Division Jury Responsibilities and Authority
The purposes of the faculty Division Jury are:
- To evaluate the qualifications of students seeking admission to 4000 level (upper level) or 5000 level (graduate) applied study; to approve or deny such applications
- To evaluate the preparedness of all junior, senior, and graduate recitals; to authorize the presentation of such recitals as scheduled.
- To consider applications for primary applied credit by students who have completed secondary applied study (with Semester End Jury): to determine how much credit, if any, will be awarded.
Division Jury Membership
The Division Jury is comprised of Professor Randall Coleman, Dr. Lee Harris, Dr. Jonathan McNair (on sabbatical), Dr. Jocelyn Sanders (fall 2021), Dr. Erika Schafer (chair), Dr. Perry Ward.
Division Jury Procedures
A student planning a Division Jury hearing should submit five (5) completed and signed copies of the appropriate Division Jury Assessment form to the Music Office and register for a jury time on the schedule posted outside the Music Office. Students are to complete this no later than one week before the selected Division Jury date. Copies of the Division Jury Assessment forms are included in the Appendices section of the Music Student Handbook. Students must also bring five copies of their music to the audition. For solo repertoire, only the solo part is needed. For ensemble repertoire, please provide copies of the score. Students should dress professionally for their Division Jury.
Entry to 4000 Level Study
Students may apply for 4000 level status in the semester during which they registered for their eighth hour of 2000 level Music Performance applied instruction (i.e. MUSP2XXX).
Transfer students (or UTC students who have changed majors) who have not completed eight hours of applied instruction, but who have completed four semesters of study, may apply for 4000 level status. The Jury may grant credit by examination for all or part of the credit hours necessary to total eight hours of Music Performance applied instruction (i.e. MUSP2XXX).
- Please consult Division Jury Standards and Templates for specific requirements for each area.
- Students must arrange for a suitable accompanist. In cases where providing an accompanist is impractical, the student must inform the Music Office at least two weeks prior to the jury.
- Normally, students appearing before the Division Jury are represented at the audition by their applied instructor. Applicants seeking admission to 4000 level status are urged to consult with UTC faculty regarding their audition program.
- Students applying for advancement to 4000 level status must include a comprehensive repertoire list to accompany the completed Division Jury form.
Please consult Division Jury Standards and Templates for specific requirements for each area.
- Pre-Recital Hearings must occur no fewer than three weeks prior to the reserved recital date.
- Students should be prepared to perform their recital programs in their entirety. The Division Jury may select works to be performed for the audition.
- Students must prepare a copy of the formatted, complete recital program to accompany their Division Jury form.
- If the recital is not approved, the Jury may make recommendations to the student concerning programming, the performance date, or a second hearing.
- Programming changes made after a Division Jury audition would require a new hearing.
- The Jury may consider applications for 4000 level status and Junior pre-recital hearings simultaneously, provided that the student is registered for the eighth hour of 2000 level Music Performance applied instruction and the proposed recital program is submitted at the time of the audition.
- A pre-recital hearing will not be approved if the student has not been admitted to the appropriate applied level: 3000-level for Music Education and Theory/Composition majors; 4000-level for Performance majors (Senior Recital).
Entry to 5000 Level (Graduate Level) Study
- The Jury may consider applications for 5000 level status and Senior pre-recital hearings simultaneously. This is recommended for students who will pursue graduate study at UTC.
- 5000 level status will not be granted if the senior recital is not approved.
- The student applying for admission to 5000 level status must include a comprehensive repertoire list to accompany the completed Division Jury form.
Division Jury Audition Assessment
The Jury will use the rubric contained within the Division Jury form to assess student performance during the audition. Different auditions carry different performance standard expectations.
Division Jury Schedule
Division Jury auditions are scheduled for the Fridays prior to the first day of classes in the Fall and Spring semesters; on selected Thursday afternoons during the Fall and Spring semesters; and on Tuesday afternoons at the end of the Fall and Spring semesters designated as Reading Days. The schedule is posted on the department web site.