- New students who want to play or sing need to audition.
- You DO NOT need to be a music major or minor.
- Placement auditions take place FRI AUG 23 through FRI SEP 6
- Sign up in Craig Hall.
- Singers do not have to prepare anything in advance. Instrumentalists should bring short solo pieces — contest music and etudes are good.
- Scholarship students have been assigned to an ensemble, but you still need to be heard for placement.
- If you’re planning on coursework in music, talk to the professors in your audition. The first semester for a major or minor will probably be: Lessons, Ensemble(s), Music Fundamentals (.5 cr)
- Keep reading for more details.
- Email the directors below.
- Austin College A Cappella Choir — 50-voice mixed choral ensemble singing the widest range of literature. Members are from every major and minor across campus and all years in school. Additional small vocal groups are auditioned after the main choral auditions.
- Sherman Symphony Orchestra — Professional-level full orchestra playing the major composers and standard orchestral literature.
- Austin College Wind Symphony — Non-marching concert band of 50 players.
- Greater Texoma Jazz Ensemble — Full big band playing traditional and modern charts.
- AC Chamber Orchestra — String ensemble sometimes augmented with winds and brass.
- Private Lessons (voice, piano, strings, brass, winds, percussion)
Bring two short pieces to play such as an etude, contest music, etc. If you’re not sure, come to your audition and talk with the faculty!
No prepared music is necessary. You’ll be lead through a warm-up, pitch and pattern matching, and some simple sight-reading.
- Not every student does everything well. Don’t be afraid to audition even if you are unsure about sight-reading or solo playing!
- This is not your 24/7 high school music experience. Ensembles do not conflict with classes.
- Returning students are not required to re-audition unless they wish to change ensembles or instruments.
- Any student wishing to begin private lessons must also audition AND maintain satisfactory participation in an assigned ensemble.
- Music Fundamentals (.5cr) is highly recommended if you’re considering a music major or minor. Talk to Dr. John McGinn.