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2021 Auditions
In response to ongoing global health concerns, the UNCG School of Music will not host live, on-campus auditions for Spring 2021 and Fall 2021 admission. Auditions will only be conducted by video recording submission.

Thank you for your interest in graduate music study at the UNCG School of Music! If you have questions about our admissions processes not addressed in the materials below, please contact the Mr. Matthew Reese, Graduate Student Services Specialist, at 336.334.5794 or mjreese@uncg.edu.

Masters

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Application Deadlines (for Fall enrollment)

  • MM in Performance (Choral and Instrumental Conducting – prescreening required): December 1,
  • MM in Performance (all areas except conducting – prescreening NOT required): January 15
  • MM in Composition: July 1
  • MM in Music Education: March 15
  • MM in Music Theory: July 1

Application Deadlines (for Summer enrollment – Music Education only)

  • MM in Music Education: March 15

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

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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 : an undergraduate degree in music is required for all MM degree programs.
    • 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 School of Music 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.

Additional application requirements/supplemental materials are required for specific degrees.

Please select your degree below:


Master of Music in Performance

  • This degree offers conservatory-type performance training and complements this with academic offerings directly related to careers in performance.
  • An audition is required for this degree. Please see audition requirements listed below.

Master of Music in Performance - Instrumental and Choral Conducting Areas

  • This degree offers conservatory-type performance training and complements this with academic offerings directly related to careers in performance.
  • Submission of pre-audition materials is required. All materials must be received no later than December 1 and should be uploaded into the online application.
  • The following materials are required:
    • 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.
    • Video recordings of the applicant conducting an instrumental / choral ensemble in a rehearsal and in a performance. Video files should be submitted within the online application.
      • 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.

Master of Music in Music Education

  • This degree provides advancement of music teaching skills and knowledge. Students can enroll as full-time on campusstudents during the academic year, or as completely online/distance students with a combination of summer and academic year coursework.
  • In addition to the standard application requirements, you should also include the following supplemental materials with your online application:
  • Evidence of Teaching Licensure in Music. To receive Advanced Licensure in Music upon successful completion of the MM degree program, the candidate must have taught for three or more years.


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. Include recordings (MIDI realizations are acceptable). Portfolios should be submitted 3-5 weeks prior to your desired interview date. All portfolio materials (score PDFs and recordings) should be submitted within your online application.

Master of Music in Music Theory

  • With seminars in pedagogy, Schenkerian analysis, post-tonal theory, rhythm & meter, and a survey of the discipline, this degree prepares students for entry to competitive doctoral programs in music theory.
  • In addition to the standard application requirements, you should also include the following supplemental materials with your online application:
    • Submit a scholarly written paper on a musical topic, preferably one related to music theory and/or analysis. The paper should include proper citation and a bibliography, and should be of considerable length (at least 5-10 pages, exclusive of the bibliography). This paper must be received at least three weeks in advance of the desired interview date.
    • Applicants should have taken a counterpoint course equivalent to MUS 508: Tonal Counterpoint with a grade of “C” or better as evidenced on their transcript. Students who have not taken such a course may fulfill this requirement at UNCG.
  • After the online application is submitted and reviewed by the theory faculty, successful applicants will be invited to a live on campus interview. During the interview, the applicant will be asked to demonstrate proficiency in harmonic analysis, sight-singing, dictation, and keyboard performance. The applicant will also take a written exam in the fundamentals of music theory, tonal harmony, and form.


Step 2: Request a Virtual Audition/Interview Date and Prepare Recorded Audition Materials

All students applying to the Master of Music in Performance must request an interview with the performance faculty on one of four possible dates, all Saturdays: November 14, 2020, January 23, February 6, or February 20, 2021 by submitting the Graduate Music Audition Request Form.

Graduate Music Audition Request Form

Once you submit the form in the “Request an audition” step, you will be contacted by the School of Music with further instructions and details.

Click on your instrument below to view the repertoire requirements for your recorded audition video.


