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Fine Arts Audition Days

Who should attend a Fine Arts Audition Day?

February 18, 2019

High school seniors or college transfer students interested in auditioning for a music, worship arts, or theatre scholarship at North Central should attend this event! This is a great opportunity for you to audition for a Fine Arts Scholarship and get a feel for what the music production major, music ministry degrees, and much more look like at North Central. (This audition is only for a scholarship, not for entrance into an ensemble or program at North Central.)

At Fine Arts Audition Day, you are also welcome to participate in a full preview day visit experience.

Find more information about the Fine Arts department and register today!

Music Scholarship - Max Award: $3,000/Year (Based on Audition)
  • Eligibility: Awarded to first-time freshman or transfer students who, by audition, show outstanding musicianship.
  • Requirements: You don’t need to be a Music major to apply. However, involvement in a college music ensemble and private music lessons on the auditioned instrument are required. Awards are given after a student has been accepted for admission to North Central.
  • Renewal: Renewed each year based on performance.
  • Deadline: Audition deadlines are May 1st to receive a scholarship for the following school year.

How to Apply

  1.  Sign up for an audition.  Auditions are held at North Central University during all Campus Visit Days and Fine Arts Auditions Days.  Fine Audition Days also give perspective students the opportunity to meet faculty and students from the College of Fine Arts. (Check the university calendar for more details).
    If you are unable to audition on the designated visit days, other audition times can arranged by appointment with the College of Fine Arts. Each year, the College of Fine Arts holds auditions at National Fine Arts.
  2. Audition. You’ll be notified of your assigned audition time by email and you must confirm this with the administrative assistant by email (finearts@northcentral.edu). Check the Audition Guidelines below for details about your audition. You can expect a letter from the College of Fine Arts within two weeks of your audition letting you know if you have been awarded a music scholarship.

Audition Guidelines

All incoming NCU students who are music majors or minors, and/or are interested in a music scholarship, are required to perform an audition on their primary performing instrument. Audition appointments are scheduled on a first come, first served basis and are approximately 1 hour. Auditions include the student performance, an interview with faculty, and taking the Theory Placement Exam.  Students must take the exam to be considered for a scholarship. This exam determines entrance into Theory I and will be taken immediately following the audition.

Audition requirements in the various performing instruments:

Voice Requirements

Voice students should prepare two memorized pieces in contrasting styles (baroque, classical, jazz, gospel, contemporary, etc.). You may use a CD accompaniment or accompany yourself on piano or guitar. We don’t have an accompanist available. Voice students will also be expected to sight-read a piece of music. An interview will ask about your career goals, performance experience, and other related questions.

Piano/Keyboard Requirements

A minimum of two pieces of contrasting styles should be prepared. One should be memorized. You’ll be expected to sight-read, perform major and/or minor scales, and chords. An interview will ask about your career goals, performance experience and other related questions.

Guitar/Bass Requirements

You should have a prepared solo that demonstrates your best ability and play a sacred solo. One of these should be memorized. You should also demonstrate the ability to sight-read and play major and minor guitar chords in rhythm guitar/chord chart form and play scales. Be prepared to tell us about yourself and your professional goals. Please bring your own instrument.

Percussion Requirements

Demonstration of various styles (i.e. rock, waltz, swing, funk, samba, bossa nova) on a drum set, trading “fours” in 3/4 and 4/4. On the snare drum, an etude demonstrating your present level of technical ability, rudiment, and orchestral style rolls at all dynamic levels will be required. Marimba and vibraphone are available if you wish to have these as part of your audition.

String/Woodwind/Brass Instruments Requirements

Two pieces of contrasting styles (contrasting in style, tempo and/or historical period) should be prepared. Audition material may be taken from the State Solo & Ensemble repertoire and/or an arrangement recently performed at church. Students will be required to sight-read and to play at least 3 major and/or minor scales (two octaves). Also, please bring your own instrument.

Theatre Scholarship - Max award: $3,000/Year (Based on Audition)
  • Eligibility: Awarded to first-time freshman or transfer students who, by audition, show outstanding talents in the dramatic arts and participate in theatre productions in subsequent years.
  • Requirements: You don’t need to be a Theatre major to apply. However, involvement in a college theatre production is required. Awards are given after a student has been accepted for admission to North Central.
  • Renewal: Renewed each year based on performance.
  • Deadline: Audition deadlines are May 1 to receive a scholarship for the following school year.

How to Apply:

  1. Sign up for an audition. Auditions are held at North Central University (typically in November and February. Check the university calendar for more details) and National Fine Arts during the school year prior to your entrance to North Central. Sign up for an audition.
  2. Audition. You’ll be notified of your assigned audition time by email and you must confirm this with the administrative assistant by email (finearts@northcentral.edu). Check the Audition Guidelines below for details about your audition.

Audition Guidelines

You should select, prepare, and memorize two contrasting monologues, each approximately 1-3 minutes in length. You will also need to prepare 1 song of your choosing. This can be sung a capella or with a track. Dress comfortably and be prepared to move.

Fine Arts Audition Day Schedule

Monday, February 18, 2019 (schedule subject to change)

  • 9:30  a.m. – Check In
  • 9:45 a.m. – Opening Session
  • 10 a.m. – Campus Tours
  • 11 a.m. – Chapel Service
  • 12 p.m. – Lunch with Faculty
  • 1 p.m. – Afternoon Options
    • Fine Arts Auditions (scheduled all afternoon)
    • Admissions Appointments (1-4:30 p.m.)
  • 1:15 p.m. – Visit Fine Arts Classes
  • 2:20 p.m. – Fine Arts Showcase
  • 3:15 p.m. – Festival Choir Rehearsal