Choral Studies

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Choral Auditions

Choral Auditions Membership in all choral ensembles is open by competitive audition to any student of the University. Auditions for all choirs are held in the fall semester on the Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday immediately preceding the first day of classes. Auditions are BY APPOINTMENT - see the Choral Office (217) door to reserve a time.

Choral Audition Dates
2013 - 2014 Academic Year

  • Friday, August 23, Monday 26, Tuesday 27
  • Choral Auditions, CoM 230, 9-5pm (sign up sheets will be posted outside MU217 beginning Monday, August 19)

Callback Auditions will be held during the first week of classes. Be sure to check the Choral Bulletin Board (across from room 217) frequently during this time. Failure to attend a callback audition will jeopardize your chances of being placed in one of the auditioned ensembles.

Audition Procedure

  • REGISTER for Men's Chorus (MULB 1815.500) or Women's Chorus (MULB 1803.500) before you audition. You may elect to drop the class after audition results are posted.
  • SIGN UP for an audition time on the sheet posted on the door of the Choral Library (217) beginning August 19.
  • ARRIVE EARLY on the audition date to complete an Audition Information Card.
  • The AUDITION will include: (1) a simple ear-training and sight-singing test; (2) vocalizing on various vowels to display range and quality of voice; (3) melodic pattern recognition; and (4) a short excerpt of your choice from a lied or aria.
  • An ACCOMPANIST will be provided. Please prepare your music with clearly marked cuts and instructions. Music should be double-sided and placed in a three ring binder. To avoid glare, do not place music in plastic sheet covers or protectors.

Graduate Choral Conducting

Application Materials: Apply online here. Once completed forms and all required materials have been received and evaluated, the choral faculty will invite selected applicants to campus for an interview and audition with one of our university choirs. If you have questions, please contact Dr. Jerry McCoy (940/369-8389, email). Applications are due by the first Monday in December.

Graduate Choral Studies On-Campus Audition Date: February 10, 2014
We generally audition no more than 8 candidates on this date.

Audition Day Schedule
Noon - Lunch with Dr. McCoy and panel as available
1:00 - Meet with current graduate students
2:00 - Auditions with the UNT A Cappella Choir
3:30 - Interviews with the panel in 15-20 minute slots
The interview schedule is set when the candidates arrive on campus. The interview will also include some vocalizing.


Your video should include rehearsal and performances recordings of your conducting. The camera should face the conductor. Video submissions may be in DVD or VHS format (DVD preferred).

Application Deadline
Because our on-campus choral conducting audition date is in mid-February and it takes several weeks for the application materials to clear the university, the college and finally get to us, you would be well served if your application packet got to us no later than December 1st . Early December is preferred.

Application Process
Go to the College of Music web site and apply online. Be sure to include a video of your conducting (view of the conductor) comprised of rehearsal and performance.

On-Campus Audition
Once we receive and evaluate your materials, we will make a determination about inviting you to campus for an audition and interview. We will do our best to let you know at least a month before the audition date on February 16. 2009. The earlier we receive your materials, the earlier we can make this determination.

Audition Process
The student will conduct 2 pieces in the audition.

Piece #1: Title to be assigned by the Director of Choral Studies. The candidate will conduct straight through the work (or movement), giving the audition panel an opportunity to see the candidate's artistry and physical communication skills a conductor. The candidate may not coach the choir verbally.

Piece #2: Title to be decided upon by the candidate and the Director of Choral Studies. The candidate will choose an episode of the work and rehearse it for approximately 6-8 minutes. The aim is to make as much difference in the performance of the episode as possible in the allotted time.

Auditions Panel
Dr. Jerry McCoy, Director of Choral Studies
Dr. Richard Sparks, Associate Director of Choral Studies
Dr. Joshua Habermann, Lecturer and Director, Dallas Symphony Orchestra Choruses