Entrance Auditions

Entrance auditions are required for students wishing to pursue a degree in music. Live auditions are recommended, as they provide students with the opportunity to meet and perform for the faculty. Vocal students are required to bring an accompanist to the live audition. All other students are encouraged, but not required, to bring an accompanist. Students also have the option to submit a recorded audition. Entrance auditions for the 2016–17 academic year will be held on January 29-30, February 12-13, and March 12, 2016. Recorded auditions are due by March 12, 2016. Students who miss these audition dates may request an alternate audition date, which will be considered on a case-by-case basis according to faculty availability. Students auditioning for both music major entrance and scholarships should follow the guidelines for scholarship audition repertoire.

Audition repertoire requirements are as follows:

Piano
Performance major (All repertoire must be memorized)

  • One major Baroque work
  • One or more movements from a major Classical Sonata
  • One major work from the Romantic Era
  • Sight-reading
  • Four octave, hands together Major and harmonic minor scales played at MM=126

Commercial Music Major

  • Two pieces from different classical style periods
  • One jazz transcription or improvisation
  • Sight-reading in classical and contemporary music styles (including chord charts)
  • One octave, hands together Major, minor (all forms), and modal scales
  • Composition (Composition emphasis only--may be a performance, recording and/or score in any instrumentation)

All other music majors (BA/BS in Music, Integrated Studies)

  • One Baroque work
  • One movement from a major Classical Sonata
  • One work from the Romantic Era
  • Sight-reading
  • Four octave, hands together Major and harmonic minor scales

Hilary Demske, Piano, GT337b, 801-863-7360, Hilary.Demske@uvu.edu

Voice
Performance Major

  • One memorized classical art song or aria in any language
  • One memorized art song by one of the following composers:  Schubert, Schumann, Mozart, Faure, Debussy, Bellini, Tosti, Donaudy or Donizetti.
  • Sight-reading

Commercial Music Major

  • Present two contrasting, memorized selections in at least two different genres.
  • Students may accompany themselves, bring an accompanist, or bring a pre-recorded track.

All other music majors (Music Education, BA/BS in Music, Integrated Studies)

  • Two contrasting, memorized, art songs, one of which may be an aria.  One must be in French, German, or Italian.
  • Sight-reading

Melissa Heath, Voice, FA 737, 801-863-5307, melissa.heath@uvu.edu

Strings
Performance major

  • One movement from an unaccompanied Bach solo sonata, partita, or suite
  • One movement from a standard concerto or sonata, such as Bériot, Mozart, Sphor, Bach, Telemann, Vivaldi, Viotti
  • One major and one minor 3-octave scale, student's choice
  • A jazz improvisation or transcription (optional – recommended for bass players)
    (applicant must supply backtrack for audition)
  • Sight-reading of an orchestral excerpt (live audition) – Additional etude or short piece (recorded audition)

All other music majors (Music Education, BA/BS in Music, Commercial Music, Integrated Studies)

  • One slow piece or etude demonstrating tone quality and vibrato
  • One fast piece or etude demonstrating technical ability, proficiency with higher positions and standard bowing techniques (spiccato, martelé, etc.)
  • One major and one minor 3-octave scale, student's choice
  • A jazz improvisation or transcription (optional – recommended for bass players)
    (applicant must supply backtrack for audition)
  • Sight-reading of an orchestral excerpt (live audition) – Additional etude or short piece (recorded audition)

Donna Fairbanks, Violin and Viola, GT332c, 801-863-6538, Donna.Fairbanks@uvu.edu
Cheung Chau, Cello and Bass, FA736, 801-863-5488, Cheung.Chau@uvu.edu

Harp
Performance major

  • Four-octave ascending and descending scale (hands together) and arpeggios (alternating hands)
  • Two selections from different style periods, demonstrating memorization, appropriate tempo and technical ability
  • Harpists may use a UVU harp for the audition or bring their own harp

All other music majors

  • Two selections from different style periods, demonstrating appropriate tempo and technical ability
  • Harpists may use a UVU harp for the audition or bring their own harp

Janet Peterson, Harp, GT419a, neo.poli.tan@hotmail.com

Guitar
Performance major (Classical)

  • Two contrasting etudes by Giuliani, Sor, Carcassi, Carulli, or equivalent
  • Major and Minor scales (Segovia)
  • Sight-reading – Single line melody

All other music majors (Music Education, BA/BS in Music, Commercial Music, Integrated Studies)

  • An etude or piece from any period/composer
  • Basic ability to sight reading
  • Major and Minor scales (any fingering)

Jon Yerby, Guitar, jyerby@gmail.com

Woodwinds
Performance major

  • One movement from an unaccompanied solo or etude
  • One movement from a standard concerto or sonata, such as Mozart, Weber, Chaminade, Debussy, Brahms, Schumann, Krommer, Spohr, Stamitz, Vaughan-Williams, Creston
  • Sight-reading of a standard excerpt

All other music majors (Music Education, BA/BS in Music, Commercial Music, Integrated Studies)

  • One slow piece or etude demonstrating tone quality and expression
  • One fast piece or etude demonstrating technical ability and proficiency with articulation
  • Sight-reading of a standard excerpt

Jeffrey O'Flynn, Woodwinds, FA727, 801-863-8810, Jeffrey.Oflynn@uvu.edu

Brass
Performance major

  • One movement from a standard concerto or sonata
  • Two contrasting etudes
  • Sight-reading

All other music majors (Music Education, BA/BS in Music, Commercial Music, Integrated Studies)

  • One lyrical solo or etude demonstrating tone quality, phrasing, and musicianship
  • One fast piece or etude demonstrating technical ability
  • Sight-reading

Jeb Wallace, Brass, FA722, 801-863-6537, Jeb.Wallace@uvu.edu

Percussion
Performance major

  • One solo, etude, or orchestral/band excerpt in each of the following three instrument categories: Marimba, xylophone, or vibraphone; Snare drum; and Timpani.  Applicants may also perform excerpts for accessory instruments like cymbals, tambourine, bass drum, or triangle.
  • To be considered for drum set performing positions and scholarships, please be prepared to play time and solo in various jazz, Latin, and rock styles. 
  • Sight-reading of an orchestral or band excerpt or etude may also be requested.

All other music majors (Music Education, BA/BS in Music, Commercial Music, Integrated Studies)

  • One solo or etude on each instrument that you are comfortable playing.  If your experience is mostly on one instrument, please audition on that instrument.
  • To be considered for a scholarship, please prepare a solo, etude, or orchestral/band excerpt in each of the following three instrument categories: Marimba, xylophone, or vibraphone; Snare drum; and Timpani.  Applicants may also perform excerpts for accessory instruments like cymbals, tambourine, bass drum, or triangle. 
  • To be considered for drum set performing positions and scholarships, please be prepared to play time and solo in various jazz, Latin, and rock styles.
  • Players at all levels are welcome to audition.
  • Sight-reading of an orchestral or band excerpt or etude may also be requested.

Doug Smith, Percussion, FA725, 801-863-5408, Douglas.Smith@uvu.edu