Auditions

Each ensemble holds auditions at different times. Please contact the director for more information. Learn more on our Ensembles page.

Instrumental Ensembles

Thundering Herd Marching Band

  • Auditions held during the Spring and Summer
  • By appointment only
  • Director: Dr. Wes Parker, wparker@harding.edu

Bison Pep Band

  • Auditions held in the late Fall
  • Must be a member of the Thundering Herd Marching Band
  • Director: Dr. Wes Parker, wparker@harding.edu

Wind Ensemble

  • Auditions held in Spring and Summer
  • By appointment only
  • Director: Dr. Mike Chance, mchance@harding.edu

Orchestra

  • Auditions held during the Spring and the first week of Fall classes
  • By appointment only
  • Director: Dr. Mike Chance, mchance@harding.edu

Jazz Band

  • Auditions held on Saturday of the first week of classes in the Fall semester
  • Audition materials are posted on the Music Bulletin Board outside of the music office on Monday, the first day of Fall classes
  • Director: Dr. Scott Carrell, scarrell@harding.edu

Vocal Ensembles

Chorus, Concert Choir, & Belle Canto

Chamber Singers

  • Auditions held at the end of Spring classes and the beginning of Fall classes
  • Director: Dr. Kelly Neill, kneill@harding.edu

Good News Singers and Belles & Beaux

  • Auditions typically held during the Spring
  • Director: Mr. Chuck Hicks, chicks@harding.edu

Music Department Contact Information

Music Department
Harding University
Box 10767
Searcy, AR 72149-0767

501-279-4343 (Office)
501-279-4086 (Fax)
music@harding.edu

Music Department
HU Box 10767
Searcy, AR 72149-0767

PHONE
501-279-4343

EMAIL
music@harding.edu

FAX
501-279-4086

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