Purdue Musical Organizations

How to Audition

 

Students wishing to be considered for a PMO ensemble as a vocalist or handbell ringer must complete the on line audition form below AND successfully upload an audition video to the drop box link(s) provided at the bottom of this page. The deadline to submit an audition video is June 1, 2021, however, openings will be filled on a first-come first-served basis. Please contact the respective ensemble director for more information.

Students wishing to be considered for a PMO ensemble for bass guitar, percussion, guitar, or sound technician should contact the respective ensemble director for more information about how to create and submit an audition video. The deadline to submit an audition video is June 1, 2021, however, openings will be filled on a first-come first-served basis. Please contact the respective ensemble director for more information.

Video audition instructions appear at the bottom of this form.

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All video auditions for VOCALISTS should include the following:

1- Introduction: Be sure to introduce yourself at the beginning of your video. Then, introduce the title, composer/songwriter and performing artist (if applicable) before each song.

2- Vocalizations: Begin in a comfortable range and then work gradually up to your extreme high range. Then, begin again in a comfortable range and work gradually down to your extreme low range. (5-4-3-2-1 on ‘ma ma ma ma ma’ for example)

3- Two songs of contrasting style and tempo: Both songs must include an accompaniment with no added vocals. Live or recorded accompaniments are both acceptable. Self-accompanied songs are also acceptable. The entire song or the best two minutes of each song is acceptable. When recording the audition video, make certain the balance favors the vocals more than the accompaniment.

If you are unsure which ensemble(s) you would like to audition for, please email Jeff Vallier for assistance.

All video auditions for HANDBELLS should include the following:

Open (or download and open) the following music excerpt:

Be sure to introduce yourself at the beginning of your video. Name, home town and major area of study are good things to include in your introduction.

Record yourself playing exercises 1-6.  Play each line with a pause between each line…take as much time as you want.  Tips:  Play each exercise at a slow, steady tempo; don’t worry about mistakes – keep going! The goal is to demonstrate your rhythmic reading skill and your overall handbell technique.  Wrong notes are fine – play them with passion and conviction!  

It is preferable to use handbells for your audition.  If you have access through your church/school, that’s great!  However, in this time of pandemic, you may use two wooden spoons.  Label the spoons A and B CLEARLY so that I can see which bell you intend to ring at which time. The A will be in your left hand; B in the right (lower bell is always in your left hand).

HOW TO SUBMIT YOUR VIDEO (VOCALISTS AND HANDBELLS):

BE SURE TO INCLUDE YOUR NAME IN THE FILE NAME OF YOUR VIDEO

Once you have created your audition video, RENAME your video file to include your first and last name. “JohnDoevideoaudition.mov” would work just fine for John Doe. However, “auditionvideo.mov” would not work as we have no way of knowing who uploaded your video. Audition videos that do not include your name cannot be evaluated.

Once you have renamed your video file to include your name, click on the drop box link below that corresponds to the ensemble(s) you are auditioning for and upload your video.

If you are auditioning for more than one ensemble, be sure to upload your video to the corresponding drop box folder for EVERY ensemble you wish to be considered for.

AUDITION VIDEO UPLOAD LINKS:

Heart & Soul video audition submission link

Purduettes video audition submission link

Purdue Bells video audition submission link

Purdue Varsity Glee Club video audition submission link

University Choir video audition submission link

All videos must be uploaded to the respective drop box folders by midnight on June 1.

Audition results will be available by June 15.

VIDEO AUDITION (Bass, Guitar, Drum Set, or Sound Technicians)

Please email the director of the ensemble you wish to participate in for further directions. If you are unsure which ensemble you would like to participate in, please email Jeff Vallier for assistance.