If you’ve decided that the School of Music is the right fit for you and your future, we’re glad to be your choice. Whether you’re seeking to join our Undergraduate, Masters, Doctoral or Certificate programs, the next step is to Apply for Admission. Your journey starts here.


Undergraduate

Step 1: Apply for Admission to the University of North Carolina at Greensboro

Full admission to the College of Visual and Performing Arts is a two-step process involving the BA Application Questionnaire (and a successful live audition for prospective students in certain programs), as well as acceptance into the University by the Office of Undergraduate Admissions. Acceptance to the University prior to your music audition is not a requirement, though you are strongly encouraged to submit an application to the Office of Undergraduate Admissions prior to your audition. You can contact the Office of Undergraduate Admissions for more information at (336) 334-5243 or visit their website at admissions.uncg.edu/.

Ready to begin the process? First, start your application for undergraduate admission to UNCG through SpartanLink.

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Step 2: Apply for admission to the School of Music

All prospective students must complete the Undergraduate Application and Request for Music Audition Form. However, please read below carefully for instructions regarding whether an audition is required.

All prospective students interested in pursuing the Bachelor of Arts in Music must also complete the application questionnaire. Please share as much information about yourself and your experiences as possible.

Composition students should complete the Undergraduate Composition Application Materials Submission Form.

We believe there are many different ways to study music. With this in mind, a select number of students will be admitted to the Bachelor of Arts in Music without an audition. If you wish to apply to the program without an audition, we encourage you to provide a compelling rationale for your admission without audition in the application questionnaire.

Students interested in private studio lessons as part of their studies must successfully complete an audition.

Please choose the degree you are interested in:


Bachelor of Music in Performance

Bachelor of Music in Performance – A professional music degree that prepares students for future careers as performers, composers and/or private teachers (concentrations are available in instrumental, vocal, jazz studies, and composition).

  1. Apply to the University
  2. Request an audition/interview
  3. Prepare audition/interview materials
  4. Complete the audition/interview


Bachelor of Music in Music Education

Bachelor of Music in Music Education – A music degree that prepares students for positions as choral directors, band directors, or general music teachers in public schools.

All prospective students interested in pursuing a major in Music Education must complete an interview with a Music Education faculty member. Music Education Interviews will take place on each of the four designated audition days. Please complete the Music Education Interview Survey prior to your audition/interview date.

  1. Apply to the University
  2. Request an audition/interview
  3. Prepare audition/interview materials
  4. Complete the audition/interview


Bachelor of Music in Composition

Bachelor of Music in Composition – A degree that offers outstanding resources and quality experiences to students interested in traditional compositional styles, as well as new music.

In addition to instrumental audition requirements below, prospective Composition students must also audition on an instrument or in voice, and must adhere to the audition requirements for that area.

  1. Apply to the University
  2. Submit supplemental materials to the School of Music
    • A portfolio of 2-4 original compositions. Please include scores (.pdf format) and recordings (preferably .mp3 format). Live recordings or digital representations exported from notation software are acceptable. Choose pieces that best represent your compositional style and interests.
    • A short essay (pdf format preferred): What are your career goals? What kind of music do you write? What kind of music do you listen to? What would you like to do creatively?
    • Submit the above materials electronically using the Online Composition Materials Submission form. It is strongly recommended that you submit the Undergraduate Application and Request for Music Audition form before submitting these Composition materials. More information on this form is available in the steps below.
  3. Request an audition/interview
  4. Prepare audition/interview materials
  5. Complete the audition/interview


Bachelor of Arts in Music

Bachelor of Arts in Music – A liberal arts degree that provides valuable preparation for a variety of careers, opportunities for a medley of musical experiences outside of performance and education, as well as flexibility for double-majors.

All prospective students interested in pursuing the Bachelor of Arts in Music must complete the following questionnaire. Please share as much information about yourself and your experiences as possible by answering all questions using complete sentences.

We believe there are many different ways to study music. With this in mind, a select number of students will be admitted to the Bachelor of Arts in Music without an audition. If you wish to apply to the program without an audition, we encourage you to provide a compelling rationale for your admission without audition in the application questionnaire.

Please Note:  Students interested in private studio lessons as part of their studies must successfully complete an audition. For audition dates, information, and application procedures, please see below.

  1. Apply to the University
  2. Complete the BA in Music Questionnaire
  3. Request an audition/interview (if studio lessons are desired)
    • Prepare audition materials
    • Complete the audition


Music Minor

Music Minor – A program that affords students majoring in other fields the opportunity to complete a carefully planned course of study integrating music performance, music theory, music history, and music electives.


Step 3: Prepare audition materials

Composition
In addition to instrumental audition requirements below, prospective Composition students must also audition on an instrument or in voice, and must adhere to the audition requirements for that area.

Prepare audition materials
All live auditions will include Sight Reading. Note: These guidelines are intended for entering freshmen. Prospective Transfer students should contact the performance area faculty to find out about audition material.

Skills Development
In addition to your audition materials, please read the Music Advisory on the additional skills you should consider developing prior to your audition.

Brass and woodwind students interested in jazz should see the Jazz Studies guidelines as well.

Students who have not previously studied organ and wish to begin organ study at UNCG should plan to audition on piano to demonstrate keyboard skills essential for organ study. In this event, see guidelines for Piano.

Please choose your instrument (if you choose to audition):


Bassoon

Prepare two or more solo works/etudes of contrasting styles that best represent your performance level.


Cello

Violin, Viola, and Cello students interested in Performance should be prepared to perform the following:

  1. Two contrasting movements of a Bach solo work for your instrument
  2. One movement of a concerto
  3. A piece of the applicant’s choice (may be an etude)


Clarinet

Prepare two or more solo works/etudes of contrasting styles that best represent your performance level.


Double Bass

Prepare two contrasting works that represent your performance level. One should demonstrate tone, the other technique.


Euphonium

Prepare two or more solo works/etudes of contrasting styles that best represent your performance level.


Flute

Prepare two or more solo works/etudes of contrasting styles that best represent your performance level.


Harp

Prepare two works that best represent your performance level. These works should be contrasting in style; one demonstrating tone, the other demonstrating technique. You may also be asked to perform scales.