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

Master’s/Post-Baccalaureate Certificate audition requirements:

Solo Work
Any unaccompanied work written after 1950.
(Examples: Berio “Sequenza IXa,” Mandat “Folk Songs,” Ran “For An Actor”)

Concerto
Choose one of the following concertos and prepare any two movements of the concerto:

    • Adams, Gnarly Buttons
    • Copland, Concerto (entire piece)
    • Corigliano, Concerto
    • Francaix, Concerto
    • Mozart, Concerto K. 622
    • Nielsen, Concerto
    • Weber, Concerto #2 in E-flat

Sonata
One work (or one movement of a larger work) for clarinet and piano.
(Examples: Debussy “Premiere Rhapsody,” Schumann “Fantasy Pieces,” Tower “Fantasy”)

Orchestral Excerpts
A selection of standard orchestral excerpts.

Optional: One Work on Bass Clarinet or E-Flat Clarinet
An example of your performance ability on bass clarinet or e-flat clarinet.

Sightreading


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

  • Submission of pre-audition materials is required. See Step 1 above for details and deadlines.
  • 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.
  • 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:
    • Ability to communicate musical ideas with conviction through conducting and rehearsal techniques.
    • Ability to evaluate and respond to the sound of a choral ensemble.
  • Arrangements for this audition should be made directly with  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. See Step 1 above for details and deadlines.
  • 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.
  • 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:
  • Ability to communicate musical ideas with conviction through conducting and rehearsal techniques.
  • Ability to evaluate and respond to the sound of an instrumental ensemble.
  • Arrangements for this audition should be made directly Dr. Kevin Geraldi 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.


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.

Harp

  • First movement of the Mozart Flute and Harp Concerto (cadenza of candidate’s choosing). Memorization is not required.
  • Two complete works comparable in difficulty and scope to the Sonata of Hindemith or the Impromptu of Fauré. Memorization of these two works is required.

Choose 3 of the following excerpts:

  • Bartok: Concerto for Orchestra – movements 4 AND 5
  • Berlioz: Symphonie Fantastique – movement 2
  • Britten: Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra – Variation I AND Fugue I-J
  • Ravel: Tzigane – cadenza
  • Rimsky-Korsakov: Capriccio Espagnol – movement 4 cadenza AND complete movement 5
  • Tchaikovsky: Swan Lake – Act II Cadenza
  • Verdi: Overture to La Forza del Destino


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 3: Submit Your Recorded Audition Materials (All Non-Conducting Applicants)

In response to ongoing global health concerns, the UNCG School of Music will not host live, on-campus auditions for Spring 2021 and Fall 2021 admission. Auditions will only be conducted by video recording submission.

Audition videos must be submitted no later than the Sunday prior to your scheduled live audition/interview date.

  • Video recordings should be uploaded to the Portfolio section of your Graduate Application. You may either upload the original video or provide a link to videos already shared on YouTube. Note: YouTube videos should be listed as Public or Unlisted, but not Private.
  • CD/DVD submissions will not be accepted.
  • Voice auditions must be accompanied—no a cappella singing, please. Accompaniment may be live or pre-recorded.
  • Instrumentalists may choose to perform unaccompanied.
  • Contact your studio professor ahead of time if there are any questions regarding the audition requirements for your instrument.

RECORDING GUIDANCE

  1. Present a professional image.
  2. Your video recordings should clearly show your face and most of your body. Ideally, the camera should be far enough away (6 ft or more) to avoid sound distortion, but still close enough to see your instrument and technique.
  3. Please keep the camera fixed and do not pan or zoom during your recording.
  4. Professional recordings are not required. Recordings taken from handheld devices are permitted, so long as the quality is sufficient to meet our requests.
  5. Ensure that the recording you’ve made is good quality and that you have followed all audition requirements (see above).

Your audition video will be uploaded to the Portfolio section of your Graduate Application. Remember, video recordings uploaded to YouTube may be Public or Unlisted, but not Private.

STEP 3 FOR CONDUCTING APPLICANTS: COMPLETE THE AUDITION

Following a successful review of your pre-screening materials, conducting applicants to both choral and instrumental conducting areas will be invited to campus for a live audition/interview process. The conducting faculty will communicate with you directly regarding our safety procedures during your audition visit, and will work with each individual to provide virtual audition options if you are unable to visit for a live audition during this time.

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.

Questions regarding the application and audition/interview process for all graduate music degrees may be directed to:

Mr. Matthew Reese – mjreese@uncg.edu, or (336) 334-5794


Doctoral – DMA in Music

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Application Deadlines (for Fall enrollment)

  • DMA in Music (Choral and Instrumental Conducting): December 1
  • DMA in Music (all areas except conducting): January 5

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

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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 School of Music 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, Piano, Choral Conducting, Instrumental Conducting, String Instruments, Woodwind Instruments, Brass Instruments, Percussion, Voice, and Composition.

