Auditions

Live auditions for Fall 2014 admission have concluded.  Dates for Spring and Fall 2015 admission will be posted soon.

Undergraduate

All students wishing to pursue a music major at the Moores School of Music must audition on a primary instrument or voice. To schedule an audition, all students must complete the Moores School of Music online application in addition to the University of Houston’s general admission application, and must upload all required supplemental materials by the deadline listed for the audition date they are requesting (generally four weeks before the audition date).  

Prospective students should expect to spend most of the audition day at the Moores School of Music to audition, attend a mandatory undergraduate information session, optional building tour and take the theory and aural skills diagnostic exam.

VOICE APPLICANTS: A pre-screening video recording is required and will be used to evaluate whether a student will be invited to attend a live audition. Recordings and applications for voice students are subject to earlier application deadlines. Please see the "Undergraduate Audition Requirements" document below for more details.

Undergraduate Audition Requirements

 

Graduate

To be considered for a live audition, students must complete both the University of Houston general application for graduate admission, as well as the Moores School of Music supplemental application (including the submission of all required documents, video recordings, and test scores), by the deadline for priority consideration.  Students who submit the necessary materials on time, meet the academic qualifications, and pass a preliminary review and pre-screening will receive an invitation to attend one of the live auditions listed below.  The entrance audition is also used as the audition for scholarship for an incoming student.  All auditioning students should clear the full day of auditions as all will take a placement exam in Music Theory and attend an informational session.  Also, there are available school tours.

Graduate Audition Requirements

 

Audition Requirements

Bassoon

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Undergraduate

    • Two works of contrasting styles; one may be an etude

Masters

    • Three orchestral excerpts
    • Two movements of a concerto or sonata

Doctoral

    • Applicants must prepare a sixty-minute recital including works of contrasting styles. Please contact Mark Barton at (713) 743-3186 for further audition information.

Certificate in Music Perforamnce

    • Applications and pre-screening videos for the Certificate in Music Performance must be received by the priority admissions deadline, December 1.
    • Applicants must prepare a sixty-minute recital including works of contrasting styles. Please contact Mark Barton at (713) 743-3186 for further audition information.

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Cello

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Undergraduate

    • One movement of a concerto
    • Minimum of one movement of unaccompanied Bach
    • Contrasting work of applicant’s choice

Masters

    • Minimum of two movements of unaccompanied Bach
    • One movement of a concerto
    • One movement of a sonata
    • Additional work (may include contrasting movement from above concerto or sonata)
    • The above works should demonstrate appropriate technical difficulty, include one work from the 20th century, and demonstrate memorization.

Doctoral

    • Applicants should be prepared to perform a 30-minute program with selections in at least 3 different styles. Selections should demonstrate the highest level of technical and artistic achievement of the candidate. Applications must submit their program for approval to the Admissions Coordinator via email at slmorgan@uh.edu at least 3 weeks prior to their live audition date. The audition must demonstrate evidence of memorization.

Certificate in Music Performance

    • Applications and pre-screening videos for the Certificate in Music Performance must be received by the priority admissions deadline, December 1.
    • Complete concerto (memorized)
    • Complete sonata
    • Complete unaccompanied solo work (memorized)
    • Virtuoso showpiece

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Clarinet

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Undergraduate

    • Full-range chromatic scale
    • All major scales and chords
    • One etude (either fast or slow)
    • One movement of a concerto in a style constrasting the prepared etude

Masters

    • Extended major and minor scales
    • One complete concerto

Doctoral

    • All applicants must prepare a sixty-minute recital including works of contrasting styles. Please contact Mark Barton at (713) 743-3186 for further audition information.

Certificate in Music Performance

    • Applications and pre-screening videos for the Certificate in Music Performance must be received by the priority admissions deadline, December 1.
    • Applicants must prepare a sixty-minute recital including works of contrasting styles. Please contact Mark Barton at (713) 743-3186 for further audition information.

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Collaborative Piano (Accompanying & Chamber Music)

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Masters

    • Applicants must prepare three representative works in different styles and varied instrumentation (for example: a baroque flute sonata, a romantic string sonata and a modern vocal work).
    • There will be a sight-reading evaluation and an interview with the keyboard faculty following the prepared audition.
    • A recorded audition is possible if the applicant lives more than 300 miles from Houston.

