Graduate Requirements

 

This page lists the classical audition repertoire requirements for all graduate performance majors. To review jazz repertoire requirements, please visit jazz.unt.edu/admission-auditions.

Please note:

  • A screening (preliminary audition video) is required for all graduate applicants. The screening will be submitted directly through the Acceptd application.
  • If screening repertoire is not specified for an area below, the screening requirements are the same as for the live audition. 
  • The preferred deadline to submit the screening is the first Monday in December. Applications and screenings received after that date will be reviewed and auditions scheduled until all live spots are full and closed.
  • Detailed information regarding the Graduate Artist Certificate in Music Performance (GAC) can be found here https://music.unt.edu/admissions/graduate-degree-specific.
  • Audition Dates

Bassoon

Master's Level:

Screening Audition Video Requirements:

  • A 3-4 minutes spoken introduction including descriptions of your interest, both music and non-musical, recent creative projects undertaken, future goals, and reasons for applying to UNT. 
  • Milde Scale Studio No. 1
  • Mozart Concerto in Bb major, K. 191/186e – 1st and 2nd movements (expositions only)
  • Two of the following orchestral excerpts
    • Beethoven Symphony No. 4 (mvt. 4, mm. 15-25, 184-188, 300-303, 348-end)
    • Mozart Marriage of Figaro Overture (mm. 139-171)
    • Ravel Bolero (Solo)
    • Rimsky-Korsakov Scheherazade (mvt. 2, solo and cadenzas)
    • Shostakovich Symphony No. 9 (solo from mvts. 4 - 5)
    • Stravinsky Firebird (Berceuse solo)
    • Stravinsky Rite Of Spring (opening solos)
    • Tchaikovsky Symphony No. 4 (mvt. 2, solo to end)

Each element (Introduction/Milde/Mozart/Excerpts) may be recorded separately.

In-Person Audition Requirements:

  • One of the following:
    • Hummel - Concerto in F Major
    • Mozart - Concerto in B-Flat Major K. 191/186e
    •  Saint-Saëns - Sonata in G major
    • Tansman - Sonatine or Suite
    • Vivaldi -  Concerto of your choice
    • Weber - Andante and Hungarian Rondo
    • Weber - Concerto in F
  • One complete etude from the 50 Concert Studies by Ludwig Milde
  • At least a movement from one of the following: 
    • JENNI BRANDON Colored Stones
    • NANCY GALBRAITH Sonata
    • WILLIAM GRANT STILL Three Songs
    • ADOLPHUS HAILSTORK Bassoon Set
    • ULYSSES KAY Sonata 
    • JOSE SIQUEIRA Three Etudes
    • MARGIE GIEBLING-HAIGH: Sortilège
    • LIBBY LARSEN: Concert Piece
    • FRANCISCO MIGNONE: Waltzes
    • JEFF SCOTT: Elegy for Innocence 
    • NATALIE MOLLER: Translations
    • A selection by a traditionally marginalized composer of your choice similar those listed above that represents your interest as an artist.
  • Four the following orchestral excerpts from memory:
    • Beethoven Symphony No. 4 (mvt. 4, mm. 15 - 25, 184 - 188, 300 - 303, 348 - end)
    • Mozart Marriage of Figaro Overture (mm. 139 - 171)
    • Ravel Bolero (Solo)
    • Rimsky-Korsakov Scheherazade (mvt. 2, solo and cadenzas)
    • Shostakovich Symphony No. 9 (solo from mvts. 4 - 5)
    • Stravinsky Firebird (Berceuse solo)
    • Stravinsky Rite Of Spring (opening solos)
    • Tchaikovsky Symphony No. 4 (mvt. 2, solo to end)

A 30-minute lesson during your auditions visit is available upon request. Please contact Dr. Darrel Hale (Darrel.Hale@unt.edu) ahead of your visit to schedule a lesson time. 

Doctoral Level:

Screening Audition Video Requirements:

  • A 3–4-minute spoken introduction including descriptions of your interest, both musical and non-musical, recent creative projects undertaken, future goals, and reasons for applying to UNT. 
  • Milde Scale Studio No. 1
  • Mozart Concerto in Bb major, K. 191/186e - 1st and 2nd movement - expositions only
  • Two of the following orchestral excerpts:
    • Ravel, Piano Concerto (Mvt. 1, rhl. 9-10, and Mvt. 3, rhl. 14-16)
    • Shostakovich, Symphony No. 9 (solo from Mvts. 4-5)
    • Firebird (Berceuse solo)
    • Beethoven, Symphony No. 4 (Mvt. 4, mm. 15-25, 184-188, 300-303, 348-end)
    • Scheherazade (Mvt. 2, solo and cadenzas)
    • Rite of Spring (opening solos)
    • Bolero (solo)
    • Tchaikovsky, Symphony No. 6 (Mvt. 1, opening solo)
    • Tchaikovsky, Symphony No. 4 (Mvt. 2, solo to end)
    • Marriage of Figaro Overture (mm. 139-171)

Each element (Introduction/Milde/Mozart/Excerpts) may be recorded separately.

