Audition Requirements & Repertoire

On your assigned day to audition, check-in is at 9 a.m. for all instrumental and composition applicants. Check-in is at Watson Hall in the School of Music Complex building, where audition times will be distributed. The length of time you will spend on campus depends on the number of auditions that day.

Instrumental & Composition Applicants
Graduate Audition Dates
Conducting Applicants
Graduate Audition Dates
Friday, January 26, 2018
Friday, February 9, 2018
Friday, February 23, 2018
Friday, March 2, 2018
Friday, February 23, 2018
Monday, February 26, 2018
Scholarship Consideration
Students who audition on all dates except March 2, 2018 are eligible for scholarship consideration.

Audition Repertoire Requirements

Bassoon

  • Three contrasting movements of a standard concerto, sonata or solo work
  • One Milde Concert Study or equivalent etude
  • A work composed in the last fifty years
  • A minimum of four contrasting standard orchestral excerpts

The total length of a live audition is 15 minutes. Piano accompaniment is not required however if you wish to use a pianist, bassoon professor Saxton Rose can supply the names and contact information for pianists in the area. UNCSA cannot provide accompanists.

A live audition is strongly recommended and required for consideration for the Teaching Assistant position, however students who are unable to travel to Winston-Salem may submit a high-quality video audition. Repertoire requirements are the same as that of a live audition.

Applicants should upload the video to an online service such as YouTube or Vimeo and submit the link to Saxton Rose at roses@uncsa.edu.

Cello

  • A J.S. Bach cello suite
  • A major solo from the 20th century
  • An unaccompanied work from the 20th century (e.g. Hartley Sonata Breve)
  • Orchestral excerpts and/or jazz improvisation
  • Applicants may be asked to demonstrate ability to sight-read

If you have any questions about the audition process or requirements, please contact cello professor Brooks Whitehouse at whitehouseb@uncsa.edu.

Clarinet

  • Three selections that should include but not be limited to a complete sonata or concerto
  • A work composed in the last 50 years
  • Demonstrate the ability to sight-read

If you have any questions about the audition process or requirements, please contact clarinet professor Oskar Espina-Ruiz at espina-ruizo@uncsa.edu.

Collaborative Piano

Applicants should contact Dr. Allison Gagnon, director of the Collaborative Piano program, to finalize repertoire selection and partnering arrangements for the live audition . The audition should include:

  • At least one selection with voice
  • At least one selection with instrument
  • One solo piano selection

The program should present a variety of musical styles and collaborative situations. The audition will also include a short quick-study (music provided within 24 hours prepared on site with a partner), sight-reading, and a short interview.

If you have any questions about the audition process or requirements, please contact collaborative piano professor Allison Gagnon at gagnona@uncsa.edu.

Composition

The composition program provides training in the craft and art of composition, with special emphasis on form, harmony, counterpoint, scoring, technology, innovation and genre crossing.

  • Submit 3 to 4 representative scores, with recordings when possible, at least three weeks before the requested audition date. Scores may be submitted as PDF files or hard copies.
  • Submit a sample of your writing on a musical subject (e.g. an analysis of a composition or a paper on a music history topic). Submit a statement of purpose describing your experience, goals and career interests as a professional composer.
  • Applicants whose submitted scores demonstrate readiness for the Composition program will be invited for an interview with the Composition faculty on scheduled audition dates. Send scores for review to Dr. Lawrence Dillon at dillonl@uncsa.edu
  • You should be prepared to discuss your musical background and training, influences, and compositional interests and goals.
  • You will not need to audition on an instrument on your interview date to be considered for the composition program.

If you have any questions about the audition process or requirements, please contact composition professor Lawrence Dillon at dillonl@uncsa.edu.

Conducting

Pre-Screening: With the confirmation of your initial application, submit no fewer than two (2) online samples of current instrumental conducting work, taken from either rehearsal or performance, and demonstrating at least two contrasting styles.

