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Auditions

Any student who has fulfilled university admission requirements may register as a music major providing that he or she has passed an audition. 

  1. All prospective music students, new and transfer, are required to perform an audition to be accepted into the UNF School of Music.
  2. Dates for auditions are advertised well in advance through local print, electronic media and university correspondence.
  3. Prospective students must submit the UNF School of Music admission application to schedule an audition time on the desired audition date. Once the School of Music admission application has been received, prospective students will receive an email from the Admissions Coordinator with an audition time, 2-3 weeks prior to the audition date selected on their application. An audition date requested aside from those advertised must be arranged well in advance with the professor coordinating auditions in his/her area of specialty. 
  4. Live auditions are Video submissions are accepted on case-by-case basis, although live auditions are preferred. 
  5. The audition panel will provide the school director with recommendations as to an accepted/not-accepted status for each auditionee. In addition, a scholarship stipend range recommendation will be provided if the auditionee is also pursuing a music scholarship.
  6. Auditionees will receive notification of the audition panel’s recommendations within 6-8 weeks following the audition.

For audition requirements by degree, see below.

 

Bachelor of Music Performance in Jazz Studies applicants:

Saxophone, Trombone and Trumpet

  1. Auditionees should prepare six scales: Major (C, C# and D) and Minor (Eb natural minor, E harmonic minor and F melodic minor).
  2. Auditionees should prepare a transcription or etude, medium swing or up, at least 16 bars long.
  3. Auditionees may be asked to improvise one F or Bb blues (one head and two solo choruses, medium tempo) and one American Songbook or jazz standard; performed with a rhythm section or play along.
  4. Students who play multiple instruments should demonstrate their proficiency on the secondary instrument. One brief prepared piece or étude on each secondary instrument is sufficient.

Bass

  1. Auditionees should prepare six scales: Major (C, C# and D) and Minor (Eb natural minor, E harmonic minor and F melodic minor).
  2. Auditionees may be asked to improvise one F or Bb blues, walking basslines, head and soloing optional; American Songbook or jazz standard walking basslines, head and soloing optional; performed with a rhythm section or play along. 
  3. Auditionees who play acoustic and electric bass should demonstrate their proficiency on each instrument. One brief prepared piece or étude on each instrument is sufficient.

  4.  Auditionees who are bass players must demonstrate proficiency in various styles such as Swing, Bossa Nova, Samba, and Funk. Please perform brief excerpts of these styles.

 
Jazz Drumset

 The UNF jazz drum set audition will be a live audition. Students should prepare the following:

1. Choose a 12 Bar Blues, such as Billie’s Bounce, Now’s The Time, or a jazz standard, such as Solar or All The Things You Are and be prepared to play the selection with a rhythm section, and take a 1 chorus drum solo on the song form.
2. Perform 30 seconds (each) in the following styles
  • Slow swing (90 BPM)
  • Medium swing (160 BPM)
  • Fast Swing (220 BPM)
  • Bossa Nova (120 BPM)
  • Samba (240 BPM)
  • Funk/Rock
  • Latin Cascara
  • Songo
3. Be prepared to sight read a big band chart excerpt in swing style, performing the selection as though you were playing in a big band.

For helpful audition tips, please view the full version of Professor Gottlieb’s “Ace The School Audition” video for Drum! magazine. Access video here.

 Jazz Guitar

All jazz guitar applicants are required to submit a video recording. The recording must include all of the repertoire listed below. Recordings may be mailed or uploaded to DropBox or an equivalent cloud sharing platform. It is not required that the format be a professional or studio recording, however, the sound quality must be good as possible. Students must demonstrate the ability to improvise and play with a rhythm section, using a live band or play-along recording.

  1. Required piece (must be first on the recording): the 12-Bar Blues piece, Billie’s Bounce in medium tempo (minimum of four improvised choruses).

  2. Perform three other selections (one must be a ballad) in different jazz styles, moods and tempos (minimum of two improvised choruses for each selection).
  3. Demonstrate “comping” on a standard song of your choice.
  4. Original compositions should not be included.

