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
Undergraduate Audition Dates
Voice Applicants
Undergraduate Audition Dates
Friday, January 24, 2020
Friday, February 7, 2020
Friday, February 21, 2020
Saturday, January 25, 2020
Saturday, February 8, 2020
Saturday, February 22, 2020
Scholarship Consideration
Students who audition after February 8, 2020 will not be eligible for merit scholarship consideration.

Audition Repertoire Requirements

Bassoon

  • Three contrasting movements of a standard concerto, sonata or solo work
  • One etude from Weissenborn’s 50 Advanced Studies, Milde’s Concert Studies Op. 26 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 fast movement of a standard concerto
  • A Prelude and one contrasting dance movement from solo Bach
  • One Popper or Piatti etude

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.
  • Not required, but preferred:  Two or three standard orchestral excerpts.
  • Examples of suitable repertoire for the audition would be the fast and slow movements from a standard concerto (Cimador, Dragonetti, Dittersdorf, Bottesini, Vanhal, Hoffmeister, etc.); unaccompanied Bach; and/or movements from a Baroque sonata by Marcello, Vivaldi, Scarlatti, Handel, Pergolesi, or Corelli.
  • A minimum of 10 minutes of music should be prepared for the audition

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 (Curnow, DeLuca, etc.)
  • One etude from Rochut Melodious etudes
  • Two standard band excerpts of your choice
  • All major scales

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

Flute

  • Two movements of a J.S. Bach Sonata
  • First movement of a Mozart Concerto (G or D)
  • Three Standard Orchestral Excerpts (as from the Baxtresser book)
  • One piece of your choice

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 your artistic ability.
  • Several open or moveable position scales (2 or 3 octaves)
  • Your 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, three solos of contrasting nature. These must demonstrate the technical and musical level attained thus far.

  • one from the Baroque period,
  • one from the Romantic period and
  • one from the 20th century

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

Horn

  • Two contrasting works or movements from standard repertoire (Mozart, Strauss, etc.)
  • Two 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

  • Two contrasting movements from a sonata or concerto (can be from different works)
  • One Barret or Ferling etude 
  • 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

  • A composition from the Baroque period
  • 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

  • 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.

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

Piano

  • One Prelude and Fugue by J.S. Bach
  • One Complete 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 Trombone:

  • One complete movement from a standard concerto for trombone (e.g., Grondahl, Hindemith)
  • Two etudes of contrasting style (i.e., technical and lyrical)
  • Major and minor scales
  • Sight-reading 

Bass Trombone:

  • One complete movement from a standard concerto for bass trombone (e.g., Ewazen, Lebedev)
  • Two etudes of contrasting style (i.e., technical and lyrical)
  • Major and minor 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

  • Audition repertoire is flexible.
  • Suggested repertoire: One complete solo trumpet work from standard literature (ex. Arutunian) or one movement from a sonata or concerto, and One contrasting etude of choice
  • Display proficiency in all major and minor scales
  • Demonstrate the ability to sight-read

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 (Hindemith, Lebedev, Broughton, etc.)
  • One etude from a standard method for tuba (Blazhevich, Rochut, Vasiliev, etc.)
  • Two standard orchestral excerpts of your choice
  • All major 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
  • One major movement of a concerto from the standard repertoire
  • An additional work of your choice
  • 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
  • An additional work of your choice
  • 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

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
  • One selection 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 from within a choral arrangement.
  • 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 siebertg@uncsa.edu