For acceptance into select programs at Grand Canyon University (GCU), you may be required to complete an audition process. Auditions not only allow department leaders to gauge your level of skill and experience, but are also used as a basis for awarding scholarships. Requirements vary by program. Limited performing arts major scholarships are available for music, theatre and dance programs. Early auditions are strongly recommended.
Center for Worship Arts
Auditions in the primary area of study (voice or instrumental) are required for students interested in pursuing a Bachelor of Arts in Worship Arts with an Emphasis in Worship Ministry through the College of Theology's Center for Worship Arts. The audition process ensures you have a sufficient level of musical skill and aptitude to be successful in the worship ministry emphasis.
Audition Process for Center for Worship Arts
Audition assessment focuses on intonation and pitch, rhythm, musicality, tone and improvisation. Prior music theory training and experience in performance are not required for admission as they are taught within the curriculum.
- Vocalists: Sing a capella or with light accompaniment
- Instrumentalists/vocalists: Play and sing
- Instrumentalists: Consider an instrumental solo (with or without accompaniment), a classical piece, a popular song or any example you think best showcases your style and skill
Submit two different online videos or recordings of you performing two different worship songs, genre of your choice. The songs can be covers, originals or a combination of both. The videos should feature you using your primary instrument and showcase your style and skill. Evaluations assess the quality of your musicality, not the quality of the recording or video.
Center for Worship Arts Audition Registration Form
Fill out and submit the Center for Worship Arts Audition Registration Form to complete your audition. For more information, contact your student services advisor.
GCU Recording Studio
The new GCU Recording Studio was designed to build communities and inspire the next generation of worship leaders by providing creative outlets to express, collaborate and share their passion. The space features two studios, in addition to rehearsal rooms equipped with instruments, microphones and personal monitoring systems. Studio A includes a recording room, four isolation booths and a control room, in addition to instruments and amplifiers. All spaces have double-wall construction, two layers of drywall and acoustic paneling to absorb acoustics and prevent sound leakage.
The audition process is dependent on your selected major. The following Bachelor of Arts programs offered by the College of Arts and Media require an audition to declare a major in:
- Dance for Secondary Education
- Music Education
- Theatre and Drama
- Theatre for Secondary Education
Please note that you must apply to GCU and be a declared College of Arts and Media student to register for an audition. For specific program requirements, see details below. The audition process is also used as a basis for awarding scholarships. Scholarship performance monies are awarded on a first-come, first-served basis as applicants are reviewed. If you wish to minor in dance, theatre, music or musical theatre, an audition is not required. To complete your audition, fill out and submit the registration form that corresponds with your major below.
Thundering Heard Pep Band
Auditions are required for the Thundering Heard Pep Band. To schedule your audition, fill out and submit the Pep Band Audition Registration Form. Thundering Heard Pep Band membership and scholarship eligibility is open to all students on the GCU campus. A major or minor in music is not required.
Students will be required to complete the following during their Pep Band audition:
- Play your favorite three scales with arpeggios at your maximum controllable range/tempo
- Open-closed-open rudiments for drummers
- Play the chromatic scale at your maximum controllable range/tempo
- Two favorite drum set grooves for drummers; three bars time, one bar fill
- Perform one lyrical piece demonstrating your musicianship
- Marimba/Timpani for music major percussionists
- Perform one technical piece demonstrating your facility around your instrument
(marimba/timpani for music major percussionists)
- Student must be visible in video recording
- i.e. embouchure, fingers, etc.
Specifications for Virtual Pep Band Auditions
Make sure that all aspects of your technique are visible (hands, fingers, embouchure, posture and face). We are looking at tone, tune, time and technique. Video submissions should be placed on a video sharing site (YouTube or Vimeo recommended over a Google drive) and set to unlisted or public (they can be removed after the audition and interview are complete). Begin the recording with an affidavit stating that you are the person performing:
- My name is. ..
- I am auditioning for the Bachelor of Arts in ...
- I attest that I am the person who applied to GCU, and I am the performer in this video.
Audition Process for Dance and Dance for Secondary Education Majors
An audition is required for scholarships and admission into both the dance and dance for secondary education programs. A live audition is preferred for scholarship consideration, which are awarded on a first-come, first-served basis. For live attendees, liability waivers are also required.
In-person auditions will consist of a combined class of ballet, modern and jazz techniques. Following the technique class, students will perform a one- to two-minute solo that highlights their highest technical and performance abilities (ballet, modern, jazz, hip hop, tap, etc.).
Audition Process for Music and Music Education Majors
Auditions are required for full acceptance to the music and music education majors. Students are evaluated on skills and knowledge relating to performing and music theory.
The first step in the process is successful completion of the online music theory assessment, which reviews basic music notation. The assessment may be taken a maximum of two times, with 30 days between each attempt. Complete the assessment using the link below.
The next step is to sign up for your audition. A live audition is preferred for scholarship consideration. Scholarships are awarded on a first-come, first-served basis. Below are the requirements for the voice, piano and instrumental program auditions and link to schedule your audition:
A single audition is required for scholarships and admission into both the theatre for secondary education and the theatre and drama programs. A live audition is preferred for scholarship consideration, which is also awarded on a first-come, first-served basis.
All prospective theatre students must supply a theatrical resume. Theatrical resumes include productions, roles/positions held, the producing theatre, special skills, theatrical training, extracurricular activities, grade point average, contact information, and contact information for three references.
Performance Auditions: Auditions for performance-oriented students consists of two contrasting monologues from published plays and an interview regarding the student’s experience and goals.
Technical Theatre Audition: Auditions for technically oriented students (design, directing or stage management) consists of a review of their body of work, preferably in a portfolio (digital or hard copy) and an interview regarding the student’s experience and goals. Interviews can be held in-person, virtually or by phone call.