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:
January 22, 2022
February 5, 2022
February 12, 2022
February 26, 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:

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

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:

  • 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

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 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.

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.

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 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

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 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 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:

  • 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.

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:

  • 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

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:

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

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 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

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 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

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 works from different stylistic periods
  • A hymn 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:

  • 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 program.

For questions about the audition process, 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

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

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:

  • 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

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 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

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 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

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 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 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:

  • One movement of a Bach suite, 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 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:

  • 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.

Recordings: Please upload a brief video recording demonstrating your singing abilities, ideally around 5 minutes in length. This recording should be recent (within the past year) and display your singing in a solo environment. Your recordings should include live piano accompaniment if possible, but pre-recorded accompaniment is acceptable. Recordings should be unedited with no sound or room ambience enhancements.

Repertoire:

Be prepared to sing three (3) selections of varying styles and tempi. Selections should be chosen from any combination of the categories below. It is not necessary to fulfill each of the categories, but two (2) of your selections must be classical.

  • Classical Art Song (such as Schubert, Barber, the 24, 26, 28 Italian Songs and Arias, etc.)
  • 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 (email taylorm@uncsa.edu)
  • A Legit (lyric, non-belt) Musical Theatre selection. These should be songs often sung by a classically trained voice.

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 should be in English.
  • At least one classical selection must be in a foreign language.

Not acceptable selections:

  • Popular music selections normally sung with microphone.
  • A cappella selections; exceptions can be made for published unaccompanied classical pieces, such as “The Singer” by Michael Head.
  • Excerpts from within a choral arrangement.
  • Pre-recorded accompaniments. 

In addition to singing your chosen selections, you may be asked to sight-read.

If you have any questions about the audition process or requirements, please contact the Department Chair, Dr. Marilyn Taylor at taylorm@uncsa.edu, Glenn Siebert at siebertg@uncsa.edu, or Phyllis Pancella at pancellap@uncsa.edu.