Audition Requirements & Repertoire

Auditions are a vital part of the application process. Live auditions on the UNCSA campus are customary, but reach out to your admissions counselor if you need to request other accommodations. Please see below for audition repertoire specifics for your music area. 

Instrumental & Composition Applicants
High School Audition Dates
Voice Applicants
High School Audition Dates
Friday, Feb. 21, 2020
Friday, Feb. 28, 2020
Saturday, Feb. 22, 2020
Friday, Feb. 28, 2020

Audition Repertoire Requirements

Bassoon

  • Two contrasting movements of a standard concerto, sonata or solo work
  • One etude from Weissenborn’s 50 Advanced Studies or equivalent etude

The total length of a live audition is 10 minutes. Piano accompaniment is not required.

A live audition is strongly recommended, 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 bassoon professor Saxton Rose at roses@uncsa.edu.

Cello

  • One memorized movement from a Bach Suite
  • The first movement from a standard concerto
  • You 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

  • Two or three selections (including movements from sonatas and concertos)
  • Major and minor scales
  • Compositions should demonstrate your ability in phrasing, sustained playing and facility

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

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.

  • Submit 3 to 4 representative scores, with recordings when possible, at least three weeks before the requested audition date. Scores should be submitted through your Admissions Portal.
  • Applicants whose submitted scores demonstrate readiness 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 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.

Double Bass

  • Two contrasting works: one demonstrating lyricism, and another demonstrating more virtuosic technique.
  • Examples of suitable repertoire for the audition would be the fast and slow movements of a standard concerto (i.e. Cimador, Capuzzi, Dragonetti); movements from a Baroque sonata by Marcello, Vivaldi, or Scarlatti; or etudes by Storch/Hrabe, Simanl, Rabbath, and others.
  • Three two octave scales

If you have questions about the audition process or requirements, please contact double bass professor Paul Sharpe at sharpep@uncsa.edu.

Euphonium

  • Two contrasting sections from a standard solo (Haddad, Mozart, etc.)
  • One etude from a standard method for Euphonium (Rubank, Rochut, etc.)
  • All major scales
  • Sight reading 

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

Flute

  • Exposition of the First movement of a Mozart Concerto (G or D)
  • One piece representative of the student’s ability
  • Scales (all majors and melodic minors)

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

Guitar

  • Three contrasting selections, ideally performed from memory, which demonstrate  the range of the applicant’s artistic ability.
  • Several open or moveable positions scales (2 or 3 octaves)
  • The prospective student’s ability to sight read standard notation and lead sheets will also be evaluated

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

Harp

From memory, two solos of contrasting nature that demonstrate the technical and musical level attained thus far.

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

Horn

  • Two or three selections in contrasting styles, including at least one solo or movement of a solo and one etude
  • All major 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

  • Two or three contrasting selections (including movements from sonatas and concertos). Selections should demonstrate your ability in phrasing, sustained playing, and facility.
  • Major and minor scales

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

Organ

  • Two contrasting works from different stylistic periods
  • A hymn 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

  • Etudes or solos (grade 5 or above) on the following: snare drum (rudimental and orchestral), timpani (2, 3, or 4 drums) and 2-mallet keyboard solo (marimba, vibes, or xylophone).
  • Demonstration of 4-mallet technique either through solo literature or, at a minimum, chords and arpeggios.
  • A multiple percussion solo may replace the snare drum solos
  • Sight-reading, timpani tuning, scales, and rudiments will be part of the audition
  • Drum set is optional and is not required for acceptance, but is the fourth major area of study in the high school and undergraduate program

For questions about the specific repertoire or for high school students who do not have access to keyboards or timpani, please contact percussion professor John Beck at beckj@uncsa.edu.

Piano

  • One piece by JS Bach
  • One movement from a Classical Sonata
  • One 19th century piece

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

  • Two or three selections (including movements from sonatas and concertos)
  • Major and minor scales
  • Compositions should demonstrate your ability in phrasing, sustained playing, and facility.

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

Trombone

Tenor and/or Bass Trombone:

  • One complete movement from a trombone solo of your choice.
  • Two contrasting etudes, i.e., technical and lyrical
  • Major scales
  • Sight-reading

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

Trumpet

  • Two or three selections in contrasting styles, including at least one solo or movement of a solo and one etude
  • All major and natural minor scales
  • Sight-reading

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

Tuba

  • Two contrasting sections from a standard solo (Marcello, Bach, Haddad, etc.)
  • One etude from a standard method for tuba (Tyrell, Bordogni, etc.)
  • All major scales
  • Sight reading 

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

Viola

  • One movement of a Bach solo sonata or partita, preferably from memory
  • One major movement of a concerto from the standard repertoire
  • You may be asked to demonstrate ability to sight-read

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

Violin

  • One movement of a Bach solo sonata or partita, preferably from memory
  • One major movement of a concerto from the standard repertoire
  • You may be asked to demonstrate ability to sight-read 

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

A high school applicant must be a rising junior or senior at the time of audition.

Be prepared to sing three selections of varying styles and tempi.  Selections should be chosen from the following categories:

  • Classical Art Song
  • Published, accompanied folksong for solo voice arranged by a classical composer (such as John Jacob Niles, Kenneth Frazelle, Aaron Copland, Ben Moore, etc.)
  • Arias approved in advance by UNCSA Voice Department.

It is not necessary to fulfill all three categories/options (Artsong, Folksong, Arias). The following criteria should be met for all selections.

  • All songs should be published and include a composed piano accompaniment.
  • All selections must be memorized
  • At least one selection must be in English
  • At least one selection must be in a foreign language

Not acceptable:

  • Musical Theater selections
  • Popular music selections normally sung with microphone
  • A cappella selections
  • Excerpts within a choral arrangements
  • Pre-recorded accompaniments

In addition to singing, you may be asked to sightread. 

If you have any questions about the audition process or requirements, please contact the Department Chair, Dr. Marilyn Taylor at taylorm@uncsa.edu or one of the other members of the voice faculty, Glenn Siebert at siebertg@uncsa.edu.

 

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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