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School of Fine and Performing Arts Audition Requirements

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The first step of your audition or interview process, is to submit your Academic Application. Please select your specific major below to view individual requirements. 

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Musical Theatre - Theatre with a Concentration in Musical Theatre (B.F.A. or B.A.)

Application Deadline: November 15

Your Academic Application & PreScreen Submission must be submitted by November 15. You will not be able to upload your prescreens until 2 to 3 business days after your Academic Application has been received. 

Application Timeline:

  1. Apply to Rider University via the Common Application or Rider Application
  2. Film your PreScreen Submissions, Rider is a part of the Common Prescreen Requirements. 
  3. Receive access to your Be A Bronc Applicant dashboard via email. This will take at least 2 to 3 Business Days.
  4. Log in to your Be A Bronc Applicant account.
  5. Upload your pre-screen submissions to the Be A Bronc Applicant dashboard. All submissions must be successfully uploaded by November 15.
  6. Complete the Pre-Screen Questionnaire.
  7. Your prescreen results will be available within 2 to 3 weeks after complete submission.
    • *If you pass your pre-screen:
      • Register for your Audition via your Be A Bronc Applicant Dashboard. You must attend a live audition for both the BFA in Musical Theatre and the BA-Theatre with a Concentration in Musical Theatre.
    • *If you do not pass your pre-screen:
      • You will be contacted by the Office of Admission via email to discuss further options. You are still eligible for non artistic review.
    • *If you are asked to audition for a major other than Musical Theatre:
      • You may be asked to join us for an audition for a different major, if this is the case please Register for a Live Audition via your Be A Bronc Applicant dashboard.
  8. Review the Audition Requirements.
    • You may sing the same songs from your pre-screen video or choose a different song entirely.  Sing what you sing best. You may be asked to sing only one of your songs. You also may be asked to sing something pop or contemporary, so please be prepared if asked.
    • Please prepare your same monologue from your pre-screen Video
    • For all auditions you’ll need to provide a recorded track/accompaniment for your selections. Further information will be provided once you have registered for your audition.
    • Please upload your artistic resume and headshot to your Be A Bronc Applicant
    • Your Dance Combinations will be taught in advance of your virtual audition via video instruction.

Prescreen Requirements:

Rider University is a participant in the Musical Theater Common Pre Screen for the 2020-2021 cycle.

OVERALL

Each piece should be filmed/uploaded as a separate piece of media. No continuous videos.

SLATE

There should not be a separate “slate” video. Instead slates are to appear at the beginning of each piece. The proper slate for a song is to share your name, the song title, and show in which it appears.

The proper slate for a monologue is to share your name, the title of the play, and the playwright.

SONGS

Students should prepare 2-contrasting pieces:

  • One song should be a ballad and one song should be an uptempo
  • Each song file should be 60-90 seconds (this time limit includes the slate at the beginning of the piece and is strictly adhered to; please do not upload media files longer than 90 seconds)
  • Songs should be filmed in a ¾ shot which means the top of the head to the knees should be visible in the frame.
  • One song should be written prior to 1970. This song can be either the uptempo or the ballad (student’s choice).
  • One song should be written after 1970 and contrast the style of the first.

MONOLOGUES

  • Monologues must be from a published play. 
  • Monologues cannot be from musicals, television shows, or movies.
  • Each monologue file should be 60-90 seconds in length (this time limit includes the slate at the beginning of the piece and is strictly adhered to; please do not upload media files longer than 90 seconds)
  • 1, 60-90 second contemporary monologue (written during the 20th Century-present) from a published play. This time limit includes the slate at the beginning of the piece and is strictly adhered to; please do not upload media files longer than 90 seconds.
  • The contemporary monologue should be filmed in a “close-up” shot which means the top of the head to the chest should be visible in the frame

DANCE

Students may be asked to execute one or both of the following options. Each institution is responsible for indicating their specified requirements.

  • All dance media should be filmed in a “full body” shot taking care to keep the student’s entire body in the frame at all times. 
  • Applicants do not need to slate in any dance media. 
  • Regardless of which style of dance you execute, the choreography and the movement should be story-driven and connected to the music where the applicant is dancing with a sense of purpose.
  • HELPFUL HINT: Applicants are encouraged to keep a full-length mirror behind the filming device so as to see themselves as they execute choreography. 

DANCE OPTION

  • 30-60 seconds of dance, in whatever dance discipline you are most comfortable with: jazz, ballet, modern, African, hip hop, lyrical, or contemporary.  
  • No barre work. A ballet solo is acceptable. 
  • No tap. For applicants that tap, consider showcasing that skill as part of your wild card submission.
  • Please use steps, movement, and physical vocabulary that you are familiar with and can execute well.  
  • Dance media can be self-choreographed, but must be a solo video of you. This can include a show, competition, or other performance so long as you are clearly featured on your own. 
  • All choreography must be performed to music; no “a cappella” dance media please. 

BALLET SUBMISSION: Optional

  • Ballet Media should be no more than 30 seconds.
  • Execute a brief series of plié, tendu and grande battement; and also pirouette en déhors (to both sides), and grand jeté across the floor. 