Doctor of Philosophy in Music Education
The PhD in Music Education requires 54 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 University Catalog.

Step 2: Submit Pre-Audition Materials

Submission of supplemental/pre-audition materials is required. DMA in Instrumental and Choral Conducting applicants must submit all materials by December 1. All other DMA in Music concentrations must submit all materials by January 5. Pre-audition materials will not be reviewed by faculty until submission of an application to the Graduate School.

The following supplemental/pre-audition materials are required of all non-conducting areas:

  • Recordings (either video or audio only recordings are acceptable)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. Recordings must be uploaded into the online application and include a brief description of each recording, including the repertoire performed, date recorded, and location.
  • A repertory list.
  • Programs and other pertinent documentation of work in the performance area.
  • If you have questions regarding repertoire selection for your pre-audition recordings, please contact the faculty in your performance area.

The following supplemental/pre-audition materials are required of all conducting (instrumental or choral) areas:

  • Audio recordings containing a representative sampling of the applicant conducting a choral or instrumental ensemble. The quality of the performance and the repertoire conducted are important considerations. Audio recordings must be uploaded into the online application.
  • Video recordings of the applicant conducting an ensemble in a rehearsal and in a performance. The rehearsal recording must be taken from the ensemble perspective, camera facing the conductor. The performance may be recorded from either the ensemble perspective or the audience’s perspective. Video recordings must be uploaded into the online application.
  • A repertory list of significant compositions conducted in the past five years, including the names of the ensembles and dates of performances.
  • A list of all formal conducting training including each academic course (institution, teacher, academic credit, text-books, etc.) as well as workshops or institutes attended.

The pre-audition recording(s)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.

Step 3: Schedule an Audition with Music Faculty

Graduate Audition Request Form

Following the review of your completed online application and supplemental materials/pre-audition recordings, the Music Performance faculty in your area will notify you with the results of your application review and, if successful, will invite you to campus for a live audition / interview or will make arrangements for a virtual live audition with you. At that time, you and the faculty member will arrange the details of your audition date. After arranging an audition date with the faculty, you should then fill out the Graduate Audition Request form to confirm your scheduled audition date/time.

Step 4: Complete the audition

Click on your instrument below to view the repertoire requirements for your live audition.


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 School of Music 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 UNCG Clarinet Studio is not accepting DMA Applications during the 2020-2021 School Year.

  • 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 School of Music 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

  • Applicants who successfully pass the pre-audition will receive an invitation for an on-campus audition.
    • 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:
    • Ability to communicate musical ideas with conviction through conducting and rehearsal techniques.
    • Ability to evaluate and respond to the sound of an instrumental ensemble.

Arrangements for this audition should be made directly with Dr. Kevin Geraldi 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.


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 School of Music 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 School of Music 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 School of Music 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 School of Music 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 School of Music 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 School of Music can supply a list of available local accompanists for hire.
  • A 30-minute interview will be held immediately after the audition.


Trumpet

In lieu of an in-person audition, DMA applicants will submit a video audition. This video must be shot in one continuous take (about 30 minutes). Editing other than trimming the beginning and end of the video is prohibited. Performing with keyboard accompaniment is ideal, but not required. Performing with a recorded accompaniment is encouraged as long as it enhances your presentation.

Applicants may select their own repertoire from each of the following categories that best reflect their abilities:

  • Baroque: Choose one movement (or about 5 mins of music) of a work from the Baroque era, to be performed on either piccolo trumpet or baroque trumpet
  • One movement from a major concerto or sonata OR an entire unaccompanied trumpet solo (no more than 10 minutes)
  • Orchestral Excerpts: Choose 3 standard orchestral excerpts to perform
  • Jazz Solo (Optional, but encouraged): Perform a transcription of a jazz solo. This can be your own transcription or something that has already been transcribed.

Each selection must be announced or program information should be provided in some form.

After the video has been reviewed, a 30-minute Zoom interview will be scheduled for each applicant with members of the UNCG School of Music faculty. Please be prepared to sight read and to replay any of the audition materials.


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 School of Music 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 Mr. Matthew Reese – mjreese@uncg.edu, or (336) 334-5794.

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.


Once you submit the form in the “Schedule an audition” step, you will be contacted by the School of Music 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.

