Important Audition Updates (12/15/20)

After great consideration the Division of Music is moving all auditions to video submission followed by virtual appointment(s) with faculty on an audition weekend. We are saddened that we will not experience your audition in-person, but hope that the virtual appointment(s) with faculty will provide an opportunity to connect and learn more about the people who will guide your study at Samford.

In lieu of in-person auditions, we are excited to offer alternate visit opportunities to campus!

School of the Arts Music and Theatre Open House
Saturday, March 20, 2021

The Open House is for students admitted to music and theatre programs in the School of the Arts for Fall 2021. The day will include information sessions, interaction with current students and faculty, access to our facilities plus a popup performance or two. Registration will open in February and space will be limited.

Regular weekday visits to campus are encouraged through the Office of Admission. To learn more about Office of Admission Visit Programs and to schedule a time in the School of the Arts while on campus. The School of the Arts offers one-on-one virtual information sessions and virtual faculty appointments by request. Schedule a Virtual Arts appointment.

Admission Process

 

In order to apply for admission to the Division of Music, undergraduate students must apply to Samford University through the Office of Admission and have declared a music major within the School of the Arts.

Admission to the Division of Music and consideration for School of the Arts Scholarship requires a music application, an interview/audition and in some areas, supplemental materials.

  • Submit The Common Application or Samford University Application declaring a major within the Division of Music.
  • Access your Application Status Page where you will find the Music Application. You will make your audition request within the Music Application.
    • You must have a major within the Division of Music declared on your university application in order to see the Music Application on your checklist.
  • Review Audition Guidelines for your instrument and declared major
  • Submit your Music Application, containing your audition request, and receive confirmation of your audition weekend.
  • Locate your Arts Portfolio within your Application Status Page and upload all video submissions, headshot, arts resume and other supplemental materials to it.
  • Audition/interview appointment(s) with faculty are released approximately five days prior to your virtual audition weekend.

Upcoming Audition Weekends

The Division of Music will host virtual audition weekend information sessions on scheduled audition dates. All video submissions will be required to attend virtual appointments with faculty in their applied and/or academic area during a scheduled audition weekend.

Jan. 29-30, 2021
Feb. 5-6, 2021
Feb. 26-27, 2021

Video Auditions

Video Format

Video submissions must adhere to the following for admission and scholarship consideration:

  • Filmed in a horizontal shot, top of the head to the knees should be visible in the frame
  • Voice auditions should include live accompaniment in the frame
  • One video for each of the three components listed above is preferred instead of one continuous video.
  • Each video should be a continuous filming; no editing within a piece.
  • Audio should be high quality and instruments acoustic
  • Do not use auto-tune, reverb, compression, and sound boosters. Sound should be “raw” in quality in order to be considered for admission and scholarship.
  • Preferred formats are MP4 or MOV. Google drive submissions are not accepted.

Bachelor of Music, Bachelor of Science (premedicine), Bachelor of Arts in Music and Bachelor of Music Education Degrees

Video Auditions

  • State your first and last name at the beginning of the video and state the name and composer of each piece to be performed.
  • Audition performance on your primary instrument. Repertoire should be performed according to the audition requirements below and from memory unless specifically noted. Each piece should be between one and four minutes in length.
  • Spoken response. In addition to a virtual interview, respond to each of the following questions:
    • What is your background in music?
    • What are your goals in music after you graduate from a university setting?
    • Why would you like to study music at Samford?

Worship Leadership and Commercial Music

Video Auditions

  • State your first and last name at the beginning of the video and state your concentration.
  • Concentration assessment.
    1. Where live performance is required (music, dance) please submit videos. Each piece should be between one and four minutes in length. All auditions must be completed from memory.
    2. Where digital media submissions are required, assessment is based off of digital submissions.
  • Spoken response. In addition to a virtual interview, respond to each of the following questions:
    • What is your background in music?
    • What are your goals after you graduate from a university setting?
    • Why would you like to study at Samford?

Resume Examples