Doctoral

    • Applicants must prepare approximately 30 minutes of solo playing representing at least two periods and 40 minutes of collaborative repertoire representing at least three different types of compositions (for example: 10 minutes of German lieder, 10 minutes of a French String Sonata or Chamber Work and 10 minutes of a 20th Century Woodwind Concerto reduction).
    • There will also be 10 additional minutes set aside for sight reading evaluation that will consist of:
      • reading of instrumental repertoire.
      • sight-reading of vocal music, incorporating the playing of the vocal line into the accompaniment.
      • transposition of a song up or down a half or whole step.
    • An interview will follow the live audition.

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Composition

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Undergraduate

    • All undergraduate composition applicants are required to audition on an applied instrument or voice and interview with the composition faculty.
    • It is strongly encouraged that applicants take the theory placement exam that is offered on audition dates.
    • In addition, students should submit a portfolio with their application that contains:
      • Scores and/or recordings of up to three representative original compositions
      • A list of all compositions to date (include instrumentation, durations and dates)
    • Students with no prior experience composing, but who have been studying music performance on an instrument or voice, may still apply.

Masters & Doctoral

    • All applicants should submit a portfolio with their application that contains:
      • Three representative scores and corresponding recordings of original compositions that utilize contrasting instrumentation.  The inclusion of live recordings is strongly encouraged for MM applicants and required for DMA applicants
      • A list of all compositions (please include instrumentation, durations, dates and performances)
      • A program from an undergraduate or masters composition recital (if applicable)
    • Selected applicants will be invited to campus for an interview with the composition faculty and will be notified about their interview approximately one week after the application deadline. If a campus interview is not possible, arrangements may be made to interview via video conferencing or phone, although a campus interview is preferred.

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Conducting

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Masters & Doctoral

    • Applicants for all graduate programs in conducting must submit the following:
      • An uploaded video recording of at least 20 minutes in length that includes the applicant in both rehearsal and concert settings.
      • A curriculum vita
    • Applicants should be prepared to complete, if invited, a live audition with one of the university’s performing ensembles and participate in an interview with their respective departments.
      • Contact the appropriate conducting area coordinator for further details and requirements for that area:

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Double Bass

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Undergraduate

    • One movement of a concerto or sonata
    • Two contrasting works of applicant’s choice
    • Three-octave G major scale, eighth notes at Quarter=80
    • Three-octave Bb major scale, quarter notes at Quarter=100

Masters

    • One movement of unaccompanied Bach
    • One movement of a concerto
    • One movement of a sonata
    • Two contrasting orchestra excerpts
    • The above works should demonstrate appropriate technical difficulty, include one work from the 20th century, and demonstrate memorization.

Doctoral

    • Applicants should be prepared to perform a 30-minute program with selections in at least 3 different styles. Selections should demonstrate the highest level of technical and artistic achievement of the candidate. Applications must submit their program for approval to the Admissions Coordinator via email at slmorgan@uh.edu at least 3 weeks prior to their live audition date. The audition must demonstrate evidence of memorization.

Certificate in Music Performance

    • Applications and pre-screening videos for the Certificate in Music Performance must be received by the priority admissions deadline, December 1.
    • Complete concerto (memorized)
    • Complete sonata
    • Complete unaccompanied solo work (memorized)
    • Virtuoso showpiece

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Euphonium

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Undergraduate- Freshman

    • All major scales with range reflective of capabilities
    • Two selections of contrasting style reflecting current playing level.  One selection may be an etude; no all-region etudes please.
    • Students requesting consideration for applied (performance) degrees must also prepare three excerpts from the standard band/orchestra repertoire  

Undergraduate- Transfer

    • All major and minor scales
    • Three selections of contrasting style that reflect current proficiency level.  (One selection may be an etude, the others should be from standard solo repertoire)
    • Students that wish to be considered for applied (performance) degrees must also prepare three excerpts from the standard band/orchestral repertoire.

Masters

    • All major and minor scales on the full range of the instrument.
    • Three selections of contrasting style. One should be a movement from a concerto, the other two selections should be taken from standard repertoire for the instrument.
    • Five excerpts from the standard band/orchestral repertoire. 

Doctoral

    • Applicants should prepare an hour-long audition program that reflects a diversity of styles is required. At least one major work should be memorized (i.e., a concerto or major unaccompanied work).

Certificate in Music Performance

    • Applications and pre-screening videos for the Certificate in Music Performance must be received by the priority admissions deadline, December 1.
    • Applicants should prepare an hour-long audition program that reflects a diversity of styles is required. At least one major work should be memorized (i.e., a concerto or major unaccompanied work).

