Undergraduate Audition Requirements

Undergraduate Audition Dates

All audition links must be submitted by 5:00pm on February 6th, 2021.

To help protect the health and safety of our music and dance community, spring 2021 auditions for all incoming fall 2021 undergraduate and graduate applicants to the University of Nebraska-Lincoln Glenn Korff School of Music will be held remotely. For most areas of study, this will require uploading a video of your audition onto a platform such at VidGrid, Vimeo, or YouTube and then submitting the link to that video. Below are instructions to upload and submit your audition to the Glenn Korff School of Music, tips on creating a successful video, and audition requirements by area.

 

Uploading/Submitting Your GKSOM Audition

  • Record your audition video. See below for tips on creating a successful video.
  • Upload your video to a platform such at VidGrid, Vimeo, or YouTube.
  • Email the link of your video only when asked to Kirsten Drennon (kdrennon@unl.edu), the auditions and scholarship coordinator. You will receive this request after you apply to the University and to the GKSOM. It is important that the link you send work properly without needing additional steps, passwords, or permissions. Double check your link before sending.

 

Creating an Excellent Audition Video

  • Use recording equipment that will help you produce the best audio and video. External microphones tend to produce better results than internal microphones in a laptop, phone, or tablet.
  • Watch your entire video before submitting to make sure all audio and video elements meet your expectations.
  • If using accompaniment, be sure both parts are balanced.
  • This short video gives great advice on lighting, camera and microphone placement, and other factors.

Brass Auditions

Euphonium:

  1. Two-octave major scales where possible: and
  2. One slow and one fast section from works or etude books such as: Capuzzi, Andante and Rondo; Barat, Andante et Allegro, Introduction and Dance; Clarke, From the Shores of the Mighty Pacific; Deluca, Beautiful Colorado; Horowitz, Concerto for Euphonium (mvt. 1); Galliard, Sonatas: Marcello, Sonatas; Kopprasch, 60 Selected Studies; Arban's Complete Conservatory Method; Bordogni/Rochut, Melodious Etudes.

Horn:

  1. Two-octave major scales where possible
  2. Two contrasting movements or sections from the standard horn repertoire. An etude or orchestral excerpts may be substituted for the second selection. Examples of solo repertoire include the Beethoven Sonata, the Glazunov Reverie, any of the Mozart concerti, and the Franz Strauss Nocturno. Examples of etude books include Kopprasch, Maxime Alphonse, the Pottag Preparatory Melodies, and Mueller.

Bass Trombone:

  1. Two-octave major scales where possible: and
  2. One etude from the Voxman-Selected Studies for Trombone book or
  3. One slow and one fast section from works such as: Dedrick-Lyric Etude, Hindemith-Drei leichte Stüke, Lebedev-Concerto, Boutry-Tubaroque, McCarty-Sonata or equivalent.

Tenor Trombone:

  1. Two-octave major scales where possible: and
  2. One etude from the Voxman-Selected Studies for Trombone book
  3. One slow and one fast section from a solo work of your choice. Suggested literature includes: Barat-Andante et Allegro, Guilmant-Morceau Symphonique, Telemann-Sonata in F minor, David-Concertino op.4, de la Nux-Solo de Concours, Ropartz-Andante et Allegro, Marcello-Six Sonatas (choose one), Rimsky-Korsakov-Concerto for Trombone

Trumpet:

  1. Two-octave major scales where possible: and
  2. Two contrasting movements from solo repertoire such as: Haydn-Concerto, Arutunian-Concerto, Kennan-Sonata, Latham-Suite, Hindemith-Sonata, Corelli-Air and Dance, Ropartz-Andante et Allegro, Turrin-Caprice, Corelli/Fitzgerald -Sonata VII.

