Event for Musical Arts Day

Musical Arts Day

Concordia's 2021 Musical Arts Day

Each year, the best vocal and instrumental high school musicians from around the country audition for the opportunity to work with Concordia's music department students and faculty in clinics and rehearsals during the university's Musical Arts Day. Singers and instrumentalists receive a full day of high energy, focused rehearsing and acclaimed performances. Any high school band or choir students are encouraged to audition! A $35 registration fee applies and covers music, lunch and a t-shirt. Participants may request Thursday night housing in the dorms with CUNE student host – this option is contingent on COVID-19 campus procedures at the time of the event.

Applications and video auditions are due October 1.

Honor Choir Day | Friday, Nov. 5

Check-in at 8:30 a.m.
Rehearsal, lunch, rehearsal
4 p.m. concert at St. John Lutheran Church

Honor Band Day | Friday, Nov. 12

Check-in at 8:30 a.m.
Rehearsals, lunch, rehearsals
4 p.m. concert in the PE Gym

Concordia’s music department is carefully following the university’s COVID-19 precautions, as well as those of our local public health institutions and those recommended by professional music organizations. These measures may change at any time depending on the current health situation. Final details on COVID requirements and safety measures for these Honor Ensembles will be communicated to students selected to participate. 

Honor Band Audition Instructions

Make a video recording including the following, in this order:

  1. State your name, current grade level and the name of the school you attend. (Please make sure we can hear you!)
  2. Play scales:
    • Wind players – play a B flat concert scale, 1 or 2 octaves, based on your range.
    • Xylophone, marimba, vibes, bells – play a B flat concert scale, 2 octaves
    • Snare drum and/or Timpani – you can skip this step
  3. Perform a 1 or 2‐minute excerpt from whichever of the following best shows your skills:
    • Solo piece
    • Etude piece
    • Excerpt from your current band music
  4. (optional) Repeat steps 2 & 3 if you are auditioning on multiple instruments.

Honor Choir Audition Instructions

Make a video recording including the following, in this order:

  1. State your name, current grade level and the name of the school you attend. (Please make sure we can hear you!)
  2. Demonstrate your vocal range by singing a series of scales.
    • Start in the middle of your range and sing a five‐note ascending/descending pattern. Move your starting note up a half step and sing the pattern again. Repeat and go as high as you can.
    • Start again in the middle of your range and sing a five‐note descending/ascending pattern. Move your starting note a half step lower and sing the pattern again. Continue as low as you can go.
  3. Sing (a cappella) the first stanza of “My Country, ‘Tis of Thee”:
     

    My country, ' tis of thee,
    Sweet land of liberty, of thee I sing;
    Land where my fathers died,
    Land of the pilgrims' pride,
    From every mountainside let freedom ring!

To Apply

  • Upload your video(s) to YouTube. Make sure you set the privacy/visibility level to UNLISTED. If you set your video as private, Concordia won’t be able to view your video or consider your application.

  • Complete your Musical Arts Day application by October 1. Be sure to paste your video link into it and include correct contact info (especially your email address) so we can reach you!
     

Contact music@cune.edu with any questions!

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