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Audition Information

Student Placement

Below you can find specific scholarship audition repertoire information and requirements for our individual areas of study:

Piano:

Piano

Undergraduate:

  • Two pieces of different periods, about 10-15 minutes of music for piano performance

Strings:

Violin, Viola, Cello, & Doublebass

Violin

Undergraduate:

    2 scales of choice, one major, one minor, 3 octaves

  • One solo etude of choice (such as Kreutzer, Fiorillo, Rode, etc.)
  • One movement of a concerto, sonata or concertpiece (accompaniment preferred but not required)

Graduate:

    One solo etude of choice showing advanced technique

  • 2 contrasting movements from J. S. Bach solo sonatas or partitas
  • One movement of a concerto, sonata or concertpiece (accompaniment preferred but not required)

* Applicants interested in the MM String Pedagogy degree must prepare the first movement of a Mozart violin concerto.

Viola

Undergraduate:

  • 2 scales of choice, one major, one minor, 3 octaves
  • One solo etude of choice (such as Bruni, Campagnoli Palaschko)
  • One movement of a concerto, sonata or concertpiece (accompaniment preferred but not required)

Graduate:

  • One solo etude of choice showing advanced technique
  • One movement from the J. S. Bach solo works for cello or violin, transcribed
  • One standard orchestral excerpt
  • One movement of a concerto, sonata or concertpiece (accompaniment preferred but not required)

* Applicants interested in the MM String Pedagogy degree must submit a supplemental violin recording demonstrating a professional competency level. Please contact Susan Kempter for more information: susankempter@gmail.com

Cello

Undergraduate:

  • 2 scales of choice, one major, one minor, 3 octaves
  • One solo etude of choice (such as Dotzauer, Popper or Schroeder)
  • One movement of a concerto, sonata or concertpiece (accompaniment preferred but not required)

Graduate:

  • One solo etude of choice showing advanced technique
  • One movement from the J. S. Bach solo works for cello
  • One standard orchestral excerpt
  • One movement of a concerto, sonata or concertpiece (accompaniment preferred but not required)

Doublebass

Undergraduate:

  • 2 scales of choice, one major, one minor, 2 octaves
  • One solo etude of choice (such as Simandl)
  • One movement of a concerto, sonata or concertpiece (accompaniment preferred but not required)

Graduate:

  • One solo etude of choice showing advanced technique
  • One movement from the J. S. Bach solo works for cello
  • One movement of a concerto, sonata or concertpiece (accompaniment preferred but not required)

Percussion:

Snare Drum, Drum Set, Mallet-Keyboard & Timpani

Undergraduate:

Audition material should demonstrate technical facility, musicality, and stylistic awareness. All large instruments will be provided, however you are expected to supply sticks/mallets, and music. Submitting and audio/video recording, or posting a video on a video sharing website is acceptable.

Music Performance – demonstrate proficiency in two areas of percussion listed below

Music Education – demonstrate proficiency in one area of percussion listed below

Music Theory/Composition – demonstrate proficiency in one area of percussion listed below

Bachelor of Arts – demonstrate proficiency in one area of percussion listed below

Music Minor – demonstrate proficiency in one area of percussion listed below

Jazz Studies – demonstrate proficiency on drumset

Snare Drum

  • Ability to sight-read intermediate snare drum literature (ex. Intermediate Snare Drum Studies – Peters)
  • Concert/Rudimental snare drum etude or solo (ex. Cirone, Firth, Peters, Delecluse, Pratt, Wilcoxon)

Drum Set

  • Ability to read intermediate level jazz charts
  • Demonstration of basic styles: swing, jazz brush playing, Brazilian, Afro-Cuban, funk, and rock
  • In addition to the above requirements, you could do one or more of the following:
  • Play over the form of a jazz tune such as a 12 bar blues or 32 bar AABA tune. You could learn the melody and play time for one chorus of the tune while you sing the tune; you could then play a solo over the next chorus
  • Trade four or eight measure solos with yourself – this might include four measures of a swing time feel followed by a four-measure solo, repeating this numerous times
  • Prepare a composed drumset solo

Mallet-Keyboard Percussion

  • Ability to read intermediate mallet-keyboard percussion literature
  • Possess a basic playing and theoretical understanding of major scales and arpeggios
  • Perform a two or four-mallet solo/etude on marimba, xylophone, or vibraphone. The following pieces or etudes would be acceptable (ex. Mayazumi, Stout, Creston, Goldenberg, Musser, Peters, Molenhof)

Timpani

  • Ability to hear and tune pitches on the drums
  • Posses a basic knowledge of the mechanical and pitched characteristics of the timpani
  • Perform an etude or solo piece (ex. Peters, Goodman, Beck, Bergamo, Firth)