In-Person Audition Requirements:

  • A 25-minute recital featuring contrasting styles. This recital should include the following elements:
    • A movement from a major concerto or sonata
    • Repertoire reflecting your interest as an artist and teacher
    • A movement from at least one of the following works: 
      • MARGIE GIEBLING-HAIGH: Sortilège 
      • NANCY GALBRAITH Sonata
      • LIBBY LARSEN: Concert Piece 
      • FRANCISCO MIGNONE: Waltzes 
      • JEFF SCOTT: Elegy for Innocence 
      • NATALIE MOLLER: Translations 
      • JOSE SIQUEIRA: Three Etudes 
      • A selection by a traditionally marginalized composer of your choice similar those listed above that represents your interest as an artist.
  • Four of the following orchestral excepts from memory:
    • Beethoven Symphony No. 4 (mvt. 4, mm. 15 - 25, 184 - 188, 300 - 303, 348 - end)
    •  Mozart Marriage of Figaro Overture (mm. 139 - 171)
    • Ravel Bolero (Solo)
    • Rimsky-Korsakov Scheherazade (mvt. 2, solo and cadenzas)
    • Shostakovich Symphony No. 9 (solo from mvts. 4 - 5)
    • Stravinsky Firebird (Berceuse solo)
    • Stravinsky Rite Of Spring (opening solos)
    • Tchaikovsky Symphony No. 4 (mvt. 2, solo to end)

Auditions are 30 minutes in length. A 30-minute lesson during your auditions visit is available upon request. Please contact Dr. Darrel Hale (Darrel.Hale@unt.edu) ahead of your visit to schedule a lesson time. 


Cello

Review the UNT String Audition Requirements prior to submitting your application. 

Screening requirements: submit two contrasting selections such as: the exposition of a concerto and a movement of solo Bach, totaling 5-8 minutes, without piano.

Live audition requirements:
Master's Level:
A recital of approximately 30 minutes duration is required. Single movements of works may be played. Three contrasting styles of music should be represented. Suggested Repertoire: Any Bach or Reger Suite, several movements; any movement of a concerto, such as: Haydn, D major; Schumann; Dvorak; Barber; Bloch, Schelomo; Tchaikowsky, Rococo Variations; or equivalent. Virtuoso pieces such as: Dvorak, Rondo op. 94; Bruch, kol Nidre; Hindemith, Capriccio, etc.
Doctoral Level: One full recital demonstrating different styles. An unaccompanied work or movement of your choice should be included and a portion of the program should be memorized.


Clarinet

Prescreening Audition Requirements; to be submitted through the online music application:

1.) Statement of purpose: an approximate 500-word essay outlining objectives for graduate study, career plans, and reasons for applying to our program specifically.
2.) CV or resume
3.) Mozart: Concerto in A Major, KV. 622, movement 1, exposition.
4.) Movement of a contrasting solo work of your choice.
5.) Orchestral Excerpts
           a.   Beethoven Symphony #6, mvt. 1  (2 before K to m. 492)
           b.   Mendelssohn Scherzo from "A Midsummer Night's Dream" (beginning through B)

*Piano accompaniment is not required for items listed above.

Master's Level Audition Requirements: 

1.) Mozart: Concerto in A Major, KV. 622, movement 1, exposition
2.) Complete solo work from standard repertoire
3.) Contemporary work of choice
4.) Orchestral Excerpts
          a.   Beethoven Symphony #6, mvt. 1  (2 before K to m. 492)
          b.   Beethoven Symphony #6, mvt. 2 (D through end of m. 77)
          c.   Mendelssohn Scherzo from "A Midsummer Night's Dream" (beginning through B)
          d.   Brahms Symphony #3, mvt. 2 (beginning through B)

Doctoral Level Audition Requirements:

1.) Mozart Concerto (complete work)
2.) Contrasting work of your choice from standard repertoire
3.) Contemporary work of your choice
4.) Five standard Orchestral Excerpts of your choice

DMA applicants are encouraged to audition on the Friday on-campus audition date. 


Collaborative Piano

Thank you for your interest in Collaborative Piano study at UNT. We look forward to exploring how we can assist you in meeting your artistic, educational and professional goals.

Along with the online application to the College of Music, including a comprehensive solo and collaborative repertoire list, collaborative piano performance applicants will submit high-quality, recent video recordings of the candidate’s instrumental and vocal collaborative performance, as well as a solo selection (memorized) and an introductory video. Recordings will be submitted by the first Monday in December, after which time auditions may be scheduled. Screening repertoire is the candidate’s choice; repertoire for the live audition (in person or virtual) is pre-determined. 

Please thoroughly review this document for detailed screening and audition information. 

For any questions, please contact Professor Elvia Puccinelli, Coordinator of Collaborative Piano at elvia.puccinelli@unt.edu at least three weeks before any deadlines to discuss your individual circumstances.


Conducting

Screening:

  • Face-to-the-camera, high-quality video recording of the applicant conducting; include excerpts from both rehearsal and performance

Live audition: 

  • Applicants invited for a live audition will be notified of the exact repertoire/excepts they are expected to prepare in advance

​Applicants should contact individual areas of specialization (i.e., choral studiesorchestral studieswind studies), to obtain additional details regarding audition requirements.


Double Bass

Review the UNT String Audition Requirements prior to submitting your application. 

Master's Level: two movements from any Bach cello suite; two movements from the standard concerto literature, One other solo work demonstrating the range and diversity of the applicant's abilities; Four standard orchestral excerpts. At least one solo work should be from memory.

Doctoral Level: One full recital demonstrating different styles. An unaccompanied work (or movement) of Bach should be included. One virtuosic concert piece or a standard concerto should be included. A portion of the program should be memorized.

For graduate Jazz Bass, please refer to the "Jazz Studies" section on this page.


