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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 bachelor's degree (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



OUACHITA IS NOW ACCEPTING VIDEO AUDITION SUBMISSIONS AS WELL AS SCHEDULING IN-PERSON AUDITIONS. SUBMISSION/SCHEDULING DETAILS ARE AVAILABLE IN THE 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 music scholarship decisions.

  

FOR THOSE NOT MAJORING IN INSTRUMENTAL MUSIC:


Instrumental Ensemble Scholarships up to $3,000 per year are available to those not majoring in instrumental music who participate in the Marching Band, Wind Ensemble or Symphonic Band. These scholarships often stack with other scholarship awards.



AUDITION GUIDELINES: 

VOCAL GUIDELINES

For students pursuing the following degrees:

B.M.E. Music Education/Choral
B.M. Vocal Performance
B.A. Music Industry
B.A. Music

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. Contest solo literature is acceptable.

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.

SCHEDULING/SUBMISSION PROCESS

Voice students may submit online videos through their student application portal in place of a live audition. This is included as part of the process as you apply for admission to the university at www.obu.edu/apply.

OR

Voice Students may email Dr. Jon Secrest to schedule an in-person, on-campus audition. Accompanists will be provided for on-campus auditions, please bring a copy of your sheet music for the accompanist. Practice rooms are available for rehearsal prior to your audition. Once you arrive for your audition, check in with the Fine Arts office to request a practice room.


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

INSTRUMENTAL GUIDELINES

For students pursuing the following degrees:

B.M.E. Music Education/Instrumental
B.M. Instrumental Performance
B.A. Music Industry
B.A. Music

Although students may submit online videos through the student application portal, they may be asked to complete an on-campus audition with an applied instructor.

Allow warm-up time: Once you arrive on campus for your audition, 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:
Prof. Jim Lloyd, Instructor of Music
870-245-4197 | lloydj@obu.edu 

KEYBOARD GUIDELINES

For students pursuing the following degrees:

B.M. Piano Performance
B.A. Music

Although students may submit online videos through the student application portal, they may be asked to complete an on-campus audition with an applied instructor.

Allow warm-up time: Once you arrive on campus for your audition, 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 GUIDELINES 

For students pursuing the following degrees:

B.M. Worship Arts

Voice Principal:

  • Two selections that demonstrate your vocal ability and range. One selection that is either a Hymn arrangement, legitimate Musical 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 Ouachita 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.

SCHEDULING/SUBMISSION PROCESS

Worship Arts students may submit online videos through their student application portal in place of a live audition. This is included as part of the process as you apply for admission to the university at www.obu.edu/apply.

OR

Worship Arts Students may email Dr. Jon Secrest (secrestj@obu.edu) to schedule an in-person, on-campus audition. Accompanists will be provided for on-campus auditions, please bring a copy of your sheet music for the accompanist. Practice rooms are available for rehearsal prior to your audition. Once you arrive for your audition, check in with the Fine Arts office to request a practice room.


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

THEATRE GUIDELINES

For students pursuing the following degrees:

B.A. Theatre Arts
B.A. Theatre Arts Education
B.A. Speech Communication & Theatre Arts

  • 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

MUSICAL THEATRE GUIDELINES

For students pursuing the following degrees:

B.F.A. Musical Theatre

B.M. Musical Theatre

While Ouachita Baptist University does not require a prescreen submission as part of the application process, Ouachita uses the following criteria for digital audition submissions.

1. TWO SONG VIDEOS (OUACHITA ACCEPTS ONLY OPTION A)
  • Intro/Slate (Vocal) – Your name, Song Title and Show
  • One song should be a ballad and one song should be an uptempo so as to contrast style
  • Each song file should be 60-90 seconds (This time limit includes the slate at the beginning of the piece and is strictly adhered to; please do not upload media files longer than 90 seconds)
  • Students must sing to musical accompaniment, which could include live or pre-recorded accompaniment. No “a cappella” singing (meaning singing without music).
  • Songs should be filmed in a ¾ shot which means the top of the head to the knees should be visible in the frame.
  • Singing Option A Guidelines:
  • One song should be written before 1970. This song can be either the “uptempo” or the “ballad” (student’s choice).
  • One song should be written after 1970 and contrast the style of the first.
2. ONE MONOLOGUE VIDEO (OUACHITA ACCEPTS ONLY OPTION A)
  • Intro/Slate (Monologue) – Your name, Title of Play, playwright
  • Monologues must be from a published play.
  • Monologues cannot be from musicals, television shows, or movies.
  • Each monologue file should be 60-90 seconds in length (this time limit includes the slate at the beginning of the piece and is strictly adhered to; please do not upload media files longer than 90 seconds)
  • Monologue Option A Guidelines:
  • One contemporary monologue (written after 1900), 60-90 seconds in length
  • The contemporary monologue should be filmed in a “close-up” shot which means the top of the head to the chest should be visible in the frame.
3. ONE DANCE VIDEO (OUACHITA ACCEPTS ONLY DANCE OPTION)
  • All dance media should be filmed in a “full body” shot taking care to keep the student’s entire body in the frame at all times.
  • Applicants do not need to slate (intro) in any dance media.
  • Regardless of which style of dance you execute, the choreography and the movement should be story-driven and connected to the music where the applicant is dancing with a sense of purpose.
  • HELPFUL HINT: Applicants are encouraged to keep a full-length mirror behind the filming device so as to see themselves as they execute choreography.
  • Dance Option Guidelines:
  • 30-60 seconds of dance, in whatever dance discipline you are most comfortable with: jazz, ballet, modern, African, hip hop, lyrical or contemporary.
  • No barre. A ballet solo is acceptable.
  • No tap. For applicants that tap, consider showcasing that skill as part of your wild card submission.
  • Please use steps, movement and physical vocabulary that you are familiar with and can execute well.
  • Dance media can be self-choreographed, but must be a solo video of you. This can include a show, competition or other performance so long as you are clearly featured on your own.
  • All choreography must be performed to music; no “a cappella” dance media please.
4. WILDCARD (OPTIONAL)
  • Submissions should be no more than 60 seconds.
  • Applicants do not need to slate in any wild card media.
  • This media can be ANYTHING you want – a special skill, an interesting story about yourself, a passion speech, an instrument you play, etc. “What do you want us to know about you?” and “What makes you unique?”

For more information about the Musical Theatre Common Prescreen please click here.

SCHEDULING/SUBMISSION PROCESS

Musical Theatre students may submit online videos through their student application portal in place of a live audition. This is included as part of the process as you apply for admission to the university at www.obu.edu/apply.

OR

Musical Theatre students may email Dr. Jon Secrest (secrestj@obu.edu) to schedule an in-person, on-campus audition. Accompanists will be provided for on-campus auditions, please bring a copy of your sheet music for the accompanist. Practice rooms are available for rehearsal prior to your audition. Once you arrive for your audition, check in with the Fine Arts office to request a practice room.


For more information, please contact:
Dr. Jon Secrest, voice coordinator / Prof. Stephanie Murry
870-245-5134 | secrestj@obu.edu / 870-245-5560 | murrys@obu.edu

NON-INSTRUMENTAL MUSIC MAJOR GUIDELINES

Instrumental Ensemble Scholarships are available to those not majoring in instrumental music up to $3,000 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-instrumental major scholarship recipients also are required to take one 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:
Prof. Jim Lloyd, Instructor of Music
870-245-4197 | lloydj@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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