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Online Auditions

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To connect with the largest number of prospective students, we accept video auditions. Please submit a video of you performing via a public or hidden YouTube link.

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Audition Guidelines

All applicants should include a statement at the beginning of the audition declaring of their intent as a major and their rationale for choosing their intended concentration. 

  • If the applicant is a musician and has interest in the business side of music, you should use the same audition performance criteria under the Popular Music listing below. 
  • If the applicant is not a musician and only interested in the business side of music, you will have an interview to determine your interests and background. Please contact Caitie Connor at to schedule.


  • Vocalist should be able to perform 2-3 selections of contrasting styles (memorized, one foreign language preferred) 
  • Pianist should perform 2 works from contrasting style periods (such as:  Baroque, Classical, Romantic or 20th Century) and a short sight-reading selection.  
  • All other instrumentalists should be prepared to play all major scales (arpeggios optional), 2 selections of contrasting styles and a short sight reading selection on each instrument.  

POPULAR MUSIC (rock, country, urban, etc.) or WORSHIP ARTS (Contemporary Christian):  

  • Instrumentalists and singers should play/sing two or three songs that differ from one another in some way—type of chord progression, playing technique, tempo, style, or the like. Some can be originals for those interested in Worship Arts.  Some or all can be originals for those interested in Popular Music.
  • Singers may bring karaoke tracks with you on a CD or USB thumb drive as accompaniment. 
  • Songwriters, if you also write, we would like to hear at least one original song.
  • Additional information for Worship Arts:  Be prepared to describe your experience with Contemporary Christian music and why you are interested in pursuing Worship Arts.

Sample Submission

Here's an example of a recent video audition from a great young guitarist in St. Louis that was submitted via YouTube:


To learn more about acceptance into our music program at Catawba, as well as scholarship consideration, please e-mail Dr. David Lee Fish at