Euphonium

In addition to an interview with Professor Childs, prospective students will be required to demonstrate their ability through the following requirements:

Master's Level: (select one solo and all excerpts)

  • Solo: Jacob’s Fantasia, Picchi’s Fantasie Originale, Horovitz’ Concerto, Boccalari’s Fantasia di Concerto
  • Excerpts: Bydlo from Ravel’s orchestral setting of Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition and Sousa’s Stars and Stripes Forever

Doctoral Level: (select one solo and all excerpts)

  • Solo: Ponchielli’s Concerto, Bourgeois’ Concerto (Op. 114), Cosma’s Concertoor, Curnow’s Symphonic Variants
  • Excerpts: Strauss’ Ein Heldenleben, Holst's Planets (Mars and Jupiter), Bydlo from Ravel’s orchestral setting of Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition, Schönberg’s Theme and Variations, Makris’ Aegean Festival, Sousa’s Stars and Stripes Forever

Flute

Screening:

  1.  Mozart - Exposition of 1st and 2nd movements of Concerto in G Major or D Major with keyboard accompaniment*.
  2. Two contrasting works with keyboard accompaniment* (only two movements required in multi-movement works) OR one solo work and one accompanied* work.
  3. Three contrasting orchestral excerpts

*If live accompaniment cannot happen safely due to COVID-19, pre-recorded accompaniment is acceptable.

Live audition requirements:

Master's Level: (A bachelor's degree recital program performed at UNT may serve as an audition for the MM in performance if approved by the major professor and two members of the woodwind faculty.)

  • Single Instrument Major: The MM audition is 15 minutes in length and includes significant repertoire in contrasting styles. There is no memorization requirement.
  • Multiple Instrument Major: The audition for the multiple woodwinds degree includes the performance of a representative work on each of two auxiliary woodwind instruments (chosen by the student), as well as a major work on the principle instrument. The required level of proficiency for the principle (major) instrument is the same as for the single instrument major. The audition length is approximately 15 minutes.

Doctoral Level: (A master's degree recital performed at UNT may serve as an audition for the DMA in performance if approved by the major professor and two members of the woodwind faculty.) The results of the audition will be filed in the Office of Graduate Studies in the Music Office by the Coordinator of Woodwind Instruction, using the form "Petition for Acceptance and Continuance in the Major Field of Study."

  • Single Instrument Major: The DMA audition is 30 minutes in length and includes significant repertoire in contrasting styles and periods. There is no memorization requirement.
  • Multiple Instrument Major: The audition for the multiple woodwinds degree includes the performance of a representative work on each of two auxiliary woodwind instruments (chosen by the student) as well as a major work on the principal (major) instrument. The required level of proficiency for the principal instrument is the same as for the single instrument major listed above. The remainder of the program will include significant repertoire in contrasting styles on the major instrument, for a total program length of 30 minutes. There is no memorization requirement.

Suggested repertoire: The following repertoire is acceptable as audition material. Other works of equal significance may be substituted.

  • Flute: Sonata No. 11 in Eb - J.S. Bach; Concerto in G Major - Mozart; Sonata in D Major - Prokofiev

Guitar

A screening is required for live audition consideration. The repertoire requirements for the screening are the same requirements listed below for the live audition. 

Master's Level: Proof of having played a solo senior recital or its equivalent is required for admission. Also, each applicant must play an audition consisting of three major works: 1) selections from the Bach Lute Suites or Violin Partitas and Sonatas; 2) a sonata or concerto; 3) any major 20th century work. All three are to be performed from memory.

Doctoral Level: Proof of a Master’s level recital. Live or online audition of 30 minutes should include selections from the Baroque, Classic/Romantic and modern periods.

For graduate Jazz Guitar, please refer to the "Jazz Studies" section on this page.


Harp

Screening Requirements:

  • One solo of the harpist’s choice, performed from memory
  • One orchestral cadenza of the harpist’s choice

Review the UNT String Audition Requirements prior to submitting your application. 

Master's Level: A solo or concerto performed from memory, displaying a minimum difficulty level represented by the following suggested works. (Solos of a higher difficulty level may be substituted.): Impromptu (Faure), Variations sur un theme dans le style ancien (Salzedo), Fantaisie sur un theme de J. Haydn (Grandjany), one sonata from the 20th century by Hindemith, Houdy, Tailleferre, Flagello, or Glanville-Hicks, Danse sacrée et danse profane (Debussy), Introduction et Allegro (Ravel), any of Posse’s Eight Great Concert Etudes for Harp.

  • A second solo of your choice, performed from memory. The work should be in a contrasting style and period, compared to the first solo.
  • One cadenza from an orchestral work such as: Waltz of the Flowers or Swan Lake (Tchaikovsky), Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra (Britten), or Capriccio Espagnol (Rimsky-Korsakov).
  • Graduate-level students must display evidence that they have given a 45-minute to one-hour recital or the equivalent. Please also provide a complete list of previously-studied repertoire.

Doctorate or Graduate Artist Certificate in Music Performance: A memorized recital of approximately 30 minutes is required, representing at least three contrasting style periods.

  • Graduate-level students must display evidence that they have given a 45-minute to one-hour recital or the equivalent. Please also provide a complete list of previously-studied repertoire.

Harpsichord

Students should contact the coordinator to arrange for practice on the audition instrument prior to the audition. Students may be asked to make up deficiencies in repertoire and course work before beginning master's or doctoral level study.

Master's Level (Performance): Provide evidence of a senior recital, equivalent to the standards for Senior Recitals at UNT. The entrance audition should include a suite, toccata, or prelude and fugue by J.S. Bach; a group of pieces from either the French Clavecin or the English Virginal School; and one or more sonatas of Domenico Scarlatti or a piece by a 20th century composer. The student should be prepared to play 30 minutes.