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Flute

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Undergraduate

    • All major scales from memory (entering freshmen) / All major and minor scales (three forms) from memory (transfer students)      
    • Three octave chromatic scale from memory
    • Two works of contrasting tempi and style [It is preferred that students prepare one early work (like a Bach Sonata or a Mozart Concerto) and one later work (like the Chaminade, Concertin,; Fauré, Fantasie; Griffes, Poem; Poulenc Sonata;  Hue, Fantasie; Prokofiev, Sonata, etc.).]
      • Prepare only one or two movements of multi-movement works
      • Etudes are acceptable  (No region etudes please)
      • Piano accompaniment is not required

Masters

    • Three orchestral excerpts
    • One movement of a concerto
    • Two pieces of contrasting style

Doctoral

    • All applicants must prepare a sixty-minute recital including works of contrasting styles. Please contact Mark Barton at (713) 743-3186 for further audition information.

Certificate in Music Performance

    • Applications and pre-screening videos for the Certificate in Music Performance must be received by the priority admissions deadline, December 1.
    • Applicants must prepare a sixty-minute recital including works of contrasting styles. Please contact Mark Barton at (713) 743-3186 for further audition information.

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French Horn

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Undergraduate- Freshman

    • All major scales with range reflective of capabilities
    • Two selections of contrasting style reflecting current playing level.  One selection may be an etude; no all-region etudes please.
    • Students requesting consideration for applied (performance) degrees must also prepare three excerpts from the standard orchestra repertoire  

Undergraduate- Transfer

    • All major and minor scales
    • Three selections of contrasting style that reflect current proficiency level.  (One selection may be an etude, the others should be from standard solo repertoire)
    • Students that wish to be considered for applied (performance) degrees must also prepare three excerpts from the standard orchestral repertoire.

Masters

    • All major and minor scales on the full range of the instrument.
    • Three selections of contrasting style. One should be a movement from a concerto, the other two selections should be taken from standard repertoire for the instrument.
    • Five excerpts from the standard orchestral repertoire. 

Doctoral

    • Applicants should prepare an hour-long audition program that reflects a diversity of styles is required. At least one major work should be memorized (i.e., a concerto or major unaccompanied work).

Certificate in Music Performance

    • Applications and pre-screening videos for the Certificate in Music Performance must be received by the priority admissions deadline, December 1.
    • Applicants should prepare an hour-long audition program that reflects a diversity of styles is required. At least one major work should be memorized (i.e., a concerto or major unaccompanied work).

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Guitar

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Undergraduate

The guitar program focuses on techniques such as improvisation, chord melody and rhythm accompaniment. The focus of the guitar program is primarily jazz-based.  This is because the jazz orchestra is the ensemble in which guitarists must perform.  Although this is the case, some classical techniques and repertoire are covered to enhance the student’s musicianship. 

Audition preparation (Use of Electric or Archtop guitar is recommended; equipment such as amplifier and chords are provided):

    • Performance of at least one solo piece (a jazz chord melody arrangement)
    • Knowledge of chords and scales:
      • Triads
      • Seventh and sixth chords
      • Major and minor scales
    • Sight reading and knowledge of musical fundamentals
      • Chord symbol recognition and execution

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Harp

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Undergraduate

    • One etude
    • Two substantial works of contrasting style and/or time period, preferably performed from memory
    • One orchestral excerpt of applicant’s choice

Masters

    • One etude
    • Three contrasting works demonstrating your highest level of artistry, performed from memory
    • One orchestral excerpt of the applicant’s choice

Doctoral

    • Applicants must send an unedited video recording for preliminary evaluation purposes containing three contrasting pieces at least one month prior to their audition date.  The live audition should consist of:
      • One etude
      • Three contrasting works demonstrating your highest level of artistry, performed from memory
      • One orchestral excerpt of the applicant’s choice.

Certificate in Music Performance

    • Applicants must upload an unedited video recording for preliminary evaluation purposes containing three contrasting pieces by the priority music application deadline (Dec. 1).  If invited, the live audition should consist of:
      • One etude
      • Three contrasting works demonstrating your highest level of artistry, performed from memory
      • One orchestral excerpt of the applicant’s choice.

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Music Education

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Undergraduate

Students wishing to earn a bachelor's degree with teacher certification must successfully audition into program with a major applied instrument or voice. 

