Music Theatre and Opera
Auditions for Music Theatre and Opera pit orchestras are handled through the major ensemble auditions. There is a place for you to indicate your interest in our orchestras on the audition form.
Singers, actors and dancers interested in auditioning for on-stage roles in Music Theatre and Opera productions should contact Linda Bennett at Linda.firstname.lastname@example.org. Auditions are typically held at the beginning of each semester.
Audition excerpts for instruments
ASU Symphony Orchestra, Wind Ensemble or Wind Symphony
All music majors must prepare the specific excerpts for their instrument and sign up for the auditions for their instrument. Non-majors who wish to be considered for placement in the ASU Symphony Orchestra, Wind Ensemble, or Wind Symphony must do the same.
For non-music majors interested in only the ASU Philharmonia, please prepare two short (1–2 minutes each) and contrasting excerpts of your choice (any genre, composer, style). You will also have a sight-reading excerpt to play during the audition. Please sign up under the Philharmonia tab.
For non-music majors interested in only the ASU Maroon and Gold Band (audition not required), as well as music majors looking to play a secondary instrument please see the Maroon and Gold tab below for more details.
Audition protocol for choirs
Concert Choir, Barrett Choir, Graduate Choral Artists, and Undergraduate Students on Choral Scholarship
Auditions: 15 minutes
Introductions, One minute: This a time for the singer and panel to introduce each other and take a moment to feel comfortable.
Solo, Two minutes: The singer will be asked to sing a short (up to 2 minute) solo that features the tone and range of the voice. The singer may share a piece or cut of any genre and/or tradition and may self-accompany on an instrument of their choice, utilize a collaborative pianist that we will provide, or sing a cappella. If the singer chooses a piece in western notation, they are asked to bring a copy for the collaborative pianist.
Vocal Exercises, Four minutes: The singer will be asked to sing a series of vocal exercises that asses range, tone, timbre, agility, and dynamic and articulatory ability.
Sight Singing and Tonal Memory, Three minutes: The singer will be asked to sing back a series of pitches from the piano. The singer will also be asked to sight read a voice part from a choral octavo or hymn and may utilize solfège, number systems, a neutral syllable, or text while singing. They will be assessed on rhythmic and intervallic accuracy.
Improvisation and Rote Learning, Three minutes: The singer will be taught a call and response song from global music traditions and will be asked to follow and improved. The singer will be assessed on their aural memory and ability to improvise in embodied ways.
Interview and question, Two minutes: The singer will be asked a question about their choral journey and development and will also have the time to ask any questions they may have for the faculty.