Graduate Auditions & Interviews

Auditions

The following programs require a formal entrance audition:

  • Collaborative Piano & Coaching (MM, DMA)
  • Conducting (MM, DMA)
  • Instrumental Performance (MM, DMA) 
  • Voice Performance (MM, DMA)

2022 Instrumental Performance & Vocal Performance Auditions

All 2022 entrance auditions will be conducted via recorded audition*. View the recorded audition submission requirements. 
*Exceptions: finalists for the MM and DMA in conducting will be invited to campus for a live audition and interview

Video Submission Guidelines

  • Videos must be submitted by the application deadline via the Digital Uploads section on your application to the University of Minnesota.
  • Videos must be made within the past 12 months (from the date of recording) 
  • Applicants may use the same selections again for the live audition, provided the selections meet the audition repertoire requirements below.
  • Each selection must be performed from beginning to end in one take. No editing is allowed.

Repertoire Requirements

Please review the audition requirements below to ensure you are preparing the required repertoire and contact the faculty of your instrument/area with any repertoire questions.

For the audition video, please perform two contrasting collaborative piano works with partners. You may choose among song repertoire and/or sonata movements. After your application is complete, Professor Tim Lovelace will be in touch with you about arranging the sight-reading component of your audition. Please direct any questions about the audition repertoire to Professor Lovelace.

Pre-Screen Video Submission Guidelines

  • Pre-screening videos must be submitted by the application deadline via the Digital Uploads section on your application to the University of Minnesota.
  • Videos must be made within the past 12-18 months. 
  • Each selection must be performed from beginning to end in one take. No editing is allowed.
  • Videos must be accompanied by information indicating the candidate’s name, degree objective, state of residence, and titles of selections with the composer’s names. Please include arranger or transcriber, where appropriate.
  • Video content may contain material taken from either a rehearsal or a performance; it is recommended to have excerpts of both. 
  • All videos must be recorded from the front so that the face, hands, gestures, and posture are clearly visible. Do not submit a video filmed from behind the conductor.
  • The recommended duration of the combined video submissions (rehearsal and performance) is 15-20 minutes. Performance videos of compositions longer than 20 minutes are acceptable.

Audition Requirements - MM

For applicants who are seeking degree programs that begin in Fall 2021, the audition and interview process may be modified based on the Minnesota Department of Health, the governor, and the University of Minnesota president's travel and social distancing guidelines.

Typically, a live conducting audition and interview with the faculty directors in the area of study is required. Live auditions and interviews are by invitation only. Candidates will be invited to audition and interview by the conducting faculty, based on their evaluation of application materials.

Audition Requirements - DMA

For applicants who are seeking degree programs that begin in Fall 2021, the audition and interview process may be modified based on the Minnesota Department of Health, the governor, and the University of Minnesota president's travel and social distancing guidelines.

Typically, a live conducting audition and interview with the faculty directors in the area of study are required. Live auditions and interviews are by invitation only. Candidates will be invited to audition and interview by the conducting faculty, based on their evaluation of application materials. 

MM and DMA Audition Requirements

1. Mozart Bassoon Concerto first movement, with cadenza.

2. Prepare two solo works of a contrasting style from the standard repertoire. One of which may be an etude from the Milde 50 Concert Studies Opus. 26

3. 3 orchestral excerpts from standard repertoire.

MM Audition Requirements

  • Mozart Concerto in G or D Major
  • Two contrasting works of your choice
  • Three Orchestral Excerpts

DMA Audition Requirements 

  • Mozart Concerto in G or D Major
  • Bach Sonata
  • Two contrasting works of your choice
  • Three Orchestral Excerpts

An accompanist is neither required nor provided.

MM and DMA Audition Requirements

Prepare two major works of a contrasting nature from the standard repertoire. An accompanist is neither required nor provided.

Flute applicants, please see the Flute audition repertoire section above
 

MM and DMA Audition Requirements

  1. Two contrasting etudes (one slow, one fast).  
  2. One complete solo work from the standard repertoire (such as a work by Creston, Milhaud, Heiden, Desenclos, Eccles, Glazunov, Ibert, Maurice, Bozza, Tomasi, etc).
  3. An accompanist is neither required nor provided.