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:

  • have submitted a complete Application to the Graduate School
  • complete an on-campus audition or interview by February 28

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.

Questions regarding the application and audition/interview process for all graduate music degrees may be directed to:

Mr. Matthew Reese – mjreese@uncg.edu, or (336) 334-5794

Doctoral – PhD in Music Education

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Application Deadlines (for Fall enrollment)

  • PhD in Music Education: April 15 (Application materials must be completed by January 15 for consideration for a teaching assistantship.)

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

Click here to Apply

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 School of Music 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, Piano, Choral Conducting, Instrumental Conducting, String Instruments, Woodwind Instruments, Brass Instruments, Percussion, Voice, and Composition.

Doctor of Philosophy in Music Education
The PhD in Music Education requires 54 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 University Catalog.

Step 2: 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.

You should upload your teaching video(s) into your online application, including a Word document or PowerPoint presentation detailing the contents of your video.

Step 3: Interview with Music Education Faculty

Following the review of your completed online application and supplemental materials, the Music Education faculty will notify you with the results of your application review and, if successful, will invite you to campus for an interview or will invite you to a virtual interview. At that time, you and the music education faculty member will arrange your interview date and discuss further details regarding the interview process.

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.

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:

  • have submitted a complete Application to the Graduate School
  • complete an on-campus or virtual audition or interview by February 28

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.

Questions regarding the application and audition/interview process for all graduate music degrees may be directed to:

Mr. Matthew Reese – mjreese@uncg.edu, or (336) 334-5794


Certificate

The UNCG School of Music offers graduate level certificates in the following areas:

Post-Baccalaureate Certificate

  • Ethnomusicology
  • Historical Keyboard Performance
  • Jazz Studies
  • Music Composition
  • Music Education
  • Music Theory
  • Musicology
  • Performance

Post-Master’s Certificate

  • Music Theory Pedagogy

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

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

  • $65 application fee (the application fee is waived for current UNCG students)
  • 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 fromformer 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.
  • Additional Requirements unique to each Certificate:
    • PBC in Composition
      • Submit a portfolio of scores and recordings of original compositions (normally consisting of 3-5 works).
      • For current degree-seeking students, at least one letter of recommendation must be from a Composition faculty member at UNCG
    • 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
      • An interview with participating faculty
    • PBC in Historical Keyboard Performance
      • An audition is required
    • PBC in Jazz Studies
      • An audition is required
      • For current degree-seeking students, at least one letter of recommendation must be from a Jazz faculty member at UNCG
    • PBC in Music Education
      • Although no supplemental documents are required for admission, applicants are encouraged to submit a personal statement briefly outlining their academic and career goals.
    • PBC in Musicology
      • Pass the music history diagnostic exam
      • A writing sample that demonstrates intellectual engagement with music
      • A statement of intent outlining your background, interests, and goals in musicology
      • Interview with participating faculty
    • PBC in Music Theory
      • Consult University Catalog
      • Earn a passing score on the Graduate Theory Diagnostic Exam
      • Provide a statement of intent that outlines their background and interest in music theory and their goals
      • Interview with participating faculty
    • PBC in Music Performance
      • An audition is required (see the Audition Materials descriptions under Masters degree requirements; auditions for either the Masters degree or Music Performance Certificate require preparation of the same audition materials).
    • PMC in Music Theory Pedagogy
      • Consult University Catalog
      • Must be enrolled in a doctoral degree program in music
      • Earn a passing score on the Graduate Theory Diagnostic Exam
      • Provide a statement of intent that outlines their background and interest in music theory and their goals
      • Interview with participating faculty. The interview involves an assessment of skills required for the teaching of music theory and ear training.

NOTE: The School of Music 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: Complete the Interview/Audition (if required)

Applicants to a Certificate program that requires an interview will be contacted by a faculty member from the certificate area to set up a date for this interview.

Applicants to a Certificate program that requires an audition must submit your audition recordings in the Portfolio section of your Graduate Application. You should schedule your virtual audition/interview session with the certificate faculty by submitting the Graduate Audition Request Form.

Audition videos must be submitted no later than the Sunday prior to your scheduled live audition/interview date.

Questions regarding the application and audition/interview process for all graduate music degrees may be directed to:

Mr. Matthew Reese – mjreese@uncg.edu, or (336) 334-5794