Horn

Prepare two or more solo works/etudes of contrasting styles that best represent your performance level.


Jazz Studies

Be prepared to perform the following (for saxophone, trumpet, trombone, drums, piano, electric guitar, double bass):

  1. Major scales, two octaves in all keys with fluency
  2. Two or three contrasting jazz standards should be prepared. Be able to play the melody and improvise (guitar, bass, and pianists should demonstrate accompanying.)
  3. Sight reading of a lead sheet (melody, improvisation, and accompaniment)
  4. Performance of a transcription is highly recommended

Jazz percussionists should demonstrate ballad, medium, and fast swing “time” with brushes and sticks; bossa nova, funk, and afro-cuban grooves. They should also demonstrate that they have started a pitched instrument, such as marimba, vibraphone, or piano. It is suggested that jazz percussionists bring their own sticks, mallets, brushes, snare drum, hi hat clutch, and cymbals (including hi hats) to the audition.

Guitarists should additionally prepare a chord-solo piece.


Oboe

Prepare two or more solo works/etudes of contrasting styles that best represent your performance level.


Organ

Be prepared to perform the following:

  1. One of the Eight Short Preludes and Fugues of Bach.
  2. One Chorale Prelude from the Orgelbüchlein of Bach, or a comparable work from the same period.
  3. One composition from the 19th or 20th century.
  4. Major and minor scales and arpeggios from one through four octaves at the piano.


Percussion

Undergraduate Percussion Performance Audition Requirements

Choose repertoire that highlights your skill, musicianship and preparation.
Advanced selections played with a lack of technical and musical focus may not
best represent your musical ability. Work closely with your percussion instructor
or band director to select music that best showcases your talent.

Snare Drum

  • Concert Solo or Etude. (Similar to Cirone Portraits in Rhythm or All-State audition etudes, etc.)
  • Rudimental Solo or Etude. (Similar to Wilcoxon All American Drummer or All-State audition etudes, etc.)
  • PAS Standard PAS 40 Rudiments in a Slow-Fast-Slow Manner

Two-Mallet Keyboard

  • Solo or Etude. (Transcriptions, ragtime xylophone, All-State audition etudes, etc.)
  • Major Scales and Arpeggios, 2-octaves.

Four-Mallet Keyboard

  • Solo or Etude. (Transcriptions; All-State audition etudes; Selected solo from Books by Justin Bunting, Mark Ford, Bart Quartier)

Timpani Solo or Etude

  • No solos/etudes that require playing on the bowls, or with wood mallets/butt ends.

Optional Areas

  • Drum Set (Demonstration of different styles and soloing)
  • World Percussion (Example: Congas, traditional Frame Drum, Pandeiro, Riq)

For more details regarding acceptable repertoire please contact Dr. Eric Willie (ejwillie@uncg.edu).

Undergraduate Percussion Education Audition Requirements

Choose repertoire that highlights your skill, musicianship and preparation. Advanced selections played with a lack of technical and musical focus may not best represent your musical ability. Work closely with your percussion instructor or band director to select music that best showcases your talent.

Snare Drum

  • Solo or Etude. (Similar to Cirone Portraits in Rhythm, All-State audition etudes, Pratt or Wilcoxon solos, etc.)
  • PAS Standard PAS 40 Rudiments in a Slow-Fast-Slow Manner

Two-Mallet Keyboard

  • Solo or Etude. (Transcriptions, ragtime xylophone, All-State audition etudes, etc.)
  • Major Scales and Arpeggios, 2-octaves.

Optional Areas:

  • Drum Set (Demonstration of different styles and soloing)
  • Four-Mallet Keyboard
    • Solo or Etude. (Transcriptions; All-State audition etudes; Selected solo from Books by Justin Bunting, Mark Ford, Bart Quartier)
  • Timpani Solo or Etude
    • No solos/etudes that require playing on the bowls, or with wood mallets/butt ends.
  • World Percussion (Example: Congas, traditional Frame Drum, Pandeiro, Riq)

For more details regarding acceptable repertoire please contact Dr. Eric Willie (ejwillie@uncg.edu)


Piano

Be prepared to perform the following, preferably from memory:

  1. Major and minor scales and arpeggios over four octaves.
  2. A two-part or three-part invention by Bach, or an equivalent work from the same period.
  3. One movement of a sonata by Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven, or an equivalent work.
  4. One or two additional compositions of your own choice, preferably from the 19th or 20th century.


Saxophone

Technique
Prepare all major and harmonic minor scales through the full range of the instrument.

Etudes
Prepare two contrasting etudes from Ferling 48 Studies or Voxman Selected Studies.

Solo literature
Prepare a solo piece demonstrating excellent technique, tone, and musicianship. Examples of appropriate works are as follows:

  • Creston – Sonata for Alto Saxophone and Piano
  • Glazounov – Concerto for Alto Saxophone and Orchestra
  • Maurice – Tableaux de Provence
  • Rueff – Chanson et Passpied
  • Teal – Solos for the Alto Saxophone Player

Note: by far the most important part of your audition is the Solo literature!


Trombone

Prepare two or more solo works/etudes of contrasting styles that best represent your performance level.


Trumpet

Prepare two or more solo works/etudes of contrasting styles that best represent your performance level.


Tuba

Prepare two or more solo works/etudes of contrasting styles that best represent your performance level.


Viola

Violin, Viola, and Cello students interested in Performance should be prepared to perform the following:

  1. Two contrasting movements of a Bach solo work for your instrument
  2. One movement of a concerto
  3. A piece of the applicant’s choice (may be an etude)


Violin

Violin, Viola, and Cello students interested in Performance should be prepared to perform the following:

  1. Two contrasting movements of a Bach solo work for your instrument
  2. One movement of a concerto
  3. A piece of the applicant’s choice (may be an etude)


Voice

Be prepared to sing, from memory, two contrasting solo pieces from the standard art song repertoire. All selections should be for solo voice with piano accompaniment. A capella auditions, vocal lines excerpted from choral works, or prerecorded accompaniment (CDs, audio files, MP3s, etc.) are not acceptable. An accompanist, however, will be provided upon request. You will be evaluated on vocal potential, as well as basic musical skills and expression. Transfer students should include songs in French, German, and/or Italian if they have had experience singing in these languages.


