Music Auditions & Interviews

Distance Auditions & Interviews

All live virtual audition and interview dates have concluded for the season. You will be required to upload a video recording of your audition through uarts.getacceptd.com. Follow the specific audition and interview submission instructions listed below for your program of interest. 

 

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

Click on your desired program below to learn about audition requirements.

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Instrumental Performance

Bass

Acoustic and Electric Bass Audition Requirements

You will need to record

  • 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

Record 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.

 

Guitar

You will need to submit a recording of the items below.

  • 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.

 

Piano

You will need to submit a recording of

  • 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; and

  • seventh chords in all keys: major 7th, minor 7th, dominant 7th and diminished 7th.

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

You will need to submit a recording of

  • 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.

Vocal Performance

All applicants must record 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)

Composition

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

The Office of Admissions will be in touch to schedule your virtual interview. During your virtual interview you will present and discuss your pieces using computer playbacks or live recording. You will not be required to play your compositions on an instrument. Pieces can be vocal, instrumental or MIDI and should demonstrate your best work in a variety of styles.

Music Business, Entrepreneurship & Technology

Applying to the Music Business, Entrepreneurship and Technology (MBET) program? We can’t wait to meet you. The Office of Admissions will be in touch to schedule your interview. 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.