Master's Level Concentration (Music Education, Composition, History, Theory, or Conducting): It is expected that the MME student will be able to demonstrate a keyboard proficiency equal to the minimum undergraduate requirements: a major composition by Bach; two preludes and fugues from WTC, Frescobaldi or Froberger works, suites from the French repertoire, a group of pieces from the English virginal school, Scarlatti sonatas, and a piece by a twentieth century composer. A minimum of two (2) semesters of harpsichord is required. Students whose undergraduate keyboard concentration was not in harpsichord or whose harpsichord background is not strong should expect to study more than two semesters. A 15 minute jury is required each semester to meet the degree requirements.

Doctoral Level: Provide evidence of a master's recital (on a keyboard instrument) equivalent to the standards for graduate recitals at UNT. The entrance audition should include major works from at least five of the categories listed below. At least one of the major works must be played from memory. The student should be prepared to play for 50 minutes.

Repertoire for the Master's degree will consist of works from at least six of the following categories; for the Doctoral degree, works from all of the following categories: 1. Dance suites by Bach and Handel. 2. Bach preludes and fugues, sinfonias and toccatas. 3. Sonatas and concertos of the Iberian school: Scarlatti. Sexas, Soler. 4. English: Byrd, Bull Farnaby, etc.; Purcell, Stanley, etc. 5. 17th and early 18th century French Clavencinists: Chambonniere, L. Couperin, d'Anglebert, etc. 6. 18th century French Clavencinists: Rameau, F. Couperin, Duphly, Balbastre, etc. 7. Italian Renaissance and Baroque: A. Gabrelli, Merulo, Mayone, Trabaci, Frescobaldi, Rossi, Pasquini. 8. German Baroque: Froberger, Buxtehude, Fischer. 9. Late 18th century repertoire: Bach's sons, Martini, early Mozart, and Haydn. 10. 20th century repertoire: Pinkham, Persichetti, Martinu, Ligeti.

It is expected that harpsichord majors will play in Collegium throughout their entire residency. Exceptions may be granted with evidence of excellent continuo skills or extenuating circumstances.

UNT owns a Kingston Flemish single (2x8), a Dowd German (Mietke) double, a John Phillips Italian (Grimaldi), and has a French double by Allan Winkler on order. There is also a Bennett and Giuttari continuo organ.


Horn

Master's Level:

Screening Requirements:

  • Unedited video recordings of at least two contrasting pieces. (Movements of larger works are acceptable.)
  • Three standard orchestral excerpts displaying contrasting skills and musicality.

Live audition Requirements:

  • One complete sonata or concerto (all three movements). Suggestions include (but not limited to): Mozart – Concertos 2, 3, or 4; Strauss, R. – Concertos 1 or 2; Strauss, F. – Concerto; Beethoven – Sonata; Bozza – En Foret; Dukas – Villanelle; Hindemith – Sonata; Heiden – Sonata. No memorization or accompaniment required.
  • Five standard orchestral excerpts displaying contrasting skills and musicality.
  • Major and minor scales, two octaves, memorized. Chromatic scale, full range of instrument. Sight-reading.

Doctoral and Graduate Artist Certificate Level:

Screening Requirements:

  • Unedited video recordings of at least two contrasting pieces. (Movements of larger works are acceptable.)
  • ​Three standard orchestral excerpts displaying contrasting skills and musicality.

Live Audition Requirements:

  • One complete sonata or concerto (all three movements). Suggestions include (but not limited to): Mozart – Concertos 2, 3, or 4; Strauss, R. – Concertos 1 or 2; Strauss, F. – Concerto; Beethoven – Sonata; Bozza – En Foret; Dukas – Villanelle; Hindemith – Sonata; Heiden – Sonata. No memorization or accompaniment required.
  • One single-movement solo (examples: Schumann – Adagio and Allegro; Dukas – Villanelle; etc.) or piece for solo horn (examples: Krol – Laudatio; Berge – Horn Lokk; etc.)
  • Five standard orchestral excerpts displaying contrasting skills and musicality.
  • Major and minor scales, two octaves, memorized. Chromatic scale, full range of instrument. Sight-reading.

Jazz Studies

Refer to https://jazz.unt.edu/admission-auditions


Multiple Woodwind Performance

Screening:

Multiple Woodwind Applicants are required to submit a screening recording only for their primary instrument. If the applicant would like to submit short playing examples on the other instruments they may, but it is not required.

Live Auditions:

  • An audition is required on three separate woodwind instruments
  • Please refer the listing for each instrument to review the audition material

Oboe

Screening Requirements:

  1. Two contrasting movements of major repertoire. They can be from the same work or from two individual works.
  2. Two contrasting excerpts from the major orchestral repertoire.

Live Audition Requirements:

Master's Level: 

  • Single Instrument Major: The MM audition is 15 minutes in length and includes one slow and one fast from the collection of 48 etudes, Op. 31 by W. Ferling, two contrasting movements of major repertoire and four contrasting excerpts from the major orchestral repertoire. There is no memorization requirement.
  • Multiple Instrument Major: The audition for the multiple woodwinds degree includes the performance of a representative work on each of two auxiliary woodwind instruments (chosen by the student), as well as a major work on the principle instrument. The required level of proficiency for the principle (major) instrument is the same as for the single instrument major. The audition length is approximately 15 minutes.