Masters

    • Applicants in music education must be a certified music teacher at the appropriate state level.  [Applicants with an undergraduate degree who wish to obtain Texas teacher certification as a post-baccalaureate student should contact the MSM undergraduate academic advisor.] 
    • At least three years of previous classroom experience in music education is highly encouraged for consideration at the master’s level. 
    • In addition to all standard graduate application requirements applicants must submit:
      • Official scores from the Graduate Record Exam, General Test (GRE)
      • Teaching philosophy (approx. 500 words)
      • Current curriculum vita or résumé
      • Copy of Teaching Certificate/License
      • 20-30 minute high-quality teaching video
    • Applicants who pass portfolio review may be required to have an interview with the Coordinator of Music Education. 

Doctoral

    • Applicants in music education must be a certified music teacher at the appropriate state level and possess a Master of Music degree, preferably in music education. 
    • A minimum of three years of previous classroom experience in music education is required for consideration at the doctoral level. 
    • In addition to all standard graduate application requirements applicants must submit:
      • Official scores from the Graduate Record Exam, General Test (GRE)
      • Teaching philosophy (approx. 500 words)
      • Current curriculum vita or résumé
      • Copy of Teaching Certificate/License
      • 20-30 minute high-quality teaching video
    • Applicants who pass portfolio review are required to have an interview with the Coordinator of Music Education. 

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Music Theory

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Undergraduate

Students wishing to earn a bachelor's degree in Music Theory must successfully audition into program with a major applied instrument or voice. 

Masters

    • Applicants must provide samples of theoretical papers
    • Official scores from the Graduate Record Exam, General Test (GRE)
    • Must have a minimum 3.25 GPA in all music theory courses in their undergraduate degree program.
    • Other supporting materials may be requested by the music theory faculty after receipt of the completed application. 

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Musicology

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Masters

    • Applicants must provide two research papers, at least one of which should be from an undergraduate music history/literature class, which include citations and evidence of research ability and original thought.
    • Applicants must have a minimum 3.25 GPA in all music literature and music history courses in the undergraduate degree program.
    • Official scores from the Graduate Record Exam, General Test (GRE)

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Oboe

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Undergraduate

    • Two works of contrasting styles; one may be an etude

Masters

    • Three orchestral excerpts of contrasting styles and periods
    • One movement of a concerto & one movement of a sonata, in contrasting styles and periods

Doctoral

    • Applicants must prepare a sixty-minute recital including works of contrasting styles. Please contact Mark Barton at (713) 743-3186 for further audition information.

Certificate in Music Perforamnce

    • Applications and pre-screening videos for the Certificate in Music Performance must be received by the priority admissions deadline, December 1.
    • Applicants must prepare a sixty-minute recital including works of contrasting styles. Please contact Mark Barton at (713) 743-3186 for further audition information.

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Organ

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Undergraduate

Since organ lessons usually begin later than those for the piano, the audition for the undergraduate in organ performance is based more on evidence of general keyboard skills than on the use of the pedals.  This may be shown by demonstrating:

    • the ability to play piano compositions at the level of the Clementi Sonatinas and Bach two-part Inventions.
    • evidence of good sight-reading skills at the piano.

Preferably, the candidate should also be able to perform organ compositions at the difficulty level of the chorale preludes from J. S. Bach’s Orgelbüchlein (“The Little Organ Book”).  The Potential for rapid development as an organ student is, however, more important than evidence of a fully formed organ technique.  Before choosing specific pieces for the audition, candidates are encouraged to speak directly with Dr. Robert Bates, Professor of Organ at 713.743.3193.

Masters, Doctoral, Certificate in Music Performance

Auditions for graduate study in organ (MM, DMA, and Certificate in Music Performance) consist of one one-half hour recital of organ repertoire chosen by the candidate.  The performer should demonstrate the ability to perform music in more than one style.  The quality of performance and choice of repertoire for the MM degree must be at least at the level of a senior recital in organ; that for DMA study must be at the level of a Masters recital in organ.

Applicants for the Certificate in Music Performance must upload a video recording for preliminary evaluation purposes along with all other application materials by the priority music application deadline, Dec. 1.  The skill level requirements for the video recording are the same as the live audition requirements.  

*All candidates are strongly encouraged to discuss the choice of repertoire with Dr. Robert Bates before determining a program.  The date and time of the audition should be arranged directly with Dr. Bates, either by e-mail at organist@airmail.net, or by phone at (713) 743-3193.

