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Ensemble Auditions and Studio Placement

Fall 2021 Audition Dates

To schedule an audition time please click on the link to the right (Sign Up for an Audition!). If you have additional questions about ensemble auditions please call the School of Music at 801-581-6762.
Note that you don't have to be a music major to audition for and play in School of Music ensembles!

If you are interested in becoming a music major please contact the Area Head.

Audition Requirements

  • Choirs (University of Utah Chamber Choir, A Cappella Choir)
    • Requirements can be downloaded HERE.
    • To sign up for an audition, click HERE.
  • Choirs (Voci Altissime/high voice choir)
  • Classical Guitar Ensemble
    • 15-minute audition
    • One prepared classical guitar piece. Use of sheet music permitted. Provide copy of score.
    • Sight-reading from classical guitar chamber music and single-line melody, accompaniment and multi-textured parts.
    • Please contact Todd Woodbury for more information.
  • Early Music Ensemble
    • No audition required
    • EME Fall flyer
    • Please contact Professor Lisa Chaufty for more information.
  • Jazz Ensemble, Jazz Repertory Ensemble, Jazz Combos, Jazz Guitar Ensemble
  • New Music Ensemble
  • Piano Area
    1. Prospective students are expected to prepare a minimum of 15 minutes of music for the audition.
    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. Any repertoire requests outside the specific requirements listed above must be approved by the Head of the Piano Area before the scheduled audition.
    7. Please contact Dr. Ning Lu for more information.
  • Orchestra (strings)
    • All music majors, non- and returrning Utah Philharmonia members:
      • Prepare excerpts linked below (Tchaikovsky for violins and Beetoven for Violas, Cellos and Basses):
    • Non-music majors wishing to audition for University Campus Symphony only:
      • Prepare the first two excerpts
    • Please contact Dr. Robert Baldwin for more information.
  • Wind Ensemble and Orchestra for Brass, Woodwinds and Percussion
  • Symphonic Band
  • Percussion Ensemble
  • Utah Marching Band
    • 5-10-minute audition
    • Piece of choice, representative of best abilities
    • Please contact Dr. Brian Sproul for more information.
  • Utah Drumline
  • Mount Olympus and O. C. Tanner Honors String Quartets
    • 10-minute audition
    • Solo piece of choice
    • Prepare excerpts below from Mozart String Quartet K.590, No. 23 Allegro.
    • NOTE: Please use the Orchestra Audition Doodle Poll Links to sign up. 
  • Voice
    • 6-minute audition
    • All singers must arrange for their own accompanist (no recorded accompaniment)
    • Undergrads must sing one song (memorized).
    • Grads prepare four to five selections (memorized); one must be in English.
    • Please contact Julie Wright-Costa for more information.

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Last Updated: 5/16/22