Drums

At The University of Alabama in Huntsville (UAH), all students can be involved in the Department of Music. In addition to music majors and music minors, any UAH student can participate in music ensembles or take private lessons.

In response to COVID-19, the UAH Department of Music has moved to an ONLINE ONLY audition process for the remainder of the year for all ensembles and all degrees. See below for details.

All students wishing to participate in a music ensemble (or study music as a major or minor), must first audition. Our music ensembles are open to all students at UAH, regardless of major. In order to streamline the audition process for all in response to the Spring 2020 campus closure, a video audition format will be used as described here in 3 easy steps:

  • Step 1: Record your audition. See below for what to record and how.
  • Step 2: Upload the recording to Youtube. See below for instructions.
  • Step 3: Fill out the Audition Information form.

 That’s all there is to it. We look forward to getting you plugged into music at UAH in the Fall.

Step 1: Record your audition

Your video audition should contain:

  1. A short introduction of yourself: Name, where you’re from, what musical opportunities interest you at UAH, anything else you’d like to add.
  2. Then announce what you’ll be performing (title/composer) and then play or sing as described in the audition requirements below.
Recording Tips:
  1. Record your audition in one, continuous, unedited take. Don’t turn off the camera between songs.
  2. Your face, fingers, valves, slides, sticks, etc should be visible at all times.
Audition Requirements:

Instrumentalists:

  • A chromatic scale from your lowest note to highest, followed by 2 major scales of your choice as many octaves as possible.
  • 2 pieces in contrasting style or tempo. (2 etudes, for instance, or 2 movements of a bigger work like a concerto). Material from all-district band/orchestra auditions would be fine, too.
  • Percussionists: Please audition on your strongest instrument but tell us about your experience on other instruments in your introduction. Also, if auditioning on snare drum, replace chromatic scale with a few common rudiments of your choice.
  • Pianists: Please perform from memory.

Singers:

  • State your voice part or range.
  • Sing 2 songs in contrasting styles or languages.
  • You may sing with an accompaniment track or a live accompanist or no accompaniment at all. That’s up to you!
 Step 2: Upload your audition to Youtube
  • Upload your audition to Youtube as an UNLISTED video.
  • Please check to make sure the permissions are set so that we can view it.
  • Secure a link to the video and copy/paste the link into the Audition form.
 Step 3: Fill out the Audition Information Form
  • Fill out the form completely.
  • Don’t forget to add the Youtube link to your video audition.
  • Click submit.

That’s it! You will hear back from an ensemble director or member of our music faculty by August 15. If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to contact dave.ragsdale@uah.edu.