Audition Requirements:

  • Performance of 3-4 minutes of music on any performance instrument (piano, strings, winds, percussion, etc.)
  • Aural Skills Evaluation & Error Detection Exam
  • Conducting with UNCSA Symphony Orchestra: Repertoire TBA by December 1
  • Written Entrance Exam including, but not limited to, the following topics:
      • Strings performance technology
      • Woodwind and brass transpositions
      • General musical terms
      • Symphonic and Operatic Repertoire
      • Living and professionally active composers & conductors

If you have any questions about the audition process or requirements, please contact Christopher Lees at leesc@uncsa.edu.

Double Bass

  • Two movements of a J.S. Bach unaccompanied Suite
  • One piece demonstrating lyricism
  • One piece that displays virtuosic technique
  •  Three to five standard orchestral excerpts from different composers
  • At least two different eras should be represented in your solo selections, and at least 20minutes of music should be prepared for presentation.
  • At least one piece should be a concerto or sonata movement, or a substantial showpiece from the standard double bass repertory.

If you have questions regarding specific repertoire or the audition process, please contact double bass professor Paul Sharpe if there are questions regarding specific repertoire.

Euphonium

  • Two complete major works for euphonium (Friedrich, Curnow, etc.)
  • One Rochut etude of the applicant’s choice
  • One characteristic study from Arbans Method of the applicant’s choice
  • Five standard band excerpts of the your choice
  • All major and minor scales
  • Demonstrate the ability to sight-read

If you have any questions about the audition process or requirements, please contact tuba/euphonium professor Mark Norman at normanm@uncsa.edu.

Flute

  • One complete J.S. Bach Sonata
  • One complete Mozart Concerto (G or D)
  • One Paris Conservatoire Piece (as from the Flute Music by French Composers book – Schirmer)
  • Five Standard orchestral Excerpts (as from the Baxtresser book)
  • One Etude (like Paganini Caprice or equivalent)
  • Scales (all majors and melodic minors)

Substitions are ok. If you have any questions about the audition process, substitutions or requirements, please contact flute professor Dr. Tadeu Coelho at coelhot@uncsa.edu.

Guitar

  • A 20-30 minute program of contrasting solo concert works performed from memory
  • Demonstrated ability to sight-read a variety of textures

If you have any questions about the audition process or requirements, please contact guitar professor Joseph Pecoraro at pecorj@uncsa.edu.

Horn

  • Two contrasting works or movements from standard repertoire (Mozart, Strauss, etc.)
  • 3-5 standard orchestral excerpts of your choice
  • Major and minor scales
  • Sight-reading

If you have any questions about the audition process or requirements, please contact horn professor Dr. Maria Serkin at serkinm@uncsa.edu.

Oboe

  • Three selections that should include, but not be limited to, a complete sonata or concerto, a 20th century work and a Bach cantata
  • Two orchestral excerpts

If you have any questions about the audition process or requirements, please contact oboe professor Jaren Atherholt at atherholtj@uncsa.edu

Organ

  • A major free work by J.S. Bach (including the trio sonatas)
  • A composition from the Romantic period
  • A composition from the 20th-21st century
  • A hymn played as if leading a congregation

If you have any questions about the audition process or requirements, please contact organ professor Timothy Olsen at olsent@uncsa.edu.

Percussion

  •  Master’s degree applicants should prepare at least one orchestral excerpt on snare drum, timpani, and xylophone, and should demonstrate proficiency in 4-mallet keyboard performance using standard concert repertoire for the marimba. This may include, but is not limited to, solos by Abe, Musser, Stout, Stevens, Miki, Tanaka, Burritt, Norton, Ford, or other composers who have written for solo marimba.

