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Music Auditions


About Auditions at UAFS

Before enrollment as a music major, students must audition for music faculty and demonstrate musical skill sufficient to indicate potential success as a music major. To register for an audition at UAFS, simply click on the link below to complete the online music audition registration form. Details about audition requirements are listed below.


Audition Dates

  • December 10, 2021
  • January 14, 2022
  • February 11, 2022
  • April 1, 2022
  • April 29, 2022

Prospective students are encouraged to audition on these scheduled dates, but those who need to make alternate arrangements are encouraged to contact us at Music@uafs.edu. All scholarship auditions must be completed by the specified date.


Music Scholarships

Every year the UAFS Department of Music and Theatre offers talent-based music scholarships to students.  While many of these students are majoring or minoring in music, scholarships are also awarded to students majoring in other subjects. All students who perform an audition will be considered for music scholarships.

 

Audition Form

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Audition Requirements

Music faculty members will hold a short interview with the auditionee to help the faculty learn about the auditionee and why they want to pursue music study at the collegiate level. Basic aural and sight-reading skills will also be assessed.

Flute

  • Two contrasting etudes from "Selected Studies for Flute" by H. Voxman (or a comparable piece from the solo flute repertoire that displays both technical and lyrical playing)
  • Major and minor scales, two octaves
  • Sight-reading

Oboe

  • Two contrasting etudes from "Selected Studies for Oboe" by H. Voxman
  • Major and minor scales, one octave and two octaves where permitted
  • Sight-reading

Clarinet

  • Two contrasting etudes/works (one mainly lyrical and slow, the other primarily technical and fast). Works can come from etude books (e.g. "Artistic Studies, Book 1" edited by David Hite or "Select Studies for Clarinet" by H. Voxman) or from the standard clarinet repertoire.
  • Major and minor scales, two octaves minimum
  • Sight-reading

Saxophone

  • Two contrasting etudes/works (one mainly lyrical and slow, the other primarily technical and fast). Works can come from etude books (e.g. "Melodious and Progressive Studies" edited by David Hite, Ferling 48 Studies, or "Select Studies for Saxophone" by H. Voxman) or from the standard saxophone repertoire.
  • Major and minor scales
  • Sight-reading

Bassoon

  • Two contrasting etudes from "Practical Method for the Bassoon" by J. Weissenborn or comparable etudes/works
  • Major and minor scales
  • Sight-reading

French Horn

  • One selected etude from "Preparatory Melodies to Solo Work for French Horn" edited by Max P. Pottag
  • One selected etude from "Second Book of Practical Studies for French Horn" by Robert W. Getchell
  • A solo or etude of a similar level may be played in place of the Pottag or Getchell (not required)
  • Major and minor scales, one octave and two octaves where permitted
  • Sight-reading

Trumpet

  • One selected etude from "11 Studies for Trumpet" by Roger Voisin
  • One selected etude from "Second Book of Practical Studies for Cornet and Trumpet" by Robert W. Getchell edited by Nilo W. Hovey
  • A solo or etude of a similar level may be played in place of the Voisin or Getchell (not required)
  • Major and minor scales, one octave and two octaves where permitted
  • Sight-reading

Tenor Trombone

  • One selected etude from "40 Progressive Studies for Trombone" by H. W Tyrell
  • One selected etude from "Melodious Etudes for Trombone, Book 1" by Johannes Rochut
  • Major and minor scales, one octave and two octaves where permitted
  • Sight-reading

Brass Trombone

  • One selected etude from "20 Etudes for Bass Trombone with 'F' Attachment" by Lew Gillis
  • One selected etude from "Melodious Etudes for Trombone, Book 1" by Johannes Rochut
  • Major and minor scales, one octave and two octaves where permitted
  • Sight-reading

Euphonium

  • One selected etude from "40 Progressive Studies for Trombone" by H. W Tyrell
  • One selected etude from "Melodious Etudes for Trombone, Book 1" by Johannes Rochut
  • Major and minor scales, one octave and two octaves where permitted
  • Sight-reading

Tuba

  • One selected etude from "Second Book of Practical Studies for Tuba" by Robert W. Getchell, edited by Nilo W. Hovey
  • One selected etude from "24 Artistic Studies for Tuba" selected and edited by Frank Woodruff
  • Major and minor scales, one octave and two octaves where permitted
  • Sight-reading

Snare

  • Two selected studies from "Portraits in Rhythm" by Anthony J. Cirone

Timpani

  • One selected etude from "Musical Studies for the Intermediate Timpanist" by Garwood Whaley

Marimba

  • Major and minor scales, two octaves
  • One selected etude from "Modern School for Xylophone, Marimba, Vibraphone" by Morris Goldenberg

Classical Guitar

  • The faculty expects to hear the audition on a classical guitar. Demonstrate knowledge of and proficiency in classical guitar technique including posture and right- and left-hand positions.
  • Scales: C, G, D, A, E major, A, D, E melodic minor. Two octaves — Segovia or Sagreras forms
  • Sight-reading: single-note lines, simple counterpoint, or chord study
  • Prepare one solo piece, choosing from:
    • "Sor etude no. 2 or no. 5" from "20 Etudes" (preferably Segovia edition)
    • Matteo Carcassi "Suite in C" from "Method for Guitar"
    • Any prelude by J.S. Bach.

Jazz Guitar

  • Prepare a jazz standard. Anything from Jamey Aebersold's play along "Maiden Voyage" (vol. 54) would work nicely.
  • Prepare a blues tune (pick from "Blue Monk," "Cool Blues," or "Billie’s Bounce")
  • Both selections should be played three times through the form — first time, chords; second time, head; third time, solo. Provide a pre-recorded track or bring a chart for a faculty member to accompany you.

  • Prepare one solo song in English, German, French, or Italian.
  • Songs should be performed from memory. 
  • An accompanist will be provided if needed. 
  • Please do not use a choral piece for this audition.
  • Your choir director can help you select an appropriate solo song.