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Department of Music
The University of Mississippi

Auditions

Auditions are required for students seeking an undergraduate degree in music: Bachelor of Music in Performance or in Music Education, or a Bachelor of Arts in Music.

Prospective graduate students may find information about entrance requirements here.

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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