Graduate Prescreening and Audition Information

Many of the degrees in performance require a prescreening audition. Please check requirements for specific programs or instruments.  Prescreen recordings can be mailed CD/DVDs or in some cases, online links or emailed auditions are accepted.

Some applicants are required to do a live audition.  These live auditions may take place during scheduled audition days or scheduled between the applicant and the faculty member.

Graduate Auditions - Choral Conducting

A prescreen recording on DVD, VHS, or online links through email is mandatory for MM candidates. Live audition (upon invitation) is preferred, though not mandatory. DMA candidates also require a prescreen recording on DVD, VHS, or online links and a live audition (upon invitation) is mandatory.

Prescreening Recording

A DVD recording (or VHS video) of a live performance or rehearsal, 30 minutes in length for MM only and 60 minutes in length for MM/DMA or DMA, recorded during the past 12 months; the recording must include a minimum of three contrasting works from different historical periods, of which a significant portion must consist of a cappella repertoire; a complete list of the candidate’s choral repertoire, with specifications as to whether the works were performed or studied only. Mail DVD to the following address or in some cases, faculty will accept online links or emailed auditions. Please contact Dr. Grey Brothers for more information.

Carly Yartz
Music Department
1315 Music Building
University of California
Santa Barbara, CA 93106-6070

Live Audition

Following review of the candidates’ files, qualifying students may be invited to a live audition with the UCSB University Singers and/or Chamber Choir. The audition consists of 30 minute rehearsal/performance audition with the UCSB University Singers and/or Chamber Choir. The audition includes a vocal warm-up of the choir (10 minutes) led by the candidate, followed by a rehearsal and performance of repertoire chosen by the conducting faculty at UCSB. The candidate will be informed of the works to be conducted three weeks prior to the audition. The repertoire will include one work prepared by the chorus (or in the process of being learned) prior to the audition, and one work to be sight-read by the chorus. A rehearsal pianist will not be provided, and use of the keyboard is left to the discretion of the candidate. This will be followed by an interview with the conducting faculty.

Graduate Auditions - Keyboard

Prescreening Recording

A prescreening recording on CD/DVD (mailed to the address above) or online links through email is required for applicants to the MM, MM/DMA, and DMA in the keyboard or piano accompanying emphasis. The recording must contain a minimum of three contrasting works from different historical periods. It must include a complete sonata and a virtuosic work from any historical period. The CD/DVD recording or online links through email must be sent in advance for consideration for a live audition.  Prescreening recordings are reviewed by the keyboard  faculty.  If invited for a live audition based on the prescreening recording, scheduling will be done through the keyboard faculty. For any questions regarding repertoire for prescreening recordings or live audition or any requests for substitute repertoire, please contact the relevant keyboard faculty.  http://www.music.ucsb.edu/people/faculty-area

Live Audition

A live audition (upon invitation) is preferred for MM applicants, though not mandatory. A live audition (upon invitation) is mandatory for MM/DMA and DMA applicants, in addition to the prescreening recording.

Please bring to the audition:

  1. Audition Program
  2. A list of repertoire studied and performed during the last two years

MM Keyboard

Minimum of three contrasting works from different historical periods. Must include a complete sonata and a virtuosic work from any historical period.

DMA Keyboard (including Collaborative Piano)

A public recital, one hour in length, comparable in scope to a full recital. (Collaborative Piano: Consult faculty for repertoire recommendations.)

MM Piano Accompanying Emphasis

Entrance Auditions

Please bring to the audition:

  1. Audition Program
  2. A list of repertoire studied and performed during the last two years

MM Piano Accompanying

Piano Solo: A complete sonata or major virtuosic work from any historical period.

Art Song: Four contrasting songs from different historical periods, or a major song cycle.

Chamber Music: One complete instrumental sonata or other major work from any historical period.

Sight Reading

Graduate Auditions - Strings

Prescreening Recording

Applicants to the MM, MM/DMA and the DMA are required to send a prescreening recording (CD/DVD to the address above) or in some cases, online links or emailed auditions are accepted. The content of the recording should be at least 30 minutes to include contrasting movements of solo Bach, select movements of a Concerto and Sonata. You may send a recent recital or studio recording - but it should be live and without edits. If successful, the candidate may then be invited to give an in person audition.

Prescreening recordings are reviewed by the relevant faculty member in the strings area. If invited for a live audition based on the prescreening recording, scheduling will be done through the appropriate studio professor. For any questions regarding repertoire for prescreening recordings or live audition or any requests for substitute repertoire, please contact the individual faculty for your area for approval (www.music.ucsb.edu/people/faculty-area).

