Audition Information


Audition Procedure (New and Transfer Students)

The audition in your major performance area is a major component in determining whether or not you will be admitted into the College of Visual and Performing Arts as a music major/minor. Students intending to major/minor in music, regardless of concentration, must audition on an applied instrument or voice.

Auditions will take place in Presser Hall on the UMHB Campus.  A specific audition time will be assigned for each auditionee prior to their audition date. 

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Audition Dates:

  • January 31, 2015
  • February 21, 2015
  • March 7, 2015 (See Prelude Information)
  • April 11, 2015

Audition Requirements by Performing Medium

Voice Principals:

  • One (1) art song in English - performed from memory
  • One (1) art song or aria (opera or oratorio/cantata) in a foreign language - performed from memory
  • 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.

Piano Principals

  • 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.
  • Major/minor scales & arpeggios.
  • The audition will also include sight-reading exercises.

Instrumental Principals

Wind Instruments

  • 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.

String Instruments

  • One movement of a standard concerto
  • One movement from 6 Solo Sonatas and Partitas by J.S. Bach
  • One additional work in contrasting style of the applicant's choosing

Note:  An accompanist will be provided at no charge.  Recorded accompaniments are not permitted.

Classical Guitar

  • 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

Commercial Guitar

  • Two contrasting selections in the player’s primary style (Demonstration of Rhythm and Lead Guitar parts with UMHB staff accompaniment. *Applicant must bring charts to the audition)
  • One “chord melody” arrangement of the player’s choice
  • Demonstration of one 2 octave major and one 2 octave minor scale
  • A short sight-reading excerpt 
  • One piece in the classical style (* If the applicant has no experience in the classical style, this requirement can be waived at the audition. However, all UMHB guitarists are required to complete a classical guitar proficiency as part of their degree plan.)


  • 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:

Snare Drum:

  • Modern School for Snare Drum, Morris Goldenberg
  • Advanced Snare Drum Studies, Mitchell Peters
  • Portraits in Rhythm, Anthony Cirone
  • The Solo Snare Drummer, Vic Firth

Keyboard (two mallet):

  • 12 Etudes for 2 Mallet Marimba, Larry Lawless
  • Modern School for the Xylophone and Marimba, Morris Goldenberg
  • Masterpieces for Marimba, Thomas McMillan

Keyboard (four mallet):

  • 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

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