If your question is not answered here, please do not hesitate to contact our vocal/choral faculty.
1. Do I have to audition to be a part of the choral/vocal program?
Yes and No. If you want to be a music major or be considered for a choral/vocal scholarship, then you must audition. Membership in the University Singers and Opera Workshop is by audition only. Membership in the University & Community Chorus does not require an audition.
In any case, you should contact the director of the ensemble in which you are interested in order to get all the necessary information.
2. How do I go about auditioning for the choral/vocal program?
There are 2-3 audition days scheduled for each spring. You simply select which day you would like to audition and register online. If you have conflicts with all the audition days, please contact Dr. Wall to schedule a private audition.
3. What do I need to prepare for the audition?
The simple answer is—we want to hear selections that show off your very best singing. Usually that is two contrasting pieces, and preferably, one in a foreign language. Many students audition on all-district or all-state solo selections. If you are having trouble finding a piece or if you have questions about whether your music is appropriate, please contact Dr. Bester.
4. Do I have to be a music major to participate in one of the NSU choirs?
Membership in the one of the NSU choirs or Opera Workshop is open to students of all majors.
5. How much time do the choral/vocal ensembles require?
Probably not as much as you spent in high school. The Directors of the NSU choral/vocal program realize that students’ time is very precious and do everything to make sure that our scheduled rehearsal time is used efficiently and effectively. The University & Community Chorus rehearses once weekly on Tuesday evenings. The University Singers & Opera Workshop rehearses twice a week. Due to the limited schedule, attendance requirements are very strict and students will need to be responsible for being at rehearsal on time and prepared.
6. What kinds of scholarships are available?
Most choral/vocal scholarships are awarded in the form of Regent Tuition Waiver Scholarships. A limited number of Housing Waiver and Foundation scholarships are also available. Scholarships are awarded on the basis of student talent and accomplishment, ensemble need, and director discretion. Any special circumstances or request should be directed to Dr. Wall.
7. Are there any student organizations or fraternities within the choral/vocal ensembles?
The Harmony Hawks is an officially NSU recognized student organization. It is a student-led, auditioned vocal ensemble, specializing in contemporary music. Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia is the men’s national, professional music fraternity. Membership is open to any male student who is passionate about making music and singing is an important part of the heritage. The NSU Music Department also sponsors a chapter of the National Association for Music Education (NAfME). This organization is open to any music education major.