Doctoral Level: 

  • Single Instrument Major: The DMA audition is 30 minutes in length and includes one slow and one fast from the collection of 48 etudes, Op. 31 by W. Ferling, two contrasting movements of major repertoire, 1 piece of your choice from the list below and four contrasting excerpts from the major orchestral repertoire. There is no memorization requirement.
    • Isang Yun "Piri" for Solo Oboe
    • Mario Lavista "Marsias" Oboe and Water Glasses
    • Richard Dubugnon "Cinq Masques" for Solo Oboe
    • Gary Nash "A Million Numbered Streetss"
    • Diana Syrse "Asylum" for Oboe/English Horn and Electronics
    • Mazdak Khamda "Tied up" for Oboe and Electronics
  • Multiple Instrument Major: The audition for the multiple woodwinds degree includes the performance of a representative work on each of two auxiliary woodwind instruments (chosen by the student) as well as major work on the principal (major) instrument. The required level of proficiency for the principal instrument is the same as for the single instrument major listed above. The remainder of the program will include significant repertoire in contrasting styles on the major instrument, for a total program length of 30 minutes. There is no memorization requirement.

Opera Coaching

Graduate Artist Certificate in Music Performance (GAC) – Opera Coaching
 
Application materials:

  • Resume
  • Repertoire List
  • Statement of Purpose: outlining objectives for graduate study, career plans, and reasons for applying to our program specifically

Screening/Audition materials: 

  • Video of piano solo piece of applicant’s choosing that exhibits their technical command of the instrument as well as musicianship (examples: 1 movement of a Classical piano sonata, a piece by Brahms, Chopin, Schuman, Schubert, etc.)
  • Video of playing The Composer’s Aria from Strauss’s Ariadne auf Naxos, with or without a singer
  • Video of playing the orchestral reduction AND singing the vocal parts for the men of the first 15 pages of Puccini’s La Boheme (any edition)

Interested applicants will apply by selecting the Graduate Collaborative Piano program within Acceptd - https://app.getacceptd.com/untmusic. Following review of application and audition materials, qualified candidates will be scheduled to interview with the opera faculty. 
 
Specific questions regarding the program should be directed to Dr. Willem van Schalkwyk - willem.vanschalkwyk@unt.edu


Opera Directing

Graduate Artist Certificate in Music Performance (GAC) – Opera Directing
 
Application materials:

  • Resume
  • Statement of Purpose: outlining objectives for graduate study, career plans, and reasons for applying to our program specifically
  • Portfolio of images from past productions and explanations of production concepts
  • Video of past production (at least 20 minutes)

Interested applicants will apply by selecting the Opera Coaching/Directing then the Graduate Opera Directing program within Acceptd - https://app.getacceptd.com/untmusic. Following review of application and audition materials, qualified candidates will be scheduled to interview with the opera faculty. 
 
Specific questions regarding the program should be directed to Professor Jonathan Eaton - Jonathan.Eaton@unt.edu. 


Organ

A screening is required for live audition consideration. The repertoire requirements for the screening are the same requirements listed below for the live audition.

Students may be asked to make up deficiencies in repertoire and course work before beginning master's or doctoral level study.

Master's Level (Performance): Provide evidence of a senior recital equivalent to the standards for senior recitals at UNT and a complete list of all repertoire studied previously. The entrance audition should include a major contrapuntal work from the Baroque period and major works from the 19th and 20th centuries. The student should be prepared to play for 30 minutes. Applicants will be asked to perform one hymn of their choice at the beginning of the audition. An improvised or otherwise creative introduction is at the discretion of the applicant. Sightreading will be required at all auditions.

Master's Level Concentration (Music Education, Composition, History, Theory, or Conducting): Organ Proficiency Requirements: It is expected that the MME. student will have completed these minimum undergraduate repertoire requirements before beginning graduate study: 1. Two major compositions by Bach. 2. One major work from another Baroque composer. 3. Several shorter works by Bach and other Baroque composers. 4. One major 19th century work: Franck, Reger, etc. 5. One major 20th century work: Hindemith, Messiaen, etc. 6. Several shorter works by 19th and 20th century composers. A minimum of two semesters of Organ is required. The repertoire studied will be drawn from each of the above categories and will also include hymn playing. A fifteen minute jury each semester is required to meet the degree requirements.

Doctoral Level: Provide evidence of a Graduate Recital equivalent to the standards of Graduate Recitals at UNT and a complete list of all repertoire studied previously. The entrance audition will include major works from the seventeenth through the twentieth centuries. Applicants will be asked to perform one hymn of their choice at the beginning of the audition. An improvised or otherwise creative introduction is at the discretion of the applicant. Sightreading will be required at all auditions.

Suggested Repertoire: 1. Bach trio sonatas and major preludes and fugues. 2. Major Bach chorale settings: Leipzig, Clavierubung III, etc. 3. Works by Dutch and German Baroque composers: Sweelinck toccatas and fantasies, Buxtehude major works, Muffat toccatas, etc. 4. Works by French Baroque composers: Mass movements and suites by Couperin, deGrigny, Marchand, Nivers, etc. 5. Works by Italian and Spanish Renaissance and Baroque composers: toccatas, tientos and other contrapuntal pieces by Frescobaldi, Froberger, the Gabrielis, Cabezon, Cabanilles, Correa, etc. 6. Major works by nineteenth century French composers, Franck Chorales and larger pieces, Widor, Vierne and Guilmant movements, etc. 7. Major works by nineteenth century German composers: Liszt, Mendelssohn, Reger, Reubke, Rheinberger, etc. 8. Major works by twentieth century composers: Dupre', Alain, Durufle', Messiaen, Hindemith, Distler, Albright, Demessieux, Eben, etc.


