Degree Auditions

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2017-18 Music Audition Dates

November 11 (Honor Band Festival participants only)

December 2

January 20

February 17

February 22 (Jazz Festival participants only)

March 17

Illinois Residents: complete the audition request form here. An on-campus audition is strongly recommended.

Out-of-State Residents: complete the audition request form here. Out of state applicants may audition via video (mp4 format) recording or via live audition. You must submit this recording via email to music@uic.edu immediately.

Scheduling an Audition

All music majors must audition. If you are applying for BA Music or Music Business, you may follow either the classical or jazz requirements for your instrument, but you MUST indicate your preference on the audition request form.

1. Audition Request                       
After submitting your application documents, click here to request your audition. You should request a date that best fits your schedule; you do not select a preferred time.

2. Confirmation
We'll contact you via email with your confirmed date and time. If you have not received notification two weeks prior to your requested time, contact us.

3. Preparation
It is your responsibility to present complete, prepared audition repertoire. Review the audition requirements below, and begin preparing.

Audition Requirements

Every applicant must complete an audition.

BA Music and Music Business majors: you may follow either the classical or jazz requirements, but must indicate which you're using on your audition request.
Jazz majors: jump to jazz requirements.

Voice:

  • 6 minutes prepared solo literature (from contrasting art songs, arias, lieder, etc.)
  • Bring 3 copies of your music for the committee and accompanist
  • Vocalizing for range, color, and flexibility
  • Sight reading 

Woodwinds:

  • At least 6 minutes of prepared solo literature.
  • Bring 2 additional copies of your music for the committee
  • Major Scales: F, B-flat, E-flat, G, D, A; two or three octaves where possible
  • Chromatic Scale: 3-octave range, saxes to high F
  • Sight Reading

Brass:

  • At least 6 minutes of prepared solo literature.
  • Bring 2 additional copies of your music for the committee
  • Major Scales: F, B-flat, E-flat, G, D; two octaves where possible
  • Chromatic Scale: 2-octave range
  • Sight Reading

Classical Guitar:

  • Scales, with position shifts: C major, 2 octaves. G major, 3 octaves. E major, 3-octaves.
  • Bring 2 additional copies of your music for the committee
  • Techniques Studies: Choose one of the following: any of the 25 Progressive Studies by Matteo Carcassi, or any of the 20 Studies, Segovia edition, by Fernando Sor

Piano:

For BM Performance majors:

  • A contrapuntal composition by J.S.Bach such as an invention,a sinfonia or a prelude and/or fugue
  • A movement from classical sonata by Mozart, Haydn, Beethoven or Schubert
  • A 19th-century romantic piece OR a 20th/21st-century piece
  • A skill assessment that includes knowledge of major and minor patterns and sight­reading
  • At least one of the works should be performed by memory

For BA Music or Music Business majors:

  • Two selections of contrasting style periods,chosen from the classical piano repertoire
  • A skill assessment that includes reading scale patterns, chords and sight­reading

Any questions about piano repertoire may be directed to Prof. Ivana Bukvich, ibukvich@uic.edu.

Percussion:

  • At least 2 minutes prepared snare drum solo
  • Bring 2 additional copies of your music for the committee
  • One minute prepared timpani and/or two to three minutes prepared mallet solo
  • Jazz drummers should also bring 2-3 minutes of prepared drum set music as well
  • Sight reading 

Strings:

  • At least 6 minutes of prepared solo work, preferably music from two contrasting movements 
  • Bring 2 additional copies of your music for the committee
  • Major scales through three flats and three sharps
  • Sight reading

Harp:

  • At least 6 minutes of prepared work in contrasting styles from the 19th to 21st centuries
  • One Work or etude demonstrating technical and musical fundamentals
  • One Orchestral Excerpt or cadenza
  • Sight reading

Jazz Studies Audition Criteria

Jazz Voice:

  • Two jazz standards with optional improvisation. You must provide sheet music for piano accompaniment.
  • You may be asked to sight-sing 
  • Music business majors should prepare one jazz standard and one contemporary piece with sheet music for piano accompaniment.

Jazz Woodwinds and Brass:

  • Major Scales: F, Bb, Eb, G, D, A; Two or three octaves as possible
  • Chromatic scale: Two or three octaves as possible, saxes to high F
  • Sight-read a melody in the jazz idiom
  • Jazz blues: theme, improvisation (Example: Blue Monk, Tenor Madness)
  • Jazz standard: theme, improvisation (Example: Autumn Leaves, Just Friends)
  • Jazz ballad: theme, improvisation (Example: Misty, Polkadots and Moonbeams

Jazz Guitar:

  • Major scales: F, B-flat, E-flat, G, D, A; Two octaves (as possible) in at least two positions
  • Sight-read a melody in the jazz idiom
  • Be familiar with basic jazz chords (Freddie Green style)
  • Jazz blues: theme, improvisation, accompaniment (Example: Blue Monk, Tenor Madness)
  • Jazz standard: theme, improvisation, accompaniment (Example: Autumn Leaves, Just Friends)
  • Optional: Solo arrangement of a jazz ballad (Example: Misty, Polkadots, and Moonbeams

Jazz Piano:

  • Working knowledge of jazz chords and voicings
  • Major and minor (natural, harmonic, melodic) scales up to 4 sharps and 4 flats, preferably with two hands through four octaves
  • Chromatic scale, preferably with two hands
  • Sight-read a melody in the jazz idiom
  • Sight-read a chord chart in the jazz idiom
  • Jazz blues: theme, improvisation, accompaniment (Example: Blue Monk, Tenor Madness)
  • Jazz standard: theme, improvisation, accompaniment (Example: Autumn Leaves, Just Friends)
  • Optional: Solo arrangement of a jazz ballad (Example: Misty, Polkadots, and Moonbeams

Jazz Double Bass and Bass Guitar:

  • Major Scales: F, B-flat, E-flat, G, D, A: Two octaves minimum
  • Sight-read a melody in the jazz idiom
  • Improvise a walking bass line over given chord changes
  • Jazz blues: theme, walking bass improvisation (Example: Blue Monk, Tenor Madness)
  • Jazz standard: theme, walking bass, improvisation (Example: Autumn Leaves, Just Friends)
  • Jazz ballad: theme, accompaniment, improvisation (Example: Misty, Polkadots, and Moonbeams)

Jazz Drums:

  • Sight-read a drum set part in the jazz idiom
  • Grooves: jazz ballad, medium swing, fast swing, jazz waltz, funk, samba, bossa nova
  • "Trade 4s" and "trade 8s" with the band
  • Be able to play five jazz standards from memory
  • Improvise a drum solo in the jazz idiom

 

What to do on your audition day

Auditions take place in the ETMSW Building, 1040 West Harrison Street, Chicago, IL, 60607. Click here for map. We suggest taking public transportation, but paid parking is also available in the lot across Harrison Street. Follow the signs to check in with our staff on the lower level. You may arrive up to an hour before your assigned time, and plan to be on campus for at least 1.5 hours after your time begins.

Warmup space will be available at least 15 minutes before your time. You are responsible for bringing copies of your music. If you have not sent us your repertoire prior to arriving, you should allow extra time to complete your repertoire form. 

Once you have completed your audition, you will take our music theory placement exam. This exam does not affect your application, but will help with appropriate theory class placement if you are admitted. If you would like to brush up your skills, musictheory.net offers free theory lessons online. 

Music Ensemble Auditions

The information above is only for those students interested in audition for majoring in vocal, instrumental and performance tracks. If you are interested in any of our music ensembles, more information on audition requirements can be found on the Ensembles and Ensemble Auditions page