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Audition and Scholarships Days

Fall 2021 Admittance

See Audition Requirements Below

Auditions for the 2021-2022 school year will be held virtually through submission of an audition video and a scheduled Zoom audition interview with School of Music faculty (on January 30 or February 13, 2021). The audition video needs to be sent before the Zoom interview.

Step 1)  Schedule Zoom Interview for either January 30, 2021 or February 13, 2021.

Step 2) To audition, please submit an unedited video of yourself performing. Please see below the requirements for your instrument/voice and the degree you intend to pursue. 

Step 3) To submit the video, please complete the Video Submission Form and include a private/unlisted link to your video. You can use Dropbox, YouTube, Vimeo, or any other platform that allows the faculty to access your video.

  •  If you signed up for your Zoom interview for January 30, 2021, then your audition video is due no later than January 25, 2021.
  •  If you signed up for your Zoom interview for February 13, 2021, then your audition video is due no later than February 8, 2021.

Music Scholarships

All auditioning applicants are automatically considered for Music scholarships. In order for the School of Music to offer you a scholarship, you must apply to the University of Utah and follow the instructions for applying for Scholarships at the University of Utah. Music Scholarships Information.

Who needs to audition?

All undergraduate music major and music 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.

If you have any questions about audition requirements please contact the head of your area of study. Most ensembles hold separate auditions the week before fall semester. Visit the Ensemble Auditions and Studio Placement page for more information.

Undergraduate Audition Requirements

Your audition video should capture your entire body as you perform the audition requirements listed under your area below. Additionally, please be sure that the lighting in the space you are recording in is bright enough to see your face. Note: Brass and woodwind players must show their embouchure in the video-recording. The unedited audition video should be recorded no earlier than 6 months before the date of your Zoom interview.

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 15-minute audition
    1. Snare Drum Solo or Etude of choice (orchestral or rudimental):
      • Examples: Pieces by Peters, Cirone, Delecluse, Vic Firth Solo Snare Drummer or equivalent.
    2. Two Mallet Solo or Etude of choice
      • Two Mallet Examples: Goldenberg Modern School for Xylophone, Gottlieb Masterworks for Mallets, George Hamilton Green Xylophone Rags, McMillan Masterpieces for Marimba or equivalent.
    3. Four Mallet Solo or Etude of choice
      • Four Mallet Examples: Pieces by Abe, Peters, Ford, Stout, Burritt, Musser, Smadbeck, Zivkovic, Schmitt, Tanaka, Sammutt, Kopetzki, Miki, Tyson or equivalent.
    4. Timpani Solo or Etude of student choice:
      • Examples: Pieces by Nick Woud, Carter, Delecluse, Beck, Peters, Cahn or equivalent.

EQUIPMENT PROVIDED LIST

AUDITION TIPS

  • 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 recorded accompaniment.
  • Brief interview with audition panel will follow audition.
  • 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.
  • Composition, Theory, Music Education, History/Literature, BA in Music, Music Minor
    • Prepare two piano solo works in contrasting style from traditional piano repertoire.
      • Examples:
        1. Any work of Bach
        2. Any movement from sonata by Hayden, Mozart, Beethoven or Schubert
        3. Any Romantic  work by composers in Romantic, Impressionist, or 20th Century periods.
  • Piano Performance and Piano Pedagogy
    1. Prospective students are expected to prepare a minimum of 15 minutes of music for the audition. Memorization is required.
    2. Audition duration: 10 minutes. At the discretion of the Piano Faculty, students may be asked for specific portions of any of the prepared repertoire.
    3. A Baroque work by JS Bach, Handel, Rameau, Scarlatti, or others.
      • Examples: any Prelude and Fugue from the Well-Tempered Clavier, Scarlatti Sonatas, and movements from major Baroque Suites are also acceptable.
    4. A first-movement Allegro of a Classical Sonata by Mozart (except Sonata K. 545), Haydn, Beethoven (except Sonatas Op. 49 No. 1 or 2), Schubert, or Hummel.
    5. A Romantic work.
      • Examples: Chopin Fantaisie-Impromptu Op. 66, or a selection from larger cycles such as Schumann’s Kreisleriana, Op. 16.
    6. One Virtuoso Etude
      • Examples: Chopin Etude Op. 25, No. 2
    7. Any repertoire requests outside the specific requirements listed above must be approved by the Head of the Piano Area before the scheduled audition.
  • 15-20 minute audition
  • Prepare one Baroque piece and one post-Baroque piece.
  • Memorization is not required.
  • Audition includes coaching time with the faculty.
  • 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.
  • Audition on your major instrument or voice, using above guidelines. At audition, please inform panel of your intended degree program.