Live Audition

Live audition (upon invitation) is preferred, though not mandatory, for MM candidates. For MM/DMA and DMA applicants, a live audition (upon invitation) is mandatory.

The MM live audition will be approximately 20-30 minutes and should include at least two contrasting movements of solo Bach, a complete sonata and one movement from a concerto. The MM/DMA live audition will be approximately 30-45 minutes and should include a complete solo work by Bach, a complete sonata and at least one movement from a concerto. You can substitute the complete sonata with a complete concerto and add any other work of your choosing to fill out your program. The DMA live audition will require you to perform an entire recital approximately lasting 60 minutes. The repertoire for this recital could include a complete sonata or similar type work, a complete concerto or work similar for instrument with orchestra and a complete solo work by Bach. You may add any other repertoire at your discretion as long as the audition is close to 60 minutes in length.

If candidates are interested in the Young Artist String Quartet or Young Artist Piano Quartet program, please include an example of chamber music as part of your prescreening audition. This can be any form of chamber music where you can be heard prominently.

Graduate Auditions - Voice

*The voice audition days for 2018 will be scheduled for late January.

MM Voice Emphasis

The MM voice applicant must provide a prescreening audition recording of at least four pieces, one in each of the following languages: Italian, French, German, and English, either arias or art songs (no musical theater or non-classical pieces, please) that is due December 1. Based on the recorded audition, the applicant may be asked to attend a live audition. The program, to be performed by memory, must include 2 arias and 6 art songs (2 French, 2 Italian, and 2 German). The candidate must provide a copy of his/her music for the accompanist if invited for a live audition. Repertory list and programs of concerts performed are required documentation. Please email the prescreening audition recording or online links to Professor Benjamin Brecher.

DMA Voice Emphasis

The DMA applicant must provide a prescreening audition recording with at least 60 minutes of music that is due December 1 and a live audition (if invited) is required. The live audition is a full-length recital program to be performed from memory. Repertoire is left to the discretion of the candidate. Candidate must provide a copy of his/her music for the accompanist. Repertory list and programs of concerts performed are required documentation. Please email prescreening audition or send online links to Professor Benjamin Brecher.

Graduate Voice Program Flyer (PDF)

Graduate Auditions - Woodwind & Brass

MM Woodwind Emphasis

See specific requirements below.

Flute

A prescreening CD sent to the address above or online links emailed to Professor Jill Felber is required, containing 10 minutes of standard repertoire of your choice, with accompaniment. The recording is due December 15. The live audition (if invited) must include 30 minutes of standard repertoire.

Oboe, Clarinet, Bassoon

A 30 minute prescreening CD/DVD mailed to the address above or online links sent to the appropriate studio teacher and/or a live audition. Please contact the studio professor for more information (www.music.ucsb.edu/people/faculty-area)

MM Brass Emphasis

See specific requirements below.
 

French Horn

No prescreen audition is required. Required repertoire for the live audition is one solo work comparable to Richard Strauss' Concerto No. 1 or Mozart's Concerto No.2, as well as the following excerpts: Beethoven Symphony No. 6 (Scherzo, first horn); Brahms Symphony No. 1 (second movement solo, first horn); Strauss Till Eulenspiegel (opening solo, first horn) and Weber's Der Freischutz Overture (fourth horn).
 
Trumpet, Trombone, Tuba
 
No prescreen audition is required.  A live audition includes a standard concerto or sonata and four commonly requested orchestral excerpts of your choice. Please contact the studio professor for more information (www.music.ucsb.edu/people/faculty-area)
 

DMA Brass Emphasis (French Horn only)

No prescreen audition is required.  The live audition should include one unaccompanied solo work; one complete concerto [Richard Strauss' Concerto No.2, Othmar Schoeck's Concerto Op. 65, Gordon Jacob's Concerto, or comparable work (alternate concerto must be approved by Dr. Gross)]; and the following orchestral excerpts: Beethoven's Symphony No. 3 (Scherzo-Trio, second horn mm 171-205), Beethoven's Symphony No. 7 (first movement, first horn, mm 84-110), Brahms' Symphony No. 3 (slow movement, first horn solo), Shostakovich's Symphony No. 5 (first movement, low tutti passage), Strauss' Ein Heldenleben (first horn solo from opening through #2), Tchaikovsky's Symphony No. 5 (second movement, first horn solo), Wagner's Siegfried's Rhine Journey (short call). Live audition includes interview in which research interests are discussed.  Repertory list and programs and reviews of concerts performed are required documentation.