Jazz Piano

  1. Auditionees should submit six scales: Major (C, C# and D) and Minor (Eb natural minor, E harmonic minor and F melodic minor).
  2. Auditionees must perform one 12-Bar Blues piece, Billie’s Bounce or Now’s the Time in medium tempo (play the melody once and improvise a minimum of three choruses).
  3. Auditionees must play one American Songbook or jazz standard; performed with a rhythm section or play along. Tunes such as Solar, Blue Bossa, All the Things You Are or other jazz standards are acceptable; play the melody and improvise over the chord changes. 
  4. Auditionees must demonstrate one chorus of “comping” on a standard song of your choice. It is fine to comp on the American Songbook song you have selected. 

Bachelor of Music Performance and Bachelor of Music Education applicants:

Clarinet

  1. Two movements from the following list of solos, preferably from two different solos:
    • Weber Concerto No. 1
    • Mozart Clarinet Concerto 
    • Weber Concertino 
    • Poulenc Sonata
      OR
  1. One movement from above list and one contrasting Rose 32 etude. 

All major scales and arpeggios. 

Percussion

Repertoire should include keyboard percussion, snare drum, and timpani.

  1. Keyboard:
    • 2 Mallet solo from Koshinski, Becker or G.H. Green Xylophone Solos or 2 mallet Bach suite movement 
    • Representative/Suggested 4 mallet Marimba solos: Abe Michi or Wind in the Bamboo Groves, Burritt October Night or Preludes, Musser Etudes, Sammut Rotations, Tanaka Two Movements for Marimba, Rosauro Concerto for Marimba, Trevino Song Book or Strive to Be Happy
     
  2. Snare Drum
    • Cirone Portraits in Rhythm, Delecluse Etude no. 1 or 6 from Douze Etudes, Peters Intermediate or Advanced Snare Drum Studies
    • Wilcoxon The All American Drummer or Modern Swing Solos
     
  3. Timpani
    • Beck Sonata for Timpani, Firth The Solo Timpanist, Hochrainer Etudes for Timpani, Peters Etudes
     

Sight reading required.

Piano/Piano Pedagogy

  1. A work from the Baroque style period (i.e. a Two- or Three-Part Inversion or Prelude and Fugue by J.S. Bach, a dance movement or suite, etc.)
  2. A movement from a Classical sonata (i.e. Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven, Schubert) 
  3. A work from either the 19th, 20th, or 21st century
  4. 4-octave scales and arpeggios in all major and minor keys
  5. Sight reading

Audition material must be performed from memory. Auditionees who submit CDs or videos must demonstrate abilities required by items 4 and 5 above upon their arrival to UNF.

Woodwinds, Brass and Strings

  1. Prepare a solo of appropriate difficulty. Auditions should display musical maturity through expression, technique and stylistic interpretation. Solos need not be memorized but should reflect a high degree of familiarity and careful preparation by the performer. The use of an accompanist is optional, but recommended.*
  2. Auditionees will be asked to perform major and minor scales and arpeggios in various keys. 
  3. Auditionees will be required to sight-read.
  4. Auditionees will be expected to demonstrate knowledge of common musical terms and symbols, keys, and time signatures.
  5. Upon arrival to UNF, accepted auditionees who submitted recordings must demonstrate abilities required by items 2, 3 and 4 above.

Violin

  1. One movement from an unaccompanied Bach sonata or partita. No repeats.
  2. One movement from a standard violin concerto
  3. Sight-reading
Voice

  1. Please prepare three classical selections in contrasting styles. Stylistic preference should be given to standard art songs and/or arias from the baroque, classical, romantic, and 20th century classical repertoire. Musical Theater and folk song selections sung in English are also acceptable.
  2. At least one selection must be in a language other than English with linguistic preference given to Italian, German, French, Latin or Spanish. Classical selections in Portuguese, Russian, Czech, or Polish are also acceptable.
  3. The entire audition should be memorized and performed with live piano accompaniment. If you need an accompanist, one will be available at the audition. Please bring a copy of your music and $35 cash or check for the accompanist fee. You do not need to submit music in advance.
  4. Applicants will also be required to sing short sight-singing excerpts and vocal exercises led by the faculty.
  5. Applicants are required to wear appropriate and professional audition attire.