Audition Requirements

  1.  Required Solo Repertoire: (suggested 4 total)
    • Any Mozart Horn Concerto (mvt 1 only).
    • Richard Strauss Horn Concerto No. 1 or 2 (mvt. 1 only).
    • Two additional solo pieces selected from contrasting eras. Examples include: a single movement from a concerto or sonata, Twentieth-Century works and/or unaccompanied solo pieces.
  2. Orchestral Excerpts: (suggested 8 total)
    • Standard orchestral excerpts from different eras demonstrating both high and low horn abilities.
    • A list of at least eight contrasting excerpts is required.

    Trumpet Audition Requirements

    • 2 etudes - one from Charlier and one from Bitsch, contrasting in style.
    • Standard concerto or sonata of candidate's choice.
    • Honegger Intrada.
    • 4 contrasting standard orchestral excerpts.
    • 1 piccolo trumpet orchestral excerpt (Examples include, but are not limited to Bach and Handel).
    • 2 major scales, 2 minor scales, all two octaves with arpeggios, applicant’s choice.

    All audition repertoire must be confirmed via email by the appropriate low brass faculty member at least one month before the recorded audition is submitted. All prospective low brass students are encouraged to contact the appropriate faculty member to arrange a lesson in the months prior to the audition. There is no charge for the lesson.

    Low Brass Faculty

    Low Brass Audition Requirements

    MM-performance (trombone, euphonium, and tuba)
 and DMA-performance (trombone only) auditions must include the following pieces:

    • Movements or sections from two significant solo works. Accompaniment is not required.
    • Three to four standard orchestral excerpts
    • Memorization not required

    Please refer to this list of repertoire and contact Professor Fernando Meza to confirm your selections before you begin recording.

    Be prepared to perform on snare drum (both rudimental and concert styles), mallet instruments (xylophone, marimba, or vibraphone), and timpani if available.

    If timpani are not available to perform your repertoire of choice, please perform one of the two drum etudes with any drums at your disposal (i.e., 2 snare drums with snares off, 2 tom-toms, etc), or even two practice pads. This will be aimed at displaying your technical understanding of playing timpani, considering the current circumstances surrounding COVID-19 restrictions that do not always allow for people to have access to instruments.

    In addition, if no timpani are available, please also enclose a recorded version of yourself singing intervals (Google document with requirements), after obtaining a reference pitch of A=440 from either a tuning fork or a keyboard instrument. No other reference pitches allowed, and only one A at the start of the sequence of intervals. Audition on any other instrument (drum set, hand drums, ethnic percussion, etc.) is encouraged but not required.

    You may provide a video with any other material you would want the auditioning committee to consider with your application (i.e. multiple-percussion, concerto features, jazz band performances, etc).

    MM Audition Requirements

    Prepare the following repertoire to be performed from memory:

    • a Bach prelude and fugue from The Well-Tempered Clavier or several substantial movements from a Bach suite or partit
    • a complete major sonata by Haydn, Mozart, or Beethoven
    • a representative work from the 19th century*
    • a representative work from the 20th century*

    *At least one of these should be technically and interpretively demanding and at least 10 minutes in length.

    DMA Audition Requirements

    Prepare a full recital from which the audition committee may select works to be performed. All works must be memorized. The repertoire must include:

    • a complete major work by Bach or a prelude and fugue from The Well-Tempered Clavier
    • a complete major sonata or set of variations by Haydn, Mozart, or Beethoven
    • a representative work from the 19th* century
    • a representative work from the 20th* century

    *At least one of these should be a technically and interpretively demanding major work at least 15 minutes in length.

    Please contact Professor Tim Lovelace (lovelace@umn.edu) with audition repertoire questions.

