UMHB Music Auditions

Audition

Audition Procedure (New and Transfer Students)

All prospective music majors and minors must audition for acceptance to the UMHB Music Department. Music auditions are held four Saturdays each spring semester. A pianist will be provided for auditions, although students may bring a pianist if they wish. Recorded accompaniments are not permitted.

Prospective students who audition for acceptance to the UMHB Music Department will also be considered for scholarship.  There is no separate scholarship audition.

Scholarships are open to both music majors and non-majors.  Priority will be given to music majors.

Prospective students should apply to UMHB before submitting an Audition Request Form. If a student submits an Audition Request Form before applying to UMHB, the student must bring transcripts of all previous academic work to the music audition.

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.  

Complete the Online Audition Request Form »

Audition Dates:

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.)

Percussion

  • 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

Timpani:

  • Musical Etudes for the Advanced Timpanist, Ron Fink
  • Exercises, Etudes and Solos for the Timpani, Raynor Carroll
  • The Solo Timpanist, Vic Firth

Planning to major or minor in music? 

Complete the Online Audition Request Form »