Audition Procedure and Requirements

Auditions are held on UM-Flint's campus in room 164 of French Hall.  You will present your prepared pieces, scales and sight reading for a small group of faculty members.   Generally, you should plan approximately one hour for your audition, 15 minutes for performance and brief interview with faculty, and 30-45 minutes for the music theory placement test.

 

Instrumentalists 

Instruments include flute, oboe, clarinet, saxophone, bassoon, trumpet, horn, trombone, euphonium, tuba, percussion, piano, guitar, mandolin, violin, viola, cello, double bass and organ.

a. Prepare and perform a solo on their major instrument (for example a movement from a concerto, sonata, or a Solo and Ensemble Festival solo). An accompanist is preferred, but not required. It is recommended that the selection include contrasting musical material.

b. Prepare 12 major scales from which a selection may be played by memory

c. Read music on sight demonstrating the ability to perform music unseen with a reasonable degree of proficiency.

 

Percussionists

a.  Prepare and perform a solo, study or etude on snare, one keyboard instrument, or timpani (for example a movement from a concerto, sonata, or a Solo and Ensemble Festival solo). An accompanist is preferred, but not required. It is recommended that the selection include contrasting musical material.

b. Prepare 12 major scales from which a selection may be played by memory  on a keyboard instrument such as xylophone, marimba or vibes.

c. Demonstrate knowledge and ability to perform basic rudimental figures on snare drum.

d. Read music on sight demonstrating the ability to perform music unseen with a reasonable degree of profiency on a keyboard instrument and/or snare drum.

e. Percussionists may consider an additional demonstration on one of the other instruments not previously performed, or consider a further performance on steel drum or multiple-percussion. While not required, demonstration on other instruments will give the student further credit toward admission and scholarship.

 
Vocalists

a. Prepare and perform two songs from standard art song literature. An aria may be one of the choices. Vocalists are to make arrangements for an accompanist. The Music Office can aid in finding an accompanist (810) 762-3377. Taped accompaniments are not acceptable.

b. Sing on sight several short excerpts demonstrating the ability to perform music unseen with a reasonable degree of proficiency.

All Auditionees

• All auditionees will be automatically considered for a Music Scholarship at audition.

• For admission and scholarship consideration, all auditionees will be required to take a music theory placement test on the day of audition.  Students transferring from another music degree program will be required to take a music history placement test in addition to all other requirements.

• Please feel free to contact the music office to speak with a faculty member if you have questions about selecting an appropriate solo piece (for requirement "a.").

• Please call or visit the Department of Music at (810) 762-3377, French Hall Room 126, to reserve a time for your audition, or to make special arrangements. If you must cancel a scheduled audition, please notify the department as soon as possible.