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Senn Arts Music Auditions


Senn Arts Music Auditions

Senn Arts Music welcomes musicians of all styles to share their passion for music with the Senn Arts Music faculty. Our hope for the audition process is to better understand who you are and find out where you are along your musical journey. We are grateful to work with students of all levels who are passionate, diligent, and open-minded.
 
The following outlines what you will need to have prepared for your Senn Arts Music Audition. Any questions about vocal auditions can be directed to Trevor Nicholas, Senn Arts Vocal teacher, via email at tlnicholas@cps.edu. Any questions about instrumental auditions can be directed to Colin Cosgrove, Senn Arts Instrumental teacher, via email at ccosgrove@cps.edu.  

Schedule Your Senn Arts Music Audition:

 

In order to be eligible to audition for Senn Arts Dance, you must first apply on GoCPS
 
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Senn Arts Music Audition Requirements:

You will find all the information about what and how to prepare for your audition HERE.
 
Students will be asked to prepare the following:

 

Prepared Piece:

Senn Arts Music values all music styles, so you should prepare a piece or song that you are comfortable with and that displays your strengths as an instrumentalist or vocalist. Rather than choosing a piece or a style of music you think the audition team wants to hear, select a piece that highlights what you feel most honestly represents yourself as a musician. Ultimately, the audition is a discovery process, and we want to find out what you are passionate about. If possible, we recommend that you seek guidance with your current music teacher in regards to selecting the music for your audition. The audition team will ask you about your background with your piece or song, including your creative process and why you selected it.

 

Vocalists - Examples of appropriate audition music include:
    • An excerpt or short piece of music written specifically for your voice part, such as an art song, folk song, or a piece from a musical.
    • A song from an artist or band.
    • Religious song, such as a spiritual, hymn, or worship song.
 
Instrumentalists - Examples of appropriate audition music include:
    • Music from an artist or band.
    • A jazz standard and/or improvised solo
    • An excerpt or short piece of music written specifically for your instrument.
 
Electroacoustic Performers - Examples of appropriate audition music include:
    • An excerpt or short piece of music from any genre on any variety of instruments/voice parts
    • Music Lesson on an instrument of choice (to exhibit your flexibility at learning new music concepts)
    • Demonstration of music production skills
      • Play an audio file of an electronic piece you have composed
      • Produce a short snippet of music in real time
      • Live DJing performance
 
Interview:
Senn Arts music faculty will discuss with you your goals and unique gifts that you will bring to Senn Arts Music. This is your opportunity to share why you would be a great fit for the Senn Arts Music program. Here are some prompts that you can prepare to answer:
    • What prior music training have you received and in what styles of music?
    • Tell us about any music performances you have participated in. 
    • Tell us why you want to enroll in a music program and tell how you see yourself using music or skills you learn in music classes in the future.
    • Listen to a piece of music, discuss with the faculty member how it is constructed and what you believe the artistic intentions are
 
Optional Skills:
We understand students may come from many musical traditions and may play multiple instruments. You will have three minutes to share any additional musical skills or interests. This may include an original composition, a piece in a contrasting genre from your prepared piece, scales or other technical skills on your primary instrument, skills on an additional instrument, vocal pieces in another language, etc. Instrument &
 
Accompaniment Options:
We recognize that you might not have access to the instruments or accompanists you might normally use for a performance or audition. We completely understand and would love to talk further about how we can support you through your audition. Here are some options you many consider:
  • You may use an accompaniment track that supports the performance
  • You may perform your instrumental or vocal piece without accompaniment.
 
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