Doctoral Student, Conductor, Pianist, Vocal Coach - Director of Opera Simpson College
Audition/Interview Dates 2014 (For Fall 2014 Matriculation)
January 17, 2014
February 7, 2014
March 7, 2014
Auditions and interviews are held on three weekends each year: one in January, one in February, and one in March. All auditions are held on the Bloomington campus. On the weekend of your audition, you will be scheduled for an audition and interview between 8 a.m. Friday and 7 p.m. Saturday. Please make your travel plans after you receive official confirmation of your audition/interview date and time.
If you are unable to attend one of the official audition dates sponsored by the Office of Music Admissions, but wish to have an audition in person, it may be possible to arrange an ad hoc audition. To schedule an ad hoc audition, you must contact the chair of the Choral Department; please note that faculty members are not obligated to grant ad hoc auditions.
Master of Music in Choral Conducting (M.M.)
Doctor of Music in Choral Conducting (D.M.)
An audition will be scheduled with one of the Jacobs School of Music choral ensembles on the Friday morning of each audition weekend. The audition process will consist of four parts: 1) a written diagnostic examination, 2) a private conducting session with the Choral Conducting faculty, 3) a conducting session with an SATB choir, and 4) an interview with the Choral Conducting Department faculty.
1.) The written diagnostic examination will be administered to all applicants to determine the depth of their musical knowledge and interests, current research skills, analysis skills, etc. (Note that this examination is not in lieu of the graduate entrance examinations.) This exam will include a short dictation of a four-part Bach chorale and identification of select choral scores.
2.) During the private conducting session with the Choral Conducting faculty, the applicant will be expected to conduct the section "Let Nimrod, the mighty hunter" (Nimrod Chorus) from Benjamin Britten's Rejoice in the Lamb (from rehearsal 2 up to rehearsal 9, Boosey & Hawkes edition). The applicant will also conduct a recitative and be prepared to sing it as well. Applicants should prepare the following recitative according to their intended degree program:
Masters applicants-Handel: Recitative: "Thus saith the Lord, the Lord of Hosts" from Messiah.
Doctoral applicants-Haydn: Recitative: "Gleich öffnet sich die Erde Schoss" ("Straight opening her fertile womb") from Die Schöpfung (The Creation)-in either German or English.
Both the choral section from Rejoice in the Lamb and the recitative will be accompanied by piano.
3.) The conducting session with the SATB chorus will last approximately 10-12 minutes. The applicants should choose one of the pieces from the repertoire list below and be prepared to rehearse and perform the selection in the original language. Select one movement of a multi-movement work, but be prepared to discuss the complete work during the interview. The applicant will be expected to show advanced musicianship, knowledge of the voice, and exemplary choral rehearsal techniques. Vocal scores will be provided for the chorus; applicants should bring their own full score. The applicant should communicate with the Choral Conducting Department to make sure he/she is using a compatible edition. Notify the Choral Office [(812) 855-0427] of your choice of audition piece at least two weeks before your audition date.
Select from the following:
Bach, Cantata Christ lag in Todesbanden, BWV 4 (Carus Verlag)
Bach, Cantata Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme, BWV 140 (Carus Verlag)
- Bach, Motet Jesu, meine Freude (Bärenreiter)
- Beethoven, Mass in C Major, Op. 86 (Breitkopf)
- Brahms, Ein deutsches Requiem (excluding Movements I & IV) (Peters)
- Handel, Messiah, (excluding Hallelujah Chorus) ed. Watkins-Shaw (Novello)
- Haydn, Mass in D Minor "Lord Nelson" ed. Robbins Landon (Schott)
- Hindemith, Six chansons (Schott)
- Lassus, Bon jour mon coeur (à 4) (Salabert)
- Mozart, Mass in C Minor, K. 427, ed. Robbins Landon (Peters)
- Mozart, Requiem, K. 626, completed by Süssmayr (excluding Dies Irae) (Bärenreiter)
- Palestrina, Missa Papae Marcelli (Novello)
- Schütz, Die mit Tränen säen (Bärenreiter)
- Stravinsky, Mass (Boosey & Hawkes)
- Stravinsky, Symphony of Psalms (Boosey & Hawkes)
- Verdi, 'Ave Maria' from Quattro pezzi sacri (Franco Colombo).
- Verdi, 'Va, pensiero' from Nabucco
Note: For all standard repertoire, be prepared for the chorus to read all notes and dynamics. Do not rehearse pitches except in the few cases where necessary; spend time on interpretive ideas such as articulations, performance practice, rhetorical gestures, etc. The goal is not to get through the music, but rather to take one section and make it sound as you want it to sound.
4.) The interview portion with members of the faculty will consist of an informal discussion of music history and choral literature. The applicant may be asked to demonstrate her or his ability in sight singing, keyboard skills, score-reading, transposition, and analysis. The applicant will be expected to give an oral analysis of the audition piece and be able to sing any part of the work.
Choral conducting applicants with strong music theory skills are encouraged to schedule an interview for a music theory assistantship with the Office of Music Admissions. (Please read the important qualifying information regarding music theory AI auditions on pages 14-15. Note that this examination is not in lieu of the graduate entrance examinations.)
All applicants to the choral conducting program must audition in person. The Choral Department does not admit students based on video or audio recordings sent with applications to the Jacobs School of Music. Because of the expense and complexity of international travel, the faculty of the department will review videotapes sent by international applicants only, in order to recommend whether such applicants should proceed with making arrangements for an in-person audition.
Current IU Jacobs School of Music Student Auditions
Students who are currently completing a degree at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music may use their final recital or recital hearing as their audition, provided they notify their teacher in advance. If you are applying for a graduate degree, your audition must take place prior to April 1, 2013. Your department must provide an audition rating and submit an official score on an Audition Report Form to the Office of Music Admissions.