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Percussion

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Undergraduate

Prepared Literature
All undergraduate applicants should demonstrate their skills in the following areas:  Snare Drum, Timpani, and Mallet Percussion (Marimba and/or Xylophone).  Applicants must prepare two (2) Snare Drum Solos, one in concert style and one in rudimental style; two Keyboard solos, one using 2 mallets and one using 4 mallets (but only if the applicant has already studied 4 mallet playing); and one timpani piece.  Because of time constraints in the auditions, additional playing of drum set is not recommended.  The following literature recommendations are provided only as samples of appropriate literature for an undergraduate audition.  Any piece is acceptable so long as it adequately demonstrates your technical and musical abilities on the instrument:

    • Snare Drum
      • Concert Solo – Etude from Anthony Cirone’s Portraits in Rhythm (particularly Etude 5, 12, 15, 2, 37, and 44)
      • Rudimental Solo – John Pratt: 14 Contest Solos (any)
    • Keyboard
      • 2 Mallet Solo – Masterpieces for Marimba or a good single solo
      • 4 Mallet Solo –
        • Alice Gomez:  Rain Dance or Jungle Walk;
        • Mitchel Peters:  Yellow After the Rain;
        • Rich O’Meara:  Restless;
        • Paul Smadbeck:  Etudes or Rhythm Song
    • Timpani
      • Solo – The Solo Timpanist (Vic Firth) Etude from Fundamental method for Timpani (Mitchell Peters), Modern Method for Timpani (Saul Goodman), or a similar text; or Concert Solo by Mitchell Peters (Rondino, Scherzo, Tribal Serenade, Primal Mood)

Regardless of the literature you ultimately select to play, do not try to impress us by playing a difficult piece if you cannot play it correctly.  It is much better to select a piece that is within your grasp and perform it well.

Sight-Reading
In addition to the prepared literature, the audition will include sight-reading on Snare Drum and Marimba (2 mallet technique only).  The sight-reading portion of the audition is a very important dimension of your audition.  Significant deficiencies in sight-reading in these areas often preclude otherwise skilled percussionists from admission into the program!

Timpani Tuning
In addition to the above, you will be asked to match pitches and tune simple intervals on the timpani.  Don’t worry!  Most incoming students have not had comprehensive ear training prior to entering the Moores School of Music.  This portion of the audition is simply to evaluate your current level of aural skills on timpani.

Each undergraduate applicant is allotted a total audition time of 20 minutes.

Other requirements & recommendations for your audition

    • Compile a repertoire list: this is a list of all the solos and percussion ensembles you have played.
    • Compile a list of awards and honors you have received, both in music and in other areas.

All percussion instruments you may need will be provided; you may bring your own snare drum, but please do not bring keyboard instruments or timpani.  Sticks and mallets will not be provided.

Please provide a copy of your music for the panel hearing you play.

Masters, Doctoral, and Certificate in Music Performance

Auditions for the graduate program in Percussion must be a minimum of 30 minutes, and not more than 45 minutes. Minimum audition requirements for percussion applicants are as follows, including suggested amount of time for each:

    • An advanced work for four-mallet marimba, the level of which is consistent with the expectations of a final recital for an undergraduate degree in percussion performance -- 10-15 minutes.
    • A work of a similar level for two-mallet keyboard (eg., a xylophone rag, movement of a 2-mallet concerto, etc.) -- 4-6 minutes.
    • A work or several movements from a collection of a similar level for timpani (eg., Carter’s March and Canaries -- 6-8 minutes.
    • Several advanced solos or etudes in contrasting style (concert and rudimental) for snare drum (eg., etudes from Delecluse’s Twelve Etudes; Gauthereaux’s American Suite, etc.), which fully demonstrate your abilities on the instrument -- 4-6 minutes.
    • One short piece or suite movement of a similar level for multiple-percussion -- 4-6 minutes.
    • You will be asked to sight-read on snare drum and keyboards (two-mallets only), and asked to tune various intervals on timpani.

Graduate applicants will also be asked to supply:

    • a brief vita identifying your education, music employment background, awards and honors you have received both in music and in other areas, etc.
    • a repertoire list of all the solos and percussion ensembles you have played.

All percussion instruments you may need will be provided; you may bring your own snare drum, but please do not bring keyboard instruments or timpani. Sticks and mallets will not be provided. Please provide a copy of your music for panel hearing you play.
 

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Piano

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Undergraduate-Piano Majors

At least two fully memorized selections from the standard classical piano repertoire, representing contrasting musical periods and styles.  For example, one movement from a Classical Piano Sonata and a piece from the Romantic era would be appropriate.  The selections should be chosen to display the technical and musical proficiency of the student at the keyboard and must demonstrate at least a freshman level of performance skill.  Some examination of sight-reading skill may also be a part of the audition. A list of audition repertoire should be submitted via the online application. 

