In response to COVID-19, video auditions will be accepted for Fall 2021 Semester acceptance. Videos can be submitted to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Video Submission Guidelines
- All applicants (freshmen and transfers) are required to state their name, the name of each selection prior to performing each piece, and their current school/city/state.
- All applicants are required to record in such a manner that they are visible from the knee up.
- Please submit a separate unlisted YouTube link for each recorded piece. (For required repertoire, see Audition Requirements by Performing Medium.)
- Deadline for video audition submissions: April 30, 2021.
All video audition applicants will be invited to a virtual interview on Friday, March 26th.
If you have any questions concerning audition procedures, please contact the Department of Music Chair, Dr. Jonathan Gary.
Audition Procedure for New and Transfer Students
All prospective music majors and minors must audition for acceptance to the UMHB Department of Music. Music auditions are held three Saturdays throughout the year. A pianist will be provided for auditions, although students may bring a pianist if they wish. Recorded accompaniments are not permitted.
It is highly recommended to select an early audition date since possible scholarships are given on a "first come, first serve" basis.
Prospective students who audition for acceptance to the UMHB Department of Music will be considered for scholarships. There is no separate scholarship audition.
Scholarships are available to music majors and music minors. Priority will be given to music majors.
Prospective students should apply to UMHB and complete the admission process before submitting an Audition Request Form. If a student submits an Audition Request Form before applying to UMHB, the student must bring an application for admission, transcripts of all previous academic work, and SAT/ACT scores to the music audition.Request an Audition
- The student must:
- Rank in the top half of their high school graduating class and score a minimum Old SAT of 950*, or New SAT of 1030 or minimum ACT of 20, OR
- Rank in the lower half of their high school graduating class and score a minimum Old SAT of 990*, or New SAT of 1070 or minimum ACT of 21, OR
- Rank in the top 10% of their high school graduating class with no minimum SAT or ACT score
- *SAT score equals Critical Reading + Math. All students must complete a written portion of the exam, but no minimum score is required.
- The student must have graduated from a regionally accredited or state accredited high school with 24 units which must include:
- English (4)
- Social Science (3.5)
- Science (3)
- Foreign Language (2)
- Mathematics (3)
- Or received the General Education Diploma (GED) with a 50 composite score
Prospective students should consider all potential scheduling conflicts before submitting an Audition Request Form. After the form is received, each student will be contacted with a specific audition time on the date the student has requested.
- Saturday, February 27, 2021
- Saturday, March 27, 2021
- Saturday, April 17, 2021
Audition Requirements by Performing Medium
Click a medium below to read audition requirements.
- One (1) art song (or aria) in a foreign language - performed from memory.
- One (1) art song in English OR one musical theatre selection - performed from memory.
- In response to COVID-19, accompaniment tracks will be allowed for video auditions this year. Submissions recorded a cappella will not be accepted.
- The audition will also include sight-reading and pitch retention exercises.
Note: An accompanist will be provided at no charge. Recorded accompaniments are not permitted.
- 2 pieces from memory: one (1) piece from the Baroque or Classical period, AND one (1) piece from the Romantic, Impressionistic, or Contemporary period. One of these pieces must be in a fast tempo. - performed from memory
- Major/minor scales & arpeggios.
- The audition will also include sight-reading exercises.
- Class 1 or Class 2 Solo from the Texas UIL Prescribed Music List (if the work has multiple movements, perform two movements that are contrasting in style), OR
- Play two Region Etudes of contrasting styles.
- From memory: perform major scales (through the first four flats and sharps) as many octaves as is comfortable to the player.
- From memory: perform a chromatic scale the full range of the instrument as is comfortable to the player.
- The audition will also include sight-reading exercises.
- Two contrasting pieces from the classical repertoire (on a nylon string guitar, no plectrum, with proper classical technique) The Studies of Sor, Carcassi, Brouwer are permitted
- One movement of a Cello or Lute Suite by JS Bach
- 2 “Segovia Scales” of the player’s choice
- A short sight-reading excerpt
- One two-mallet solo/etude
- One concert snare drum solo/etude
- One four-mallet keyboard solo/etude (optional)
- One timpani solo/etude (preferably on 4 kettles)
- Sight-reading on keyboard, snare, and timpani Drum set (not required but if applicable).
- Demonstrate knowledge of the following styles: Jazz, Latin, and Rock.
Note: It is highly suggested that all solos come from the Texas PML (Class 1 or 2)
Etudes should come from the following repertoire:
- Modern School for Snare Drum, Morris Goldenberg
- Advanced Snare Drum Studies, Mitchell Peters
- Portraits in Rhythm, Anthony Cirone
- The Solo Snare Drummer, Vic Firth
- 12 Etudes for 2 Mallet Marimba, Larry Lawless
- Modern School for the Xylophone and Marimba, Morris Goldenberg
- Masterpieces for Marimba, Thomas McMillan
- Marimba: Technique through Music, Mark Ford
- Impressions on Wood, Julie Davila
- Musical Etudes for the Advanced Timpanist, Ron Fink
- Exercises, Etudes and Solos for the Timpani, Raynor Carroll
- The Solo Timpanist, Vic Firth
During the formal audition for acceptance, students will be considered for a music scholarship based upon their musical and academic abilities, without regard to gender, ethnicity, religion, age or handicap. Simply complete your application to UMHB and request an audition.Request an Audition
Jonathan Gary • Department Chair
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Page last updated April 14, 2021