 Masters Audition Requirements

Your audition video should capture your entire body as you perform the audition requirements listed under your area below. Additionally, please be sure that the lighting in the space you are recording in is bright enough to see your face. Note: Brass and woodwind players must show their embouchure in the video-recording. The unedited audition video should be recorded no earlier than 6 months before the date of your Zoom interview.

  • 20-minute audition
  • Submit a link to a video recording to Sasha Bainson, Academic Coordinator. The video should include both rehearsal and performance and should be positioned to show the front of the conductor. At the discretion of the faculty, candidates may be asked to perform a live audition. Please see complete program guidelines for details.
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 20-minute audition
    1. Snare Drum
      1. Snare Drum Solo of choice
        • Examples: Pieces by Delecluse, Joseph Tompkins, Masson, Martynciow, Macarez or equivalent
      2. Snare Drum Orchestral Excerpts
        1. Rimsky Korsakov: Scheherazade, Movement 3
        2. Rimsky Korsakov: Scheherazade, Movement 4
    2. Keyboard / Mallets
      1. One movement of choice from
        • J. S. Bach: Sonatas and Partitas for Solo Violin or Suites for Solo Cello or equivalent. No repeats
      2. Four mallet: an advanced level marimba solo of choice
        • Examples: Pieces by Vinao: Kahn Variations, Schwantner: Velocities, Thomas: Merlin, Lansky: Three Moves, Tanaka: Two Movements for Marimba, Miyake: Chain, Druckman: Reflections on the Nature of Water, or equivalent.
      3. Orchestral Excerpts
        1. Stravinsky: Firebird (complete Ballet, 1910), mm 127 - 133
        2. One additional contrasting excerpt of your choice
    3. Timpani
      1. Timpani Solo of student choice
        • Examples: Pieces by Woud, Sal Rabbio, Hochrainer, Carter, Delecluse or equivalent.
      2. Orchestral Excerpts
        1. Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 4 – Movement I (2 before T to 3 before U)
        2. One additional contrasting excerpt of your choice.
    4. Multi-Percussion – video submission through YouTube link. Email to mike.Sammons@utah.edu
      • A full-length recording of a solo work of choice
        • Examples: Lang: Anvil Chorus, Unchained Melody, Xenakis: Rebonds, Kopetski: Canned Heat or equivalent.
    5. Choose ONE of the following video submissions through YouTube link. Email to mike.Sammons@utah.edu
      1. Drumset: a sample of your time playing/ soloing in at least 2 contrasting styles. This may be done with a play-along recording or live band. Examples may include: up-tempo swing, funk, samba, songo, mambo, 12/8 Afro-Cuban, or odd-time signatures.
      2. Global Music: a demonstration of your understanding of basic tones, sense of groove/feel and clear communication of style. May include, but not limited to: Afro-Cuban hand drums and percussion; Samba (all styles); pan-African hand drums and percussion; steel pan; middle-eastern frame drums/percussion, etc...

EQUIPMENT PROVIDED LIST

  • 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.
  • Prepare a 40-50 minute solo recital program of music from at least three representative periods. Memorization is required.
    Recommended Repertoire (suggested guidelines)
    • 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
  • Please contact Dr. Ning Lu with inquiries. Although it is recommended to bring your own collaborator(s) for this audition, you may contact Professor Jeffrey Price for assistance in providing local collaborators.
  • There is no language requirement for entrance into the program.
  • Prepare a 10-20 minute solo audition in addition to a 10-20 minute instrumental and vocal audition. (30 minutes total) (Candidates must choose repertoire from A. B. and C.)
    1. Instrumental collaborative repertoire
      • Choose from the list. Comparable repertoire is permissible but must be approved prior to the audition at the time of application
      • Choose one sonata (or movements) from the list below (or comparable)
        • Beethoven Violin Sonata in F Major, Op. 24 "Spring"
        • Brahms Clarinet/Viola Sonata No. 1 in F Minor, Op. 120 No. 1
        • Brahms Clarinet/Viola Sonata No. 2 in E-flat Major, Op. 120, No. 2
        • Prokofiev Sonata in D Major, Op. 94, (flute or violin)
    2. Vocal collaborative repertoire
      • Choose from the list. Comparable repertoire is permissible but must be approved prior to the audition at the time of application.
      • Prepare audition from the selections below (or comparable) in the original key:
        • Barber: The Monk and His Cat, from Hermit Songs
        • Debussy: II pleure dans mon Coeur, from Ariettes oubliees
        • Puccini: Che gelida manina, La Boheme
        • Schubert: Die Forelle
        • Strauss: Allerseelen
    3. Solo Repertoire
      • Prepare a solo program of music from at least two representative periods. Memorization is required.
        • Baroque: Bach preludes and fugues, partitas, English suites, Italian Concerto or other substantial work.
        • Classical: Beethoven, Mozart, or 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
  • A brief sight reading example and interview with audition panel will follow audition.
  • Prepare a 20-30 minute program of music from at least three representative periods. Memorization is required.
    Recommended Repertoire (suggested guidelines)
    • 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.
  • 15-20 minute audition
  • Prepare one Baroque piece and one post-Baroque piece.
  • Memorization is not required.
  • Audition includes coaching time with the faculty. 
  • 10-minute teaching video recording
  • Video should show a sample of the applicant's teaching in either an applied or rehearsal setting.
  • Submit a link to the teaching video recording to Sasha Bainson, Academic Coordinator.

