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Audition Information and Requirements

Please locate the particular audition requirements for your performance area, under the type of degree for which you are auditioning. Bachelor of music degrees have different audition requirements than the Bachelor of Arts in music and music minor.

Bachelor of Music in Music Education and Bachelor of Music in Performance

Audition information...

Voice

Area director for voice auditions (contact for additional info): Hein Jung

Voice: one aria and two contrasting art songs (all memorized, two in different foreign languages); pianist provided for on-campus auditions, CD player provided if recorded accompaniment is preferred

Woodwinds, Brass, Percussion

Area director for woodwind, brass percussion auditions (contact for additional info): Jeffrey Traster

Woodwinds and Brass: grade V, VI or VII solo or first movement of a standard concerto (accompanist not required); major scales (two octaves); sight reading

Percussion: grade V, VI or VII solos and/or etudes demonstrating proficiency in snare drum, timpani and mallet percussion; major scales on mallets; sight reading

Orchestral Strings, Harp, Classical Guitar

Area director for orchestral strings, harp, classical guitar auditions (contact for additional info): Nathan Madsen

Orchestral Strings: major scales (three octaves); two contrasting movements of a solo sonata; one movement of a standard concerto

Harp: arpeggios (four octaves) in fluent tempo; one etude of Grandjany, Bochsa, Larivière, Salzedo or Pozzoli; one standard harp solo work originally written for harp

Classical Guitar: on a nylon-string classical guitar, perform major and minor scales; one standard classical guitar solo work; one classical guitar etude; sight reading

Piano, Organ

Area director for piano auditions (contact for additional info): Grigorios Zamparas

Piano: three contrasting pieces from three of the following categories: a work from the Baroque period (for example, a prelude and fugue from the Well Tempered Clavier by J.S. Bach or a sonata by D. Scarlatti); a movement from a classical sonata or concerto (Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven); a 19th century piece (Schubert, Mendelssohn, Liszt, Chopin, Brahms, Schumann, etc.); an Impressionistic piece (Debussy or Ravel) or representative 20th century piece

Area director for organ auditions (contact for additional info): Ryan Hebert

Organ: organ majors at UT may only audition for the Bachelor of Arts in music degree program; Bachelor of Arts in music audition requirements for organ include two pieces of contrasting style, one of which is by J.S. Bach.

Contemporary Styles (Jazz/Pop/World)

Area director for contemporary styles auditions (contact for additional info): Bradford Blackburn

Electric Guitar (Contemporary Guitar): perform all major and natural minor scales (two octaves); simple solo chord/melody arrangement (1-2 minutes) for a jazz standard; melody and comping (playing chords) for a 12-bar blues standard; sight reading from a lead sheet

Keyboard/Synthesizer (Contemporary Keyboard): perform all major and natural minor scales (two octaves); right hand comping (playing chords) and left hand walking bass over a circle of fifths progression; right hand melody and left hand comping for a 12-bar blues standard; sight reading from a lead sheet

Electric Bass (Contemporary Bass): perform all major and natural minor scales (two octaves); melody and walking bass line for a 12-bar blues standard; a prepared solo for electric or upright bass in a style of your choice; sight reading from a lead sheet

Drum Set (Contemporary Percussion): perform accompaniment patterns in several different styles: jazz, latin, rock, funk, reggae, etc.; perform a prepared, unaccompanied solo in a style of your style of your choice; sight read notated rhythms and drum set patterns

Bachelor of Arts in Music and Music Minor

Audition information...

Voice

Area director for voice auditions (contact for additional info): Hein Jung

Voice: two contrasting songs (both memorized), one must be an art song or aria; pianist provided for on-campus auditions, CD player provided if recorded accompaniment is preferred

Woodwinds, Brass, Percussion

Area director for woodwind, brass percussion auditions (contact for additional info): Jeffrey Traster

Woodwinds and Brass: etudes or a solo demonstrating contrasting musical styles (accompanist not required); major scales; sight reading

Percussion: solos and/or etudes demonstrating proficiency in snare drum, timpani and mallet percussion; major scales on mallets; sight reading

Orchestral Strings, Harp, Classical Guitar

Area director for orchestral strings, harp, classical guitar auditions (contact for additional info): Nathan Madsen

Orchestral Strings: major scales (three octaves); etude; one movement of a standard concerto

Harp: arpeggios (four octaves) in fluent tempo; one standard harp solo work originally written for harp

Classical Guitar: on a nylon-string classical guitar, perform major and minor scales; one standard classical guitar solo work

Piano, Organ

Area director for piano auditions (contact for additional info): Grigorios Zamparas

Piano: two contrasting pieces from two of the following categories: a work from the Baroque period (for example, a prelude and fugue from the Well Tempered Clavier by J.S. Bach or a sonata by D. Scarlatti); a movement from a classical sonata or concerto (Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven); a 19th century piece (Schubert, Mendelssohn, Liszt, Chopin, Brahms, Schumann, etc.); an Impressionistic piece (Debussy or Ravel) or representative 20th century piece

Area director for organ auditions (contact for additional info): Ryan Hebert

Organ: two pieces of contrasting style, one of which is by J.S. Bach

Contemporary Styles (Jazz/Pop/World)

Area director for contemporary styles auditions (contact for additional info): Bradford Blackburn

Electric Guitar (Contemporary Guitar): melody and comping (playing chords) for a 12-bar blues standard; improvised solo or original composition (in your preferred style)

Keyboard/Synthesizer (Contemporary Keyboard): right hand melody and left hand comping (playing chords) for a 12-bar blues standard; improvised solo or original composition (in your preferred style)

Electric Bass (Contemporary Bass): melody and walking bass line for a 12-bar blues standard; improvised solo or original composition (in your preferred style)

Drum Set (Contemporary Percussion): perform accompaniment patterns in several different styles: jazz, Latin, rock, funk, reggae, etc.; improvised solo or original composition (in your preferred style)

Bachelor of Arts in Performing Arts/Bachelor of Fine Arts in Musical Theatre

Audition information...
The University is currently transitioning its Bachelor of Arts in performing arts degree into a Bachelor of Fine Arts in musical theatre degree program. Prospective musical theatre students have separate audition requirements from classical voice majors.