Audition Requirements & Repertoire

Auditions are a vital part of the application process. School of Music auditions will be held in-person at this time, closely following campus Community Health Standards. Most applicants will need to submit at least one recording with their application and schedule a live audition, while select others will need to submit a full prescreening to qualify for a live audition or interview. Please see below for audition repertoire specifics for your music area, including specific recording or prescreening requirements.

Live auditions or interviews will be scheduled after an application is submitted. Applicants will be notified when scheduling is available. For applicants who are unable to travel or are uncomfortable traveling to Winston-Salem for an in-person audition, we will individually schedule live virtual auditions.

On-Campus Audition Dates:

Instrumental/Composition:
January 21, 2022
February 4, 2022
February 11, 2022
February 25, 2022

Voice (Fletcher):
January 9, 2022
January 23, 2022
February 5, 2022

Audition Repertoire Requirements

Bassoon

Recordings: Please upload a brief video recording demonstrating your playing abilities, ideally around 5 minutes in length. This recording should be recent (within the past year) and display your playing in a solo environment.

Repertoire:

  • 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

Piano accompaniment is not required.

If you have any questions about the audition process or requirements, please contact bassoon professor Saxton Rose at roses@uncsa.edu.

Cello

Recordings: Please upload a brief video recording demonstrating your playing abilities, ideally around 5 minutes in length. This recording should be recent (within the past year) and display your playing in a solo environment.

Repertoire:

  • A fast and a slow concerto movement
  • A Prelude and two contrasting dance movements from solo Bach
  • A showpiece or contemporary work written after 1940
If you have any questions about the audition process or requirements, please contact cello professor Brooks Whitehouse at whitehouseb@uncsa.edu.

Clarinet

Recordings: Please upload a brief video recording demonstrating your playing abilities, ideally around 5 minutes in length. This recording should be recent (within the past year) and display your playing in a solo environment.

Repertoire:

  • 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

We are striving to be flexible in combining pre-recorded and live virtual audition components for Collaborative Piano auditions.

Applicants should contact Dr. Allison Gagnon, Chair of Collaborative Piano, to discuss & finalize repertoire selection and partnering arrangements for all audition components, which include:

  • At least one selection with voice
  • At least one selection with instrument
  • One solo piano selection
  • Quick study: music provided 24 hours in advance to be presented live, with a partner when possible
  • Sight reading

Please submit with your application video recordings of at least two contrasting works. At least one selection should be recorded live with a vocal or instrumental partner. You may choose to submit one recording comprising both works, or two separate recordings, but these should total at least 5-10 minutes of recorded material.

Students will be asked to attend a live virtual audition to review these recordings with the faculty, and to present remaining component requirements, including quick study and sight reading. For better sound quality, this live virtual audition may be recorded by you where you are, and submitted to us for immediate subsequent review.

If we are able to offer an on-campus audition option, we will reach out to you for scheduling opportunities. All applicants will be considered equally for admission, regardless of the degree to which their audition components are presented recorded or live.

Composition

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

Prescreening:

  • Submit 3 to 4 representative scores, with recordings when possible, with your application. Scores should be submitted through your Admissions Portal as part of your overall portfolio.
  • 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). The writing sample should be submitted through your Admissions Portal as part of your overall portfolio.
  • Submit a statement of purpose describing your experience, goals and career interests as a professional composer. This statement of purpose, or Artistic Statement, should be submitted through your Admissions Portal.

Applicants whose submitted scores demonstrate readiness to audition for the Composition program will be invited for an interview with the Composition faculty on scheduled audition dates.

  • 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 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.

Double Bass

Recordings: Please upload a brief video recording demonstrating your playing abilities, ideally around 5 minutes in length. This recording should be recent (within the past year) and display your playing in a solo environment.

Repertoire:

  • Two movements of an unaccompanied cello suite by Johann Sebastian Bach
  • 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 20 minutes 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 about the audition process or requirements, please contact double bass professor Paul Sharpe at sharpep@uncsa.edu.

Euphonium

Recordings: Please upload a brief video recording demonstrating your playing abilities, ideally around 5 minutes in length. This recording should be recent (within the past year) and display your playing in a solo environment.

Repertoire:

  • 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 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 Seth Horner at horners@uncsa.edu.

Flute

Recordings: Please upload a brief video recording demonstrating your playing abilities, ideally around 5 minutes in length. This recording should be recent (within the past year) and display your playing in a solo environment.

