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. Explore the information below to learn more about the auditions process for the College of Theology and the College of Fine Arts and Production.

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.

Audition Process for Dance and Dance Education Majors

Auditions are required to declare the dance or dance education major. In order to be eligible for scholarship consideration, students who attend a live audition or submit materials online should prepare a goal essay, headshot and a dance resume. For live attendees, liability waivers are also required. Letters of recommendation are optional.

Sign Up for a Dance Audition

The audition takes place in Saguaro Hall, building 46, studio 104 on the northeast end of campus. Visit gcu.edu/campusmap for a visual reference. GCU’s Public Safety Department is expecting visitors to our department that day and will help you with parking. Enter campus at the main entrance on 33rd Avenue and Camelback.

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  • Nov. 17, 2018
  • Feb. 9, 2019 
  • March 30, 2019
  • May 4, 2019 

10 am Registration in the lobby
10:15 am Dance department overview for students and their families
11 am Technique class including ballet, modern, jazz, improvisation
12:30 pm Solo Performances
2 pm Anticipated end of day

Students auditioning for the BA in Dance or BA in Dance Education major must submit a writing sample. The essay needs to be two pages maximum, double-spaced, have one inch margins and be in 12 point Arial font. A liability waiver is required for Dance and Dance Education majors to complete your registration. 

This essay will respond to the following:

  • What has brought you to dance?
  • Why have you chosen to pursue a degree in Dance Education?
  • Describe your academic, artistic and professional goals. How will attending Grand Canyon University prepare you to meet those goals?
  • What role does dance play in an educational or cultural context?
  • Describe interests, skills and talents you have outside of dance that you will use to impact your experience in GCU's dance program.

Headshot

  • 8" x 10"
  • Color or black and white; matte or glossy

Dance Resumé

  • Detail your performance experience and dance training including genres studied, schools, studios and important teachers.

OPTIONAL: Letters of recommendation that are focused on your academic or artistic performance.

Students should prepare one minute of solo choreography.

Solo Audition Requirements:

  • Time: 60-90 seconds
  • Contemporary or modern dance styles are encouraged but choice is up to the individual.
  • Music: While music is optional, recorded music must be on CD or MP3 Player, with only solo music recorded.
  • For freshmen students, choreography by the student is preferred but not required. Transfer students are required to show their own choreography.
  • Artistic Integrity: Emphasis is placed upon clarity of intent and performance qualities including focus and clarity of movement.

Apparel needs to show the dancer’s body alignment and form.

  • Ballet: Leotards, tights and ballet shoes
  • Jazz: Jazz pants and shoes
  • Modern: Footless tights

Students who cannot attend a live audition may submit digital materials. A video URL should show student's approximately 5 minutes of ballet barre, 5 minutes of classroom studies in modern or jazz (i.e. center work, progressions, floor work) and a 1-2 minute solo that highlights the highest technical and performance abilities (ballet, modern, jazz, hip hop, tap). At the beginning of the video, students should identify themselves and the specific degree program for which they are auditioning.

Audition Process for Music and Music Education Majors

Auditions are required to declare any music or music education major, and you will be evaluated on your skills and knowledge related to performing and music theory. The first step in this process is to complete an online music theory assessment, reviewing basic music notation.

This assessment is only able to be taken twice, with 30 days between each attempt. Complete the assessment below. 

Music Theory Assessment

Music students are required to submit a digital audition video URL for acceptance into the program. For scholarship opportunities, all incoming students must register for a live audition.

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Following your assessment, you will need to prepare for the performance portion of your audition. This includes:

  • Two memorized selections from classical piano literature composed in historic or stylistic periods that demonstrate your musicianship and technical skills

Attire should reflect the importance of the audition process.

Sign Up for a Piano Audition

For further information, contact:
Juan Hernandez
602-639-6497
juan.hernandez@gcu.edu

Besides completing your assessment, you will need to prepare two contrasting works that may be performed from memory:

  • First piece that demonstrates technical proficiency (usually in a faster tempo, demonstrating your facility around your instrument)
  • Second piece that demonstrates lyrical playing (usually in a slower tempo, demonstrating your musicianship)

We strongly suggest works from differing style periods and inclusion of an etude for your instrument. Additionally, you will be asked to perform scales and arpeggios from memory and sight reading. Audition clothing should reflect the gravity of this experience.

Sign Up for an Instrumental Audition

For further information, contact:
Paul Koch
602-639-8125
paul.koch@gcu.edu

Besides completing your assessment, you will need to prepare two contrasting works that may be performed from memory:

  • Two memorized classical pieces, either foreign language art songs or arias such as those in the 26 Italian Songs and Arias book or something comparable and/or a sacred oratorio classical piece.
  • Consider performing two classical pieces that best demonstrate your musicianship and technical skills.
  • Gospel/contemporary Christian music is not preferred.
  • No CD or tape track accompaniment.
  • If you require an accompanist, please inform us of your song titles and scan and email your music to the Music Office two weeks prior to your audition date and we will provide a staff accompanist.

Sign Up for a Voice Audition

For further information, contact:
Juan Hernandez
602-639-6497
juan.hernandez@gcu.edu


Audition Process for Theatre Majors

Entrance into the theatre education and theatre and drama programs requires audition or interview. The audition process requires two contrasting monologues from published plays. Although we suggest a Shakespearean monologue, it is not required.

Theatre students are required to submit a digital audition video URL for acceptance into the program. For scholarship opportunities, all incoming students must register for a live audition.

Sign Up for a Theatre Audition

For more information, contact:
Michael Kary
602-639-6654
michael.kary@gcu.edu

  • Oct. 27, 2018 
  • Jan. 19, 2019 
  • March 3, 2019

Digital Submission Audition Requirements

All students may apply for admission by submitting a video URL. Auditions will be reviewed on the 15th of each month. Notification will occur seven to 10 business days after review.

Digital Submission 

  • Video URLs are required. 
  • Review specific content details.
  • 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. 

Technical Specifications

  • Voice: You must utilize a live accompanist. No pre-recorded accompaniment is allowed. Entire body needs to be visible.
  • Piano: Hands need to be visible.
  • Instrumental: 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.
  • Theatre: Prepare a short video presentation to include a design portfolio in PowerPoint demonstrating your body of work. Your entire body needs to be visible.
  • Dance: Demonstrate approximately 5 minutes of ballet barre, 5 minutes of classroom studies in modern or jazz (i.e. center work, progressions, floor work) and a 1-2 minute solo that highlights the highest technical and performance abilities (ballet, modern, jazz, hip hop, tap).