Percussion

Visit the percussion website for current requirements - https://percussion.music.unt.edu/percussion-auditions

For graduate Jazz Percussion, please refer to the "Jazz Studies" section on this page.


Piano

All graduate piano applicants are required to submit a video screening recording to determine advancement in the audition process. The repertoire for the screening is the same as listed below for the live audition. View screening recording information here. Both on-campus auditions and off-campus auditions are scheduled in January and February of each year. A live audition is recommended for entering graduate performance students.

Master's Level: comprises a fifteen minute program from memory, including:

  • A prelude and Fugue of J. S. Bach or a complete Toccata , Suite or Partita from which the faculty will choose a few movements.
  • A complete Classical sonata.
  • A work from the Romantic, Impressionistic or Contemporary periods.

Doctoral Level: Candidates for the DMA in Piano Performance should prepare a 45-minute program of repertoire from memory that best represents their artistic personality. Twenty minutes of this program will be selected by the faculty at the time of the audition. 

Graduate Artist Certificate in Music Performance (GAC): Applicants to the GAC will prepare a 60-minute recital demonstrating their highest artistic level. At the audition, the faculty will select 20 minutes of music from the program. 
Candidates for the GAC in piano are artists of outstanding artistic and virtuosic talent who seek to spend 2 years preparing for and entering major national and international piano competitions. They should submit a resume/CV that includes evidence of participation and/or prizes won in national or international competition, as well as solo recitals and appearances with orchestra. Postdoctoral candidates are discouraged from applying unless they are still eligible for major international competitions or can provide documentation proving that they have significant concert engagements for the next two seasons.

Option in Collaborative Piano: If collaborative piano as related field is desired, the applicant will present a screening audition for the collaborative faculty once coursework has begun.

We welcome and encourage applications from all interested students, and we look forward to getting to know each applicant. Because of the demands of this program and because of the primary importance of effective communication in the educational process, all applicants (MM and DMA) must submit proof of English Language Proficiency - either a standardized language test, or an official transcript of a US degree (completed or in progress) to be scheduled for an audition or have their final video audition reviewed. Additionally, until an applicant demonstrates UNT English Language Proficiency, no admission or music award offer can be made.

All new MM and DMA students who do not hold a BM in Performance from UNT must take the Graduate Piano Literature Examination to determine deficiencies in this area. This exam is administered during new graduate orientation. 

Piano performance applicants who wish to be considered for a TA in collaborative piano will both upload all the following information and email it
to elvia.puccinelli@unt.edu no later than February 15, 2022: complete collaborative piano repertoire lists, resume detailing collaborative piano experience, and links to live and unedited video recordings of both vocal and instrumental collaborative performances of degree-appropriate repertoire. Please see https://app.getacceptd.com/untmusic specifying piano performance for information about TA positions open to these majors. 


Saxophone

A screening is required for live audition consideration. The repertoire requirements for the screening are the same requirements listed below for the live audition. 

Master's Level: (A bachelor's degree recital program performed at UNT may serve as an audition for the MM in performance if approved by the major professor.)

  • Single Instrument Major: The MM audition is 15 minutes in length and includes significant repertoire in contrasting styles. There is no memorization requirement.
  • Multiple Instrument Major: The audition for the multiple woodwinds degree includes the performance of a representative work on each of two auxiliary woodwind instruments (chosen by the student), as well as a major work on the principle instrument. The required level of proficiency for the principle (major) instrument is the same as for the single instrument major. The audition length is approximately 15 minutes.

Doctoral Level: (A master's degree recital performed at UNT may serve as an audition for the DMA in performance if approved by the major professor.)

  • Single Instrument Major: The DMA audition is 30 minutes in length and includes significant repertoire in contrasting styles and periods. There is no memorization requirement.
  • Multiple Instrument Major: The audition for the multiple woodwinds degree includes the performance of a representative work on each of two auxiliary woodwind instruments (chosen by the student) as well as a major work on the principal (major) instrument. The required level of proficiency for the principal instrument is the same as for the single instrument major listed above. The remainder of the program will include significant repertoire in contrasting styles on the major instrument, for a total program length of 30 minutes. There is no memorization requirement.

Suggested repertoire: The following repertoire is acceptable as audition material. Other works of equal significance may be substituted.

  • Ibert - Concertino da camera, Dahl - Concerto, Desenclos - Prelude, Cadence, et Finale, Tomasi - Concerto, Shrude, Renewing the Myth.

For graduate Jazz Saxophone, please refer to the "Jazz Studies" section on this page.


Trombone (Bass)

A screening is required for live audition consideration. The repertoire requirements for the screening are the same requirements listed below for the live audition. 

Master's Level: (select one solo and all excerpts)

  • Ewazen – Concerto (mvmt 1 and 2 only); Spillman - Concerto (mvmt 1 and 2 only); Vaughn Williams - Tuba Concerto (mvmt 1 and 2 only).
  • Excerpts: Berlioz – Hungarian March; Haydn – Creation; Wagner – Das Rheingold; Kodaly – Hary Janos; Wagner – Ride of the Valkyries.

Doctoral Level: (select one solo and all excerpts)

  • Gillingham – Sonata (mvmt 1 and 2 only); Bozza - New Orleans; Schnyder – Concerto (mvmt 1 and 2 only).
  • Excerpts: Respighi – Fountains of Rome; Berlioz – Hungarian March; Haydn –Creation; Wagner – Das Rheingold; Kodaly – Hary Janos; Wagner – Ride of the Valkyries; Schumann – Symphony No. 3; Strauss – Ein Heldenleben; Rossini – William Tell Overture.