Bachelor of Music Technology and Production applicants:

For students whose primary instrument is not piano (brass, woodwinds, percussion, strings, guitar and voice): 

Faculty members will assess your musical skills to ensure that you can pass the core music courses (music theory, ear training, class piano). These classes require Music Technology and Production students to develop strong musical skills in addition to expertise in technology. The audition requirements are:

  1. One or two pieces of your choice, in the styles of your choice. 
  2. Sight reading 
  3. Major Scales 

For students whose primary instrument is piano: 

There are two tracks in piano. The audition option you choose makes a potential impact on how many piano-related courses you will take as part of the program. The audition requirements for both tracks require two repertoire pieces of contrasting style. Both should be based on printed sheet music (please bring a copy with you to the audition). At least one should be classical music.

 

Audition Option A:

  1. Two contrasting solos (min. 1 classical) at a Level 2 or higher - i.e. Works by Gurlitt, Kabalevsky, etc, or comparable to Bartok's First Term at the Piano or Mikrokosmos, Book 2. 
  2. Prepare scales in all major keys, 1 octave, hands together 

If admitted via Audition Option A, to meet the Applied Piano requirement you would take Class Piano 3 and 4 your first year, and two years of applied (private) piano in your second and third years.

 

OR

 

Audition Option B:

  1. Two classical solos in contrasting styles comparable (or more difficult) to Clementi's Op. 36 Sonatinas, the Anna Magdalena Bach Notebook, or the Burgmuller Arabesque. 
  2. All scales (major and harmonic minor) 2 octaves, hands together.

If admitted via Audition Option B, to meet the Applied Piano requirement you would take two years of private piano lessons.

Master of Music Performance in Conducting applicants: 

Preliminary Application for Master of Music Conducting (Choral and Instrumental): 

  1. Submit video excerpts of rehearsals (max 10 minutes) and performances (max 10 minutes). Diverse repertoire selections are encouraged. 
  2. Submit three selections on your major instrument.

Master of Music Performance in Jazz Studies applicants: 

Audition requirements are as follows:

 

  1. Demonstrate ability to improvise and play with a rhythm section at a graduate level of advancement. Five selections (including a ballad) in different jazz styles, moods and tempos performed from memory.
  2. Sight-reading (at the discretion of the applied teacher).

Jazz Bass

  1. 12 major scales - 2 octaves
  2. 6 Dorian minor scales - 2 octaves
  3. Transcription or etude demonstrating advanced technical proficiency.
  4. Three selections of contrasting styles demonstrating versatility on acoustic and/or electric bass. These selections can be performed with a rhythm section or a play along. At least one of the three songs must include playing the melody.
Jazz Drumset
  1. Demonstrate the following styles (30 seconds each):

 

  •  Slow Swing (60pm)
  • Medium Swing (120bpm)
  • Fast Swing (220 bpm)
  • Bossa Nova
  • Samba
  • Songo
  • Latin Cascara
  • Latin 6/8

 

  1. Perform two Jazz tunes in contrasting style and tempo, including one Be-bop/ Jazz tune and one contemporary Jazz song or standard. Perform with a combo, or recording minus drums. Each piece should demonstrate Master’s level time feel and comping. Play time with the melody, one chorus of an instrumental, and take one chorus drum set solo.  Suggestions for Be- bop/ jazz tunes include: Billie's Bounce, Oleo, Tenor Madness,  Au Privave, Joy Spring, Jordu, Yardbird Suite, and Donna Lee. Suggestions for a non Be-bop piece include Milestones, Solar, Giant Steps, Moment’s Notice, All the Things You Are, Alone Together, Softly As In A Morning Sunrise, One Finger Snap, If I Were a Bell, There Will Never Be Another You, or other.
  2. Play the Big Band sight reading excerpt (with no bass or band, drums only) as though you are performing with a big band. Pay attention to metronome markings, dynamics and band figures. 
 Jazz Guitar

