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UAH has a wide range of musical opportunities for student participation.  For singers, we have the Chamber Choir and Concert Choir. For instrumentalists, we offer Wind Ensemble, University Orchestra, Pep Band, Jazz Band, and Jazz Combos. Membership in music ensembles is open to all UAH students regardless of major.


Ensemble Talent Awards

A limited number of talent awards are available to all students, regardless of major, for each ensemble upon successful audition and upon ensemble need. One audition will serve for both ensemble membership and scholarship eligibility. See audition information below.

Ensemble Auditions

All students must audition for ensembles each semester. There are five primary categories of ensembles: choirs, bands, jazz, opera, and strings. You only need a single audition to be considered for multiple ensembles within each category, but you do need separate auditions for ensembles that cross categories. All ensemble auditions should be submitted electronically by June 1st.

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.

Audition Requirements


  • 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.


  • 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.

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.