Trombone (Tenor)

A screening is required for live audition consideration. The repertoire requirements for the screening are the same requirements listed below for the live audition. 

Master's Level: (select one solo and all excerpts)

  • Ewazen – Sonata (mvmt 1 and 2 only); Martin - Ballade; Castérède – Sonatine (mvmt 1 and 2 only).
  • Excerpts: Mozart – Requiem (Tuba Mirum); Berlioz – Hungarian March; Wagner –Tannhauser Overture; Ravel – Bolero; Mahler – Symphony No. 3 (1st solo only); Wagner – Ride of the Valkyries.

Doctoral Level: (select one solo and all excerpts)

  • Tomasi – Concerto (1st movement only); Creston – Fantasy; Bourgeois – Concerto, op. 114 (1st and 2nd mvmt only).
  • Excerpts: Mozart – Requiem (Tuba Mirum); Berlioz – Hungarian March; Saint Saens – Symphony No. 3; Ravel – Bolero; Mahler – Symphony No. 3 (1st solo only); Wagner –Ride of the Valkyries; Schumann – Symphony No. 3; Strauss – Ein Heldenleben; Rossini – William Tell Overture.

Trumpet

All applicants are welcome to communicate directly with Prof. John Holt, Dr. Raquel Samayoa and Prof. Caleb Hudson with any questions regarding the application, repertoire, etc.

Screening Repertoire Requirements (MM and DMA):

•    Solo work (one movement from a multi-movement work is acceptable)
•    Contrasting solo work or etude
•    Work(s) that reflect applicant's strengths and artistry (ie. piccolo trumpet, orchestral excerpts, chamber music selection(s), contemporary literature, etc.)

Master's Level - Live Audition:

•    Charlier Etude No. 2
•    Bitsch etude of your own choice (not lyrical)
•    Solo: Honegger - Intrada OR solo work of comparable difficulty (single movement is fine)
•    Contrasting solo of your own choice
•    Orchestral Excerpts: Stravinsky - Ballerina's Dance; Mahler - Symphony No. 5, opening; Mussorgsky - Pictures at an Exhibition (Promenade); Respighi - Pines of Rome (Off-Stage Solo); Beethoven - Leonore 3 (Off-stage solo)

Doctoral Level - Live Audition:

•    Charlier Etude No. 2
•    Bitsch etude of your own choice (not lyrical)
•    Solo: Honegger - Intrada OR solo work of comparable difficulty (single movement is fine)
•    Baroque concerto on piccolo trumpet (Telemann, Tartini, Marcello, or similar concerto)
•    Orchestral Excerpts: Stravinsky - Ballerina's Dance; Mahler - Symphony No. 5, opening; Mussorgsky - Pictures at an Exhibition (Promenade); Respighi - Pines of Rome (Off-Stage Solo); Beethoven - Leonore 3 (Off-stage solo)
•    Sight reading and Sight-transposition

 For graduate Jazz Trumpet, please refer to the "Jazz Studies" section on this page.


Tuba

A screening is required for live audition consideration. The repertoire requirements for the screening are the same requirements listed below for the live audition.

Master's Level: (select one solo and all excerpts)

  • Bach ­- Sonata No. II in E-flat; Broughton ­- Concerto; Vaughan Williams ­- Concerto.
  • Excerpts: Prokofiev ­- Symphony No. 5; Wagner ­- Die Meistersinger; Wagner ­- Ride of the Valkyries. Berlioz ­- Hungarian March; Strauss ­- Til Eulenspiegel.

Doctoral Level: (select one solo and all excerpts)

  • Arutunian ­- Concerto; Ewazen ­- Concerto; John Williams ­- Concerto; Broughton - Concerto.
  • Excerpts: Prokofiev ­- Symphony No. 5; Wagner ­- Die Meistersinger; Wagner ­- Ride of the Valkyries; Berlioz ­- Hungarian March; Strauss ­- Til Eulenspiegel; Berlioz ­- Symphonie Fantastique; Respighi - ­ Fountains of Rome.

Viola

Review the UNT String Audition Requirements prior to submitting your application. 

Screening requirements: submit two contrasting selections such as the exposition of a concerto, a sonata movement, a movement of solo Bach, a caprice, or a contemporary piece, totaling 5-8 minutes, without piano.

Live audition requirements by level:
Master's Level:
A recital of approximately 30 minutes duration is required. Single movements of works may be played. At least two contrasting styles of music should be represented.
Doctoral Level: One full recital demonstrating different styles. An unaccompanied work or movement of your choice should be included and a portion of the program should be memorized.


Violin

Screening requirements:
1. Bach Violin Sonatas and Partitas (BWV 1001-1006): one movement 
2.1st or 3rd movement from a Romantic or Post-Romantic concerto (written after 1800)

Live audition requirements by level:

Master's Level: 
1. Bach Violin Sonatas and Partitas (BWV 1001-1006): two contrasting movements from the same sonata or partita or Chaconne
2.1st or 3rd movement from a Romantic or Post-Romantic concerto (written after 1800)   
(Exceptions: Bruch No. 1 or Wieniawski No. 2: the 1st movement must be supplemented with the 3rd movement; Lalo Symphonie Espagnole: the 1st movement must be supplemented with the 2nd or 3rd movement.
3. A concert piece of your choice 
At least two selections must be memorized
Auditions, both live or recorded, must be without accompaniment of any kind
Review the UNT String Audition Requirements prior to submitting your application

