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Wanda L. Bass
School of Music

2501 N. Blackwelder
Oklahoma City, OK 73106

Performing Arts Academy

SUMMER PROGRAM AUDITION INFORMATION

Information Updated 10/25/13

High school or collegiate students must audition for acceptance to all music theater & voice programs - even students who have attended our program in the past.

THIS YEAR, IN AN EFFORT TO SAVE FAMILIES TIME AND MONEY, WE INVITE STUDENTS TO APPLY VIA YOUTUBE. Simply upload your recorded audition to YouTube and email us the link. If you're more comfortable doing so, you may continue to mail a DVD along with your Summer Music Program application.

WE WILL NOT HOLD LIVE AUDITIONS THIS YEAR although we will still be present at OCU School of Music National Auditions. Families are welcome to visit OCU on audition weekends to tour the campus, attend a live performance, and find out more information about our programs.


INFORMATION FOR SUBMITTING APPLICATION PACKETS

We would prefer you simply 1) videotape your audition 2) upload it to YouTube and 3) email us the link to your public or private video. This will eliminate the need to format a DVD and the expense of overnighting it to us. Please email the packet to academy@okcu.edu

You must still complete the Summer Registration form and submit a headshot and resume (vocal applicants only) with your application fee. If paying by credit card you can fax or email the registration form, headshot and resume to us. If you would prefer paying by check, you can still mail the registration form, headshot, and resume, then email us the YouTube link to your audition.

Submissions for all programs will be accepted beginning December 1st. Acceptance to summer programs is on a first applied, first accepted basis. Program capacity may be reached before final deadlines. Once capacity is reached, additional audition submissions will only be considered for wait list status. Early submission is strongly suggested.

Please Note: The information on this page relates only to auditions for the OCU Summer Music Programs. It is NOT for the OCU music degree auditions. OCU Summer Music auditions are completely separate and cannot be used for OCU music degree auditions. However, students who are accepted to OCU degree programs are automatically qualified to attend the Summer Music Programs. For information on OCU music degree auditions & programs, please click here.


TYPES OF ADMISSION
Upon review of audition submissions, a student will either be:

- Admitted to the program
The student is granted admission to the program and session of their choice.

- Placed on the waiting list
The student has been placed on the waiting list for the program of their choice. Admission may be offered following subsequent audition deadlines.

- Not admitted to the program
Please remember that all auditions are subjective. Each individual has a special talent but doesn't necessarily fit with every program.

2014 AUDITION SUBMISSION DEADLINES & NOTIFICATION OF ADMISSION
(audition submissions must ARRIVE by the deadlines)

Applications will be accepted beginning December 1st, 2013.

Early admission deadline: January 20th
Students who submit an application and audition by this date will be notified of their admission status ON OR BEFORE February 1st.

Second admission deadline: February 20th
Students who submit an application and audition by this date will be notified of their admission status ON OR BEFORE March 8th.

Third admission deadline: March 20th
Students who submit an application and audition by this date will be notified of their admission status ON OR BEFORE April 5th.

LATE REGISTRATION

VOCAL PROGRAMS: Submissions received after the third deadline (March 20th) will be considered late and will be considered if space is still available. Late registration fees will be applied as follows in place of the $40 registration fee:
April 1st - 30th -  $50
May 1st - 31st - $60
After May 31st - $75

INSTRUMENTAL PROGRAMS: Registration deadline is May 1st.
Applications received after May 1st will be considered LATE and must be accompanied by a $45 registration fee.

We highly recommend you submit your audition early for the best financial aid consideration. Financial aid is provided on a "first applied" basis. In addition, programs may reach their capacity before final deadlines.

All applicants should read and fully understand summer tuition and policies that are stated on this website. Policies may be updated and those changes will only be reflected on this website. All applicants are responsible for understanding all policies on this website. Click here for details.

AUDITION SUBMISSION INFORMATION

If submitting a DVD, please make sure it is a regular-size DVD formatted for a Mac computer. WE DO NOT ACCEPT MINI DVDs OR VHS TAPES. We can accept AUDIO-ONLY RECORDINGS for Instrumental Programs ONLY.

You do not need to use fancy equipment or an expensive recording studio - the use of a recording microphone is discouraged. Auditions should not be recorded using reverb enhancement or any pitch altering technology. If pitch altering or enhancement is suspected a new DVD will be requested.

At the start of the recording, the student should clearly announce 1) their full name (first and last), plus city and state, 2) the program for which they are auditioning 3) the selections (including title and composer).

If sending a DVD, please check the audio & video quality and make sure it will play on a Macintosh computer. Please label your DVD with your name and the program for which you are auditioning. DVDs that are not compatible will delay a student's notification of acceptance.