Undergraduate-Piano as secondary instrument (Composition/Music Theory)

At least two selections from the standard classical piano repertoire, representing contrasting musical periods and styles.  Memorization is optional.  The selections should be chosen to display the technical and musical proficiency of the student at the keyboard and must demonstrate at least a freshman level of performance skill.

Masters

The audition should consist of three fully memorized selections from the standard classical piano repertoire representing contrasting musical periods and styles.  The audition will be approximately twenty minutes in length and will include a short interview with the faculty committee.  Some examination of sight-reading skills may also be part of the audition.  The audition should be live or in special circumstances and uploaded video recording.

Doctoral and Certificate in Music Performance

Applicants for either the Doctor of Musical Arts degree or the graduate Certificate in Music Performance must upload a video recording for preliminary evaluation purposes along with all other application materials by the priority music application deadline, December 1st.  The requirements for the video recording are the same as the live audition requirements.

If invited, the live audition should consist of a fully memorized recital program of at least seventy minutes in length, containing works from the standard classical piano repertoire and representing at least three contrasting musical periods and styles.  An interview with the faculty committee will follow the performance audition. Some examination of sight-reading skills may also be part of the audition.

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Saxophone

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Undergraduate

    • Full-range chromatic scale
    • All major scales and chords
    • One etude (either fast or slow)
    • One movement of a concerto in a style constrasting the prepared etude

Masters

    • Two contrasting major works

Doctoral

    • All applicants must prepare a sixty-minute recital including works of contrasting styles. Please contact Mark Barton at (713) 743-3186 for further audition information.

Certificate in Music Performance

    • Applications and pre-screening videos for the Certificate in Music Performance must be received by the priority admissions deadline, December 1.
    • Applicants must prepare a sixty-minute recital including works of contrasting styles. Please contact Mark Barton at (713) 743-3186 for further audition information.

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Trombone (Tenor or Bass)

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Undergraduate- Freshman

    • All major scales with range reflective of capabilities
    • Two selections of contrasting style reflecting current playing level.  One selection may be an etude; no all-region etudes please.
    • Students requesting consideration for applied (performance) degrees must also prepare three excerpts from the standard orchestra repertoire  

Undergraduate- Transfer

    • All major and minor scales
    • Three selections of contrasting style that reflect current proficiency level.  (One selection may be an etude, the others should be from standard solo repertoire)
    • Students that wish to be considered for applied (performance) degrees must also prepare three excerpts from the standard orchestral repertoire.

Masters

    • All major and minor scales on the full range of the instrument.
    • Three selections of contrasting style. One should be a movement from a concerto, the other two selections should be taken from standard repertoire for the instrument.
    • Five excerpts from the standard orchestral repertoire. 

Doctoral

    • Applicants should prepare an hour-long audition program that reflects a diversity of styles is required. At least one major work should be memorized (i.e., a concerto or major unaccompanied work).

Certificate in Music Performance

    • Applications and pre-screening videos for the Certificate in Music Performance must be received by the priority admissions deadline, December 1.
    • Applicants should prepare an hour-long audition program that reflects a diversity of styles is required. At least one major work should be memorized (i.e., a concerto or major unaccompanied work).

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Trumpet

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Undergraduate- Freshman

    • All major scales with range reflective of capabilities
    • Two selections of contrasting style reflecting current playing level.  One selection may be an etude; no all-region etudes please.
    • Students requesting consideration for applied (performance) degrees must also prepare three excerpts from the standard orchestra repertoire  

Undergraduate- Transfer

    • All major and minor scales
    • Three selections of contrasting style that reflect current proficiency level.  (One selection may be an etude, the others should be from standard solo repertoire)
    • Students that wish to be considered for applied (performance) degrees must also prepare three excerpts from the standard orchestral repertoire.

Masters

    • All major and minor scales on the full range of the instrument.
    • Three selections of contrasting style. One should be a movement from a concerto, the other two selections should be taken from standard repertoire for the instrument.
    • Five excerpts from the standard orchestral repertoire. 

Doctoral

    • Applicants should prepare an hour-long audition program that reflects a diversity of styles is required. At least one major work should be memorized (i.e., a concerto or major unaccompanied work).

