Auditions

Audition Days for Fall 2014 Admittance

  • Saturday, January 25, 2014
  • Saturday, February 1, 2014 
  • Saturday, February 15, 2014 
Area Saturday, 1/25 Saturday, 2/1 Saturday, 2/15
Brass X X X
Classical Guitar X X X
Jazz X X 
(no grad students)
X
Organ   E-mail for audition
 
Percussion X X X
Piano X X X
Strings X X  
Voice X X  X
Woodwinds X X X

X - holding auditions

All undergraduate music major and minor applicants are required to audition on their major instrument or voice.

All performance-based graduate degrees require an audition. Applicants to graduate programs in music education, composition, music theory and musicology do not audition, but have other admission requirements.

Most ensembles hold separate auditions the week before fall semester. For more information, click here.

Undergraduate Audition Requirements

  • Woodwind and Brass
    • 10-minute audition
    • Two selections in contrasting style
    • A major and minor scale of your choice. Piano accompaniment is optional and must be provided by candidate.
  • Strings
    • 10-minute audition
    • Two selections in contrasting style
    • A major and minor scale of your choice. For harp, scales are not required. Memorization is strongly encouraged. Piano accompaniment is optional and must be provided by candidate.
  • Percussion
    • 15-minute audition
    • Two etudes: first on snare, multiple percussion or timpani; second on vibe, xylophone or marimba
  • Voice
    • 10-minute audition
    • One classical song in English, Italian, French or German. No pop, rock or musical theatre. Candidates must provide own piano accompaniment, no tapes.
    • Brief interview with audition panel will follow audition.
  • Jazz
    • 15-minute audition
    • One major and one harmonic minor scale of candidate’s choice
    • Group or solo selection from jazz repertoire. Professional level play-along recordings such as those by Jamey Aebersold are acceptable; playback system will be provided. Drum set, piano, bass and guitar amps are provided. Guitarists, bring patch cords.
  • Piano
    • 10-minute audition
    • Two classical pieces of contrasting style and period. Memorization is required. No pop, rock or jazz.
  • Organ
    • 10-minute audition
    • One Baroque piece and one post-Baroque piece. Memory is optional. No restrictions.
  • Classical Guitar
    • 10-minute audition
    • Two prepared works
      1. Etude by one of the following: Sor, Aguado, Carcassi, Carulli or Giuliani
      2. Composition of candidate's choice from Baroque (e.g. Sanz, Bach, Weiss), Romantic (e.g. Tarrega), or 20th-century (e.g. Torroba, Villa-Lobos, Ponce) guitar literature. Consult The Christopher Parkening Guitar Method, vols. 1 & 2, for examples
    • A major and minor scale of your choice. Memorization is strongly encouraged. Piano accompaniment is optional and must be provided by candidate.
    • Sight read ensemble parts: single-line melody and accompaniment.
  • Composition, Theory, History/Literature, BA, Music Minor
    • Audition on your major instrument or voice, using above guidelines. At audition, please inform panel of your intended degree program.

