Graduate Auditions

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Graduate Application Materials and Audition Repertoire

For a complete application, you must include the additional materials requested by your desired area of specialization. All additional materials must be uploaded as part of your online application in the Supplemental Materials and/or Portfolio (media files) sections of the online application.

Most studios do not require specific audition repertoire, but some do. Please be familiar with the requirements for your intended area of specialization. If you have concerns about audition repertoire, contact your intended studio professor.

Masters of Music in Musicology:

Upload the following in the Supplemental Materials section of the online application:
  • A sample scholarly research paper.
  • A list of publications, if any.

Master of Music in Composition:

Upload the following to the indicated sections of the online application:

Supplemental Materials

  • A portfolio of four compositions in various media.

Portfolio

  • Recording of two or more of these compositions.

Master of Music in Music Education

Upload the following to the indicated sections of the online application:

Supplemental Materials

  • A current résumé.
  • Verification by a school administrator of successful public/private school teaching with appropriate teaching licensure (one year minimum or equivalent required before beginning the program). After receiving this document from the school administrator, scan and upload it to the online application.
  • Two 800- to 1200-word essays on the following topics:
    • Discuss what you perceive to be one of the most important problems in public school music education today and propose a possible solution(s).
    • Reflect on an area of personal interest in music teaching/learning—one that has direct connection with your own teaching—and propose how you might explore it further given the time and opportunity to do so.

Portfolio Upload

  • Recordings (recorded within the last year) of:
    • A representative rehearsal or music class you taught (approximately 15 minutes).
    • A representative performance of a group you trained and conducted (approximately 15 minutes).
    • A representative solo performance on your major instrument (at least two pieces of contrasting style).

MM in Conducting

Choral Conducting:

Upload the following to the indicated sections of the online application:

Supplemental Materials

  • A list of all choral experience, including private study, conducting, and ensembles in which you have sung; and a list of pieces, along with composers, that you rehearsed and performed as conductor, including name of ensemble(s) and dates.

Portfolio

  • Video of representative rehearsal and performance where choir was trained and conducted by you.

Those who pass the preliminary screening of applicants will be notified by January 15 and invited to campus for a personal interview/audition with Professors Crane and Wells. You will be asked to conduct previously assigned pieces with the University Chorale, sing a prepared song, and demonstrate keyboard proficiency.

Instrumental Conducting:

Prior to submitting your application, contact Dr. Shawn Smith, who oversees the instrumental conducting graduate program, to answer any questions regarding preparation for your live audition and/or advice on suitability of materials selected for upload with your online application.

Upload the following to the indicated sections of the online application:

Supplemental Materials

  • Repertoire list of works rehearsed and/or performed as a conductor, if applicable.

Portfolio

  • Show proficiency with technical and expressive facility on your major instrument. You may choose to fulfill this requirement by either uploading a recording of a past solo performance or preparing an audition.

MM in Performance

Keyboard:

Keyboard Application Materials

Upload the following to the Supplemental Material section of the online application:

  • Repertoire list of works both 1) studied and completed with a teacher, and 2) performed. For performed works, please include where and when the performance occurred.

Audition

The audition will be arranged directly with your intended studio teacher.

If you are unable to attend an audition, a recording of your senior recital or an equivalent performance is an acceptable alternative. The recording must be accessible online (e.g., YouTube, Vimeo, Dropbox) and the link must be included in your online application in the Portfolio section. 

Keyboard Audition Repertoire

Piano Audition Repertoire (must be performed by memory)

  • A complete major work by J. S. Bach (prelude and fugue, set of dances, toccata, etc.). Inventions or other intermediate-level pieces are not acceptable.
  • A complete classical sonata by Beethoven, Mozart, Haydn, or Schubert.
  • A third work your choice from the romantic or contemporary periods. This work must be of moderately difficult level or higher, as defined in Maurice Hinson’s Guide to the Pianist’s Repertoire, a standard piano repertoire reference text.
  • All major and three forms of minor scales at MM 152 in 16th notes, and all major and minor arpeggios at MM 152 in triplets.

