Audition Requirements

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.

2021 Auditions Procedures

Step One

Auditions for Fall 2021 will be held in November 2020, January 2021, and February 2021 and all auditions will include both video submissions and a live portion over video conference (using Zoom Conferences). Videos will be due by Nov. 6, Jan. 15, and Feb. 26 and the live interview will be on Nov. 14, Jan. 23 or March 6. See below for details.

You must complete your Application for Music Audition (Required!):

To gain priority consideration, submit your UNC Asheville General Application for Admission.

Step Two

Prepare your audition videos. Audition videos are reviewed in November, January or February.

Due to Covid-19 visitation restrictions, all audition material (repertoire performance videos, scale performance videos, and supplemental material, see below) will need to be uploaded to a Google Drive Folder of your own creation. Then, follow these steps:

  • Your Google Drive Folder should be titled: [year][semester]-[lastname]-[firstname] (for example: 2021Fall-Doe-Jane)
  • Share your video with Professor Fletcher Peacock by including his email in your folder’s sharing system.
  • Deadlines for folder sharing are as follows:
    • November candidates must share folders no later than midnight, Friday, November 6
    • January candidates must share folders no later than midnight, Friday, January 15
    • February candidates must share folders no later than midnight, Friday, February 26

Audition 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, or a blend of the two.

Audition: Supplemental Materials (inclusion is optional)

  • One or more letters of recommendation specific to music
  • Resume or C.V. detailing musical industry experience
  • Portfolio including examples of musical projects, compositions, mixing projects, electronic media, multi-media, etc. with accompanying descriptions and details.

Step Three

Prepare for your live, video conference interview with your audition panelists. This 10 minute private interview will consist of questions from your panel based on your supplemental material and your videos, pitch-matching via singing of various notes played by the panelists, and possibly further performance demonstrations of your repertoire/scales material.

  • November candidates will be interviewed live on Saturday, November 14.
  • January candidates will be interviewed live on Saturday, January 23.
  • February candidates will be interviewed live on Saturday, March 6.

November candidates will receive email notice on Tuesday, November 10 of their live video conference time slot, January candidates will receive this notification on Tuesday, January 19, and February candidates will received this notification on Tuesday, March 2.

Video Interview Details:

  • You will need access to a computer connected to broadband internet and either internal or external webcam. Smartphones or tablets may be used if needed, though computers are recommended.
  • Zoom Conferences will be used to conduct interviews. The email you receive indicating your interview time will include the link to your panelists’ virtual room. Click the link and follow the instructions.
  • Click the link to be admitted to the virtual waiting room 10 minutes before your scheduled time. You might be asked to start early. When the panelists are ready, they will admit you into the conference.

Step Four

Music Theory and Piano Placement

The music theory placement exam will be given during orientation prior to the term, after acceptance into the Music School. 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.


Questions about the process, dates, links, or the use of Zoom conferencing can be directed to or