Certificate in Music Performance

    • Applications and pre-screening videos for the Certificate in Music Performance must be received by the priority admissions deadline, December 1.
    • Applicants should prepare an hour-long audition program that reflects a diversity of styles is required. At least one major work should be memorized (i.e., a concerto or major unaccompanied work).

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Tuba

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Undergraduate- Freshman

    • All major scales with range reflective of capabilities
    • Two selections of contrasting style reflecting current playing level.  One selection may be an etude; no all-region etudes please.
    • Students requesting consideration for applied (performance) degrees must also prepare three excerpts from the standard orchestra repertoire  

Undergraduate- Transfer

    • All major and minor scales
    • Three selections of contrasting style that reflect current proficiency level.  (One selection may be an etude, the others should be from standard solo repertoire)
    • Students that wish to be considered for applied (performance) degrees must also prepare three excerpts from the standard orchestral repertoire.

Masters

    • All major and minor scales on the full range of the instrument.
    • Three selections of contrasting style. One should be a movement from a concerto, the other two selections should be taken from standard repertoire for the instrument.
    • Five excerpts from the standard orchestral repertoire. 

Doctoral

    • Applicants should prepare an hour-long audition program that reflects a diversity of styles is required. At least one major work should be memorized (i.e., a concerto or major unaccompanied work).

Certificate in Music Performance

    • Applications and pre-screening videos for the Certificate in Music Performance must be received by the priority admissions deadline, December 1.
    • Applicants should prepare an hour-long audition program that reflects a diversity of styles is required. At least one major work should be memorized (i.e., a concerto or major unaccompanied work).

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Viola

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Undergraduate

    • One movement of a concerto
    • Minimum of one movement of unaccompanied Bach
    • Contrasting work of applicant’s choice

Masters

    • Minimum of two movements of unaccompanied Bach
    • One movement of a concerto
    • One movement of a sonata
    • Additional work (may include contrasting movement from above concerto or sonata)
    • The above works should demonstrate appropriate technical difficulty, include one work from the 20th century, and demonstrate memorization.

Doctoral

    • Applicants should be prepared to perform a 30-minute program with selections in at least 3 different styles. Selections should demonstrate the highest level of technical and artistic achievement of the candidate. Applications must submit their program for approval to the Admissions Coordinator via email at slmorgan@uh.edu at least 3 weeks prior to their live audition date. The audition must demonstrate evidence of memorization.

Certificate in Music Performance

    • Applications and pre-screening videos for the Certificate in Music Performance must be received by the priority admissions deadline, December 1.
    • Complete concerto (memorized)
    • Complete sonata
    • Complete unaccompanied solo work (memorized)
    • Virtuoso showpiece

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Violin

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Undergraduate

    • One movement of a concerto
    • Minimum of one movement of unaccompanied Bach
    • Contrasting work of applicant’s choice

Masters

    • Minimum of two movements of unaccompanied Bach
    • One movement of a concerto
    • One movement of a sonata
    • Additional work (may include contrasting movement from above concerto or sonata)
    • The above works should demonstrate appropriate technical difficulty, include one work from the 20th century, and demonstrate memorization.

Doctoral

    • Applicants should be prepared to perform a 30-minute program with selections in at least 3 different styles. Selections should demonstrate the highest level of technical and artistic achievement of the candidate. Applications must submit their program for approval to the Admissions Coordinator via email at slmorgan@uh.edu at least 3 weeks prior to their live audition date. The audition must demonstrate evidence of memorization.

Certificate in Music Performance

    • Applications and pre-screening videos for the Certificate in Music Performance must be received by the priority admissions deadline, December 1.
    • Complete concerto (memorized)
    • Complete sonata
    • Complete unaccompanied solo work (memorized)
    • Virtuoso showpiece

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Voice

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Undergraduate

    • FOR ALL SINGERS:

Applicants must upload a video recording into the online application for preliminary evaluation purposes with their application materials.  The video recording must contain two contrasting selections in two different languages (one selection may be in English) that meet the repertoire criteria listed below.  This packet must be received at least one month prior to the preferred audition date.  Applicants will be contacted as to whether or not they will be invited to attend a live audition date at least two weeks before their preferred date.  Live accompaniment and evidence of memorization is expected for the prescreening recording.