Repertoire:

  • Two movements from a J.S. Bach Sonata
  • First movement of a Mozart Concerto with cadenza (G or D)
  • Three Standard orchestral Excerpts (as from the Baxtresser book)
  • One piece representative of the student’s ability

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

A note from Tadeu Coelho, Professor of Flute at UNCSA

Since auditions are online for this audition cycle, I am cognizant of the difficulty and stress you may be experiencing in preparing for the video requirement to submit in your online application. I want you to know that here at UNCSA we are a team. When you join, you are joining a whole team, which will be behind you and supporting you all the way. You should never feel like you are alone here.  For this reason, I am available to work with you to prepare for your recording for your online application. I recognize that just preparing and setting up for this recording can be daunting. With that in mind, I invite each flute applicant to contact me directly.

Please remember, you are not alone here at UNCSA. We are a team. I’m waiting to hear from you.

Guitar

Recordings: Please upload a brief video recording demonstrating your playing abilities, ideally around 5 minutes in length. This recording should be recent (within the past year) and display your playing in a solo environment.

Repertoire:

  • 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

Harp

Recordings: Please upload a brief video recording demonstrating your playing abilities, ideally around 5 minutes in length. This recording should be recent (within the past year) and display your playing in a solo environment.

Repertoire:

  • A 30 minute program of contrasting works, at least one from the Baroque period, one Romantic and one 20th century.
  • Four major orchestral excerpts.

If you have any questions about the audition process or requirements, please contact harp professor Jacquelyn Bartlett at bartlettj@uncsa.edu.

Horn

Recordings: Please upload a brief video recording demonstrating your playing abilities, ideally around 5 minutes in length. This recording should be recent (within the past year) and display your playing in a solo environment.

Repertoire:

  • One movement from standard solo repertoire (Mozart, Strauss, etc.)
  • One movement or work written in the 20th or 21st century
  • 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

Recordings: Please upload a brief video recording demonstrating your playing abilities, ideally around 5 minutes in length. This recording should be recent (within the past year) and display your playing in a solo environment.

Repertoire:

  • 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

Recordings: Please upload a brief video recording demonstrating your playing abilities, ideally around 5 minutes in length. This recording should be recent (within the past year) and display your playing in a solo environment.

Repertoire:

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

Percussion

Recordings: Please upload a brief video recording demonstrating your playing abilities, ideally around 5 minutes in length. This recording should be recent (within the past year) and display your playing in a solo environment.

If prospective students do not have access to microphones or recording equipment with volume control, smart phone video recording of percussion instruments should be done at a distance to get the best possible sound. Large rooms, or outdoors work best.

Percussionists who do not have access to timpani, marimba, and a concert snare drum for recording should contact John Beck to discuss their audition program.

Repertoire:

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

Recordings: Please upload a brief video recording demonstrating your playing abilities, ideally around 5 minutes in length. This recording should be recent (within the past year) and display your playing in a solo environment.

Repertoire:

  • 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

If you have any questions about the audition process or requirements, please contact piano professor Dmitri Shteinberg at shteinbergd@uncsa.edu.

Saxophone

Recordings: Please upload a brief video recording demonstrating your playing abilities, ideally around 5 minutes in length. This recording should be recent (within the past year) and display your playing in a solo environment.

Repertoire:

  • 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

Recordings: Please upload a brief video recording demonstrating your playing abilities, ideally around 5 minutes in length. This recording should be recent (within the past year) and display your playing in a solo environment.

Repertoire:

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 requirements, please contact trombone professor John Ilika at ilikaj@uncsa.edu.

Trumpet

Recordings: Please upload a brief video recording demonstrating your playing abilities, ideally around 5 minutes in length. This recording should be recent (within the past year) and display your playing in a solo environment.

Repertoire:

  • Audition repertoire is flexible. 
  • Suggested repertoire: Haydn or Hummel Concerto 
  • One movement of a 20th or 21st century work 
  • 5-7 standard orchestral excerpts, including piccolo trumpet

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

Tuba

Recordings: Please upload a brief video recording demonstrating your playing abilities, ideally around 5 minutes in length. This recording should be recent (within the past year) and display your playing in a solo environment.

Repertoire:

  • 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 Seth Horner at horners@uncsa.edu.

Viola

Recordings: Please upload a brief video recording demonstrating your playing abilities, ideally around 5 minutes in length. This recording should be recent (within the past year) and display your playing in a solo environment.

Repertoire:

  • 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 viola professor Ulrich Eichenauer at eichenaueru@uncsa.edu.

Violin

Recordings: Please upload a brief video recording demonstrating your playing abilities, ideally around 5 minutes in length. This recording should be recent (within the past year) and display your playing in a solo environment.

Repertoire:

  • 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, prescreening, and audition procedures.

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