Welcome, and thank you for your interest in Grand Canyon University's College of Fine Arts and Production! Would you like to study music? Are you looking to earn a degree in drama? If you answered yes to one or both of these questions, please read the instructions below as all incoming music and drama students must first audition to be accepted in our Bachelor of Arts programs. The audition is also used as a basis for awarding scholarships.
Audition Procedure for Prospective Music Majors
In addition to playing a formal audition piece, prospective music students will also be required to take a Music Theory placement test.
Two memorized selections from classical piano literature composed in different historic/stylistic periods. Consider performing two classical solo pieces that best demonstrate your musicianship and technical skills.
Voice and Music Education Majors
Two memorized classical pieces, either foreign language art songs or arias such as those in the 26 Italian Songs and Arias book or something comparable, and/or a sacred oratorio classical piece. Consider performing two classical solo pieces that best demonstrate your musicianship and technical skills.
*Gospel/Contemporary Christian music is not preferred. No CD or tape tracks please.
If you require an accompanist, please inform us of your song titles or send/fax your music to the Music Office two weeks prior to your audition date, and we will provide a staff accompanist.
Attire should reflect the seriousness of the audition process.
Two contrasting (one serious, one comedy) memorized monologues - each two minutes in length, one contemporary and one Shakespeare, are required for the acting audition.
Any other auditioners, such as stage management, design, technical theatre, etcetera should prepare and present a portfolio that showcases their work in the field. An interview will be conducted in lieu of an audition.
Auditioners should dress appropriately.
One one-minute choreographed piece to perform for faculty. Bring music in the form of a CD or iPod. No accompanist will be available.
Further, auditioners will be asked to demonstrate their technical skill level via barre work and a series of progressions which will be led by a faculty member.
Auditioners should dress appropriately in comfortable clothing that shows body alignment and form. Ballet, jazz shoes or bare feet are appropriate for the auditions.
For more information, acceptable audition pieces, or for scheduling information, please contact:
Dr. Juan de Dios Hernandez, Assistant Dean of Music