Auditions to Major in Music

 

Music Department Auditions for Prospective Music Majors

Auditions for 2019-2020 will be on Saturday, November 10, 2018 and January 26, 2019.
Location: Lipinsky Hall

Audition Requirements For Prospective Music Majors

In order to be accepted into a UNC Asheville music degree program, applicants must first pass an instrumental or vocal audition placing them into MUSC 291 or higher. It is highly recommended that students pass an audition before enrolling at UNC Asheville.

Out-Of-State Prospective Students

Auditioning in person is strongly preferred, but applicants who are unable to do so because of distance may submit a video audition.

Post your video(s) on YouTube or a similar host, be sure the privacy settings will allow us to see them, and send the link(s) to music@unca.edu before the scheduled audition date. If you are accepted you will need to take the music theory and piano placement tests when you arrive on campus.

Material

Approximately 10 minutes of material should be prepared according to the requirements below. Applicants for any of our three degree programs may follow either the classical or jazz/contemporary guidelines.

Audition Dates and Application

Music Department Auditions for Prospective Music Majors
 

Auditions for Fall 2019 will be on Saturday, November 10, 2018. Spring auditions will be in January 26, 2019.
Location: Lipinsky Hall

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Auditions will begin at 1:00 pm.

Audition Application

Audition Requirements - Classical

Applicants can prepare either a jazz/contemporary or classical audition for any of our three degree programs.

Instrumental

scales - major, minor, chromatic (brass, winds, piano)
    modes (guitar)

traditional classical repertoire appropriate to the instrument

Standard Repertoire appropriate to instrument.

Percussion

Percussionists should be prepared to demonstrate skills on snare drum, plus your choice of at least one other instrument:
  • snare drum: rudiments and a short prepared piece. Sight reading may be required.
  • drum set: rock, funk, swing, and bossa nova styles
  • vibraphone: major and minor scales and one jazz standard
  • congas/hand percussion: traditional patterns (such as guaguanco and tumbao over 2/3 and 3/2 clave) and improvisation

Vocalists

Repertoire
Vocalists should be able to demonstrate proficiency in a variety of styles.

Choose 1 from this list:
Italian anthology song (sung in Italian or English).Classical or Romantic period song in English.Vocalization (demonstration of vocal range)

And choose 1 or both of these:
20th/21st Century or Broadway songs in English

Jazz pieces from the standard repertoire (sing in appropriate range; choose songs that show agility and lyricism of the voice, as well as proper control and breath support)

Scales/Modes
No scales or modes will be included in the audition.

Sight Reading
Sight-singing to be selected by the faculty.

Piano

    Major and minor scales to 5 sharps or flats; chromatic scale; (all scales 2 hands, 4 octaves).
    A representative Baroque work by Bach, such as an Invention, or Little Prelude, or Prelude & Fugue; or a Scarlatti sonata.
    Movement from a representative Classic period work such as a Clementi sonatina, Haydn sonata, or Mozart or Beethoven piece.
    A short Romantic work by composers such as Chopin (Preludes, Waltzes), Schumann (Album for the Young), Schubert, Mendelssohn, or Brahms.

Flute

    Major and minor scales to 4 sharps or flats, 2 octaves; chromatic scale.
    A representative Baroque work such as a sonata by Bach, Telemann, or Vivaldi.
    Movement from a representative Classic period work such as a concerto by Haydn or Mozart, or a short work by Gluck.
    Short Romantic work from French repertoire, by composers such as Saint-Saens, Chaminade, Taffanel, Gaubert or Bizet.

Oboe

    Major and minor scales to 4 sharps or flats, 2 octaves; chromatic scale.
    A representative Baroque work such as a sonata or concerto by Handel, Vivaldi, Telemann, Bach, Marcello or Cimarosa.
    Movement of a Classic period concerto by Mozart or Haydn, or Romantic work by Saint-Saens or Schumann, or Fehrling or Barrett etude.

Clarinet

    Major and minor scales to 5 sharps or flats, 2 octaves minimum, 3 octaves when possible; chromatic scale.
    Movement of a representative Classic or Romantic period sonata or concerto by composers such as Mozart, Weber, Crusell, Schumann, or Brahms.
    Representative orchestral excerpts or standard etude.

Saxophone

    Major and minor scales to 4 sharps or flats, 2 octaves, when possible; chromatic scale.
    Solo or Etude from books such as Rubank, Advanced Method Vol. I or II, Selected Studies by H. Voxman or Concert and Contest Collection by H. Voxman.

Bassoon

    Major / minor scales to 4 sharps or flats; 2 octaves minimum, 3 octaves when possible; chromatic scale.
    Movement of a representative Baroque Classic or Romantic period sonata or concerto by composers such as Vivaldi, Mozart, or Weber.
    Representative orchestral excerpts or standard etude.

Horn

    Major and minor scales to 4 sharps or flats, 2 octaves; chromatic scale.
    Movement of a classic period concerto by Mozart or Haydn.
    Representative portion of Romantic period work by Schumann, Saint-Saens, Dukas, or Richard Strauss.
    Representative orchestral excerpts or standard etude.

Trumpet

    Major and minor scales to 5 sharps or flats, 2 octaves; chromatic scale.
    Movement of Classical period concerto by composers such as L. Mozart, Haydn, or Hummel.
    Short concert piece from Romantic or 20th Century period.
    Representative orchestral excerpts or standard etude.