DMA Audition Requirements

Your audition video should capture your entire body as you perform the audition requirements listed under your area below. Additionally, please be sure that the lighting in the space you are recording in is bright enough to see your face. Note: Brass and woodwind players must show their embouchure in the video-recording. The unedited audition video should be recorded no earlier than 6 months before the date of your Zoom interview.

  • 20-minute audition
  • Submit a link to the video recording to Sasha Bainson, Academic Coordinator.The video should include both rehearsal and performance and should be positioned to show the front of the conductor. At the discretion of the faculty, candidates may be asked to perform a live audition. Please see complete program guidelines for details.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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).
  • 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.
  • 20-minute audition
    1. Snare Drum
      1. Snare Drum Solo or Etude of choice
        • Examples: Delecluse, Joseph Tompkins, Masson, Martynciow, Macarez or equivalent)
      2. Excerpts:
        1. Prokofiev: Lt. Kije - Birth of Kije (Rehearsals 1–2)
        2. One additional contrasting excerpt of your choice
    2. Keyboard / Mallets
      1. One movement of choice from (2 or 4 mallet)
        • J. S. Bach: Sonatas and Partitas for Solo Violin or Suites for Solo Cello – no repeats
      2. Four mallet: an advanced level marimba solo of choice.
        • (Examples Include: one movement from Vinao: Kahn Variations, Schwantner: Velocities, Thomas: Merlin, Lansky: Three Moves, Tanaka: Two Movements for Marimba, Miyake: Chain, Druckman: Reflections on the Nature of Water, etc...or equivalent)
      3. Excerpts:
        1. Xylophone: Gershwin - Porgy and Bess (opening passage)
        2. One additional contrasting excerpt of your choice
    3. Timpani
      1. Timpani Solo of student choice:
        • Advanced-level timpani solo/etude of your choice which demonstrates basic stroke/tone production and rolls at various dynamics (Orphaly, Hochrainer, Carter, Delecluse, etc...or equivalent)
      2. Excerpts:
        1. Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 4 – Movement I (2 before T to 3 before U)
        2. One additional contrasting excerpt of your choice
    4. Multi-Percussion – video submission through youtube link.
      • A full-length recording of a solo work of choice (Lang: Anvil Chorus, Unchained Melody, Xenakis: Rebonds A or B, Hollinden: Cold Pressed, Kopetski: Canned Heat, etc...or equivalent.)
    5. CHOOSE one of the following video submissions through youtube link. Email to mike.Sammons@utah.edu
      1. Drumset: a sample of your time playing/ soloing in at least 2 contrasting styles. This may be done with a play-along recording or live band. Examples may include: medium swing, up-tempo swing, rock, funk, samba, bossa nova, songo, mambo, 12/8 Afro-Cuban, ballad-brushes, odd-time signatures, etc...
      2. Global Music: a demonstration of your understanding of basic tones, sense of groove/feel and clear communication of style. May include, but not limited to: Afro-Cuban hand drums and percussion; Samba (all styles); pan-African hand drums and percussion; steel pan; middle-eastern frame drums/percussion; etc...

EQUIPMENT PROVIDED LIST

  • Pre-Screening strongly recommended. Live audition required. 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.
  • Pre-screening: Submit an hour-long, unedited video recording to Sasha Bainson, Academic Coordinator, 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.
  • Live Audition: Applicants should come prepared to perform an hour-long program. The faculty will select 20-30 minutes from the prepared repertoire to have the student perform. Memorization is required.
  • Brief interview with audition panel will follow audition process.

 PhD Audition Requirements

  • 10-minute teaching video recording
  • Video should show a sample of the applicant's teaching in either an applied or rehearsal setting.
  • Submit a link to the teaching video recording to Sasha bainson, Academic Coordinator.
Last Updated: 11/12/20