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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.

We hope you’ve taken some time to review our Undergraduate Degrees and Programs. If you’ve decided that the UNCG School of Music is the right fit for you and your future, we’re proud to be your choice! Your journey starts here.

Questions?

Should you have questions about our admissions processes not addressed in the materials below, please contact Ms. Emily Ford-Coates at musaud@uncg.edu.


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Full admission to the School of Music is contingent upon acceptance into the University by the Office of Undergraduate Admissions, a complete application to the School of Music, and submission of an audition recording and/or supplemental materials (where applicable). 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 or the Common Application.

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  • An audition is a required step for those interested in the Bachelor of Music in Performance, Music Education, and Composition degrees.
  • Prospective students interested in the Bachelor of Arts in Music who wish to include private studio lessons as part of their studies must successfully complete an audition. Those students who do not wish to include private studio instruction may move on to Step 3.
  • Prospective students interested in Composition should, in addition to an audition, prepare a portfolio of their work and an essay (see Step 4).

Please choose the degree in which you are interested:


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. Prepare audition/interview materials
  3. Apply to the School of Music
  4. Attend Virtual Meeting


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. Prepare audition/interview materials
  3. Apply to the School of Music
  4. Complete the Music Education Interview Survey
  5. Attend Virtual Meeting

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.

Prospective Composition students must audition on an instrument or in voice, and must adhere to the audition requirements for that area.

  1. Apply to the University
  2. Prepare audition/interview materials
  3. Prepare the following supplemental materials to upload to your Digital Portfolio:
    • A portfolio of original compositions, 2-5 selections (at least 3, if available). 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?
  4. Apply to the School of Music
  5. Attend Virtual Meeting


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 Application to the School of Music. For potential scholarship opportunities, you have the option of uploading a writing sample/paper of no fewer than 1500 words. In addition, you may also upload a provide that demonstrates and highlights your unique strengths as a musician.

Please Note:  Students interested in private studio lessons as part of their studies must successfully complete an audition (see requirements and procedures in Steps 2 and 3).

  1. Apply to the University
  2. Prepare audition/interview materials (if studio lessons are desired)
  3. Apply to the School of Music
  4. Attend Virtual Meeting


Music Minor

Music Minor

A non-audition 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.

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 Steps 2 and 3.

  1. Apply to the University
  2. Contact your academic advisor to add a Music Minor

    Music minors who are interested in private lessons must also:

  3. Prepare audition/interview materials (if studio lessons are desired)
  4. Apply to the School of Music
  5. Attend Virtual Meeting



Please choose your instrument (if an audition is required):

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)

Violin, Viola, and Cello students interested in Music Education, Composition, or the BA in Music should be prepared to perform the following:

  1. One movement of a Bach solo work for your instrument
  2. One movement of a concerto or virtuoso piece


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

Students interested in Performance:

Prepare 2 or 3 contrasting solo works showcasing technique and musicality. One of these 3 solo works must be a Bach/Grandjany Etude of your choosing.  Memorization is preferred, but not required.

Students interested in Music Education, Composition, or BA:

Prepare 2 contrasting solo works showcasing technique and musicality.  Memorization is preferred, but not required.

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. 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.

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.


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 one major and one harmonic minor scale 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, Viola, and Cello students interested in Music Education, Composition, or the BA in Music should be prepared to perform the following:

  1. One movement of a Bach solo work for your instrument
  2. One movement of a concerto or virtuoso piece


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)

Violin, Viola, and Cello students interested in Music Education, Composition, or the BA in Music should be prepared to perform the following:

  1. One movement of a Bach solo work for your instrument
  2. One movement of a concerto or virtuoso piece


Voice

Perform, from memory, two contrasting solo pieces from the standard art song repertoire. All selections should be for solo voice with piano accompaniment, either live or pre-recorded. A capella auditions or vocal lines excerpted from choral works are not acceptable.

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.

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.

  • CD/DVD submissions will not be accepted. Please upload your video file or include a link to your recording as part of the Application to the School of Music (see Step 4). YouTube videos may be Public or Unlisted, but not Private. 
  • 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

Recordings of undergraduate applicants should be one unedited, continuous recording of all repertoire. These should be filmed in the spirit of a live audition, without an audience.

  1. Begin your recording facing the camera. Introduce yourself and the piece(s) you are about to present. If you would like to share something you would like the faculty to know, feel free to do so.
  2. Please speak loudly and clearly. Present a professional image.
  3. 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.
  4. Please keep the camera fixed and do not pan or zoom during your recording.
  5. Professional recordings are not required. Recordings taken from handheld devices are permitted, so long as the quality is sufficient to meet our requests.
  6. Ensure that the recording you’ve made is good quality and that the file contains all audition requirements (see Step 2 for those).

Your audition video will be uploaded to your Digital Portfolio in the Application to the School of Music (see Step 4). Remember, video recordings uploaded to YouTube may be Public or Unlisted, but not Private.

School of Music Undergraduate ApplicationAll prospective students must complete the Application to the School of Music. This online form will require that you create an account and password.

  • All prospective students wishing to take lessons must audition for a spot in their desired studio(s). An audition is a required step for those interested in the Bachelor of Music in Performance, Music Education, and Composition degrees.
  • Prospective students interested in Composition should, in addition to their audition recording, upload the required materials to the Digital Portfolio in the School of Music application.
  • Prospective students interested in the Bachelor of Music in Music Education must complete the Music Education Interview Survey prior your audition/interview date.
  • Audition recordings will be uploaded to the Digital Portfolio in the School of Music Application.

Submission Deadlines

The deadline for undergraduate students to submit their application with video is the Sunday before each audition day.

DEADLINES
Virtual Audition DateApplication Submitted By 11:59 PM ET     
Saturday, November 14, 2020Sunday, November 8, 2020
Saturday, January 23, 2021Sunday, January 17, 2020
Saturday, February 6, 2021Sunday, January 31, 2020
Saturday, February 20, 2021*          Sunday, February 14, 2020          
*final date for scholarship consideration          

Applicants are expected to submit an audition video and attend a virtual audition day meeting with members of the School of Music faculty via Zoom. On your selected audition date, prospective students will meet individually with members of the School of Music faculty.

In keeping with our continued goals of equity and inclusion during these unprecedented times, sight reading and performing will not be required of students during virtual meetings. Instead, this will be a chance for the faculty to meet prospective students and ask and answer questions.

These meetings will begin promptly at 9:30 AM ET and will last approximately 15 minutes. Students can expect to be given a meeting time anywhere between 9:30 AM to 2:00 PM ET. Invitations will be sent via email the week prior to the selected virtual audition date.

Music Education Interviews

For students interested in Music Education, a separate interview will be conducted with members of the Music Education faculty on the same date. Please complete the Music Education Interview Survey before your scheduled meeting with Music Education faculty. If, after your initial virtual audition day meetings, you decide that you wish to be considered for the Music Education degree, please contact the School of Music to arrange a supplemental interview.

Missed Audition Meeting

If a prospective student experiences technical difficulties or misses their scheduled meeting with faculty entirely, please contact the School of Music at 336.310.9615. We will work to resolve the issue or reschedule the student to another audition date.

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 email. In order to be eligible for a music scholarship, you should plan to audition no later than final audition date 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.

Transfer Students

Theory and ear training placement tests will be offered 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.