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Department of Music

Auditions

All entering music majors and minors at Montevallo must audition for acceptance into the degree program of their choice. We urge you to do this during one of our scheduled scholarship audition dates (listed below), so that you may also be considered for a music scholarship. Auditions are held during the fall or spring semester of your senior year.

Music Scholarship Audition Dates:

Saturday, November 7, 2020
Saturday, January 30, 2021
Saturday, February 27, 2021
If you are unable to schedule your audition on any of the above dates, please complete the Audition Reservation Form and select “alternative date.”

To audition and apply to the music department, please complete the audition reservation form below.

Audition Reservation Form


Audition Requirements

Due to Covid-19 safety concerns, the university requires that masks be worn when inside any university building, as well as outside on campus grounds when social distancing cannot be observed.

Voice Area In-Person Audition Guidelines

For the protection of our guests, faculty, and staff, all singers must wear face masks during vocal auditions on campus.

Two memorized songs in contrasting styles with piano accompaniment. An accompanist is provided for each audition at no charge. Please bring copies of your music for the accompanist.

  • One song must be from the classical song or aria repertoire.
  • The second song may also be selected from the classical song and aria repertoire, or from the legit musical theater repertoire typically associated with the “Golden Age” of Broadway.
  • Transfer students should sing one song in a foreign language and one song in English.

Examples of vocal collections that contain appropriate audition repertoire include the Joan Boytim First Book of Solos series or 28 Italian Songs and Arias. Please note that the following styles of music are not acceptable for voice auditions: Pop, Contemporary Christian, Jazz, or parts of choral music other than solos from multi-movement works.

Voice Area Video Audition Guidelines

Please dress professionally and record your video in the spirit of a live audition. Repertoire choices must be consistent with our live audition requirements listed above and should be performed from memory.

  • Record a separate unedited video for each selection and announce the song title before starting.
  • Face straight forward and clearly show your face and most of your upper body.
  • Live piano accompaniment is preferred. However, we will allow prospective students to record audition videos using pre-recorded tracks such as found on Appcompanist, Virtually Vocal or other similar sources that offer piano-only accompaniments.

Piano

Two works of contrasting style, selected from standard Baroque, Classical, Romantic, or Twentieth-century keyboard literature, at or above the level of difficulty of Bach two-part Inventions, Haydn or Mozart sonata movements, Schubert Moments Musicaux, Chopin preludes, Bartok Rumanian folk dances, memorized. Transfer students wishing to be accepted for upper division study must present an audition consisting of scales and arpeggios and ten minutes of memorized music at or above the minimum level of difficulty for third-year study (a list of typical repertoire is also available). Sight-reading will be part of the audition.

Organ

Two works of contrasting style selected from standard organ literature or, for keyboardists wishing to begin organ instruction, piano literature as required for entering pianists (see above). Sight-reading will be part of the audition.

Classical Guitar

We recognize that pre-college guitar training is varied and somewhat inconsistent. The following information, therefore, is offered as a guideline for your preparation.

We require three pieces to be played for your audition. They should include one technical study showing your ability to play arpeggios and two pieces from contrasting musical periods. The following are pieces commonly played at auditions. All but the technical work should be played from memory:

Studies: Carcassi, 25 Melodious Studies: Nos. 2, 3, 7, 13, 15, Sor, Twenty Studies, edited by Segovia, Giuliani: Any study one page or longer in length.

Repertoire: Six Lute Pieces from the Renaissance, Columbia Music, Villa-Lobos: Any Preludes or Etudes, Max Eschig. Bach: Bouree or Allemande, from First Lute Suite, Sarabande from Third Cello Suite, Any movement from the First Cello Suite, Tarrega: Adelita or Lagrima, Brouwer: Selected works from, Simple Studies, Vol. 1 & 2, Max Eschig.

These pieces are merely suggestions. We urge you to show this list to your teacher and, based on these suggestions, he/she will be able to suggest appropriate pieces you may currently be studying.

Other instruments

One solo piece with accompaniment or All-State Tryout material. The selection should show both technical facility and lyric quality. Scales or other basic exercises may be requested. Sight-reading will be a part of the audition. (A list of typical repertoire for orchestral instruments is available).

Want More Information?

For more information, contact:

Alan Goldspiel
Chair, Department of Music
University of Montevallo
Station 6670
Montevallo, AL 35115

Phone: 205-665-6670
Fax: 205-665-6676