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This page will serve to include information regarding auditions relevant to both prospective and current/incoming students. Use the links below to navigate through the different sections of this page.

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School of Music Auditions (Prospective Students)

For information regarding auditions, admissions, and/or scholarships/financial aid, please visit the School of Music Website.

Specific Audition Requirements

The purpose of the audition is to leave the School of Music with the best possible overall impression of a student's musical abilities and attitude. Below, you will find a list of helpful hints in preparing for and performing a great audition.

  • 1) Be well-prepared (preparation is the best remedy for any type of anxiety or nervousness)
  • 2) Dress and conduct yourself professionally (remember, we are auditioning the ENTIRE package)
  • 3) In choosing your two contrasting works (technical and lyrical), be sure to select pieces that represent your level of musical accomplishment (you can choose from solos, etudes, and/or orchestral excerpts)
  • 4) Be prepared to play all major scales (you may or may not be asked to play scale(s))
  • 5) Be prepared to play a chromatic scale (make sure you use this opportunity to demonstrate your full range)
  • 6) Be prepared to sight-read
  • 7) If you have a background in jazz, please let us know at the audition and be prepared to demonstrate it either through a jazz etude and/or some improvisation (play-alongs welcome)

Finally, be prepared to receive constructive criticism and suggestions gracefully and non-defensively. Part of the audition consists of an assessment as to how you will fit into the school and work well with professors and other students. If you have any further questions about the audition process, please feel free to contact me via email. Thank you for your interest in the UA Trombone Studio! I hope to hear from you soon!

For more information regarding auditions, admissions, and/or scholarships/financial aid, please visit the School of Music Website.

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Ensemble Auditions (Current/Incoming Students)

Band/Orchestra

Band/Orchestra auditions for the 2017-2018 school year will be held on Sunday, August 20 from 9am-12pm. All auditions will take place in the UA School of Music Room 162. To sign up for an audition time, please visit the UA Band/Orchestra Auditions Page.

The audition materials for Wind Ensemble, Wind Symphony, Symphony Orchestra, and Philharmonic Orchestra will consist of the following:

Please be prepared to audition at least 5 minutes before your audition time.

For more information regarding band/orchestra auditions, please visit the UA Bands Website.

Jazz Ensembles

Jazz auditions for the Fall 2017 semester will be held on Thursday, August 17 from 9am-12pm. All auditions will take place in the UA School of Music Room 106. To sign up, please write your name in a single 10-minute slot on the Sign-Up List outside of Dr. Versace's office (Room 213). Please sign up in the block according to what instrument you play (i.e. all saxes sign up in the “Saxophone Block,” trumpets in the “Trumpet Block,” etc.).

If you are auditioning on multiple instruments, please request two separate times. Please take ONE Personal Information/Audition Sheet (found outside audition room on the days of the auditions), complete this sheet prior to your audition, and bring it into your audition. If you are auditioning on multiple instruments, please complete two separate forms.

For saxophones, trombones, trumpets, guitar, piano, and bass, the audition will consist of the following:

Please note, vocalists and those players auditioning for combos ONLY will not need to prepare the jazz etude(s). Instead, you should prepare three memorized, contrasting jazz standards of your choice.

Guitar, piano, and bass players should be prepared to play three memorized, contrasting jazz standards of your choice and of varying styles and to comp while playing alongside Dr. Versace (except piano).

For the drumset auditions, a standard five-piece drumset will be supplied and you can bring your own accessories if you wish. (Sticks will NOT be provided.) You will be expected to demonstrate and perform in a variety of musical styles with Dr. Versace playing piano. You should also be prepared to play with brushes, “trade fours”, and read a standard big band chart.

Please be prepared to audition at least 5 minutes before your audition time.

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