The purposes of the faculty Division Jury are:

  1. 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
  2. To evaluate the preparedness of all junior, senior, and graduate recitals; to authorize the presentation of such recitals as scheduled.
  3. 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.  


The Division Jury is comprised of Dr. Jonathan McNair, Dr. Jocelyn Sanders, Dr. Erika Schafer, Dr. Rebecca St. Goar, and Dr. Nikolasa Tejero (Chair).



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 Cadek Recital Hall.  Students are to complete this no later than one week before the selected Division Jury date.  Copies of the Division Jury Area Assessment forms are included in the Appendices section of the Music Student Handbook. 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).

  • Students auditioning for the Division Jury for the purpose of advancement to the 4000 level in applied music should prepare, at a minimum, the following:
    • Instrumentalists should prepare at least three selections from their instrument’s standard repertoire representing various genres, styles, and tempi.
    • Vocalists should prepare four or five songs, including at least one each in French, German, Italian, and English.
  • 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.

Pre-Recital Hearing

  1. Pre-Recital Hearings must occur no fewer than three weeks prior to the reserved recital date.
  2. Students should be prepared to perform their recital programs in their entirety.  The Division Jury may select works to be performed for the audition.
  3. Students must prepare a copy of the formatted, complete recital program to accompany their Division Jury form.
  4. If the recital is not approved, the Jury may make recommendations to the student concerning programming, the performance date, or a second hearing.
  5. Programming changes made after a Division Jury audition would require a new hearing.
  6. 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.
  7. 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

  1. 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.
  2. 5000 level status will not be granted if the senior recital is not approved.
  3. 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 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 and on the bulletin board outside Cadek Recital Hall.