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The HCC Music Department's next audition, for the Spring 2019 semester, will be on January 4, 2019. Once we receive your audition form, you will be contacted by our staff assistant to arrange a specific time. In order to streamline the audition process, we have included a very short questionnaire that will help you determine if you need to audition for the music department. Please click here for the Music Advising Guide. If the guide prompts you to audition, please read through the rest of this page. 

Please note the minimum requirements for the audition.  Please see the FAQs section of this page.

A theory placement test will be given that will evaluate a basic understanding of the fundamentals of music.  Individual sight singing evaluations will be done during the audition time. You will receive a call from our department assistant, during the week prior, to finalize your audition time and theory placement evaluation time.

All auditions will take place in YPAB 132 and are audio recorded (no video) to share with your future instructor(s). An accompanist will be provided for those who need one. (Please bring music for vocal literature and piano parts to your instrumental pieces)

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The Audition Form should be received one week prior to the audition to insure your chosen time slot. Late forms will be assigned the first available open time slot.

Please click this link to the Audition Form and complete all of the fields before submitting the form online.

We will do everything possible to give you the time slot that you request.

Please email Robert Winslow, rwinslow@hccfl.edu, if you have any questions concerning the audition process.

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Minimum Audition Requirements

  • Short sight singing example
  • Two art songs, one in English and one in either Italian or German (email us if you are in doubt as to your vocal selection).
    (expect to be accompanied by one of our staff accompanists, or you may bring your own. A cappella auditions or auditions with media (CD, MP3, wav etc) accompaniment will not be accepted further explanation) Suggested Music List
  • Tonal Memory evaluation
  • Vocalization
  • Accompanist will be provided; please bring the piano part with you.

  • Major and minor scales (Segovia edition)
  • Right-hand arpeggios (Giuliani)
  • Knowledge of the entire fingerboard
  • One etude by: Carcassi (op 60), Sor (Segovia edition), or Villa-Lobos
  • One minor work by: Bach, Carulli, Milan, or Tarrega
  • Sight-reading
  • Singing is not permitted as part of the guitar audition

Jazz Guitar
  • Two (or three) octave major and minor scales (pure, harmonic, and melodic - root on the 6th   and 5th string)
  • Movable bar chords and arpeggios (root on the 6th and 5th string) Triads and sevenths)
  • Knowledge of the entire fingerboard
  • One solo piece - a standard or jazz ballad (from the Real Book, e.g. Misty)
  • Play the melody harmonized "chord-melody" unaccompanied (2-3 minutes)
  • One medium or up-tempo jazz standard (from the Real Book)
    • Play the chords
    • Play the melody, (in the appropriate style) clearly and accurately. 
    • Solo (Improvisation is allowed within the time limits, but is not mandatory).
  • Sight-reading.
  • Singing is not permitted as part of the guitar audition.

Jazz Band
  • Sight Reading
  • Scales Major and Minor two octaves
  • Improvisation over a chord chart and 12 bar blues (Bb)

  • Sight Reading
  • Scales Major and Minor two octaves
  • Two prepared pieces of contrasting style (FBA or FOA, grade III and above)

  • Scales: Major and Minor - two octaves, hands together in eighth notes quarter = 72
  • Two prepared pieces
    • One from the Baroque or Classical period
    • One from the Romantic Period or 20th Century
  • One easy to Moderate Technical exercise (Burgmüller, Hanon, Czerny, Pischna, Gurlitt, Heller etc)

  • Snare drum:
    • demonstration of basic rudiments (single strokes, roll, flam, paradiddle).
    • One of the numbered etudes (1-32) of student's choice from Mitchell Peters "Intermediate Studies for Snare Drum"
  • Keyboard Percussion
    • 12 major scales
  • Timpani
    • student will be asked to tune several notes on timpani given from the piano
    • demonstrate roll soft-loud-soft
    • sight reading of elementary two drum étude with rolls but without tuning changes

Frequently Asked Questions

WHO MUST AUDITION? All incoming freshmen, transfer students and students who are dual enrolled must audition and take the placement exam to determine theory and private lesson assignment.

WHAT DO I DO WITH MY NERVES? Some folks recommend eating a banana just prior to an audition.  Bananas are rich in potassium and by some accounts calm nerves and allow you to focus better on the task at hand.  Good preparation for any performance also helps with nerves.  Knowing you have prepared your pieces or songs to the best of your ability will go a long way to allay one's nervousness.

WHAT ARE ACCEPTABLE  AUDITION PIECES/SONGS? For Vocalists- Italian Art Songs, English Art Songs, German Lieder.  See this FVA list for suggestions (scroll down to vocal solos 2011). Popular songs with pop styling are discouraged for this part of the audition process.  For Instrumentalists - Anything on the FBA (use the dropdown "music list" menu, choose Solos and Ensembles) festival list, grade 4 or higher.

WHAT IS ON THE THEORY ENTRANCE EXAM?  The Theory Entrance Exam  deals with note recognition, scales; major, harmonic minor and melodic minor, intervals; quantity and quality (above and below), and triads (in all positions [inversions]). 

I HAVE NEVER DONE ANY SIGHT SINGING.  WHAT IS THIS ABOUT? We will ask you to sing through two short exercises to determine if you will be a good fit into Sight Singing I.  We look for the ability to stay in the key as well as observing whether the notes rise, fall or stay the same. 

WHAT IF I CANNOT MEET THE AUDITION REQUIREMENTS?  We offer classes that will help you meet those requirements both in performance as well as in the Theory and Sight Singing areas.  Once you have obtained mastery of the fundamentals of your instrument and theory, you may register for the courses that are listed in the handbook for the music track for Year I, Semester I.

  Yes! You may try out several of the prep classes, however when those levels are exceeded it is expected that you will make a commitment to the track laid out in the Music Department Handbook.  It is a very intensive two years of study and is not to be taken lightly; the benefits are amazing.

WHY CAN'T I SING "A Cappella" AT MY AUDITION? Accompaniment is provided in order to assess the auditioning student's ability to work within an ensemble and to see how well the tonal center for their song, as well as the rhythm, is maintained throughout the piece.  It also shows that the student understands the piece as it was intended to be performed and is familiar with the lead-ins and interludes that are a part of the composition. 

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