Tuba:

  1. Two-octave major scales where possible: and
  2. One slow and one fast section from works or etude books such as: Vaughan, Concertpiece #1; Capuzzi, Andante and Rondo; Marcello, Sonatas; Bach-Bell, Air and Bouree; Beversdorf Sonata; Lebedev, Concerto in one movement; Kopprasch, 60 Selected Studies; Blazevich, Etudes; Bordogni/Rochut, Melodious Etudes; Arban's Complete Conservatory Method;

Dance Auditions

If you have never done modern dance before, remember that the dance faculty will be looking for your potential, not necessarily your experience in this form.

The virtual audition for a major or minor in the dance program for 2021 will consist of three parts:

A. Movement Material

  1. Dance faculty will send you a link to a video of some phrase work in ballet and modern dance.
  2. Dance faculty will send you a written set of instructions, also known as a score, for you to create a movement phrase of your own.

 B. Video Submission – Due by 5 p.m. Saturday, February 6, 2021

You will be required to record yourself doing these (1 and 2, above) and submit a link via any platform you like: YouTube, Vimeo, Vidgrid, etc. (We will let you know within 48 hours of receiving your submission that we are able to  view your video. If there are any glitches, we want to be able to solve these right away)

C. Virtual Zoom Interview

You will be required to meet with the full dance faculty before Friday, February 19. On the virtual interview day, you will have a chance to meet with a number of current dance majors and minors. 

Percussion Auditions

Percussion players should demonstrate technical facility and musical understanding in all four of the areas listed below. Please contact Dr. Dave Hall if you have any questions regarding appropriate audition repertoire.

Keyboard Percussion:

  1. A four-mallet marimba solo.
  2. A two-mallet solo, etude, or orchestral excerpt(s).
  3. Major scales and arpeggios.
  4. Sight-reading.

Snare Drum:

  1. A concert/orchestral solo or etude.
  2. A rudimental solo (to be performed on a concert snare drum).
  3. Demonstration of PAS 40 essential rudiments.
  4. Sight-reading.

Drumset:

  1. Demonstrate several musical styles (funk/rock, swing, samba, jazz waltz, et. al) with appropriate fills.
  2. Solo or “trade fours” in a medium or fast swing style.

Timpani

  1. A solo or etude that demonstrates technical facility on 2-4 drums.

Auditions will also include a short interview with the UNL Percussion Faculty.

Piano Auditions

  1. At least three solo works of contrasting styles from the standard classical repertoire. Majors: all pieces must be memorized. Minors: minimum one piece must be memorized.
  2. Scales may be requested, but are not necessarily a prerequisite for the audition.
  3. A short sight-reading example may be included in the audition, strictly for assessment purposes.
  4. 2021 piano auditions will be synchronous on ZOOM. You will not submit a link, but will schedule an appointment.

String Auditions

Violin, Viola, Cello, Double Bass, and Bass Guitar

Two contrasting pieces or movements.

Guitar Auditions

  1. Any person interested in auditioning on guitar must first contact the instructor and schedule a personal or telephone interview in order to be approved for an audition.
  2. Perform two short contrasting solo guitar pieces (finger style), either jazz or classical, including both melody and harmony.
  3. Sight-read accurately a simple single-line melody written in standard music notation (not TAB)
  4. Play a two-octave major scale in any key as requested by the adjudicating faculty member(s).
  5. Play a number of chord voicings as requested by the adjudicating faculty member(s).
  6. Optional - Improvise in a jazz style. (Please notify the instructor in advance so that he can provide accompaniment).

Composition Auditions

  1. Prospective composition majors must submit a portfolio of 2-3 PDF scores of compositions, with audio recordings (MIDI is acceptable, but live recordings are preferred).  PDF scores can be hosted on www.issuu.com, a free service for embedding documents (you will need to create an account). Audio files can be uploaded to Soundcloud, YouTube, or other services. Alternatively, you can upload all materials to a personal website, but the materials MUST be accessible without a password.  
  2. In addition, all prospective composition majors (whether intending to pursue the BA, BM degree, or the BME degree) must demonstrate their personal ability as a performer by means of a live audition. To be admitted as a composition major, your skill on an instrument or voice must be at a level sufficient for admission as a minor. (Audition requirements for all performance areas are on this webpage.) Please click here to schedule a vocal or instrumental audition in your primary performance area on the appropriate Undergraduate Audition Day.
  3. All composition applicants are required to complete an interview with the composition faculty. Discussion topics may include your background as a composer and performer, your theory proficiency, and other relevant topics. The admissions coordinator will assist you in scheduling an interview during audition days. Interviews are usually not given outside of audition days; however, students with unavoidable conflicts on both days should contact the head of area Greg Simon to discuss possible alternatives. 

