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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


 

FOR MUSIC AND MUSICAL THEATRE MAJORS:


While 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

Voice students will submit online videos and all application materials through the student application portal. This is included as part of the process as you apply for admission to the university at www.obu.edu/apply.

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

Preparation: You should seek help from your voice teacher, worship pastor 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 record and submit 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 submit two musical theatre selections and a monologue. Students should also submit a video demonstrating their dance ability. The dance and monologue videos should be approximately 1 minute in length each.

Accompaniment: You may perform with an accompanist or accompaniment track. Check out Appcompanists app for recordings of piano parts, let Dr. Brown know (brownj@obu.edu) if you need a piano track you cannot find.

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.

*For percussion and low brass audition selections and requirements, specifically, visit our Percussion Studio and Low Brass webpages for more informaiton.

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

Worship Arts Video Audition Submission Guidelines

Voice Principal:

  • Two selections that demonstrate your vocal ability and range. One selection that is either a Hymn arrangement, legitimate Music Theatre selection, or Art Song in English or a foreign language is preferred. If possible, this song should be performed with piano accompaniment. The second selection should be a worship song. This song may be sung with piano accompaniment, a track, or you may accompany yourself on guitar or piano. Memorization of both selections is preferred.
  • Check out Appcompanists app for recordings of piano parts, let Dr. Brown know (brownj@obu.edu) if you need a piano track you cannot find.
  • Exceptions to these guidelines may be approved by appropriate OBU faculty members.

Instrumental Principal:

  • See guidelines for Instrumental Principals.

In addition to the requirements above, Worship Arts prospective students have the option of uploading a video of their leadership in a worship experience.  

For more information, please contact:
Prof. Larry Grayson, Department of Worship Arts Chair
870-245-5518 | graysonl@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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