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PASSPORT Music Auditions

Welcome to the Department of Music at Calvin and PASSPORT music auditions. If you are an incoming student (first-year or transfer student) and are interested in performing with one of Calvin's eight music ensembles, you will want to make sure to register for a music audition during your PASSPORT orientation session this summer.

When you arrive on campus for PASSPORT, you will receive a schedule, including the exact date, time, and place of your audition. Ensemble auditions are not demanding, but will help the ensemble conductors determine which ensemble will be the best fit for you. If you didn't indicate that you'd like an audition when you registered for PASSPORT, or if you can't remember if you did, please contact the Music Office to be sure that you're on the list.

You will receive correspondence from the music department regarding your PASSPORT audition before you arrive on campus so make sure you check you check your mailbox and email often.

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Auditions

Choirs at Calvin

To audition for Campus Choir, Capella, Oratorio Society, Gospel Choir, or Women's Chorale please prepare a verse (melody line) from one of the following hymns:

Please bring two copies of the hymn along to your audition (one for you and one for the professor).

The audition will consist of:

  • Vocalizations
  • Sight reading
  • Tonal memory
  • Prepared hymn verse

Please note the following:

  • You will not need an accompanist.
  • If you have indicated an interest in voice lessons, this audition will also serve as your placement for a voice teacher.
  • Chorale Audition Forms will be available when you check-in for your audition.

Bands at Calvin

Welcome to the Bands at Calvin! The formal audition for the band program will take place in Sepetmber when you arrive on campus for the fall semester. However, a mandatory meeting for all first year and transfer students who are interested in the band program will take place during your PASSPORT orientation session. This will be a great opportunity for you to be introduced to the band program, along with the director Dr. Tiffany Engle, and current students. You will receive additional information about audition requirements and performance expectations. This meeting will take place in the Covenant Fine Arts Center. You will recieve an email from our office one week prior to your orientation session with more information regarding the exact time and place of the meeting. Your scheduled meeting will also be noted on your PASSPORT orientation schedule.

If you would like additional information about the bands at Calvin, please contact Dr. Tiffany Engle at tje4@calvin.edu or (616) 526-6304. Additional information is also available on the Calvin Bands page.

Orchestra at Calvin

Welcome to the Calvin Orchestra! The formal audition for the orchestra program will take place in Sepetmber when you arrive on campus for the fall semester. However, a mandatory meeting for all first year and transfer students who are interested in the orchestra program will take place during your PASSPORT orientation session. This meeting is a great opportunity for you to learn about the orchestra program and recieve your music for the fall auditions and concerts. Prof. John Varineau, orchestra director, and Dr. David Reimer, director of the Calvin string area, are eager to meet you and learn about you and your musical interests. This meeting will take place in the Covenant Fine Arts Center. You will receive an email from our office one week prior to your orientation session with more information regarding the exact time and place of the meeting. Your scheduled meeting will also be noted on your PASSPORT orientation schedule.

If you would like additional information about Calvin Orchestra, please visit the Calvin Orchestra page.