Organ Audition Repertoire (performance by memory optional)

  • A major work by J. S. Bach (prelude/fantasia/toccata and fugue, trio sonata movements 1 and 2 or 2 and 3, large chorale setting, etc.).
  • A major work from the nineteenth- or twentieth-century repertoire. If an extended section in expressive style is not included, prepare another piece in that style.
  • A hymn (all verses).
  • Major and minor scales and arpeggios in two keys and a selection of technical studies from Hanon (or equivalent).

If you have any questions about the audition materials for piano, please contact Dr. Stephen Beus, stephen_beus@byu.edu. Organ audition material questions should be directed to Dr. Don Cook, don_cook@byu.edu.

Orchestral Instrument:

Strings Application Materials

Upload the following to the Supplemental Material section of the online application:

  • Repertoire list of works both 1) studied and completed with a teacher, and 2) performed. For performed works, please include where and when the performance occurred.

Audition

The audition will be arranged directly with your intended studio teacher.

If you are unable to attend an audition, a recording of your senior recital or an equivalent performance is an acceptable alternative. The recording must be accessible online (e.g., YouTube, Vimeo, Dropbox) and the link must be included in your online application in the Portfolio section. 

 Violin and Cello list required repertoire, below. 

If you have concerns about your audition repertoire, contact your intended studio professor.

   Violin Audition

  • One movement from a Romantic sonata, late Beethoven or later composer
  • One movement from a Romantic concerto, like Mendelssohn, Tchaikovsky, Brahms, Sibelius, etc.
  • One movement from a Bach solo sonata or other Baroque piece
  • One Paganini Caprice of your choice

You can plan on the audition lasting around 20 minutes. We would like to see a variety of styles and skills.

   Cello Audition

Technique
Choose one of the following, memorized:

  • Popper étude (High school of cello playing [40 études] op. 73)
  • Piatti étude (12 Caprices, op. 25)

Repertoire

  • One movement of a standard concerto, memorized.
  • One movement of a sonata from a period other than that of the concerto.
  • Two contrasting movements from the cello suites of J. S. Bach IV, V, or VI. For example: Prelude and Courante, Sarabande and Gigue.

Double Bass Audition

Two contrasting movements from each of the following categories:

  • Bach: Solo Cello Suite or Gamba sonata.
  • Classical concerto or sonata (ex: Vanhal, Dittersdorf, Sperger, Hoffmeister, Schubert, or similar)
  • Romantic/modern concerto or sonta ( Bottesini, Koussevitzky, Míšek, Tubin, Rota, Hindemith, Hertel, or similar)

Applicable cadenzas are welcomed but not required. The movements may be presented in either solo or orchestral tuning. If the work originally had keyboard accompaniment, it is highly recommended that it be included in the performance.

Winds, Brass, Percussion

Application Materials

Upload the following to the Supplemental Material section of the online application:

  • Repertoire list of works both 1) studied and completed with a teacher, and 2) performed. For performed works, please include where and when the performance occurred.

Audition

The audition will be arranged directly with your intended studio teacher.

If you are unable to attend an audition, a recording of your senior recital or an equivalent performance is an acceptable alternative. The recording must be accessible online (e.g., YouTube, Vimeo, Dropbox) and the link must be included in your online application in the Portfolio section. 

Vocal:

Upload the following to the indicated sections of the online application:

Supplemental Materials:

  • Repertoire list of works both 1) studied and completed with a teacher, and 2) performed. For performed works, please include where and when the performance occurred.

Portfolio

Those applying to the vocal performance program must include prescreening videos as part of their application.

  • Video(s) should include three contrasting pieces, one of which is an art song and one of which is an aria. 

Applicants will be notified of the results from the prescreening by January 15.

Audition

The audition will be arranged directly with your intended studio teacher.

Repertoire:

 For your audition, please prepare a 20-minute program including pieces in Italian, French, German, and English. Literature should be included which represents German lieder, French mélodie, pieces composed before 1800, and pieces from the twentieth century or later. You may include other selections as time permits. A pianist will be provided.

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