WILD CARD: Optional 

  • Submissions should be no more than 60 seconds.
  • This media can be ANYTHING you want: a special skill, an interesting story about yourself, a passion speech, an instrument that you play, etc. “What do you want us to know about you?” and “What makes you unique?”.

Theatre with a Concentration in Technical Theatre (B.A.)

Application Timeline

  1. Apply to Rider University via the Common Application or Rider Application
  2. Receive Access to your Be A Bronc Applicant dashboard via email: This will take at least 2 to 3 business days 
  3. Log in to your Be A Bronc Applicant account to Register for an Interview.
  4. On Your Be A Bronc Applicant dashboard, via Portfolio, please submit a current resume, your portfolio and/or a short video with you speaking a bit about your production experiences. Your Portfolio may contain pictures, photos, drawings, drafting, programs or sketches used to execute and/or document your work. Include work in progress or finished products. It can also include other types of work that shows skills using tools, drawing, sketching, drafting, or image editing. For stage managers, please include samples of paperwork used to organize and run rehearsals or productions.
  5. You will not receive academic acceptance prior to your interview. Admission decisions will be provided 1 to 2 weeks after your completed audition. 

Theatre with a Concentration in Acting (B.A.)

Application Timeline

  1. Apply to Rider University via the Common Application or Rider Application
  2. Receive Access to your Be A Bronc Applicant dashboard via Email: This will take at least 2 to 3 Business Days 
  3. Log in to your Be A Bronc Applicant account to Register for an Audition. 
  4. Review Audition Requirements:
    • Please prepare two contrasting contemporary monologues
      • One should be comedic and the other dramatic
      • Monologues should be no more than 60 seconds
      • Be sure to choose an age appropriate monologue
      • No Dialects
    • Please prepare and submit a video recording of you telling a story. It may be about you or someone else. The goal of the story is to demonstrate for the auditioners, your ability to be authentic, dynamic and honest.
    • Please upload a Recent Headshot and Artistic Resume
  5. You will not receive academic acceptance prior to your interview. Admission decisions will be provided 1 to 2 weeks after your completed audition.

Theatre with a Concentration in Theatre Studies (B.A.)

Application Timeline

  1. Apply to Rider University via the Common Application or Rider Application
  2. Receive Access to your Be A Bronc Applicant dashboard via email: This will take at least 2 to 3 Business Days 
  3. Log in to your Be A Bronc Applicant account to register for an interview.
  4. On Your Be A Bronc Applicant dashboard, via Portfolio, please submit a current resume, your portfolio and/or a short video with you speaking a bit about your production experiences. 
  5. Review Interview Requirements:
    • Please upload a current resume of your recent theatrical activities and/or an artistic portfolio
  6. You will not receive academic acceptance prior to your interview. Admission decisions will be provided 1 to 2 weeks after your completed audition.

Popular Music Studies with a Concentration in Performance (B.A.)

Application Timeline

  1. Apply to Rider University via the Common Application or Rider Application
  2. Receive Access to your Be A Bronc Applicant Dashboard via Email: This will take at least 2 to 3 Business Days 
  3. Log in to your Be A Bronc Applicant to Register for an Audition.
  4. Review Audition Requirements:
    • Prepare three contrasting songs in popular styles (jazz, pop, rock, R&B, etc.) and perform from memory.
    • All selections must be accompanied. Use either pre-recorded tracks, or live accompaniment.
    • Please be sure that your selections also adhere to the following criteria:
      • An up-tempo selection (1/4 note = 130 bpm or faster)
      • A ballad (1/4 note = 90 bpm or slower)
      • One song of your choice (any style or genre including original compositions)
    • Auditions may also consist of brief music literacy and aural skills exercises.
    • Please upload an Artistic Resume
  5. You will not receive academic acceptance prior to your Audition. Admission decisions will be provided 1 to 2 weeks after your completed audition.

Popular Music Studies with a Concentration in Songwriting (B.A.)

Application Timeline

  1. Apply to Rider University via the Common Application or Rider Application
  2. Receive access to your Be A Bronc Applicant dashboard via email: This will take at least 2 to 3 Business Days 
  3. Log in to your Be A Bronc Applicant account to register for an interview. Popular Music Studies Auditions will be offered virtually or at our On Campus Auditions in January. 
  4. Review Audition Requirements:
    • Please upload a portfolio of your songs. This should include materials such as recordings, compositions, lyric and/or chord sheet, and any other materials you feel would enhance your candidacy. This portfolio will help to inform your interview with a member of the Popular Music faculty.
  5. You will not receive academic acceptance prior to your interview. Admission decisions will be provided 1 to 2 weeks after your completed interview.

Musical Theatre Direction: Primary Instrument Piano (B.M.)

Application Timeline

  1. Apply to Rider University via the Common Application or Rider Application
  2. Receive access to your Be A Bronc Applicant dashboard via email: This will take at least 2 to 3 Business Days 
  3. Log in to your Be A Bronc Applicant account to register for an audition.
    • Prepare two piano pieces from the classical piano literature
    • One overture or a piece of dance music from the Musical Theatre literature
    • Sight reading of an accompaniment, the adjudicator will provide the song and vocalist (if audition format allows)
    • Upload a current artistic resume
  4. You will not receive academic acceptance prior to your Audition. Admission decisions will be provided 1 to 2 weeks after your completed audition.