 

Step 4: Complete the Audition

Undergraduate Application and Request Form
Your audition should be arranged in advance by completing the Undergraduate Application and Request for Music Audition form online. The form must be received no later than Sunday one week before the requested audition date. Requests received after that time will be accepted only on a space available basis and must be approved. High school students are urged to audition early in their senior year. Transfer students should plan to audition during the year preceding enrollment at UNCG. If scheduling conflicts do not permit a personal audition on one of the regularly scheduled audition dates, you should contact the Music Office by calling (336) 334-5789. Be aware that some areas will not schedule auditions except on regular audition days. Acceptance into the music major or minor program is valid for one calendar year. If the student does not enroll and begin performance studies lessons within that time, he/she must re-audition for entrance into the program.

The Audition Day
Please report to the UNCG Music Building between 7:30–8:15am on the audition day. The audition process typically lasts the entire morning. Parents are most welcome to accompany you and attend the orientation meeting in the Recital Hall at 8:30am. Our faculty, staff, and Music Student Ambassadors look forward to meeting you and your parents and answering any questions you may have.

The Audition Location
Music auditions are held in the UNCG Music Building located on campus at the corner of McIver Street and West Market Street (100 McIver Street). View driving directions here. If you need lodging information, visit UNCG Admissions for more information. Complimentary parking is available in the McIver Street Parking Deck.

Piano Placement Test
The Piano Placement Test is not related to the decision regarding acceptance into the College of Visual and Performing Arts. It is only used to determine placement in class piano. All students who are not keyboard majors or minors are advised to take the Piano Placement Test on the audition day.
For more information on requirements, visit the Music Advisory page.

Transfer Students
Theory and ear training placement tests will be offered on regular audition days and at the beginning of each semester. Prior to taking the tests, students will be registered for the theory and ear training level according to transcripts of previous study. Following the tests, students will be placed into courses based upon their individual results.

Scholarships for Music Majors
Outstanding students majoring in music will be awarded music scholarships based on the results of their auditions and will receive notification by mail. In order to be eligible for a music scholarship, you should plan to audition no later than Saturday, February 24, 2018 in the academic year preceding expected enrollment. Music scholarships are granted on a one-year basis and are renewable depending upon satisfactory academic and musical progress.

Recorded Auditions
The College of Visual and Performing Arts does not usually accept recorded music auditions from applicants who live within the continental United States.


Masters

Step 1: Apply for Admission to the University of North Carolina at Greensboro

Apply for Admission to the Graduate School via ApplyYourself:

Apply through ApplyYourself

Prospective graduate students should apply through ApplyYourself. You should be ready to submit the following materials with your Graduate School application:

  • $65 application fee
  • Transcripts from all institutions where coursework was completed
    • All credentials must be in English.
    • Where a degree was earned, the official transcript must indicate the name of the degree and the date awarded.
    • If you are actively pursuing a degree at the time of application to UNCG, an unofficial transcript will be accepted until you are able to present an official transcript proving degree completion and confirming reported GPA.
  • Three (3) letters of recommendation former professors, employers, or persons well-acquainted with the prospective student’s academic and/or performance potential
  • Personal statement briefly outlining your academic and career goals

NOTE: The College of Visual and Performing Arts encourages students to submit materials at least 3 weeks prior to deadlines. From November – March, processing at The Graduate School can take 3 – 4 weeks. Submitting materials on or just prior to deadlines could result in a processing delay.

Step 2: Apply for admission to the School of Music

Please select your degree below:


Master of Music in Performance (includes Conducting degrees)

This degree offers conservatory-type performance training and complements this with academic offerings directly related to careers in performance.


Master of Music in Music Education

This degree provides advancement of music teaching skills and knowledge. Students can enroll as full-time students during the academic year, or as completely online/distance students.


Master of Music in Composition

In addition to private composition study, students take courses in orchestration, electronic music, counterpoint, advanced theory, history, and electives.

Submit a portfolio of three to five scores of music that best represent your original compositions. Scores should be bound individually; parts are not necessary. Include recordings (MIDI realizations are acceptable). Portfolios should be submitted 3-5 weeks prior to your desired interview date.

Materials may be submitted electronically through our online submission form, or submitted via mail (see below).

Master of Music in Music Theory

Both thesis and non-thesis options are offered for this degree.


Step 3: Prepare audition materials

All students applying to Bachelor of Music in Performance and Bachelor of Music in Music Education must complete the following audition materials:


Bassoon

Students should be prepared to present:

  1. At least two compositions of contrasting styles which demonstrate technical and musical proficiency necessary for advanced study
  2. Standard orchestral excerpts

Sight reading is required.


Cello

Students should be prepared to present:

  1. One movement of a major concerto
  2. Two contrasting movements of a Bach solo work for your instrument
  3. One work by a composer from the 20th or 21st century
  4. One Piatti Caprice or etude of similar difficulty


Clarinet

Students should be prepared to present:

  1. At least two compositions of contrasting styles which demonstrate technical and musical proficiency necessary for advanced study
  2. Standard orchestral excerpts

Sight reading is required.


Collaborative Piano

Students should be prepared to present the following:

  1. A 10-15 minute program of representative vocal selections including both French and German art song literature as well as an Italian aria. Applicants should be prepared to give poetic and word-for-word translations of the offered repertoire.
  2. A 15-minute program of instrumental works plus a complete orchestral introduction to the first movement of a Mozart or Beethoven concerto.
    One solo work of approximately 5 minutes in length.

Applicants will be asked to sight-read.

Applicants should contact Dr. James Douglass (j_douglass@uncg.edu), approximately one month prior to the requested audition date. Ideally, the applicant should bring their partners to the audition. Should this not be possible, please contact Dr. Douglass to arrange vocalists and instrumentalists to perform the selected repertoire.

Conducting - Choral

During the audition, the applicant will conduct a rehearsal with at least one UNCG choral ensemble in January or February. The audition will be on a minimum of two compositions. During the audition, the Audition Committee will determine the order and length of work on a specific piece and will evaluate the ensemble part of the audition.