Taped auditions must also include a completed OCU Summer Registration plus an application fee. Application fees are non-refundable. Vocalists should include a headshot and performance resume. Instrumentalists should include one letter of recommendation from a music instructor.

Please mail auditions to:
OCU Performing Arts Academy
Oklahoma City University
2501 N. Blackwelder
Oklahoma City, OK 73106


NOTE: OUR CAMPUS MAIL ROOM IS NOT OPEN ON SATURDAY AND SUNDAY. PACKAGES WILL ONLY BE ACCEPTED MONDAY - FRIDAY.

Please make sure all required items (application fee, headshot, resume, etc.) are included in the package.

Due to the large volume of submissions, we are unable to return any auditions or submitted material.

2014 OCU SUMMER MUSIC PROGRAM AUDITION REQUIREMENTS
VOCAL ARTS: CLASSICAL VOICE AND OPERA
This program is open to high school students who are currently in the 9th - 12th grades. Seniors who have been accepted to OCU and collegiate undergraduates are also welcome.

Two week session: June 14 - June 29

Audition submission: Two song selections – one or both selections should be from the classical repertoire (foreign language and art songs are accepted). You may substitute a pre-1970 musical theater song for one of your selections. Submissions are accepted via YouTube or DVD. No mini DVDs, video tapes, CD’s or audio-cassettes are accepted. You must record your selections live with piano accompaniment only – no background or karaoke accompaniments are accepted. Only microphones attached to camera input are allowed. Auditions should not be recorded using reverb enhancement or any pitch altering technology. If pitch altering or enhancement is suspected a new DVD will be requested. Recordings of live stage performances/shows are not acceptable. Please include a headshot (or 8 X 10 school photo) and performance resume.

HIGH SCHOOL MUSICAL THEATER PROGRAM
This program is recommended for students who are currently in the 9th - 12th grade. Seniors who have been accepted to OCU are also welcome to attend.

Two week session: June 14 - 29
Three week session: June 28 - July 20
Five week session: June 14 - July 20

Audition submission: Two musical theater songs – one pre-1970 musical theater selection and one of your choice - and one theatrical monologue. Neither song should exceed three minutes and the monologue should not exceed one minute. Submissions are accepted via YouTube or DVD. No mini DVDs, video tapes, CD’s or audio-cassettes are accepted. You must record your selections live with piano accompaniment only – no background or karaoke accompaniments are accepted. Only microphones attached to camera input are allowed. Auditions should not be recorded using reverb enhancement or any pitch altering technology. If pitch altering or enhancement is suspected a new DVD will be requested. Recordings of live stage performances/shows are not acceptable. Please include a headshot (or 8 X 10 school photo) and performance resume.

PERCUSSION PROGRAM
Dates: TBA
Current 4th – 12th grades

Please include the recommendation of a teacher with your application.

PIANO PROGRAM
This program is open to collegiate undergraduates and high school students who will complete grades 9 - 12 during the 2011-12 school year. Younger students will be considered based upon audition.

Dates: TBA

Audition should consist of 3 to 6 minutes of your best playing recorded on CD or DVD. Please include one scale. Please include a letter of recommendation from your teacher with your application.

JR. HIGH MUSIC THEATER - FINANCIAL AID APPLICANTS ONLY
Current 5th - 8th graders
Two week session: June 14 - 28

Audition submission: Two musical theater songs of your choice to be sung with piano accompaniment. You may substitute an art, folk, or classical song for one of the selections. Applicants should be recorded live with live piano accompaniment (no backing/karaoke tracks). Submissions are accepted via YouTube or DVD. No mini DVDs, video tapes, CD’s or audio-cassettes are accepted. Only microphones attached to camera input are allowed. Auditions should not be recorded using reverb enhancement or any pitch altering technology. If pitch altering or enhancement is suspected a new DVD will be requested. Recordings of live stage performances/shows are not acceptable. Financial aid applicants must fill out the financial aid section on the summer registration form and submit all requested documents.

Questions about audition requirements and submissions may be addressed to the OCU Performing Arts Academy office at (405) 208-5410.

Music theater & voice students who apply by January 20th, 2013 and are accepted will receive 15% off their entire tuition. Early application also provides financial aid consideration to qualified students.

INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS

OCU Summer Programs welcomes audition submissions from students around the world. International students follow the same audition guidelines. Interested international students must posses excellent English communication and writing skills and are responsible for securing a passport, valid US Visa, plus all needed documentation and medical requirements. Unfortunately, the OCU Summer Music Program office is not able to assist international students with any of this process.

For questions, please contact our office at
academy@okcu.edu or (405) 208-5410

 




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