Distance Auditions & Interviews

Auditioning during a scheduled remote audition day is preferred, unless unique circumstances or your time zone prevent you from participating. In the event that you can’t make it to one of our audition dates, you can request an exception from the Office of Admissions. In that instance, you can submit a video recording of your audition. If your request is approved, follow the specific audition and interview submission instructions for your program of interest. Recorded auditions should be submitted via the GetAcceptd online submission platform.

Overview & Format

You will select an audition date on the application form. Your School of Music audition or interview will happen in two steps.

Step one: You’ll submit your required material for review. Ensure that you are uploading all required materials for your desired major.

Step two: During your live remote audition day, you’ll have the opportunity to meet other UArts applicants and current students. At the live audition, you will take a virtual placement test. Some applicants might be asked to sight read materials. (Check your specific major requirements to find out about sight reading). You also might be asked to interview with a faculty member one-on-one to review your submitted materials. You’ll also be invited to participate in panel discussions with various School of Music faculty and students. 

Recorded Audition Guidelines for the School of Music

The repertoire for recorded auditions is the same as it is for remote auditions. Include a repertoire or program list (also clearly marked with your name and major), outlining titles, authors, composers and descriptions of the pieces you’ll be performing.

Recordings of recitals or concerts are not acceptable, and your video should not exceed 15 minutes. Videos should feature the performer alone in a room without a live audience. Musicians must show a full-body frame with close-up shots of embouchure, hands and face. You should also include information about the instrument you’re playing.

Complete and upload the appropriate audition/interview information form along with your audition and/or portfolio materials when you submit via GetAcceptd.

UArts reserves the right to re-audition or interview any applicant admitted on the basis of a video audition. In such cases, the university also reserves the right to reconsider and to withdraw the original offer of admission or scholarship, if necessary.
 

Music Audition Requirements

Bass

Acoustic and Electric Bass Audition Requirements

You will be asked to perform

  • two octaves of major and minor scales;
  • two octaves of major 7th, minor 7th and dominant 7th arpeggios;
  • a solo classical piece, jazz etude or jazz transcription from a published method book;
  • a jazz standard in swing style (e.g., “Autumn Leaves,” “All The Things You Are” or any jazz blues or tune based on “I’ve Got Rhythm” changes); be prepared to play melody, walk a bass line and solo for at least one chorus;
  • a Latin (bossa, samba, Afro-Cuban) selection; be prepared to play melody, in the rhythm section and solo for at least one chorus;
  • a rock, funk or contemporary fusion selection; be prepared to play in the rhythm section and solo for at least one chorus; if possible, a live rhythm section (drums, guitar or keyboard) would be preferable. Accompaniment apps like iReal Pro, Band In A Box or other backing tracks are acceptable; and 
  • music reading. Provide a PDF of a short piece of music—UArts can provide reading material. 

 

Drum Set Recorded Audition Guidelines

Perform each of the following.

  • One jazz selection in a trio, quartet or quintet setting with a walking bass line; short solos (fours) should be included
  • One contemporary fusion or rock piece played with an appropriate rhythm section or track
  • One selection with an Afro-Caribbean, Brazilian or world rhythm
  • One big band excerpt
  • One snare drum etude (concert or rudimental)

Since showing musical interaction is essential to your audition, use a live rhythm section or appropriate play-along track accompaniment for your video recording.

Your Audition Day
You will be asked to demonstrate

  • knowledge of the jazz idiom, (traditional and modern), at various tempos; 
  • proficiency in rock, funk and fusion styles;
  • familiarity with Afro-Caribbean, Brazilian, and world styles; 
  • soloing in various settings: trading fours, improvising over a vamp/ostinato; and 
  • chart sight reading in various styles.

If you have questions about your repertoire, contact Professor Steve Fidyk at sfidyk@uarts.edu.