 

  1. A complete performance of a jazz ballad, including one chorus of the harmonized melody as well as an improvised single-line solo. Suggested tunes: Chelsea Bridge, But Beautiful, Miyako, For Heaven’s Sake, Estate, or other tune of the applicant's choice
  2. Two jazz tunes in contrasting style, including one Be-bop tune. Each piece should demonstrate a personalized interpretation of the melody, an improvised solo, and one or more choruses of comping. Suggestions for Be- bop tunes include: Au Privave, Joy Spring, Jordu, Yardbird Suite, and Donna Lee. Suggestions for a non Be-bop piece include Milestones (new version), Giant Steps, Ceora, Moment’s Notice, and One Finger Snap or other.
 

Jazz Piano

           1. Auditionees should perform the following scales:
    1. C# major
    2. Eb natural minor
    3. E harmonic minor
    4. F melodic minor
    5. C# Whole/Half diminished 
     
  1. One 12-Bar Blues piece, Billie’s Bounce or Now’s the Time in medium tempo; (play the melody once and improvise a minimum of 3 choruses).
  2. Perform songs from the American Songbook or jazz standard; performed with a rhythm section or play along. One should be solo piano.
    1. Ballad
    2. Medium swing
    3. Up tempo swing
    4. Latin/straight eighth
     
  3.  Demonstrate one chorus of “comping” on a standard song of your choice. It is fine to comp on the American Songbook song you have selected.

Jazz Saxophone

  1.  Scales (all full range):
    1. C# whole/half diminished
    2. Ab melodic minor
    3. Eb Harmonic Major
    4. C Augmented Scale
    5. E pentatonic b6
     
  2. Play three contrasting Jazz/American songbook standards (1 chorus head and 2 choruses of blowing). Two of them should be medium to medium up tempo, (e.g. All the Things You are, Autumn Leaves, Green Dolphin Street, etc.). The third should be an up tempo tune (eg. Cherokee, I Hear a Bell, Oleo, etc.). Tunes can be performed with a live rhythm section or with an Aebersold style play-along. 

Jazz Trumpet

  1. Prepare major scales (and their modes), whole tone, diminished and ascending melodic minor scales (and their modes).
  2. Play the melody and improvise from memory on the chord changes of one tune from each of the following three lists:
    1. Bebop tunes: Confirmation, Joy Spring
    2. Standard tunes: Stella By Starlight, Have You Met Miss Jones
    3. Post-bop tunes: Moment's Notice, Dolphin Dance.
     
  3. Charlier #2 Du Style from Theo Charlier, 36 Etudes Transcendantes for trumpet.
  4. Auditionees will be asked to sight read typical jazz ensembles parts and may be asked to sight-read chord changes.
  5. Lead trumpet auditionees will be asked 1, 3 and 4 above plus: Blues in Bb and F and Rhythm Changes in Bb and F.
  6. Lead Trumpet play excerpt for Time Check by Don Menza, from Buddy Rick Band.

 

Master of Music Performance in Piano applicants:

  1. Applicants must perform from memory three works from different stylistic periods. One of the three works must be a complete sonata by Haydn, Mozart, Schubert, or Beethoven (Excluding Op. 14, Op. 49, and Op. 79)

Master of Music Performance in Strings applicants:

  1. One movement from a major concerto.
  2. Two contrasting movements of solo Bach.
  3. Another selection of choice.

Memorization is not required but preferred for the concerto and Bach.

Violin

  1. Two contrasting movements from an unaccompanied Bach sonata or partita performed from memory. No repeats.
  2. A slow and fast movements from a standard violin concerto.
  3. Sight-reading

Master of Music Performance in Voice applicants:

  1. Sing four Art Songs (representing Italian, French, German and English) and two Arias from the standard opera and/or oratorio repertoire.
  2. The above selections should demonstrate contrasting styles and historical time periods. 
  3. One selection should be composed between 1950 and the present. 
  4. All selections must be performed from memory with piano accompaniment.