    • LIVE AUDITIONS:
      • Appropriate attire is required at your audition. Formal wear is not necessary; business casual is fine. Shorts, t-shirts, and flip-flops are not acceptable.  If you have further questions, please contact Joseph Evans, Area Coordinator at 713.743.3149.
      • All selections must be performed from memory.
      • All selections must be with piano accompaniment. Staff accompanists are available for your audition, but you are permitted to bring your own accompanist.  Printed scores of all selections (or photocopies in a binder) must be provided when you check in for your audition. These scores must be in the keys in which you will sing.
      • Individuals not fully prepared or in compliance with all application and audition requirements will be ineligible for acceptance in voice for the desired entrance semester.
      • Studio placement and level of university study is determined by the voice faculty at the time of your audition. You may request a specific voice instructor on your application and your audition forms. If your requested teacher accepts you, you will be so assigned. If no preference is stated at the audition, or if the requested studio is full, you will be assigned an instructor.
    • ENTERING FRESHMEN:
      • Must perform at least two (2) contrasting selections, demonstrating your highest level of achievement to date. These must be in at least two (2) different languages (one selection may be in English).
      • Selections must be from standard vocal repertoire in the original language: Italian, French, German, or English art songs, oratorio or operatic aria.
      • NOTE: One musical theatre selection is acceptable, but classical selections are preferred.
    • TRANSFER STUDENTS:
      • Must perform at least three (3) contrasting selections, demonstrating healthy vocal technique and appropriate standard vocal repertoire in the original languages. NOTE: Broadway, spiritual or patriotic songs are not acceptable for audition purposes.
      • If you have completed two semesters of voice study, you must perform in two different languages. If you have completed three or more semesters of voice study, you must perform in three different languages.
      • At your audition, you must submit a complete list of vocal selections learned and memorized in college-level study. This list will include your audition selections and all other jury selections from past semesters.
      • At your audition, you are expected to demonstrate proficiency reflective of your previous college study. You may be asked to make up deficiencies in technique and/or repertoire by extra semesters of voice study for credit based on this audition performance and supporting materials.
      • All vocal performance majors must pass a “barrier” examination after the sophomore year of study in order to qualify for the Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance degree track. Transferring vocal performance majors with four or more semesters of college study must demonstrate readiness for junior level applied voice study at your audition. You may be required to take one or more semesters of applied voice at the Moores School before the voice faculty determines that you are ready for the “barrier”.
      • Music education majors do not take the “barrier” and may proceed with registration for junior level applied voice after successful completion of four semesters of applied voice at their previous school.

Masters

    • FOR ALL SINGERS:

All voice applicants must upload a video recording for preliminary evaluation purposes, a printed program from their last degree recital, and a comprehensive repertoire list with their application submission. The video recording must contain 5 selections, including at least one operatic aria, and must show evidence of memorization and live piano accompaniment.  The completed application with all uploads must be received by the priority music application deadline, December 1.

    • LIVE AUDITIONS:
      • Applicants are required to perform at least 5 selections, demonstrating the highest level of achievement to date.  These must be in at least 4 different languages (one selection may be in English).  They must represent various national styles and various historical periods.
      • Proper attire is required at the audition.
      • All selections must be performed from memory.
      • All selections must be with piano accompaniment.
      • Printed scores (or photocopies in a binder) of all selections must be provided to staff accompanist at or before the audition. These scores must be in the key to be sung.  Applicants are permitted and encouraged to bring their own accompanist.
      • Individuals not fully prepared or in compliance with all of the above requirements will be ineligible for placement.
      • Applicants must have included in their online application:  a copy of the last degree recital given, a current comprehensive repertoire list, and a resume.

Doctoral and Certificate in Music Performance

    • FOR ALL SINGERS:

All voice applicants must upload a video recording for preliminary evaluation purposes, a printed program from their last degree recital, and a comprehensive repertoire list with their application submission. The video recording must contain 5 selections, including at least one operatic aria, and must show evidence of memorization and live piano accompaniment.  The completed application with all uploads must be received by the priority music application deadline, December 1.

    • LIVE AUDITIONS
      • Applicants are required to perform a 60-minute recital program from memory.  Demonstration of superior technical achievement, breadth of repertoire and styles, and a minimum of 4 languages (one selection/group may be in English) are requirements.
      • Proper attire is required at the audition.
      • All selections must be performed from memory.
      • All selections must be with piano accompaniment.
      • Printed scores (or photocopies in a binder) of all selections must be provided to staff accompanist at or before the audition. These scores must be in the key to be sung.  Applicants are permitted and encouraged to bring their own accompanist.
      • Individuals not fully prepared or in compliance with all of the above requirements will be ineligible for placement.
      • Applicants must have included in their online application:  a curriculum vita.

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