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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. I would urge you to do this during one of our scheduled scholarship audition dates, so that you may also be considered for a music scholarship. Auditions are held during the spring semester of your senior year.

Audition Requirements

Voice

Incoming freshmen auditions must include two memorized contrasting songs selected from the standard classical vocal repertoire. Transfer student auditions should include at least one selection in a foreign language.

An accompanist is provided for each audition at no charge. You may bring your own accompanist, but no pre-recorded accompaniments or self-accompaniment will be accepted. Examples of vocal collections that contain appropriate audition repertoire are:

  • 24 Italian Arias and Songs
  • The Young Singer Series
  • Joan Boytim First Book of Solos series
  • Pathways of Song
  • 56 Songs You Like to Sing

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

Music Scholarship Audition Dates:

Music Scholarship Audition Dates:
Saturday, November 11, 2017
Saturday, February 3, 2018
Saturday, March 3, 2018 (Honor Band only)
Saturday, March 10, 2018

If you are interested in auditioning and applying to the music department, please complete the audition reservation form below.