Entrance Auditions

Entrance auditions are required for students wishing to pursue a degree in music. Auditions may be scheduled at any time throughout the year by contacting the appropriate faculty for specific instruments or voice.

Audition repertoire requirements are as follows:

Piano
Performance major

  • One major Baroque work (such as Bach or Scarlatti), demonstrating memorization, contrapuntal awareness, technical proficiency, appropriate style and tempo
  • One movement from a major Classical Sonata (such as Beethoven, Haydn, Mozart, Schubert), demonstrating memorization, technical proficiency, appropriate style and tempo 
  • One major work from the Romantic Era (such as Brahms, Debussy, Chopin, Mendelssohn, Schumann, Ravel), demonstrating memorization, richness and control of sound, technical proficiency, appropriate style and tempo
  • Sight-reading demonstrating rhythmic and note accuracy
  • Four octave Major and harmonic minor scales played at MM=126, demonstrating technical proficiency and correct fingering

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

  • One major or minor Baroque work (such as Bach or Scarlatti), demonstrating memorization, appropriate style and tempo
  • One movement from any Classical Sonata (such as Beethoven, Haydn, Mozart, Schubert), demonstrating memorization, appropriate style and tempo 
  • One major or minor work from the Romantic Era (such as Brahms, Debussy, Chopin, Mendelssohn, Schumann, Ravel), demonstrating memorization, appropriate style and tempo
  • Four octave Major and harmonic minor scales played at MM=96, demonstrating technical proficiency and correct fingering
  • Sight-reading demonstrating rhythmic and note accuracy

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

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

Tyler Nelson, Voice, GT336a, 801-863-5420, Tyler.Nelson@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
  • Sight-reading of an orchestral excerpt

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.)
  • Sight-reading of an orchestral excerpt

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

Mary Richards, Woodwinds, 801-362-5211, marybrichards@gmail.com

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