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Screening Videos

Screening Video Requirements

A screening video is required for candidates auditioning on piano, voice, violin, viola, cello, and double bass. Applicants in these areas must pass the screening evaluation in order to receive an invitation to audition and/or interview on their preferred audition date.

  1. Screening videos are due by the application deadline (Nov. 1 for spring entrance, Dec. 15 for fall entrance) and must be submitted via the online form.
  2. Recordings must be made within past 12 months. No editing of the video is permitted. Each selection must be performed from beginning to end in one take and include both video and audio content. You may use the same selections again for your live audition, provided they meet the audition repertoire requirements for your instrument.
  3. Videos should be submitted as online videos using YouTube, Vimeo, or another online video platform that does not require downloading to view. Password-protected videos will not be considered. We recommend ensuring your videos are unlisted YouTube or Vimeo videos with comments turned off. Applicants are responsible for the playability of the ideo and accuracy of the URL address.
  4. Videos must follow the instrument-specific requirements outlined below.

International applicants applying from countries with internet censorship are permitted and advised to submit a DVD copy of their screening video in lieu of an online video. The clearly labeled DVD must arrive at the following address no later than the application deadline:

Music Admissions
200A Ferguson Hall
2106 4th Street S
Minneapolis, MN 55455

Piano Screening Requirements 

Preliminary recordings for all applicants should include the following repertoire, all performed from memory:

  • At least one movement of a classical sonata by Haydn, Mozart, or Beethoven.
  • At least one additional work or movement in a contrasting style.

Strings Screening Requirements (Violin, Viola, Cello, and Double Bass)

Preliminary recordings for all applicants should include two selections (contrasting in style and techniques), one performed from memory. For example, an exposition of a concerto and a movement from Bach or other solo piece or Etude.

Voice Screening Requirements

Preliminary recordings for all applicants should include the following repertoire, all performed from memory:

  • Two selections of classical vocal repertoire, one of which must be in English.
  • At the beginning of the video, each applicant must clearly state his or her name, voice type, degree objective, state of residence, titles of selections with composer’s names, grade point average, and TOEFL score (the TOEFL is an English language proficiency exam required of international students).
  • All vocal selections must be accompanied by a piano, chamber ensemble, or orchestra. No accompaniment with electronic piano or CD will be considered.

Review the Standards for Applied Study in Voice for Vocal Performance, Music Education, Music Therapy, Bachelor of Arts with Applied Emphasis, and Music MinorAdmission to a University of Minnesota School of Music vocal degree program is determined by the applicants demonstration of competence in the standards, the number of open vocal studio spaces available any given academic year, and target enrollments determined by the School of Music and the College of Liberal Arts.

Application Questions?  Contact the Music Admissions Office:
musicapply@umn.edu | 612-624-2847