In the audition, the applicant will demonstrate:

  1. Ability to communicate musical ideas with conviction through conducting and rehearsal techniques.
  2. Ability to evaluate and respond to the sound of a choral ensemble.

Arrangements for this audition should be made directly with Dr. Welborn E. Young at 336-334-5493 (or e-mail). The audition will take place during normal rehearsal times, not during one of the scheduled Saturday audition days.

Conducting - Instrumental

Submission of pre-audition materials is required. All materials must be received no later than December 1, 2017. Pre-audition materials will not be reviewed by faculty until the student has submitted their application and $65 fee to the Graduate School.

The following materials are required:

  • The Graduate Pre-Audition Request form
  • Video recordings of the applicant conducting an instrumental / choral ensemble in a rehearsal and in a performance.  Video may be submitted via YouTube links, DVD, etc.
    • The rehearsal recording must be taken from the ensemble member’s perspective, camera facing the conductor.
    • The performance may be recorded from either the ensemble’s perspective or the audience’s perspective.

The pre-audition recording will be evaluated by a faculty committee. If the performance is of sufficient quality, that student will be invited to campus for a live audition and interview. See the next step (“Apply for an audition”) for more details on this process.

Please send all listed application materials to:

Dr. Catherine Keen Hock, Music Departments
UNCG College of Visual and Performing Arts
P.O. Box 26170
Greensboro, NC 27402-6170
rckeen@uncg.edu
(336) 256-1475

During the audition, the applicant will conduct a rehearsal with at least one UNCG instrumental ensemble in January or February. The audition will be on a minimum of two compositions. During the audition, the Audition Committee will determine the order and length of work on a specific piece and will evaluate the ensemble part of the audition.

In the audition, the applicant will demonstrate:

  1. Ability to communicate musical ideas with conviction through conducting and rehearsal techniques.
  2. Ability to evaluate and respond to the sound of an instrumental ensemble.

Arrangements for this audition should be made directly with Dr. John Locke, Director of Bands at (336) 334-5299 (or e-mail), or Dr. Kevin Geraldi, Director of Orchestras at (336) 334-5435 (or e-mail). The audition will take place during normal rehearsal times, not during one of the scheduled Saturday audition days.

You should be ready to submit the following materials with the Graduate School application:

  • $65 application fee
  • Transcripts from all institutions where coursework was completed (details)
  • Personal statement briefly outlining your academic and career goals
  • Curriculum vitae including a listing of all formal conducting training including academic courses and workshops or institutes attended.
  • Repertory list of significant compositions conducted in the past five years, including the names of the ensembles and dates of performances.
  • Three (3) letters of recommendation former professors, employers, or persons well-acquainted with the prospective student’s academic and/or performance potential
  • Score from the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) only if you wish to be nominated for a fellowship


Double Bass

Prepare the first movement from a major Classical, Romantic, or 20th-Century concerto and a sonata of significant scope and contrasting in style to your first selection.


Early Keyboard Instruments

For a major in harpsichord (to be played on the harpsichord):

  1. A composition by J.S. Bach, such as a prelude and fugue from the Well Tempered Clavier, a suite, or a toccata.
  2. A composition by François Couperin.
  3. A composition by Byrd, Sweelinck, Frescobaldi, or Froberger.
  4. A short 20th-Century harpsichord composition.

For a major in fortepiano (to be played on the fortepiano):

  1. A composition by J.S. Bach, W.F. Bach, or C.P.E. Bach.
  2. A composition of advanced difficulty by Haydn, Mozart, or Clementi.
  3. A complete sonata by Beethoven, selected from works up to and including Op. 31.


Euphonium

Students should be prepared to present three or four compositions which demonstrate technical and musical proficiency, as well as a well-rounded approach to musicianship necessary for advanced study.

  1. At least one composition should demonstrate technique and articulation.
  2. At least one composition should demonstrate phrasing and tone quality.


Flute

Students should be prepared to present:

  1. At least two compositions of contrasting styles which demonstrate technical and musical proficiency necessary for advanced study
  2. Standard orchestral excerpts

Sight reading is required.


Horn

Students should be prepared to present three or four compositions which demonstrate technical and musical proficiency, as well as a well-rounded approach to musicianship necessary for advanced study.

  1. At least one composition should demonstrate technique and articulation.
  2. At least one composition should demonstrate phrasing and tone quality.


Multiple Woodwinds

Students will audition on both their primary instrument and their secondary instrument. Principal and secondary instruments must be non-alike (i.e. you may not use piccolo as your secondary instrument if flute is your primary instrument). Students should contact both the primary and secondary teachers to make sure there is space available in both studios.

Auditions on both instruments should adhere to the following audition requirements:

  1. At least two compositions of contrasting styles which demonstrate technical and musical proficiency necessary for advanced study
  2. Standard orchestral excerpts

Sight reading is required.


Oboe

Students should be prepared to present:

  1. At least two compositions of contrasting styles which demonstrate technical and musical proficiency necessary for advanced study
  2. Standard orchestral excerpts

Sight reading is required.


Organ

Applicants should be prepared to perform the following:

  1. A moderately difficult composition by a predecessor of Bach (any nationality) or a non-German contemporary of Bach.
  2. J.S. Bach: a Prelude and Fugue, Toccata and Fugue or Fantasie and Fugue, or a movement form a Trio Sonata.
  3. One moderately difficult composition written between 1820 and 1920.
  4. A composition written between 1920 and the present day.

NOTE: One of the above compositions should be performed from memory.


Percussion

All live auditions will include:

  1. Sight reading on snare drum, mallet percussion (two and four mallet selections), and timpani;
  2. Performance of selected PAS Standard 40 PAS Rudiments; and
  3. Performance of selected drum set styles.

