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Scholarship Auditions

Auditioning for Scholarships at Ouachita


There are three scholarships at Ouachita that require an audition:

Music Scholarship: for those majoring in music, performance (vocal, instrumental, keyboard), music education, music industry, worship arts, or musical theatre)

Instrumental Ensemble Scholarship: for those non-music majors who participate in one or more of our instrumental ensembles

Theatre Arts Scholarship: for those pursuing a B.A. in Theatre

Auditions are based on your primary instrument or the instrument that you will take your primary lessons on while at Ouachita.

SEE AUDITION GUIDELINES BELOW

 

COVID-19 UPDATE: 

Due to COVID-19, we are now hosting online auditions for music scholarships at Ouachita!

We have updated our audition process for high school seniors who are considering majoring in music at Ouachita by allowing online video submissions.  Students interested in submitting an online audition should complete the following two steps:

1. Apply to the university – obu.edu/apply
2. Submit video auditions by email to the appropriate faculty below under AUDITION GUIDELINES.

Our committee will review your submission and you will be contacted once scholarship decisions are made.

Don’t miss your chance to be considered for a music scholarship!

If you have any questions, you may contact Dr. Gary Gerber at gerberg@obu.edu

Priority Submission Deadline: 4/17/2021

 


 

FOR MUSIC AND MUSICAL THEATRE MAJORS:


The music scholarships at Ouachita are competitive. While ACT/SAT scores and high school GPA (college GPA for transfer students) are considered, the prospective student’s performance/technical ability and the needs of the department will be primary factors in scholarship decisions.

  

FOR NON-MUSIC OR THEATRE MAJORS:


Instrumental Ensemble Scholarships are available to non-music majors who participate in the Marching Band, Wind Ensemble, or Symphonic Band. An audition is required and can be arranged in conjunction with a Tiger Day or Personal Campus Visit by clicking here.


 

AUDITION GUIDELINES: 

VOCAL GUIDELINES

Allow warm-up time: Find 15-30 minutes on campus prior to your audition time to warm up.

Memorize: You should have your music memorized, if possible.

Preparation: You should seek help from your voice teacher, minister of music or high school choral director in the selection and preparation of music. These professionals will know vocal literature that will best suit your voice, assuring, therefore, a better audition on your part and, as a result, a better vocal scholarship.

Selections: You should be prepared to sing two selections, preferably from art song (classical) or music theatre (Broadway) literature. It is not required that you sing in a foreign language although it is permissible. All-Region and All-State solo literature is acceptable.

All students auditioning for the Musical Theatre degree should prepare two musical theatre selections and  a monologue.  Students should also bring attire for the dance audition.

Accompaniment: You may bring your own accompanist or we will be pleased to assist you with one of our staff accompanists. Piano accompaniment is preferable to taped accompaniment.

Students are encouraged to follow the above listed guidelines. It has been established that the most effective development of the singing voice is best achieved through the study and singing of classical literature. Our goal is to assist the student in the development of a superior vocal technique. Once this vocal technique is mastered, the student should be capable of singing a variety of types of music with equal artistry.

For more information, please contact:
Dr. Jon Secrest, voice coordinator
870-245-5134 | secrestj@obu.edu

 

 

INSTRUMENTAL GUIDELINES

Allow warm-up time: Find 15-30 minutes on campus prior to your audition time to warm up.

Selections: You should be prepared to perform two selections (All-Region or UIL etudes or solo literature). Solo literature may be performed with or without an accompanist. An accompanist will not be provided.

Preparation: You should seek the help of your band director or private lesson instructor in preparing your audition and selecting appropriate repertoire.

Sight Reading: You will be expected to sight-read a composition selected by the faculty suitable for your level of performance ability. Practice sight reading by reading etudes and other literature for your instrument.

For more information, please contact:
Dr. Craig Hamilton, instrumental coordinator
870-245-5137 | hamiltonc@obu.edu

 

KEYBOARD GUIDELINES

Allow warm-up time: Find 15-30 minutes on campus prior to your audition time to warm up.

Memorize: You should have your music memorized, if possible.

Preparation: You should seek help from your piano teacher in the selection and preparation of music. These professionals will know piano literature that will best suit your talent, assuring, therefore, a better audition on your part, and as a result, a better piano scholarship.

Selections: You should be prepared to perform two selections in contrasting/different styles preferably from the classical music repertory.

Sight Reading: You will be expected to sight-read a composition selected by the faculty suitable for your level of performance ability.

Students are encouraged to follow the above listed guidelines, because the course of piano study at all National Association of Schools of Music accredited schools of music focuses on traditional classical piano literature. The most effective development of performance ability on the piano is best achieved through the study and performance of classical literature.

For more information, please contact:
Dr. Mary Chung, keyboard coordinator
870-245-5132 | chungm@obu.edu

 

THEATRE GUIDELINES

  • Essay responding to the prompt:
    “What first brought you to theatre, and what do you hope to do with it in your career?”
  • Theatre resume
  • Headshot or snapshot
  • An interview with the theatre faculty​
  • One or both (for students who are open to either track) of the following:
    • Performance Focus: an audition with two contrasting 30-60 second monologues
    • Technical Focus: a presentation of area(s)-specific technical portfolio

For more information, please contact:
Eric Phillips, department chair
870-245-5562 | phillipse@obu.edu

 

NON-MUSIC MAJOR GUIDELINES

Instrumental Ensemble Scholarships are available to non-music majors up to $2,000 per year based on audition. They are tied to participation in Marching Band or Wind Ensemble in the fall and Wind Ensemble or Symphonic Band in the spring. Additional scholarships are available for participating in multiple auditioned ensembles a semester. Non-major scholarship recipients also are required to take 1 semester of private lessons through Ouachita.

Allow warm-up time: Find 15-30 minutes on campus prior to your audition time to warm up.

Selections: You should be prepared to perform two selections (All-Region or UIL etudes or solo literature). Solo literature may be performed with or without an accompanist. An accompanist will not be provided.

Preparation: You should seek the help of your band director or private lesson instructor in preparing your audition and selecting appropriate repertoire.

Sight Reading: You will be expected to sight-read a composition selected by the faculty suitable for your level of performance ability. Practice sight reading by reading etudes and other literature for your instrument.

For more information, please contact:
Dr. Craig Hamilton, instrumental coordinator
870-245-5137 | hamiltonc@obu.edu


QUESTIONS?


For more information on auditioning for scholarships, contact Dr. Gary Gerber, dean of the School of Fine Arts, at gerberg@obu.edu or 870-245-5128.

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