UAH student music audition 2020

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 all ensembles and all degrees. See below for details.

Fall 2021 Entrance Auditions

Beginning Spring Semester 2021, all auditions for entry into Fall Semester 2021 will consist of these two parts:

Part 1 - Preliminary Video Audition

Submit a Preliminary Video Audition, following Steps 1, 2, and 3, detailed below.

Part 2 - Callback Interview

Callback Interviews (on campus or via Zoom) will be by invitation. Auditionees will be contacted and scheduled individually.

Scholarship Availability

For fullest scholarship consideration in this process, we encourage video audition submissions as detailed below. However, auditions may be arranged by appointment throughout the Spring and Summer.

Steps 1-3 for Fall 2021 Entrance Auditions

All students wishing to study music as a major or a minor must first audition. Our music ensembles are open to all students at UAH, regardless of major. In order to streamline a safe audition process in keeping with UAH COVID-19 guidelines, a video audition format will be used, described here in 3 easy steps:

  • Step 1: Record your Video Audition. See below for details on what to record and how to do it.
  • Step 2: Upload the video recording to YouTube. See below for instructions.
  • Step 3: Complete and submit the Audition Application Form by clicking on the button below.

 

AUDITION application FORM

 

See below for step-by-step instructions on preparing your audition.

Step 1: Create your Video Audition

In your video
  1. Briefly introduce yourself, giving your name, hometown, high school, what UAH musical opportunities interest you, and anything else you’d like to add.
  2. Announce what you will be performing (titles/composers), then play or sing your selections. Please follow all Video Audition Requirements specific to your performance area, as listed below.
Recording tips
  1. Record your audition in one, continuous, unedited take. Do not turn off the camera between selections.
  2. Your face, fingers, valves, slides, sticks, etc. must remain visible at all times.

Video 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, such as 2 varying etudes or 2 movements of a sonata or concerto  (Selections from all-district band/orchestra auditions are acceptable.)
  • Percussionists: Please audition on your strongest instrument but tell us about your experience on other instruments in your video introduction. If auditioning on snare drum, in lieu of the chromatic scale requirement, include a few common rudiments of your choice.

Pianists

  • Two compositions of contrasting styles that exhibit musical and technical difficulty
  • Repertoire should be performed from memory.

Vocalists

  • State your voice part or range.
  • Perform 2 songs in contrasting styles or languages.
  • You may sing with a live accompanist (encouraged), an accompaniment track, or without accompaniment (least preferred).

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 Application Form.

Step 3: Fill out the Audition Application Form

  • Fill out the Audition Application Form by clicking on the button below.
  • Don’t forget to add the YouTube link to your Video Audition.
  • Click Submit.

AUDITION application FORM

What happens next?

A music faculty member or ensemble director will contact you regarding your audition. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact dave.ragsdale@uah.edu.