Snare Drum

  • Concert Snare Drum Solo or Etude (e.g. Snare System by Frédéric Macarez, Douze Études by Jacques Delécluse, Prím by Áskell Másson, Palm Sunday by Jason Baker)
  • Rudimental Snare Drum Solo or Etude (e.g. 14 Modern Contest Solos for Snare Drum by John S. Pratt, Modern Rudimental Swing Solos by Charles Wilcoxon, March by Joseph Tompkins)

Mallet Percussion

  • A recital-length solo for marimba and/or vibes (e.g. Steven Mackey See Ya Thursday, Christopher Deane Three Shells, Franco Donatoni Omar, Christopher Norton November Evening, Jacob Druckman Reflections on the Nature of Water)

Timpani

  • One solo or etude (e.g. A selection Elliot Carter Eight Pieces for Four Timpani, Christopher Deane Prelude No. 1, a selection from Jan Williams Variations for Solo Kettledrums)

Additional Areas
These areas should be recorded via high quality video and uploaded to YouTube. The link(s) should be sent to Dr. Eric Willie (ejwillie@uncg.edu) prior to/on the audition date.

  • One Multiple-Percussion Solo
  • Two Orchestral Snare Drum Excerpts: one “soft” and one “loud”
    • Examples for soft: Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov Scheherazade, III.; William Schuman Symphony No. 3, II. Toccata; Prokofiev Lt. Kijé, I.
    • Examples for loud: Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov Scheherazade, IV. P-R; Dmitri Shostakovich Symphony No. 10; Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov Capriccio Espagnol.
  • One xylophone excerpt (e.g. Aaron Copland Appalachian Spring, Dmitri Kabalevsky Colas Breugnon Overture)
  • One glockenspiel excerpt (e.g. Paul Dukas Sorcerer’s Apprentice; W.A. Mozart Magic Flute, Finale Act I)
  • One timpani excerpt (e.g. Beethoven Symphonies 1, 3, 5, 7, 8, or 9; Bartok Concerto for Orchestra; Tchaikovsky Symphony No. 4)
  • Optional: World Percussion: A video demonstrating a working knowledge of techniques and traditions within a specific non-Western music genre (e.g. Afro-Cuban, Middle Eastern, Chinese, Japanese, Indian [North or South], Trinidad, etc.)


Piano Pedagogy

  1. The applicant should prepare about 20 minutes of music representing at least three historical periods.
  2. The difficulty level should be comparable to undergraduate piano study at the senior level.
  3. At least two selections should be memorized.
  4. The applicant will also be asked to sight-read intermediate level repertoire and demonstrate a basic knowledge of keyboard harmony.


Piano Performance

Students should be prepared to present the following minimum repertoire, preferably from memory:

  1. A composition by J.S. Bach, such as a Prelude and Fugue from The Well Tempered Clavier, a Suite, or Toccata.
  2. One of the more demanding Sonatas or sets of Variations by a classical composer (e.g., Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven, Schubert).
  3. Two advanced compositions by Romantic and/or 20th-century composers.


Saxophone

Students should be prepared to present:

  1. At least two compositions of contrasting styles which demonstrate technical and musical proficiency necessary for advanced study
  2. Standard orchestral excerpts

Sight reading is required.


Trombone

Students should be prepared to present three or four compositions which demonstrate technical and musical proficiency, as well as a well-rounded approach to musicianship necessary for advanced study.

  1. At least one composition should demonstrate technique and articulation.
  2. At least one composition should demonstrate phrasing and tone quality.


Trumpet

Students should be prepared to present three or four compositions which demonstrate technical and musical proficiency, as well as a well-rounded approach to musicianship necessary for advanced study.

  1. At least one composition should demonstrate technique and articulation.
  2. At least one composition should demonstrate phrasing and tone quality.


Tuba

Students should be prepared to present three or four compositions which demonstrate technical and musical proficiency, as well as a well-rounded approach to musicianship necessary for advanced study.

  1. At least one composition should demonstrate technique and articulation.
  2. At least one composition should demonstrate phrasing and tone quality.


Viola

  • One movement of a major concerto
  • Two contrasting movements of a Bach solo work for your instrument
  • One work by a composer from the 20th or 21st century
  • One Fuchs Caprice or etude of similar difficulty


Violin

  • One movement of a major concerto
  • Two contrasting movements of a Bach solo work for your instrument
  • One work by a composer from the 20th or 21st century

— or —

  • A virtuosic showpiece


Vocal Pedagogy

Students should be prepared to present the following:

  1. Four pieces representing a variety of styles and languages, performed from memory.
  2. At least one of the pieces should be an operatic or oratorio aria.

An accompanist will be provided for a fee if requested on the Online Graduate Audition Request. If you request an accompanist, please bring $10 in cash or check to be paid directly to your accompanist on the audition day.


Vocal Performance

Students should be prepared to present the following:

  1. Four pieces representing a variety of styles and languages, performed from memory.
  2. At least one of the pieces should be an operatic or oratorio aria.

An accompanist will be provided for a fee if requested on the Online Graduate Audition Request. If you request an accompanist, please bring $10 in cash or check to be paid directly to your accompanist on the audition day.

Step 4: Complete the audition

Once you submit the form in the “Apply for an audition” step, you will be contacted by the College of Visual and Performing Arts with further instructions and details.

Assistantships and other opportunities
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro provides a number of funding and support opportunities for graduate students. More information on opportunities available to graduate students in the School of Music is available here.


Doctoral

Step 1: Apply for Admission to the University of North Carolina at Greensboro

Apply for Admission to the Graduate School via ApplyYourself:

Apply through ApplyYourself

Prospective graduate students should apply through ApplyYourself. You should be ready to submit the following materials with your Graduate School application:

  • $65 application fee
  • Transcripts from all institutions where coursework was completed
    • All credentials must be in English.
    • Where a degree was earned, the official transcript must indicate the name of the degree and the date awarded.
    • If you are actively pursuing a degree at the time of application to UNCG, an unofficial transcript will be accepted until you are able to present an official transcript proving degree completion and confirming reported GPA.
  • Three (3) letters of recommendation former professors, employers, or persons well-acquainted with the prospective student’s academic and/or performance potential
  • Personal statement briefly outlining your academic and career goals

NOTE: The College of Visual and Performing Arts encourages students to submit materials at least 3 weeks prior to deadlines. From November – March, processing at The Graduate School can take 3 – 4 weeks. Submitting materials on or just prior to deadlines could result in a processing delay.

