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Audition Scheduling Process

  1. Review the audition requirements by choosing your instrument family from the tab above.
  2. Schedule your audition through the Music Office. Performance Grant auditions may be scheduled using the online performance grant audition request form.
  3. Incoming Freshmen and/or Transfer Students must apply to the University.

Brass

  • Prepared Pieces: two pieces, movements, or etudes of contrasting tempo and style, or a single selection with contrasting sections
  • Scales: Chromatic and all major scales as appropriate for each instrument.
  • Sightreading: May be required.

These requirements apply to music minors as well as music majors, and will be requested of students applying for music activities grants and scholarships. Questions? Contact Dr. Erika Schafer (Trumpet), or Dr. Kenyon Wilson (Low Brass).

Guitar

  • Prepared pieces: One etude from Mateo Carcassi's Op. 60, OR one etude from Fernando Sor's (Segovia) Twenty Studies; AND a piece of your own choice.
  • Scales: Major and minor scales, two octaves

Questions? Contact Dr. Mario Abril.

Piano

Due to the complex nature of piano requirements for different degree programs, each degree area has different audition requirements. If you have questions beyond these descriptions, please contact Dr. Sin-Hsing Tsai for more information.

General Performance Grant Audition

Music Majors

  • Prepared Pieces: Two MEMORIZED pieces in contrasting styles from standard classical concert repertoire originally composed for solo piano (such as Bach "Prelude and Fugue" from The Well-Tempered Clavier, or a single movement of a Beethoven Piano Sonata)
  • Scales: All major and minor keys, four octaves, hands together
  • Arpeggios: All major and minor keys, four octaves, hands together
  • Sightreading: Required

Music Minors

  • Prepared Pieces: Two MEMORIZED pieces from the standard intermediate classical repertoire, originally composed for solo piano (e.g. Bach "Invention in Two Voices"; Chopin "Prelude")
  • Scales: All major and minor keys, two octaves, hands together
  • Arpeggios: All major and minor keys, two octaves, hands together
  • Sightreading: Required

Upper Division Transfer Students

Degree Area Requirements Notes
  • 3000-level instruction for BM in Music Education
  • 3000-level instruction for BM in Theory and Composition
  • 4000-level instruction for BM in Performance
  • Three memorized pieces in contrasting styles from the classical solo piano repertoire
  • All scales and arpeggios, four octaves
  • Sightreading
  • 3000-level auditions are done during Performance Grant auditions and during semester end juries. To schedule a 3000-level audition contact the Music Department office during regular office hours
  • 4000-level auditions are done during Division Juries and prior to classes commencing.

Graduate Division Admissions

Degree Area Requirements Notes
  • 5000-level instruction for MM in Performance
  • 5000-level instruction for MM in Music Education (with recital as final project)
  • Three memorized pieces in contrasting styles from the classical solo piano repertoire
  • All scales and arpeggios, four octaves
  • Sightreading
  • Passing a Division Jury
4000-level instruction for MM in Music Education (with document as final project)
  • Three memorized pieces in contrasting styles from the classical solo piano repertoire
  • All scales and arpeggios, four octaves
  • Sightreading
5000-level instruction for MM in Collaborative Piano Performance
  • One memorized solo piece or movement from the standard classical concert repertoire
  • One substantial instrumental work or movement
  • Two art songs in contrasting styles
  • Sightreading of two pieces
  • You may bring your own instrumentalist and singer, or you may request student instrumentalists and singers from UTC
  • Repertoire will be assigned to you two months in advance
  • Payment will be arranged directly with the student performers
Questions? Contact Dr. Sin-Hsing Tsai.

Percussion

Prepared Pieces: One piece EACH for snare drum, a mallet instrument, and tympani. (Drum set and multi-surface percussion may also be considered.)

Although students are not required to perform from each of these three areas, students who can demonstrate a competence in all three are normally given preference in admission. Questions? Contact Dr. Monte Coulter.

Strings

  • Prepared Pieces: One solo piece (or movement of a larger solo work) and one etude in contrasting tempi.
  • Scales: major and minor scales in up to four sharps and four flats, two or three octaves

Questions? Contact Associate Professor Donald Zimmer

Voice

  • Prepared Pieces: Two MEMORIZED Art Songs with at least one being in a foreign language - preferably Italian (see below). Singers may also have a Broadway piece IN ADDITION to the two art songs. All pieces must be performed with live piano accompaniment; accompaniment tracks are not acceptable. An accompanist will be provided.
  • Sightreading: Required - Vocal students must be able to read music and prepare songs without rudimentary assistance from the instructor.

Suggested Vocal Literature

We receive many questions each year about the definition of an "art song" and what is appropriate for a vocal audition. It is perhaps easier to indicate what is NOT appropriate. Inappropriate pieces include: popular music, hymns, gospel songs, movie themes, or solos from high school choral pieces. The following sources would provide appropriate audition materials:

  • Collections of Italian Songs and Arias such as Schirmer publications' 24 Italian Songs and Arias (of the 17th and 18th centuries) or Hal Leonard publications' 26 Italian Songs and Arias
  • Collections of songs for particular voice types such as New Imperial Edition Soprano Songs or Bass Songs, Alfreds' Singers Library of Song, Hal Leonard Standard Vocal Literature, or G. Schirmer Reliquery of English Song
  • Oratorio Arias such as solos from Handel: Messiah or Mendelssohn: Elijah
  • Spiritual solo arrangements by such composers as Moses Hogan, Harry T. Burleigh, Nathaniel Dett, or Roland Carter
  • A Broadway show tune may be offered IN ADDITION to other traditional art songs.

Questions? Contact Dr. Rebecca St. Goar.

Woodwind

  • Prepared Pieces: two pieces, movements, or etudes of contrasting tempo and style, or a single selection with contrasting sections (may be performed with accompaniment)
  • Scales: chromatic and all major scales as appropriate for the instrument
  • Sightreading: May be required.

These requirements apply to music minors as well as music majors, and will be requested of students applying for music activities grants and scholarships.

Questions? Contact Professor Nikolasa Tejero.

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