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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 2013, 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. If you would like to complete your form prior to your arrival on campus, please download the attached Choral Audition Form and bring it with you.

Bands at Calvin

To audition for Wind Ensemble or Symphonic Band:

  • Prepared piece: solo (sonata, concerto, etc.) and/or etudes. Must reflect contrasting musical styles. Recommended length is 4-6 minutes.
  • Sight-reading

Please note:

  • Bring your own instrument unless you have made arrangements to borrow one of our department instruments.
  • You will not need an accompanist.
  • Band Audition Forms will be available when you check-in for your audition. If you would like to complete your form prior to your arrival on campus, please download the attached Band Audition Form and bring it with you.
  • Audition Procedures: Please read the band audition procedure and contact conductor Dr. Tiffany Engle if you have any questions.

Orchestra at Calvin

To audition for the Calvin Orchestra:

  • Please have excerpts from two contrasting pieces prepared to play.
  • Scale and sight-reading.

Please note:

  • Bring your own instrument unless you have made arrangements to borrow one of our department instruments.
  • You will not need an accompanist.
  • Orchestra Audition Forms will be available when you check-in for your audition. If you would like to complete your form prior to your arrival on campus, please download the attached Orchestra Audition Form and bring it with you.
  • Audition Procedures: Please read the attached Calvin Orchestra Audition Procedure and contact Professor Varineau if you have any questions.