Degrees

Doctor of Musical Arts in Music (includes Conducting degrees)
The DMA in Music requires a minimum of 90 semester hours of post-baccalaureate course work. Students who begin study at the master’s level at UNCG must successfully fulfill all requirements for the master’s degree and successfully present a doctoral audition/interview to be admitted into the doctoral program.

The DMA in Music is offered in the following concentrations: Collaborative Piano, Choral Conducting, Keyboard, Instrumental Conducting, Strings, Winds, Brass, Percussion, and Voice.

Doctor of Philosophy in Music Education
The PhD in Music Education requires 69 semester hours. At least 75% of all course work, exclusive of the dissertation, must be at the 600 or 700 level. A diagnostic examination is administered prior to the first semester of enrollment. A cognate, or cognates, in any area approved by the student’s advisory/dissertation committee and The Graduate School may be elected as specified in The Graduate School Bulletin.

Step 2: (for PhDs) Submit Supplemental Materials

An applicant to the Ph.D. in Music Education program must demonstrate teaching abilities through the electronic submission of a video recording of his or her teaching in a music classroom or rehearsal setting. A video recording of a formally presented music performance is not acceptable. The recording must be taken from the students’ perspectives with the camera facing the teacher, and must include at least 30 minutes of teaching. The recording will be evaluated by a committee of the Music Education faculty to determine the presence of excellence and effectiveness in music teaching.

After completing the Application for Admission to the University, submit your video electronically by emailing direct links to your secure video uploaded through YouTube, Google Drive, or Dropbox to Dr. Catherine Keen Hock (rckeen@uncg.edu).

Along with the video link, include a Word document or PowerPoint presentation detailing the contents of your video, and a completed PDF of the “Request for Application Review” form:

How to upload your video to YouTube instructions

Request for Application Review form

Step 2: (for DMAs) Submit Pre-audition materials

Submission of pre-audition materials is required. All materials must be received no later than Wednesday, January 4, 2017. Pre-audition materials will not be reviewed by faculty until submission of an application to the Graduate School.

The following materials are required:

  1. The Graduate Pre-Audition Form
  2. Recordings of performances that constitute a representative sampling of the applicant’s musical ability. At least one of the recordings must have been made within twelve months prior to the application date. CDs, DVDs, or YouTube links are acceptable. For repertoire and formatting requirements, please consult the Graduate Music Admissions Guide.
  3. Programs and other pertinent documentation of work in the performance area.

The pre-audition recording will be evaluated by a faculty committee. If the performance is of sufficient quality, that student will be invited to campus for a live audition and interview. See the next step for more details on this process.

Please send all listed application materials to:

Dr. Catherine Keen Hock, Music Departments
UNCG College of Visual and Performing Arts
P.O. Box 26170
Greensboro, NC 27402-6170
rckeen@uncg.edu
(336) 256-1475

Step 3: (for PhDs)

Following the review of your completed Graduate School application and supplemental materials, you will be notified by UNCG faculty if you have been invited to campus for an interview. At that time, you and the faculty member will arrange your interview date and discuss further details regarding the interview process

Step 3: (for DMAs) Apply for an audition

Graduate Audition Request Form

You will be notified by UNCG faculty if you have been invited to campus for a live audition / interview. At that time, you and the faculty member will arrange your audition date, which may not necessarily fall on a pre-scheduled audition day, and you should then fill out the Graduate Audition Request form at that time.

Applying for an Assistantship

The majority of financial aid available to degree-seeking graduate students is in the form of a Graduate Assistantship. Graduate Assistants receive competitive stipends, and many receive tuition waivers. To be considered for a Graduate Assistantship you must:

  • complete the Graduate Assistantship Application by completing the online application form. Links to the application are available on the Scholarships / Assistantships pages. The deadline for submitting GA applications is February 28, 2018.
  • have submitted a complete Application to the Graduate School
  • complete an on-campus audition or interview by February 28, 2018

Graduate Assistantships within the Music Theory area are available for applicants outside the theory degree program. These assistantships require a separate interview with the Music Theory faculty. For more information please review the following important document (Interview / Audition Guidelines for Teaching Assistantships in Music Theory), and contact Dr. Adam Ricci (a_ricci@uncg.edu) to schedule your interview.

Step 4: (For DMAs) Prepare audition materials


Bassoon

The invited applicant will prepare a full recital, with appropriate literature in each style period, from which a 30-minute audition will be performed. The applicant should supply a printed recital program for the audition committee. Accompanists are required for all wind auditions. Although it is recommended that the applicant provide his/her own accompanist, the Music Performance Department can supply a list of available local accompanists for hire.

A 30-minute interview will be held immediately after the audition.


Cello

Accompanists are required for all string auditions. Although it is recommended that the applicant provides his/her own accompanist, the Music Performance Department can supply a list of available local accompanists for hire. At the time of the on-campus audition, a list of prepared pieces should be presented from which the audition committee will select representative pieces to be performed.

  • One entire 19th or 20th century concerto
  • A Bach Suite, Preferably IV, V, or VI
  • One Piatti Caprice or etude of similar difficulty
  • Piece of choice

(The concerto or the piece of choice must be from the 20th or 21st century.)


Clarinet

The invited applicant will prepare a full recital, with appropriate literature in each style period, from which a 30-minute audition will be performed. The applicant should supply a printed recital program for the audition committee. Accompanists are required for all wind auditions. Although it is recommended that the applicant provide his/her own accompanist, the Music Performance Department can supply a list of available local accompanists for hire.

A 30-minute interview will be held immediately after the audition.


Collaborative Piano

The applicant will prepare a full recital, with appropriate literature taken from both instrumental and vocal repertoire, from which a 20 to 30 minute audition will be performed. It is recommended that the applicant provide his/her own partners. Should it not be feasible for the applicant to bring their partners to the audition because of distance or other extenuating circumstances, the collaborative piano faculty will endeavor to provide vocal and instrumental partners to play the selected repertoire.

Applicants for the DMA in Collaborative Piano should contact Dr. James Douglass (j_douglass@uncg.edu) approximately one month prior to the submission of the pre-audition CD, to discuss repertoire.

At the time of the on-campus audition, a list of prepared works should be presented from which the audition committee will make selections. This list is in addition to the complete repertoire lists, required of all applicants.


