Music Auditions & Interviews

Undergraduate performing arts applicants will select their audition date through their applicant portal after submitting their application. All School of Music applicants are required to complete an audition or an interview before they receive an admissions decision. UArts hosts both on-campus and virtual audition days. View our 2021–2022 audition day schedule. 

In-Person/On-Campus Auditions

What to Expect

If participating in an in-person/on-campus audition day, you’ll complete a short information form about your prior experience and goals, a placement exam, and your individual audition or interview.

See your major or instrument repertoire requirements below, and be prepared for your audition or interview.

Instrumental Performance applicants must bring their instrument to their audition, with the exception of the piano, drum set and vibraphone.

All Vocal Performance applicants must perform their repertoire memorized. Applicants must bring copies of their audition music for the accompanist. Alternatively, students may self-accompany on piano or self-provided guitar. 

Composition and Music Business, Entrepreneurship, and Technology applicants should bring their portfolio of work, as described below, and be prepared to either leave a hard copy with the department or provide a link to view all work online (Soundcloud, Vimeo, GoogleDrive, etc).
 

Virtual Auditions

What to Expect

If you’re participating in a virtual audition day, you must upload the following items to uarts.getacceptd.com at least two weeks before your audition day.

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.

During the virtual audition, you will participate in a welcome from the School of Music, a placement exam and complete your individual audition or interview.

Can’t Make an Audition Day?

In extenuating circumstances, students who can’t make an audition day may be allowed to submit their materials for asynchronous review. A live audition or interview, either in-person or virtual, is strongly preferred. 

If you can’t make an audition day, email admissions@uarts.edu to request approval for an asynchronous review of recordings to fulfill your audition requirement.

Students who are approved for an asynchronous review, must upload the following items to uarts.getacceptd.com.

 
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.

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

Major & Instrument Repertoire Guidelines

Click your program below to learn about audition and recording requirements. If you have any questions about these guidelines, contact Admissions at admissions@uarts.edu.

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Instrumental Performance

Bass

Include each of the following.

  • 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;

  • one 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

  • one Latin (bossa, samba, Afro-Cuban) selection; be prepared to play melody, in the rhythm section and solo for at least one chorus;

  • one 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.

  • music reading: Provide a PDF of a short piece of music—UArts can provide reading material.

 

Drum Set

Include 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 a video recording.
 

Guitar

Include each of the following.

  • 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 (nonpublished or transcribed). 

    • One selection must show the ability to improvise over chord changes and also show familiarity with “comping” through those chord changes.

 

Piano

Include each of the following.

  • 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 (e.g., 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

 

Sax, Trumpet, Trombone and all other instruments

Include each of the following.

  • 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

  • an improvised jazz solo on a standard tune or a 12-bar blues progression

Vocal Performance

Include three selections total, 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; for original compositions only, applicants auditioning in person must be able to self-accompany or may provide recorded accompaniment

Composition

Compile a portfolio of 3–5 original compositions. They should be presented as notated scores, either by hand or by using computerized notation, and in hard copy or digital format.

In addition to notated work, you may present your pieces using recorded playbacks or live performance. Pieces can be vocal, instrumental or MIDI and should demonstrate your best work in a variety of styles. For in-person auditions, recordings should be available via Soundcloud, YouTube, etc.

Music Business, Entrepreneurship & Technology

Short 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? 

Portfolio: Your portfolio can include any work you’ve produced and may include recordings; videos; documentation of business experience; or promotional work, like show flyers and website links. You can use Soundcloud, YouTube, Google Drive and other similar services to deliver your materials.