Masters Audition Requirements

  • Instrumental and Choral Conducting
    • 20-minute audition
    • Submission of a DVD recording, including short rehearsal. Performance tapes are not necessary. At discretion of conducting faculty, candidate may be asked to perform live audition. Please see complete program guidelines for details.
  • Jazz
    • 20-minute audition
    • Prepare two jazz standards from memory. One of two should be an up-tempo swing and second should demonstrate contrasting style such as Jazz Waltz, Bossa or Ballad. Play-along recordings, such as those by Jamie Aebersold, are acceptable and playback system will be provided.
    • Candidates must be prepared to play all major scales and any of its seven modes (Dorian, Phrygian, etc.), and all forms of minor scales in any key (two octaves for guitar and keyboards).
      Drum set, piano, bass and guitar amps are provided only on designated February audition dates, unless arrangements are made in advance. Guitarists bring patch chords. Please see complete program guidelines for details
  • Vocal Performance
    • 20-minute audition
    • Four selections: one must be in English; one must be an aria. Different styles and languages are encouraged. No pop, rock or musical theatre. Candidates auditioning are responsible for providing accompaniment.
    • Brief interview with audition panel will take place following audition process.
  • Woodwinds and Brass
    • 20-minute audition
    • Two contrasting works plus five standard orchestral excerpts of candidate's choice. Piano accompaniment is optional for live auditions and must be provided by candidate. Accompaniment preferred for recorded auditions.
  • Percussion
    • 20-minute audition
    • Two contrasting works: one on snare, multiple percussion or timpani; second on vibe, xylophone or marimba.
  • Strings
    • 20-minute audition
    • Two contrasting works, one should be Bach or similar. Piano accompaniment is optional for live auditions and must be provided by candidate. Accompaniment preferred for recorded auditions.
  • Piano
    • 20-minute audition
    • Prepare a 30-40 minute program of music from at least three representative periods. No pop, rock or jazz. Memorization is required.
      Recommended Repertoire
      • Baroque: Bach preludes and fugues, partitas, English suites, Italian Concerto or other substantial work.
      • Classical: Beethoven, Mozart, Haydn: first or last movements from sonatas.
      • Romantic: Chopin impromptus, polonaises, scherzi or ballades; Schubert: impromptus, sonata movements
      • Impressionist: Debussy, etudes or preludes; Ravel, Sonatine, Gaspard de la nuit, Tombeau de Couperin, Mirrors (all or selected).
      • 20th/21st Century: discretion of the candidate.
    • Brief interview with audition panel will follow audition
  • Collaborative Piano
    • 20-minute audition
    • Prepare solo repertoire and either instrumental or vocal repertoire
      • Solo Recommended Repertoire
        • Bach: preludes and fugues, dance suites, Italian Concerto
        • Beethoven, Mozart, Haydn: first or last movements from sonatas
        • Chopin: impromptus, polonaises, scherzi or ballades
        • Schubert: impromptus, sonata movements
        • Debussy: etudes or preludes
        • Twentieth Century: discretion of the candidate
      • Instrumental Recommended Repertoire
        Substitutions may be made with prior piano faculty approval. Eight-week notification required if instrumentalist needed for audition.
        Prepare the following, of which the committee may elect to hear part or all:
        1. A solo piece of choice (8-10 minutes)
        2. Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto, first movement (exposition)
        3. Beethoven Violin Sonata No. 8 in G Major, Op. 30, No. 3, first movement or Beethoven Cello Sonata in A Major, Op. 69, first movement
        4. Brahms Clarinet/Viola Sonata in F minor, Op. 120, No. 1 or E-Flat Major, Op. 120, No. 2, first movement (exposition)
        5. Prokofiev Sonata for Flute/Violin and Piano in D Major, Op. 94, first movement
        6. Sight-reading
      • Vocal Audition Requirements
        Substitutions may be made with prior piano faculty approval. Eight-week notification required if vocalist needed for audition.
        Prepare the following of which the committee may elect to hear part or all:
        1. A solo piece of choice (8-10 minutes)
        2. Brahms' Meine Liebe ist grün, Op. 63, No. 5 (either C Major or F sharp Major)
        3. Debussy's La Flute de Pan from Trois Chansons de Bilitis (in B Major)
        4. Otto Nicolai's "Nun eilt herbei" from The Merry Wives of Windsor
        5. Sight-reading
    • Brief interview with audition panel will follow audition.
  • Organ
    • 20-minute audition
    • Prepare 30-40 minute program of music from at least three representative periods.
      • Recommended Repertoire
        • Baroque/Classical: J. S. Bach: preludes and fugues (other than BWV 553-560), trio sonatas, or other comparably substantial work (movements are accepted); Buxtehude’s Praeludium or works by DeGringy, F. Couperin.
        • Romantic: Felix Mendelssohn, sonatas; César Franck, any of 12 major works or comparable works by Reubke, Liszt, Reger, Rheinberger.
        • 20th Century: Louis Vierne or Charles Marie Widor, symphonies or comparable works of Duruflé, Dupré, Messiaen, Karg-Elert, Sowerby, Peeters, Hakim.
    • Brief interview with audition panel will follow audition.
  • Music Education
    • 10-minute teaching DVD recording
    • Video should show a sample of the applicant's teaching in either an applied or rehearsal setting. 

DMA Audition Requirements

  • Instrumental and Choral Conducting
    • 20-minute audition
    • Submit DVD showing both rehearsal and performance footage. The candidate should be facing the camera in the video. Those candidates deemed acceptable will be invited to audition live on campus.
  • Vocal Performance
    • 20-minute audition
    • Five selections: one must be in English; one must be an aria. Different styles and languages are encouraged. Candidates auditioning are responsible for providing accompaniment.
    • Brief interview with audition panel will take place following audition process.
  • Woodwinds and Brass
    • 20-minute audition
    • Two solo works in contrasting style from standard repertoire, plus five standard orchestral excerpts of candidate’s preference. Piano accompaniment is optional for live auditions and must be provided by candidate. Accompaniment preferred for recorded auditions.
  • Clarinets
    • 20-minute audition
    • One solo work of candidate’s choice, the exposition to the Mozart Clarinet Concerto, and cadenzas from Nielsen Concerto.
    • Orchestral Excerpts: Daphnis and Chloe Suite No. 2 (from Cailliet’s “Orchestral Passages for the Clarinet from the Modern French Repertoire”), Mendelssohn Scherzo (beginning to bar 48), and Rachmaninoff Symphony No. 2 (mvt. 3: opening solo through bar 47).
  • Strings
    • 20-minute audition
    • Two contrasting movements from sonatas and partitas for solo violin, or suites for solo solo cello/viola/double bass by J.S. Bach
    • One movement from a major standard concerto
    • One Paganini Caprice or equivalent. Piano accompaniment is optional for live auditions and must be provided by candidate. Accompaniment preferred for recorded auditions.
  • Percussion
    • 20-minute audition
    • Submit recent DVD recording of solo recital demonstrating appropriate literature.
  • Piano
    • 20-minute audition
    • Pre-Screening strongly recommended. Live audition required. Submit an hour-long, unedited DVD to the School of Music no later than December 1st for fall admission or August 16th for spring admission. The choice of repertoire will be considered on musical and technical merit, as well as the artistic level of the performance. If invited by the piano faculty to perform a live audition, the candidate must come to the University of Utah campus to be considered for admission.
    • Brief interview with audition panel will follow audition process.

PhD Audition Requirements

  • Music Education
    • 10-minute teaching DVD recording
    • Video should show a sample of the applicant's teaching in either an applied or rehearsal setting. 
 
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