 

Guitar

Guitar Audition Requirements

  • Major and Minor scales, two octaves, two fingerings in various keys.
  • Major 7th, Minor 7th and Dominant 7th arpeggios, two octaves from 6th and 5th strings in various keys.
  • Several voicings of Major 7th, Minor 7th, and Dominant 7th chords.
  • Prepare TWO selections from the Jazz Standard repertoire. One selection must be performed as an original chord melody arrangement (non-published or transcribed). One selection must show the ability to improvise over chord changes and also show familiarity with “comping” through those chord changes.
  • Sight-reading (An ability to read melodic and rhythmic notation and chord symbols in treble clef) Example: Rhythms Complete by Bugs Bower, Jazz Fake Book, etc.

 

Piano

You will be asked to perform

  • major, harmonic and melodic minors, four octaves, two hands, ascending and descending scales using standard “Hanon” fingering;
  • major and minor triads, four octaves, two hands, ascending and descending arpeggios using standard “Hanon” fingering; 
  • an etude or short solo piece from the classical repertoire performed by memory; the level of difficulty should be determined by the applicant’s technical and interpretive ability. (examples: Bach, Two-Part Invention; Bartok, Mikrokosmos; Clementi or any Sonatina)
  • an improvisation on standard 12-bar blues progression;
  • one ballad and one up-tempo piece from the standard jazz repertoire that demonstrate melodic interpretation and improvisational skill;
  • seventh chords in all keys: major 7th, minor 7th, dominant 7th and diminished 7th; and
  • sight reading--specifically, demonstrate your ability to read music from a piano score and lead sheet. Examples of excerpts that will be provided at audition:
    1.  Piano score: Bach’s “Notebook for Anna Magdalena Bach.”
    2.  Lead sheet: The Real Book, Hal Leonard Corporation.

 

Audition Requirements for Sax, Trumpet, Trombone and all other instruments

You will be asked to perform

  • two octaves of major and minor scales;
  • two octaves of major and minor arpeggios;
  • a prepared technical study, etude, classical or solo piece from repertoire appropriate for the instrument; and
  • an improvised jazz solo on a standard tune, or a 12-bar blues progression.

Sight-reading will not be required for the Get Acceptd submission but might be requested during your audition day or in follow-up lessons. 
 

All applicants must perform three selections, representing at least two of the following styles.

  • Classical song (foreign language or English)
  • Jazz
  • Musical theater
  • Contemporary (pop, R&B, rock, etc.)
  • Original composition (You must be able to self-accompany or have your own, recorded accompaniment)
     

Compile a portfolio of six original compositions to present at your audition. These should be presented as notated scores, either by hand or by using computerized notation, and in hard copy or digital format. 

Pieces can be vocal, instrumental or MIDI and should demonstrate your best work in a variety of styles. 

Applying to the Music Business, Entrepreneurship and Technology (MBET) program? We can’t wait to meet you. Before your interview, you will have to submit transcripts and the following materials.

  • Essay: What do you think the future of the music business looks like? What role do you envision for yourself in this ever-evolving industry, and how will a university education help you get there? Your essay should be submitted at least two weeks before your scheduled interview via email at undergradcredentials@uarts.edu or mail: Office of Admissions, University of the Arts, 320 S. Broad St., Philadelphia, PA 19102.
  • Information Form: You will have to complete a questionnaire before your interview. Time will be allotted to fill out the form on the day of your interview, but you can also download the applicant information form, complete it and have it with you at your interview.
  • Interview: You’re required to register for an audition or interview date after you complete your application. You will receive an email with further instructions on how to register for your audition after your application has been processed. Your application must be submitted two weeks before your interview date.
  • Portfolio: During the interview, you will be expected to present a portfolio of any work you’ve produced, which might include recordings; videos; documentation of business experience; or promotional work, like show flyers and website links. Be sure to upload your portfolio to Get Acceptd, so faculty can review it together if they need to. You can use Soundcloud, YouTube, Google Drive and other similar services to deliver your materials.