Trombone

    Major and minor scales to 4 sharps or flats, 2 octaves; chromatic scale.
    Movement from solo concerto or sonata repertoire by composers such as Dittersdorf or David.
    Representative orchestral excerpts or standard etude.

Tuba

    Major and minor scales to 4 sharps or flats, 2 octaves; chromatic scale.
    Movement from solo concerto or sonata repertoire by composers such as Vaughan Williams.
    Representative orchestral excerpts or standard etude.

Harp

    Major and minor scales to 4 sharps or flats, 2 hands, 3 octaves.
    Standard etude by composers such as Bochsa or Pozzoli.
    Short solo work by composers such as Grandjany or Tournier.
    Movement from solo repertoire by composers such as Handel, Debussy, Ravel, Hindemith or Tailleferre.

Guitar

    Two- or three-octave major scales and melodic minor scales from Segovia or Carlevaro books.
    Etude by composers such as Leo Brouwer, Fernando Sor or Heitor Villa-Lobos.
    Character piece by composers such as Tarrega, Sor, Carcassi, or Aguado.

Violin

    Major and minor scales to 4 flats and sharps in 2 octaves minimum, 3 octaves when possible with various bowings.
    Etude such as those by Kreutzer, Rode or Fiorillo.
    Fast and slow movement from standard repertory sonata or concerto by composers such as Bach, Handel, Vivaldi, Mozart, Haydn, Beethoven, or Mendelssohn and/or standard orchestral excerpts.

Viola

    Major / minor scales to 4 flats and sharps in 2 octaves minimum, 3 octaves when possible with various bowings.
    Etude such as those by Campagnoli, Fuchs, Rode or Dont.
    Fast and slow movement from standard repertory sonata or concerto by composers such as Bach, Handel, Vivaldi, Stamitz, or Haydn and/or standard orchestral excerpts.

Cello

    Major and minor scales to 4 flats and sharps, 2 octaves minimum, 3 octaves when possible in various bowings.
    Movement from a Bach solo cello suite, or Popper etude.
    Movement from a standard repertory concerto or sonata by composers such as Haydn, Vivaldi, Boccherini, Saint-Saens, Lalo, Sammartini, Schumann, or Dvorak and/or orchestral excerpts.

Double Bass

    Major and minor scales to four flats and sharps, 2 octaves.
    Standard etude or Bach transcription.
    Movement from solo work such as sonatas by Vivaldi, Eccles, or Marcello, or Capuzzi concerto.
    Standard orchestral excerpts such as those from the symphonies of Mozart, Beethoven, or Brahms.

Note: Some types of equipment may be provided upon request.

Audition Requirements - Jazz/Contemporary

Applicants can prepare either a jazz/contemporary or classical audition for any of our three degree programs.

Instrumentalist (except percussion):

Scales/Modes
Major, minor, natural, harmonic, melodic minor, chromatic, major and minor pentatonic.

Chords
Basic Seventh chords [for chordal instruments only] - major, minor, dominant, diminished 7th, half-diminished

One ballad, one swing, and one Latin or jazz rock tune from the standard jazz repertoire. The following tunes are examples of acceptable standards, but auditionees may choose other similar compositions if desired.

    Appropriate Swing Tunes: Blues (C Jam Blues, Sonny Moon for Two, Tenor Madness, etc.), Rhythm Changes (I Got Rhythm, Oleo, Cottontail, etc.), All the Things You Are, All of Me, Autumn Leaves, The Days of Wine and Roses, Don't Get Around Much Anymore, Four, How High the Moon, Impressions, Just Friends, My Romance, Out of Nowhere, Satin Doll, Sugar, Stella By Starlight, Take the A Train, There Will Never Be Another You.
    Appropriate Latin/Rock Tunes: Black Orpheus, Blue Bossa, Chameleon, Desafinado, The Girl From Ipanema, Green Dolphin Street, How Insensitive, Nica's Dream, Recordame, Red Clay, Song For My Father, Tough Talk.
    Appropriate Ballads: Body and Soul, Don't Blame Me, Here's That Rainy Day, I Can't Get Started, In a Sentimental Mood, Lament, Misty, My Funny Valentine.
    This list should be considered just suggestions. Virtually any tune chosen from a Jamey Aebersold play-a-long would be appropriate.

Percussion:

Percussionists should be prepared to demonstrate skills on snare drum, plus your choice of at least one other instrument:

    snare drum: rudiments and a short prepared piece. Sight reading may be required.
    drum set: rock, funk, swing, and bossa nova styles
    vibraphone: major and minor scales and either a short prepared piece or a jazz standard (see “Repertoire” under “Instrumental”)
    marimba: major and minor scales and a short prepared piece
    congas/hand percussion: traditional patterns (such as guaguanco and tumbao over 2/3 and 3/2 clave) and improvisation
    timpani: tuning and a short prepared piece

Music Theory and Piano Placement

The music theory placement exam will be given during orientation prior to the term. This exam determines whether you must take Introductory Music Theory and Aural Skills before Music Theory and Aural Skills I.

The exam includes:

- Naming notes in treble and bass clef
- Identifying scales (major and 3 types of minor)
- Identifying simple intervals (by number and quality)
- Identifying major and minor key signatures
- Identifying major and minor triads
- Knowledge about time signatures

The piano placement exam determines whether you must take Class Piano.
You will be asked to play major and minor scales, hands together.