Voice Auditions

Prepare two contrasting solos, classical in nature, to be performed from memory. Folk song arrangements are acceptable.  The second selection may be from the musical theatre repertoire. UNL accompanists are available only on the scheduled audition days. Auditionees are welcome to bring an accompanist, but auditions with taped/recorded accompaniments are not permitted. Audition requirements are identical for voice majors and minors.

Vocal music collections recommended for auditioning freshmen may include, but are not limited to:

  • 100 English Folksongs, ed. by Sharp, published by Dover Press
  • Folk Songs for Solo Singers, Vol. I & II, published by Alfred (both volumes available in Medium High & Medium Low vocal ranges)
  • The Arnold Book of Old Songs, arrangements by Roger Quilter, published by Boosey & Hawkes
  • Reliquary of English Songs, ed. by Potter, published by G. Schirmer
  • 26 Italian Songs & Arias of the 17th and 18th Centuries, ed. by Paton, published by Alfred (available in Medium High & Medium Low vocal ranges)
  • 24 Italian Songs & Arias of the 17th and 18th Centuries, published by G. Schirmer (available in Medium High & Medium Low vocal ranges)
  • First Books of Solos, ed. by Boytim, published by Hal Leonard (available in Soprano, Mezzo/Alto, Tenor and Baritone/Bass Volumes)
  • Easy Songs for Beginning Singers, ed. by Boytim, published by Hal Leonard (available in Soprano, Mezzo/Alto, Tenor, and Baritone Volumes)
  • Sing Solo, various eds., published by Oxford University Press (available in Soprano, Contralto, Tenor and Baritone Volumes)
  • Great Art Songs of Three Centuries, ed. by Bernard Taylor, published by G. Schirmer (available in High and Low Volumes)
  • Teen's Musical Theatre Collection, ed. by Lerch, published by Hal Leonard (available in both a young women's collection and a young men's collection)
  • First Book of Broadway Solos, ed. by Boytim, published by Hal Leonard (available in Soprano, Mezzo/Alto, Tenor, and Baritone/Bass Volumes)

Woodwind Auditions

Flute:

  1. Prepared solo, including two contrasting movements or sections to demonstrate phrasing/expressive playing and technique.
  2. Scales: Chromatic (two octaves) and major scales through four sharps and flats (two octaves if possible).
  3. Be prepared to sight-read.

Oboe:

  1. Prepared solo, including two contrasting movements or sections to demonstrate phrasing/expressive playing and technique.
  2. Scales: Chromatic (two octaves) and major scales through four sharps and flats (two octaves if possible).
  3. Be prepared to sight-read.

Bassoon:

  1. Prepared solo, including two contrasting movements or sections to demonstrate phrasing/expressive playing and technique.
  2. Scales: Chromatic (minimum three octaves) and major scales through four sharps and flats (2 octaves minimum, Bb Major 3 octaves required).
  3. Be prepared to sight-read; the example may contain bass and/or tenor clef.

Saxophone:

  1. Prepared solo, including two contrasting movements or sections to demonstrate phrasing/expressive playing and technique.
  2. Scales: Chromatic (two octaves) and major scales through four sharps and flats (two octaves if possible).
  3. Be prepared to sight-read.

Clarinet:

(B-flat/soprano clarinet; prior permission from professor required for bass clarinet auditions)
  1. Prepared solo, including two contrasting movements or sections to demonstrate phrasing/expressive playing and technique.
  2. Scales: Chromatic (three octaves) and major scales through four sharps and flats (three octaves when possible).
  3. Be prepared to sight-read.