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AUDITIONS & FAQ

Please Check Back July 15 for Fall 2024 Audition Information

    Frequently Asked Questions

    • BYU students are eligible for any of the following choirs. Flex GE students are eligible for the evening section of University Chorale only.

    • This is a GREAT question! EVERY SINGLE PERSON WANTING TO AUDITION FOR A CHOIR IN FALL 2024 MUST FIRST FILL OUT THE SURVEY.

      Fall Survey COMING JULY 15, 2024

      · You will have a choice between an “in-person” or “online” audition.

      · If you have any questions about auditions, please email the choral clerks at choralclerk1@byu.edu.

    • When you complete the audition survey, you will be given a link to sign up for an audition, whether online or in-person. Regardless of your choice, your audition will include:

      The singing of a specific hymn (outlined in heading 4 below).

      1. A few exercises to assess your sight-reading skills, tonal memory, and vocal range.

      3a. If I choose the online option, is there a deadline by which my audition video must be submitted?

      YES! You must submit your video by September 4th, @ 11:59 pm in order to be considered. Please do not wait until the last minute.

      3b. What do I do if I have technical problems while trying to submit an online audition?

      Please email the choral clerks immediately if you need assistance: choralclerk1@byu.edu.

      3c. Is there a way to try a practice online audition before I submit my official one?

      Yes. When auditions are live, we will have a functioning practice audition link available here.

      You may complete as many practice auditions as you would like. The conductors will not watch any of the practice auditions.

      3d. Will there be callback auditions for FALL 2024 Semester?

      Yes! Check back here in July for details.

      3e. Announcement of final rosters

      After the audition process has finished, each auditionee will be informed of the result of their audition via email. A list will also be posted on the bulletin board near the choral office (Rm 3033) in the Music Building.

      3f. How do I register for choir?

      Once you’ve been accepted into a choir, you will receive a permission-to-add code for the class that you can use on BYU MyMAP.

    • All singers are asked to prepare the melody of one verse of a preselected hymn to sing a cappella, depending upon the singer’s voice part (see below). Please choose the voice part that feels the most comfortable for you. If you are unfamiliar with these hymns, please email our clerks at choralclerk1@byu.edu.

      SOPRANO I: Hymn #1: The Morning Breaks
      Audition Key: Eb major* | Starting Pitch: Bb | Sheet Music
      You may skip the bars where the Sopranos and Altos do not sing

      SOPRANO II: Hymn #165: Abide with Me; 'Tis Eventide
      Audition Key: F major* | Starting Pitch: A | Sheet Music

      ALTO I: Hymn #100: Nearer, My God, to Thee
      Audition Key: F major | Starting Pitch: A | Sheet Music

      ALTO II: Hymn #130: Be Thou Humble
      Audition Key: A major* | Starting Pitch: C# | Sheet Music

      TENOR I: Hymn #220: Lord, I Would Follow Thee
      Audition Key: G major* | Starting Pitch: D | Sheet Music

      TENOR II: Hymn #220: Lord, I Would Follow Thee
      Audition Key: E major* | Starting Pitch: B | Sheet Music

      BARITONE: Hymn #100: Nearer, My God, to Thee
      Audition Key: E major* | Starting Pitch: G# | Sheet Music

      BASS: Hymn #130: Be Thou Humble
      Audition Key: A major* | Starting Pitch: C# | Sheet Music

      *Audition key is different from original key

    • Yes. All singers are initially considered for every choir. Your audition video will be evaluated by all the conductors so they can place you in the ensemble that best suits your voice. Final placements are determined by considering singer interest, audition performance, and schedule availability.

    • Singers are encouraged to audition for the voice part with which they are most comfortable. However, each singer is thoroughly tested to determine her/his most appropriate voice part. The decision is made by considering the singer’s vocal range, color, clarity, etc.

    • No. We have hundreds of singers each year who major in something other than music. All students are encouraged and welcome to audition, regardless of experience or perceived ability level.

    • All choral ensembles are 1 credit courses. Times and course numbers are below:

      • BYU Singers (MUSIC 315R): MWF 1:00 – 1:50 PM, TTh 12:00 – 1:20 PM (Not available for Winter semester only)
      • Concert Choir (MUSIC 314R): MTW 2:00 – 2:50 PM, Th 1:30 – 2:50 PM
      • Women’s Chorus (MUSIC 313R): MTW 3:00 – 3:50 PM, F 2:00 – 3:30 PM
      • Men’s Chorus (MUSIC 312R): MTW 4:00 – 4:50 PM, Th 3:30 – 4:50 PM
      • University Chorale (MUSIC 311R, day section): MWF 12:00 – 12:50 PM
      • University Chorale (MUSIC 311R, evening section): TTh 5:00 – 6:30 PM