Undergraduate - Audition Information

Freshman Audition Requirements By Major

Freshman Entrance Audition requirements are listed below. Students may audition simultaneously for both the BA and BM programs and will later be informed as to which program (if either) they have been admitted.
 
For further information about the specific instrumental and vocal programs, please refer to the appropriate faculty contacts.

Piano BM

Three contrasting solo works from different historical periods, from memory. Sight-reading.

Piano BA

Two contrasting solo works from different historical periods. Sight-reading.

Strings

Two or more contrasting works from the standard literature for your instrument, demonstrating technical proficiency.

Woodwinds and Brass (except French Horn)

Two or more contrasting works from the standard literature for your instrument. Demonstrate technical proficiency through chromatic and major scales, arpeggios and/or etudes.

French Horn

Two etudes in contrasting styles. Solo of choice, one movement, comparable in difficulty to Mozart Concerto No. 3, K447. Major scales up to two sharps and flats, two octaves.

Percussion

Two or more works from the standard literature for at least TWO of the THREE instruments: SNARE DRUM, MARIMBA, or TIMPANI (a total of 2 to 4 pieces). Demonstrate technical proficiency through chromatic and major scales, arpeggios, and/or etudes. Demonstrate basic sight-reading ability on at least one of the three instruments.
 
Suggested works include:
  • Snare Drum: Any etudes from “Portraits in Rhythm” (Cirone) or Intermediate or Advanced Snare Drum Studies (Peters), or similar.
  • Timpani: Any etudes from Goodman, Firth, Peters (Intermediate Timpani Studies), or Raynor Carroll, or similar.
  • Marimba: A movement from Baroque Sonata for Violin or Flute (such as examples found in Macmillan “Masterpieces for Marimba”), or any two or four mallet work for marimba, or similar.

Voice

Minimum of two songs or arias, one in a foreign language (art songs or arias only: no popular, folk-song, or musical comedy).
 

Composition

Composition applicants are not required to audition in person. The deadline for portfolio submission is January 31. Please submit your portfolio directly to music-auditions@music.ucsb.edu.

Include:

  1. Statement of Objective as composition major
  2. Three works, submitted with score (.pdf) and recording (.mp3 or .wav) if available. For works with no or non-traditional notation, alternate documentation is acceptable.
  3. Complete List of Works, indicating any performances and recording