Suggested audition material for the graduate program includes, but is not limited to the following composers:

  • Snare Drum: Cirone, peters (Advanced Etudes), Pratt, Wilcoxen, Firth, Albright, Delecluse, Aleo
  • Timpani: Firth, Hochrainer, Goodman, Hinger, Friese/Lepak, Delecluse
  • Keyboard: Musser, Bach, Stout, Delecluse, Green

If you have any questions about the audition process or requirements, please contact percussion professor John Beck at beckj@uncsa.edu.

Piano

  • One large work by J.S. Bach
  • One Complete classical Sonata
  • One large work from the 19th Century
  •  One Etude by Chopin, Debussy, Liszt or Rachmaninoff

Auditions via DVD or video links are accepted. Please contact piano professor Dmitri Shteinberg at shteinbergd@uncsa.edu before submitting a video link or with any audition questions.

Saxophone

  • Three selections that should include but not be limited to a complete sonata or concerto
  • A work composed in the last fifty years
  • Demonstrate the ability to sight-read

If you have any questions about the audition process or requirements, please contact saxophone professor Robert Young at youngr@uncsa.edu.

Trombone

Tenor Trombone:

  • Complete movement from a standard concerto for trombone (e.g., Grondahl, Hindemith)
  • All major and minor scales
  • Two contrasting  etudes (i.e. technical and lyrical)
  • Three orchestral excerpts: Ravel, Bolero; Mozart, Requiem Tuba Mirum – 2nd part;  Berlioz, Hungarian March – 2nd part
  • Sight-reading 

Bass Trombone:

  • Bach, Sarabande from Suite No. 5 for unaccompanied cello
  • Complete movement from a standard concerto for bass trombone (e.g. Ewazen etc.)
  • Two contrasting etudes  (i.e. technical and lyrical)
  • Major and minor scales
  • Three orchestral excerpts: Wagner, Ride;  Berlioz, Hungarian March,  Kodaly, Hary Janos

If you have any questions about the audition process or repertoire, please contact trombone professor John Ilika at ilikaj@uncsa.edu.

Trumpet

  • Haydn or Hummel Concerto (complete work)
  • One movement of a 20th or 21st century work 
  • 5-7 standard orchestral excerpts, including piccolo trumpet
  • Familiarity with Eb and piccolo trumpets 
  • Demonstrate the ability to sight-read and transpose

If you have any questions about the audition process or requirements, please contact trumpet professor David Dash at dashd@uncsa.edu

Tuba

  • Two complete major works for tuba (Vaughan-Williams, Gregson, Barnes, Wilhelm, etc. )
  • Two etudes for tuba, one Rochut/Bordogni and one Bousquet
  • Five standard orchestral excerpts of the applicant’s choice
  • All major and minor scales
  • Demonstrate the ability to sight-read

If you have any questions about the audition process or requirements, please contact tuba/euphonium professor Mark Norman at normanm@uncsa.edu.

Viola

  • Two contrasting movements from Bach cello Suites, Violin Sonatas, or Partitas, preferably from memory
  • Two movements of a concerto from the standard repertoire
  • A major sonata

If you have any questions about the audition process or requirements, please contact string department chair Kevin Lawrence at lawrencek@uncsa.edu.

Violin

  • Two movements of a J.S. Bach solo sonata or partita, preferably from memory
  • Two movements
  •  Of a concerto from the standard repertoire
  • A work written after 1940

If you have any questions about the audition process or requirements, please contact violin faculty members Kevin Lawrence (lawrencek@uncsa.edu), Ida Bieler (bieleri@uncsa.edu) or Janet Orenstein (orensteinj@uncsa.edu) about their respective studios.

Voice

All Graduate voice applicants should review the Fletcher Opera Audition Process for complete application procedures.

If you have any questions about the audition process or requirements, please contact Steven LaCosse at lacosses@uncsa.edu or fletcheropera@gmail.com.

 

Natalie Parker
Music Admissions Counselor

I’m happy to guide you through the admissions process for the UNCSA School of Music! Let me know if you have any questions.

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