Master of Music Performance in Woodwinds, Brass, Percussion applicants:

Flute

  1. CPE Bach Hamburger Sonata, 1st section (no rondo).
  2. Mozart Concerto in G Major, 1st movement ( no cadenza required), 2nd movement exposition.
  3. 1 piece of your choice in a different style from above.
  4. Orchestra excerpts: Beethoven Leonore Overture #3, solo / Ravel Daphnis and Chloe, solo.

Clarinet

  1. Mozart Clarinet Concerto. 
  2. Two additional works from the standard repertoire demonstrating contrasting styles. One of the works must be written after 1945.
  3. Three standard orchestral excerpts.

Horn

  1. Major Concerto (all mts) Strauss 1 or 2. Mozart 2, 3 or 4. Haydn 1 or 2. 
  2. Gliere Etude showing technical playing. ex. Kling, Gallay, Maxime-Alphonse, etc.
  3. Sight reading in keys of F, E, E-flat, D, C and B basso.

Low Brass

Trumpet

  1. Two etudes showing the applicant’s level of technical and musical advancement.
  2. At least one major solo of the applicant’s choice.
  3. A complete concerto from the standard repertoire.
  4. Three to five standard orchestral excerpts.

Trombone

  1. Any graduate level solo of your choice.
  2. Blazhevich Etude # 24. 
  3. Bordogni vocalize # 16.
  4. Sight reading.

Bass-Trombone

  1. Any graduate level solo of your choice.
  2. Blazhevich Etude # 11. 
  3. Bordogni vocalize # 10 from Ostrander book.
  4. Sight reading

Jazz Trombone

  1. Oleo by Sonny Rollins, All the Things You Are by Jerome Kern
  2. Ballad of your choice
  3. Sight reading.

Euphonium

  1. Any graduate level solo of your choice.
  2. Blazhevich Etude # 24. 
  3. Bordogni vocalize # 16.
  4. Sight reading.

Tuba

  1. Any graduate level solo of your choice.
  2. Blazhevich Etude # 11. 
  3. Bordogni vocalize # 10 from Ostrander book.
  4. Sight reading.

Percussion

Suggested repertoire:

  1. Keyboard:
    • Bach: A movement from the Sonatas and Partitas for Solo Violin or from Six Suites for solo Cello
    • Representative Marimba Solo Repertoire: Klatzow Dances of Earth and Fire, Burritt Scirroco or Caritas, Druckman Reflections on the Nature of Water, Stout Rumble Strips or Sedimental Structures, Sueyoshi Mirage, Sammut Cameleon, Abe Japanese Children’s Songs, Lansky Idle Fancies
    • 3 Excerpts each from standard orchestral repertoire on Xylophone and Glockenspiel
     
  2. Snare Drum:
    • Delecluse: Douze Etudes, Peters Etudes for solo Snare Drum (purple book)
    • Tompkins: Nine French-American Rudimental Solos
    • 3 Excerpts from standard orchestral repertoire
      • Prokofiev- Lt. Kije
      • Rimsky-Korsakov - Scheherazade Mvt. 3 and 4
      • Capriccio
       
     
  3. Timpani:
    • One solo from the following:
      • Carter: Eight Pieces for Four Timpani
      • Hochrainer Etudes for Timpani Vol.3
      • Delecluse 20 Studies for Timpani   
       
    • 2 Contrasting orchestral excerpts (such as):
      • Beethoven 9 - 20 before letter S in 1st Mvt.
      • Tchaikovsky 4 – 1st Mvt. 4 before Letter S to V (includes roll)
      • Schuman, William - New England Triptych Be Glad Then, America - mvt. 1 - mm.1-14; 122-152
      • Mozart Sym 39 - Mvt. 1 meas. 1 – 21
      • Strauss Burlesque - meas 1 – 20
       
     

Sight reading required.

Saxophone

  1. A piece of standard French repertoire by a prominent saxophone composer (Ex: Desenclos, Dubois, Boutry, Ibert, etc.)
  2. A saxophone piece of contrasting style to #1, possibly more contemporary or displaying extended techniques.
  3. Major and Minor Scales, full range.