 

 

Graduate:

Applicants should demonstrate proficiency in a few of the following areas of performance:

  • Concert snare drum (ex. etudes from Delecluse, Peters, or Cirone)
  • Orchestral snare drum (ex. excerpts from Prokofiev, Rimsky-Korsakov, or Neilson)
  • Two or four-mallet marimba/vibraphone solo performance (ex. Abe, Ewazen, Tanaka, Stout, Burritt)
  • Orchestral mallet-percussion (ex. excerpts from Bernstein, Dukas, Gershwin, Messiaen, or Kodaly)
  • Solo timpani performance or orchestral repertoire performance (ex. Carter, Houllif, Bergamo)
  • Multiple-Percussion solo and/or advanced chamber ensemble literature
  • Drumset – *see undergraduate drumset requirements
  • Demonstration of world percussion styles (ex. Afro-Cuban, steel drum, Brazilian, African, etc.)

Classical Guitar:

Classical Guitar

Suggested repertoire:

“Simple Etudes” by Leo Brouwer
“25 Melodious Studies” by Matteo Carcassi.
“20 Studies of Fernando Sor” Segovia edition.
“24 Preludes, op. 114” by Fernando Carulli.
“Preludes” (any) by Villa-Lobos.

Please contact Professor Chapdelaine for other repertoire options.

In addition, students are expected to know from memory “Modes for Guitar”

http://www.michaelchapdelaine.com/Modes_for_Guitar.pdf

Students should also know how to pluck the strings with good sound and technique as described in my “Lesson 1”

 http://www.michaelchapdelaine.com/great_tone.html

Vocal:

Vocal

Undergraduate Vocal:

To audition for the undergraduate vocal area, you will be required to sing one piece bearing in mind that this is a classically based program. A cappella auditions are not allowed. An accompanist will be provided for you. Remember to bring one copy of your music for the pianist and one copy for yourself (if the piece is not memorized). Please contact Michael Hix for more information.

Graduate Vocal:

To audition for the graduate vocal area you will be required to sing several pieces representative of the following languages: English, German, French and Italian. Other languages may include Russian, Czech and Spanish. Your pieces should be memorized and may include operatic arias and art song. Oratorio pieces need not be memorized. An accompanist will be provided for you. Please contact Michael Hix for more information.

Brass:

Trumpet, Trombone, French Horn, Tuba & Euphonium

Students are expected to play a solo of their choice. Piano accompaniment is not required for the scholarship audition. For specific repertoire recommendations please contact the instructor of your instrument.

Woodwinds:

Saxophone, Clarinet, Flute, Bassoon & Oboe

Students are expected to play a solo of their choice. Piano accompaniment is not required for the scholarship audition. For specific repertoire recommendations please contact the instructor of your instrument.

Music Education:

Music Education

NUMBER OF AWARDS
Six to ten scholarships per year for incoming freshmen or transfer students

AMOUNT OF AWARDS
$400-$800 per year

RENEWABILITY
Guaranteed renewable for nine semesters for students making satisfactory progress through the Bachelor of Music Education degree program

SCHOLARSHIP CRITERIA
Musicianship, desire to teach, communication skill, intellectual ability, leadership potential, self-initiative, mature judgment

HOW MEASURED
Department of Music audition

Recommendation letters (two, including high school music teacher)

GPA, SAT/ACT

Essay on music teaching (500-800 words) describing your: 1)experience in music, teaching and leadership; 2) reasons for wanting to teach; and 3) personal and professional goals

TO APPLY
Audition for UNM faculty

Send Materials: 1) Cover letter indicating your interest in the Music Education scholarships, date of completed or intended Department of Music audition, GPA, and SAT/ACT scores; 2) two recommendation letters; and 3) essay on music teaching. Emailed submissions (pdf if possible) are preferred: rgiebes@unm.edu.

Hard copies:
Robin Giebelhausen
MSC04 2570
University of New Mexico
Albuquerque, NM 87131

The deadline for receiving applications is Friday, Feb. 26, 2016.

Consideration for these scholarships will be separate from other awards. Meritorious students frequently combine music education scholarships with other forms of financial aid through the Department of Music or other university units.

For further information, contact Robin Giebelhausen at rgiebes@unm.edu or 505-277-1959.

Audition Dates

February 20th, 2017
UNM Center for the Arts

February 25th, 2017
UNM Center for the Arts

February 3rd, 2017
Oñate High School, Las Cruces, NM

Schedule an Audition

To schedule an audition or for more information please contact:

Woodwinds, brass, percussion, harp:
Michelle Morrison
(505)277-8998
mmorrison@unm.edu

Orchestral strings, guitar, piano, voice:
Bonita Standard
(505)277-2126
bstandar@unm.edu

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