Doctoral Level:
1. Bach Violin Sonatas and Partitas (BWV 1001-1006) - one of the following: 
All movements of Partita in E Major or
At least two movements (with the Doubles) from Partita in B minor or
Chaconne from Partita in D minor or
Adagio and Fugue from Sonata in G minor or
Grave and Fugue from Sonata in A minor or
Adagio and Fugue from Sonata in C Major
21st or 3rd movement from a Romantic or Post-Romantic concerto (written after 1800)   
(Exceptions: Bruch No. 1, Wieniawski No. 2, Saint-Saëns No. 3: all movements must be prepared; Mendelssohn E minor and Barber: both 1st and 3rd movements must be prepared 
3. One virtuosic work by Paganini, Sarasate, Wieniawski, Ernst, Ysaye, Ravel, Saint-Saens, or an equivalent
OR 
One caprice by Paganini (exclusions: No. 13, 16) 
4.  A work of your choice composed after 1970.
Audition requirement: Bach, Concerto and a virtuosic piece/caprice to be performed from memory
Auditions, both live or recorded, must be without accompaniment of any kind
Review the UNT String Audition Requirements prior to submitting your application

Graduate Artist Certificate in Music Performance:
1. Bach Violin Sonatas and Partitas (BWV 1001-1006) - one of the following: 
All movements of Partita in E Major or
At least two movements (with the Doubles) from Partita in B minor or
Chaconne from Partita in D minor or
Adagio and Fugue from Sonata in G minor or
Grave and Fugue from Sonata in A minor or
Adagio and Fugue from Sonata in C Major
21st or 3rd movement from a Romantic or Post-Romantic concerto (written after 1800)   
(Exceptions: Bruch No. 1, Wieniawski No. 2, Saint-Saëns No. 3: all movements must be prepared; Mendelssohn E minor and Barber: both 1st and 3rd movements must be prepared 
3. One virtuosic work by Paganini, Sarasate, Wieniawski, Ernst, Ysaye, Ravel, Saint-Saens, or an equivalent
OR 
One caprice by Paganini (exclusions: No. 13, 16) 
4. A work of your choice preferably composed after 1970. 
Audition requirement: Bach, Concerto and a virtuosic piece/caprice to be performed from memory
Auditions, both live or recorded, must be without accompaniment of any kind
Review the UNT String Audition Requirements prior to submitting your application

For jazz/alternative style violin, please refer to the jazz studies website. 


Voice

A live audition or virtual audition for those residing more than 250 miles from Denton is recommended for entering graduate performance students.  A video screening recording is required to determine advancement in the audition process. Review screening recording informationAudition repertoire requirements for the screening recording are the same as the audition. The screening recording will be uploaded as part of your on-line College of Music application. All repertoire should be memorized with the exception of oratorio arias, if applicable. 

For the screening, applicants may utilize either pre-recorded piano tracks or live piano accompaniment. 

Screening Videos:

  • All MM and DMA applicants must include a separate video clip containing the following:
    • Verbally introduce themselves.
    • State where they are currently studying or the school from which they most recently graduated.
    • Announce the degree they are seeking.
    • Announce the title and composer of the works to be performed.

Master of Music Performance and Graduate Artist Certificate in Voice Performance Level: Repertoire prepared should include five selections, with at least one selection in each of the following languages: English, French, German, and Italian. Two selections must be arias (one may be from an oratorio), and three must be art songs.   

Doctoral Level: To be accepted into the Doctor of Musical Arts program in Voice Performance, students must prepare an audition program consisting of between twenty and twenty-five minutes of music. Selections should be in a variety of styles, and include songs or arias in English, French, Italian, and German. At least one opera or oratorio aria should be included. Students should not expect to sing the entire program. During the audition, in addition to singing, applicants to the DMA program will be asked to discuss in 2-3 minutes their research interests and what related field they intend to pursue. Related field options are opera, vocal pedagogy, performing arts health, early music, contemporary music, entrepreneurship, music history, ethnomusicology, theory, and conducting.

Graduate Artist Certificate in Music Performance - Opera Track: Candidates must have prepared and memorized five operatic arias, with at least one in Italian, one in German, one in French and one in English.  First choice is the candidate's, second is the panel's. Art songs and oratorio are not acceptable. Candidates are encouraged to act out their arias as fully as possible in an audition context.

Teaching Fellows Application and Awarding Process

  • The deadline for submitting Teaching Fellowship Application materials for both current and prospective students will be February 1st.  Materials must include:
    • A current resume.
    • A 750 - 900 word teaching philosophy.
    • A 30’ video recording of a lesson, including both vocal exercises and the coaching of repertoire.
    • A cover letter which include the following information as applicable:
      • reason for interest in this position
      • teaching experience
      • language classes taken
      • diction classes taken
      • pedagogy classes taken
      •   other relevant skills including, but not limited to: instruments played and level of proficiency, languages spoken, experience in theatre craft
  • Applicants are strongly encouraged to work with an advanced high school senior or first or second-year undergraduate student for their sample lesson. 
  • Faculty will individually choose their top five applicants, ranking them 1-5, with 1 being the best score. Rankings will be turned in to the Division Chair by 5:00 p.m. on the Monday following the last audition day.
  • Within one week of the last audition date, the voice faculty will meet to discuss the results of the ranking and choose those who will be awarded a TF.
  • DMA applicants who are awarded a TF will be eligible to retain the fellowship for a maximum of the first three years* of their doctoral study. 
  • Current DMA students who are awarded a TF, will be eligible to retain the fellowship up through their third year* of doctoral study, i.e., one or two years.
     
    *It is assumed these will be consecutive years.

For graduate Vocal Jazz, please see the "Jazz Studies" section here.