Conducting - Choral

Applicants who successfully pass the pre-audition will receive an invitation for the on-campus audition. At that time, the applicant should contact contact Dr. Welborn E. Young, Director of Choral Activities, to schedule the time and repertoire for the audition and submit the Graduate Audition Request with the audition date indicated. During the audition, the applicant will conduct a rehearsal with at least one UNCG choral ensemble in January or February.

The audition will be on a minimum of two compositions. During the audition, the Audition Committee will determine the order and length of work on a specific piece and will evaluate the ensemble part of the audition.

In the audition, the applicant will demonstrate:

  1. Ability to communicate musical ideas with conviction through conducting and rehearsal techniques.
  2. Ability to evaluate and respond to the sound of a choral ensemble.

Arrangements for this audition should be made directly with Dr. Welborn E. Young at 336-334-5493 (or e-mail). The audition will take place during normal rehearsal times, not during one of the scheduled Saturday audition days.


Conducting - Instrumental

Submission of pre-audition materials is required. All materials must be received no later than December 1, 2017. Pre-audition materials will not be reviewed by faculty until the student has submitted their application and $65 fee to the Graduate School.

The following materials are required:

  • The Graduate Pre-Audition Request form
  • Video recordings of the applicant conducting an instrumental / choral ensemble in a rehearsal and in a performance.  Video may be submitted via YouTube links, DVD, etc.
    • The rehearsal recording must be taken from the ensemble member’s perspective, camera facing the conductor.
    • The performance may be recorded from either the ensemble’s perspective or the audience’s perspective.

The pre-audition recording will be evaluated by a faculty committee. If the performance is of sufficient quality, that student will be invited to campus for a live audition and interview. See the next step (“Apply for an audition”) for more details on this process.

Please send all listed application materials to:

Dr. Catherine Keen Hock, Music Departments
UNCG College of Visual and Performing Arts
P.O. Box 26170
Greensboro, NC 27402-6170
rckeen@uncg.edu
(336) 256-1475

You should be ready to submit the following materials with the Graduate School application:

  • $65 application fee
  • Transcripts from all institutions where coursework was completed (details)
  • Personal statement briefly outlining your academic and career goals
  • Curriculum vitae including a listing of all formal conducting training including academic courses and workshops or institutes attended.
  • Repertory list of significant compositions conducted in the past five years, including the names of the ensembles and dates of performances.
  • Three (3) letters of recommendation former professors, employers, or persons well-acquainted with the prospective student’s academic and/or performance potential
  • A formal paper written during the MM or its equivalent. This paper may be historical, pedagogical, or analytical. Quality research and writing skills are fundamental to not only completing the DMA degree in Performance but also for performances, research, and writing during a professional career. The writing sample will be evaluated by the audition/interview committee to determine the applicant’s level of writing skills, and abilities to critically analyze, review, and express one’s views in written form.
  • Score from the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) only if you wish to be nominated for a fellowship


Double Bass

Accompanists are required for all string auditions. Although it is recommended that the applicant provides his/her own accompanist, the Music Performance Department can supply a list of available local accompanists for hire. At the time of the on-campus audition, a list of prepared pieces should be presented from which the audition committee will select representative pieces to be performed.

The applicant will prepare a full recital, with appropriate literature in each style period, from which a 20- to 30-minute audition will be performed.


Euphonium

The invited applicant will prepare a full recital, with appropriate literature in each style period, from which a 30-minute audition will be performed. The applicant should supply a printed recital program for the audition committee. Accompanists are required for all wind auditions. Although it is recommended that the applicant provide his/her own accompanist, the Music Performance Department can supply a list of available local accompanists for hire.

A 30-minute interview will be held immediately after the audition.


Flute

The invited applicant will prepare a full recital, with appropriate literature in each style period, from which a 30-minute audition will be performed. The applicant should supply a printed recital program for the audition committee. Accompanists are required for all wind auditions. Although it is recommended that the applicant provide his/her own accompanist, the Music Performance Department can supply a list of available local accompanists for hire.

A 30-minute interview will be held immediately after the audition.


Horn

The invited applicant will prepare a full recital, with appropriate literature in each style period, from which a 30-minute audition will be performed. The applicant should supply a printed recital program for the audition committee. Accompanists are required for all wind auditions. Although it is recommended that the applicant provide his/her own accompanist, the Music Performance Department can supply a list of available local accompanists for hire.

A 30-minute interview will be held immediately after the audition.


Oboe

The invited applicant will prepare a full recital, with appropriate literature in each style period, from which a 30-minute audition will be performed. The applicant should supply a printed recital program for the audition committee. Accompanists are required for all wind auditions. Although it is recommended that the applicant provide his/her own accompanist, the Music Performance Department can supply a list of available local accompanists for hire.

A 30-minute interview will be held immediately after the audition.


Organ

The applicant will prepare a full recital, with appropriate literature in each style period, from which a 20- to 30-minute audition will be performed. At the time of the on-campus audition, a list of prepared pieces should be presented from which the audition committee will select representative pieces to be performed.


Percussion

Live audition:

  • Select a program of approximately thirty (30) minutes of solo recital performances that demonstrate/highlight your musical interests. It is recommended that you include contrasting styles and various instruments.

All live auditions will include:

  1. Sight reading on snare drum, mallet percussion (two and four mallet selections), and timpani;
  2. Performance of selected PAS Standard 40 PAS Rudiments; and
  3. Performance of selected drum set styles.

Clinic / Presentation

  • Prepare a thirty-minute clinic/presentation on a topic of your choice. The audience for this presentation will be Dr. Eric Willie and current members of the UNCG Percussion Studio.

Note: Please contact Dr. Eric Willie (ejwillie@uncg.edu) for the approval of audition repertoire and clinic/presentation topic.


Piano Performance

The applicant will prepare a full recital, with appropriate literature in various style periods, from which a 20- to 30-minute audition will be performed. At the time of the on-campus audition, a list of prepared pieces should be presented from which the audition committee will select representative pieces to be performed. The live audition will also include a sight reading excerpt and interview.


