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Pop and Commercial Music

Students can audition on campus or virtually via 变焦. Registration for these events can be done though the Loyola Application Portal

Review the drop-down menus below for specific repertoire requirements.

 

On-Campus Dates

Virtual Dates

  • Saturday, December 2, 2023

  • Saturday, January 27, 2024

  • Saturday, February 24, 2024

  • Saturday, December 9, 2023

  • Saturday, February 3, 2024

  • Saturday, March 9, 2024

Students in this degree are expected to be songwriters and arrangers. Please prepare two tunes to reflect as much original composition and/or arranging as possible for 你的 audition. Your performance should show as much dynamism in range of writing and performance as you can.

  • Perform 2 songs in varied styles- Memorized
  • We are listening for 你的 voice: Unique, original and creative approaches to creating and interpreting music
  • Songs may be original or cover material
  • Be prepared to work through vocal exercises and demonstrate improvisation skills
  • Accompanists are not provided for on-campus auditions. You should bring backing tracks for 你的 audition or you may self-accompany with guitar, piano, 等.

 

For students auditioning virtually, you must have the following:

The right place:

  • A quiet, private area where you can audition undisturbed

The right equipment:

  • A strong internet connection
  • A laptop or desktop with a webcam
  • A USB microphone is highly recommended: Blue Snowball or Blue Snowflake are affordable options.

The right time:

  • Be prepared 5-10 minutes in advance of 你的 scheduled audition time
  • Double check 你的 time zone: All auditions are held in Central Time. If you’re in Pacific, Mountain, Eastern Time or another international time zone, you’ll need to plan for the time difference.

Students in this degree are expected to be songwriters and arrangers. Please prepare two tunes to reflect as much original composition and/or arranging as possible for 你的 audition. Your performance should show as much dynamism in range of writing and performance as you can.

  • Perform 2 songs in varied styles- Memorized
  • Pieces/songs may be original or cover material
  • Use effects pedals sparingly- We are interested in what you can do with the instrument alone
  • Be prepared to improvise, read music (notation and chord charts) and play scales
  • An amplifier will be provided for on-campus auditions

 

For students auditioning virtually, you must have the following:

The right place:

  • A quiet, private area where you can audition undisturbed

The right equipment:

  • A strong internet connection
  • A laptop or desktop with a webcam
  • A USB microphone is highly recommended: Blue Snowball or Blue Snowflake are affordable options.

The right time:

  • Be prepared 5-10 minutes in advance of 你的 scheduled audition time
  • Double check 你的 time zone: All auditions are held in Central Time. If you’re in Pacific, Mountain, Eastern Time or another international time zone, you’ll need to plan for the time difference.

Students in this degree are expected to be songwriters and arrangers. Please prepare two tunes to reflect as much original composition and/or arranging as possible for 你的 audition. Your performance should show as much dynamism in range of writing and performance as you can.

  • Perform 2 pieces/songs that showcase 你的 ability to play in various popular styles: Rock, 恐慌, reggae, swing, bossa nova, 等.- Memorized
  • Use effects pedals sparingly- We are interested in what you can do with the instrument alone
  • Be prepared to improvise, read music (notation and chord charts) and play scales
  • An amplifier will be provided for on-campus auditions

 

For students auditioning virtually, you must have the following:

The right place:

  • A quiet, private area where you can audition undisturbed

The right equipment:

  • A strong internet connection
  • A laptop or desktop with a webcam
  • A USB microphone is highly recommended: Blue Snowball or Blue Snowflake are affordable options.

The right time:

  • Be prepared 5-10 minutes in advance of 你的 scheduled audition time
  • Double check 你的 time zone: All auditions are held in Central Time. If you’re in Pacific, Mountain, Eastern Time or another international time zone, you’ll need to plan for the time difference.

Students in this degree are expected to be songwriters and arrangers. Please prepare two tunes to reflect as much original composition and/or arranging as possible for 你的 audition. Your performance should show as much dynamism in range of writing and performance as you can.

  • Perform 2 pieces/songs that showcase 你的 ability to play in various popular styles: Rock, 恐慌, reggae, swing, bossa nova, 等.- Memorized
  • Be prepared to solo in different styles, read music and test 你的 rhythm
  • A drum set is provided for on-campus auditions- Applicants are advised to bring their own cymbals, hi-hat clutch and snare

 

For students auditioning virtually, you must have the following:

The right place:

  • A quiet, private area where you can audition undisturbed

The right equipment:

  • A strong internet connection
  • A laptop or desktop with a webcam
  • A USB microphone is highly recommended: Blue Snowball or Blue Snowflake are affordable options.

The right time:

  • Be prepared 5-10 minutes in advance of 你的 scheduled audition time
  • Double check 你的 time zone: All auditions are held in Central Time. If you’re in Pacific, Mountain, Eastern Time or another international time zone, you’ll need to plan for the time difference.

Students in this degree are expected to be songwriters and arrangers. Please prepare two tunes to reflect as much original composition and/or arranging as possible for 你的 audition. Your performance should show as much dynamism in range of writing and performance as you can.

  • Perform 2 pieces/songs that showcase 你的 ability to both perform solo tunes and to accompany- Memorized
  • Be prepared to improvise, read music (notation and chord charts), play scales and arpeggios
  • An electronic weighted keyboard with a pedal and amplification will be provided for on-campus auditions

 

For students auditioning virtually, you must have the following:

The right place:

  • A quiet, private area where you can audition undisturbed

The right equipment:

  • A strong internet connection
  • A laptop or desktop with a webcam
  • A USB microphone is highly recommended: Blue Snowball or Blue Snowflake are affordable options.

The right time:

  • Be prepared 5-10 minutes in advance of 你的 scheduled audition time
  • Double check 你的 time zone: All auditions are held in Central Time. If you’re in Pacific, Mountain, Eastern Time or another international time zone, you’ll need to plan for the time difference.

All applicants will be briefly interviewed in a conversational style: Be prepared to speak about 你的 musical training, recordings or performances outside of school projects that you've been a part of, other accomplishments, and what you intend to get out of with a degree in commercial music making from Loyola. 

For students auditioning virtually, you must have the following:

The right place:

  • A quiet, private area where you can audition undisturbed

The right equipment:

  • A strong internet connection
  • A laptop or desktop with a webcam
  • A USB microphone is highly recommended: Blue Snowball or Blue Snowflake are affordable options.

The right time:

  • Be prepared 5-10 minutes in advance of 你的 scheduled audition time
  • Double check 你的 time zone: All auditions are held in Central Time. If you’re in Pacific, Mountain, Eastern Time or another international time zone, you’ll need to plan for the time difference.
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