Ensemble Audition Information: Choral

Choral Ensemble Audition dates:

Fall 2015:
September 11 - 12 (All Choirs: Priority Consideration)
September 14 (Vocal Union; other choirs late auditions)
Men's Choir open until Sep. 18 or until filled


Winter 2016:
January 4 - 5 (All Choirs: Priority Consideration)
January 6 (Vocal Union; other choirs late auditions)
Men's Choir open until Jan. 13 or until filled

Spring 2016:
April 15 - 16 (All Choirs: Priority Consideration)
April 18 (late auditions)
Men's Choir open until April 22 or until filled

Collegiate Singers:

  • WHO: Singers with previous experience in an auditioned choir at BYU-Idaho may audition for Dr. Kempton or Dr. Ashby directly; others MUST sing a preliminary audition
  • WHEN: Main auditions begin 1-2 days before classes begin each semester
  • WHERE: Snow Building-sign up in hallway near 282B and C
  • PREPARE: A memorized song or hymn (60-90 seconds); range and skills check

Concert Choir:

  • WHO: Singers with previous experience in an auditioned choir at BYU-Idaho may audition for Dr. Brower or Dr. Ashby directly; others MUST sing a preliminary audition
  • WHEN: Main auditions begin 1-2 days before classes begin each semester
  • WHERE: Snow Building-sign up in hallway near 282B and C
  • PREPARE: No prepared solo is required for the audition - applicants must participate in a live singing audition

Men's Choir:

  • WHO: All men, no previous experience necessary; desire to learn and ability to match pitch required
  • WHEN: Voice placement auditions begin 1-2 days before classes start (see dates above) and continue through first week of classes
  • WHERE: Snow 282 hallway until classes begin; after classes begin, contact instructor in class (Snow 269)
  • PREPARE: Men will be asked to sing a melody and/or part of a hymn (no preparation of the hymn is necessary) Those interested in being considered for Men's Choir should officially register for the class prior to the audition. The course is MUSIC 315..
  • Significant preliminary communication will be via campus email to those registered in the course.

Women's Choir:

  • WHO: Any ladies may audition. Previous choral experience in an auditioned choir is desirable. 
  • WHEN: Private auditions begin 1-2 days before classes begin each semester
  • WHERE: Snow Building-sign up in hallway near 282B and 282C
  • PREPARE: A memorized song (40-60 seconds)--there will be a range and skills check, and some sightreading 
  • CALLBACK AUDITIONS: A second audition (the Callback) for those who pass the private audition is held during the choir class time.

Women's Glee:

  • No audition required. Register now for Music 313.

Vocal Union:

  • WHO: Student vocalists who have prior choir or other group vocal experience. Jazz choir experience is desirable but not required. Private lessons are encouraged. All participants must be in compliance with the BYU-Idaho Honor Code and be in good academic standing .
  • WHEN: The first day of classes. Women: 2:00 - 3:15 and Men: 3:15 - 4:15 (you will need to stay the entire time)
  • WHERE: Snow Building room 153
  • WHAT: Interested applicants should prepare a 60 second excerpt of a jazz standard that demonstrates their best range, performance, and vocal ability. Any attempts at "stylizing" the piece (scoops, slides, etc.) should demonstrate good musical taste. In addition, you may be asked to sightread a short melody and/or rhythm.
  • For additional information please contact Sis. Brower at browern@byui.edu