Saxophone

The invited applicant will prepare a full recital, with appropriate literature in each style period, from which a 30-minute audition will be performed. The applicant should supply a printed recital program for the audition committee. Accompanists are required for all wind auditions. Although it is recommended that the applicant provide his/her own accompanist, the Music Performance Department can supply a list of available local accompanists for hire.

A 30-minute interview will be held immediately after the audition.


Trombone

The invited applicant will prepare a full recital, with appropriate literature in each style period, from which a 30-minute audition will be performed. The applicant should supply a printed recital program for the audition committee. Accompanists are required for all wind auditions. Although it is recommended that the applicant provide his/her own accompanist, the Music Performance Department can supply a list of available local accompanists for hire.

A 30-minute interview will be held immediately after the audition.


Trumpet

The invited applicant will prepare a full recital, with appropriate literature in each style period, from which a 30-minute audition will be performed. The applicant should supply a printed recital program for the audition committee. Accompanists are required for all wind auditions. Although it is recommended that the applicant provide his/her own accompanist, the Music Performance Department can supply a list of available local accompanists for hire.

A 30-minute interview will be held immediately after the audition.


Tuba

The invited applicant will prepare a full recital, with appropriate literature in each style period, from which a 30-minute audition will be performed. The applicant should supply a printed recital program for the audition committee. Accompanists are required for all wind auditions. Although it is recommended that the applicant provide his/her own accompanist, the Music Performance Department can supply a list of available local accompanists for hire.

A 30-minute interview will be held immediately after the audition.


Viola

Accompanists are required for all string auditions. Although it is recommended that the applicant provides his/her own accompanist, the Music Performance Department can supply a list of available local accompanists for hire.

At the time of the on-campus audition, a list of prepared pieces should be presented, from which the audition committee will select representative pieces to be performed.

  • One entire 19th or 20th century concerto
  • A Bach Suite (preferably IV, V, or VI), Solo Sonata or Partita
  • One Fuchs Caprice or etude of similar difficulty
  • Piece of choice

(The concerto or the piece of choice must be from the 20th or 21st century.)


Violin

Accompanists are required for all string auditions. Although it is recommended that the applicant provides his/her own accompanist, the Music Performance Department can supply a list of available local accompanists for hire.

At the time of the on-campus audition, a list of prepared pieces should be presented from which the audition committee will select representative pieces to be performed.

  • One entire 19th or 20th century concerto
  • First two movements of a Bach Solo Sonata, or the Ciacona
  • First movement (with cadenza) of either the 4th or 5th Mozart Violin Concerto
  • Piece of choice

(The concerto or the piece of choice must be from the 20th or 21st century.)


Voice

If granted a live audition, the applicant will prepare eight selections with appropriate literature in each style period. A list of prepared pieces should be presented by the applicant to the audition committee. Applicants are responsible for securing their own accompanist. If you would like a list of local accompanists please contact Dr. Catherine Keen Hock at rckeen@uncg.edu.

The audition must include the following:

  1. At least one art song in each of the following languages: English, French, and German.
  2. An aria from an opera.
  3. An aria from an oratorio.
  4. A 20th century work for voice with piano or chamber ensemble.
  5. At least one selection in Italian.


Complete the audition

Once you submit the form in the “Apply for an audition” step, you will be contacted by the College of Visual and Performing Arts with further instructions and details.

Assistantships and other opportunities
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro provides a number of funding and support opportunities for graduate students. More information on opportunities available to graduate students in the School of Music is available here.


Certificate

Step 1: Apply for Admission to the University of North Carolina at Greensboro

Apply for Admission to the Graduate School via ApplyYourself:

Apply through ApplyYourself

Prospective graduate students should apply through ApplyYourself. You should be ready to submit the following materials with your Graduate School application:

  • $65 application fee
  • Transcripts from all institutions where coursework was completed
    • All credentials must be in English.
    • Where a degree was earned, the official transcript must indicate the name of the degree and the date awarded.
    • If you are actively pursuing a degree at the time of application to UNCG, an unofficial transcript will be accepted until you are able to present an official transcript proving degree completion and confirming reported GPA.
  • Three (3) letters of recommendation former professors, employers, or persons well-acquainted with the prospective student’s academic and/or performance potential
    • For current degree-seeking students applying for a Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Composition, at least one letter of recommendation must be from a Composition faculty member at UNCG.
    • For current degree-seeking students applying for a Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Jazz Studies, at least one letter of recommendation must be from a Jazz faculty member at UNCG.
  • Personal Statement
    • For the PBC in Music Education and PBC in Composition:
      • Although no supplemental documents are required for admission, applicants are encouraged to submit a personal statement briefly outlining their academic and career goals.
    • For the PBC in Ethnomusicology:
      • A writing sample showing significant engagement with music and culture
      • A statement of intent outlining your background in ethnomusicology and your particular goals and interests
    • For the PBC in Musicology (Historical)
      • A writing sample that demonstrates intellectual engagement with music
      • A statement of intent outlining your background, interests, and goals in musicology
    • For the PBC in Music Theory
      • Although no supplemental documents are required for admission, applicants are encouraged to submit a personal statement outlining their interest in Music Theory and their experience in related fields.
    • For the PMC in Music Theory Pedagogy
      • Although no supplemental documents are required for admission, applicants are encouraged to submit a personal statement outlining their interest in Music Theory Pedagogy and their experience in related fields.

NOTE: The College of Visual and Performing Arts encourages students to submit materials at least 3 weeks prior to deadlines. From November – March, processing at The Graduate School can take 3 – 4 weeks. Submitting materials on or just prior to deadlines could result in a processing delay.

 

Step 2: Submit Supplemental Materials

Following submission of your application via ApplyYourself, you should submit the Request for Certificate Application Review form.

For the Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Composition:

All applicants must send a portfolio of scores and recordings of original compositions (normally consisting of 3-5 works).

For the Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Musicology (Historical), Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Music Theory:

No supplemental materials are required, but applicants must pass the music theory diagnostic exam with a score of 75% or better. You will be contacted to set up a time for this exam.

Complete the interview

Applicants will be required to interview with participating faculty. You will be contacted by UNCG faculty to set up a date for this interview. After confirming your interview date, please fill in the Graduate Audition Request form to finalize your visit.