    MM and DMA Audition Requirements

    • Applicants should submit a video recording of a thirty-minute program consisting of at least three compositions for organ of contrasting styles and from different historical periods and/or national schools.
    • One of these should be a major work of J.S. Bach, and at least one should be from the 19th or 20th-century repertoires.
    • It is recommended that the prepared compositions be of a level of difficulty commensurate with the applicant's own level of ability and experience.
    • Memorization is recommended but not required.
    • A repertoire list must be submitted as an attachment to the application for admission.
    • Applicants are encouraged to submit a recording of their playing of a service in addition to the above requirement. 

    MM and DMA Audition Requirements

    Prepare three major contrasting pieces or movements from the following materials or from similar works of comparable level:

    • John Dowland: Fantasies, Dances
    • J.S. Bach: Lute and Cello Suites, Violin Sonatas and Partitas
    • Fernando Sor: Advanced Studies, Variations, Sonatas
    • Francisco Tarrega: Capricho Arabe or Recuerdos de la Alhambra
    • Manuel Ponce: Sonatas
    • Leo Brouwer: Elogio de la Danza, Sonata, El Decameron Negro
    • Works by: Turina, Torroba, Rodrigo, Castelnuovo-Tedesco, Barrios, Jose, Albeniz, Granados, Villa-Lobos, Martin, Berkeley, Britten, Takemitsu

    Please contact Maja Radovanlija with any repertoire questions at mradovan@umn.edu.

    MM Audition Requirements

    Prepare from memory the following:

    • Two contrasting sonatas: i.e., Krumpholz, Dussek, Parry, C.P.E. Bach, Hindemith, Houdy, Tailleferre, Glanville-Hicks, etc.
    • One etude by Bach/Grandjany, Bochsa, Pozzoli or Lariviere
    • One work from the 19th or 20th centuries: i.e., by Faure, Andres, Salzedo, Flagello, etc.
    • Download a list of suggested repertoire.

    DMA Audition Requirements

    All works except orchestral excerpts must be performed from memory:

    • Three contrasting solo works; a concerto, sonata, or other major work, the level of Houdy Sonata, Faure Impromptu, JS Bach/Grandjany Fugue, CPE Bach Sonata, or Britten Suite.
    • Two orchestral excerpts or cadenzas.
    • Candidates must submit a previous degree recital program and a list of previously studied major repertoire.

    Audition Requirements

    Prepare and memorize three works. Your works must include the following:

    • Fast movement of a Major Concerto
    • A movement of unaccompanied Bach
    • A piece contrasting style in style with the other two

    All repertoire (excluding sonatas with piano) should be performed by memory. An accompanist is neither required nor provided.

    MM and DMA Audition Information

    Videos for all graduate voice applicants should include the following repertoire, all performed from memory:

    • Four selections from the classical vocal repertoire. One selection may be an opera or oratorio aria and one selection must be in English. Repertoire should demonstrate facility in various languages and periods of classical vocal composition. Vocal selections can be accompanied by piano, chamber ensemble, or orchestra. Because of health concerns, accompaniment with electronic piano or CD will be permitted and will be considered. No amplification microphone is permitted.
    •  Two selections, read and spoken aloud, from the excerpts provided.
    •  At the beginning of the video, each applicant must clearly state:
      • name
      • voice type
      • degree objective
      • state, province, or country of residence
      • grade point average
      • titles of selections with composers' names

    Interviews

    Formal entrance interviews are required for all programs in music education (MM, PhD, Post-Bacc) and music therapy (MA, MA with Equivalency, PhD). Interviews will be conducted remotely via Zoom on the following dates:

    2022 Remote* Music Education/Therapy Entrance Interviews

    • Saturday, December 4, 2021 - Spring admission
    • Saturday, January 22, 2022 - Fall admission
    • Saturday, February 5, 2022 - Fall admission

    *Interviews will be conducted entirely remotely via Zoom

    You will select your preferred interview date on your application. The interview will take place between 8:00 AM – 8:00 PM Central Standard Time. Applicants will be asked to submit a completed music education/music therapy interview profile at the time of the interview.

    Finalists for the music education (PhD) or music education - music therapy emphasis (PhD) will be contacted directly by faculty to arrange a separate interview.

    Please contact the faculty of the program to which you are applying for further interview details.