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Department of Music

The University of Mississippi

Click to read the schedule for the 2021 Music Major Advantage Weekend at the University of Mississippi

What is the Music Major Advantage?

The Music Major Advantage is an initiative available only to music majors, giving them the largest scholarship package possible. Through MMA, the department aggregates scholarships and financial awards from across campus and adds funding from all areas of the Department of Music, including ensembles, to make one competitive package offer: the Music Major Advantage.

Last year, we awarded a record number of packages representing full tuition, and we plan to award even more in 2021. Smaller scholarships will also be available.

All students must be admitted to the University of Mississippi to be considered for scholarships.

 

Process and Timeline

Follow these steps to be considered for a Music Major Advantage package from the UM Department of Music:

APPLY:

Apply to the University of Mississippi.

AUDITION:

    1. Set up an audition by submitting the Information and Auditions Form.
    2. You will be contacted regarding plans for your audition (in-person, online, or by video).
    3. Complete your audition by March 1.

ADVANTAGE:

Apply for the initiative by submitting the MMA Application by March 1.

IMPORTANT DATES:

February 15: University of Mississippi Scholarship Deadline
February 19-20: Music Major Advantage Weekend 2021
March 1: Music Major Advantage Scholarship Deadline (audition must be completed to be considered for MMA)
April: MMA letters mailed to Applicants (with an itemization of all scholarship awards and financial aid offered)

 

Music Major Advantage Weekend 2021

See what UM Music has to offer — the weekend of February 19th and 20th, 2021. Meet our faculty and learn about the life of a music major through clinics, conversations, and more. Due to the winter storm conditions and closings, activities will be offered online. Visit the full schedule by clicking here.

 

Audition Requirements

UM Music is currently accepting auditions in several ways: in-person, via Zoom, or in the form of high-quality, unedited video (specific requirements below).  To request an audition, fill out the Information and Auditions Form and a faculty member will contact you and advise you on which forms of audition are acceptable for your instrument type. To be considered for a Music Major Advantage scholarship package, your audition must be completed and/or submitted by March 1, 2021.

The following audition requirements are for students seeking an undergraduate degree: Bachelor of Music in Performance or Music Education, or a Bachelor of Arts in Music.

 

Brass/Woodwind

  • Prepared music of the student’s choice
    • Approximately 4 minutes of music
      • High school seniors: solo literature, excerpts, audition music from honor bands or all-state band are all acceptable materials.
      • Transfer students: solo literature is recommended but not required.
    • Suggestion: choose different pieces or excerpts to show technical skills as well as lyrical skills.
  • Sight-reading:
    • Short sight-reading piece provided during the audition
  • Scales
    • High school seniors: 3-4 major scales (assigned during the audition) and the chromatic scale
    • Transfer students: 3-4 major and minor scales (assigned during the audition), and the chromatic scale (at least two octaves of each)
  • You may audition in person, via Zoom, or by submitting a high-quality, unedited video. Please send a link to your video to music@olemiss.edu with your full name and phone number. You may be contacted for further evaluation. If you are a transfer student, please also include a cumulative list of your repertoire.
  • These guidelines will satisfy audition requirements for the band area, other ensembles, and the music department.

Percussion

  • Prepared music of the student’s choice
    • Approximately 4 minutes of music
      • High school seniors: solo literature, excerpts, audition music from honor bands or all-state band are all acceptable materials.
      • Transfer students: solo literature is recommended but not required.
    • Playing on multiple instruments is expected, but not required. You may audition on concert and/or marching equipment.
  • Sight-reading:
    • Short sight-reading piece on a concert snare drum (assigned during the audition)
  • Scales and Rudiments
    • High school seniors: 3-4 major scales (assigned during the audition) and the chromatic scale
    • High school seniors: 3-4 rudiments (assigned during the audition)
    • Transfer students: 3-4 major and minor scales (assigned during the audition) and the chromatic scale — at least two octaves of each
    • Transfer students: 3-4 rudiments (assigned during the audition)
  • You may audition in person, via Zoom, or by submitting a high-quality, unedited video. Please send a link to your video to music@olemiss.edu with your full name and phone number. You may be contacted for further evaluation. If you are a transfer student, please also include a cumulative list of your repertoire.
  • These guidelines will satisfy audition requirements for the band area, other ensembles, and the music department.

Strings

  • High-school seniors
    • 10-15 minutes of solo literature or excerpts
    • Email a link to your audition video to music@olemiss.edu with your full name and contact information.
  • Transfer students
    • 10-15 minutes of music (solo literature is recommended)
    • Email a link to your audition video and a cumulative repertoire list to music@olemiss.edu with your full name and contact information.
  • You may schedule an audition in person or virtually, or you may submit a high-quality, unedited video. If you’d like to submit a video, please email the link to music@olemiss.edu with your full name and phone number. You may be contacted for further evaluation. If you’re a transfer student, please also include a cumulative repertoire list.
  • These guidelines will satisfy audition requirements for both the orchestra and the music department.

Piano

  • Prepared music of the student’s choice (same for all incoming undergraduate students)
    • Baroque composition, such as a J.S. Bach Invention or Prelude & Fugue; or a Handel Suite or Scarlatti Sonata
    • Classical Sonata (first movement) by Haydn, Clementi, Mozart, Beethoven or Schubert. Moonlight Sonata not acceptable.
    • Composition from a different classical style period: Romantic, Impressionist or Contemporary
  • At this time, all auditions are taking place on-line at a pre-scheduled day and time, coordinated with the piano faculty.

Voice

  • High-school seniors
    • Prepare two solo vocal selections of contrasting character/style.
    • Email a link to your audition video to music@olemiss.edu with your full name and contact information.
    • Note: While selections with accompaniment (piano or track) are encouraged, a cappella submissions will be accepted.
  • Transfer students
    • Prepare two solo vocal selections of contrasting character/style with one in a language other than English.
    • Email a link to your audition video and a cumulative repertoire list to music@olemiss.edu with your full name and contact information.
    • Note: While selections with accompaniment (piano or track) are encouraged, a cappella submissions will be accepted.
  • At this time, in-person auditions are not taking place. We are accepting high-quality, unedited audition videos.
    • Start your video by stating your full name and the title of each selection you will perform.
    • The video should be one take, no editing or stopping mid-recording, as if it were a live performance.
    • Use the highest quality audio and video recording equipment possible (iPhone or Android recordings are absolutely acceptable).
    • Upload your video to YouTube or the video sharing platform of your choice. Make sure to select the settings that give us access to the file. In YouTube, this means selecting Unlisted, not Private.
  • These guidelines will satisfy audition requirements for both the choirs and the music department.

 

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