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Department of Music
The University of Mississippi

 

 

Audition Requirements: Undergraduate

Brass/Woodwind

1. 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 both technical skills and lyrical skills.

2. Sight-reading: short sight-reading piece provided during the audition

3. 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.

4. You may audition in person, via Zoom, or you may submit 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.

5. These guidelines will satisfy audition requirements for the band area, other ensembles, and the music department.

Percussion

1. 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.

2. Sight-reading: short sight-reading piece on a concert snare drum (assigned during the audition)

3. 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)

4. You may audition in person, via Zoom, or you may submit 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.

5. These guidelines will satisfy audition requirements for the band area, other ensembles, and the music department.

Strings

1. 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.

2. 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.

3. 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 contact information. You may be contacted for further evaluation. If you’re a transfer student, please also include a cumulative repertoire list.

4. These guidelines will satisfy audition requirements for both the orchestra and the music department.

 

Audition Requirements: Graduate

Contact instrumental area head Michael Rowlett.

Scholarships

As an instrumental music major at UM Music, you can apply for the Music Major Advantage initiative.

Questions? Connect to UM Music.

 

Degrees offered

Undergraduate Degrees

Undergraduate students may choose to pursue either a Bachelor of Arts in Music or a Bachelor of Music degree. Students choosing the Bachelor of Music degree may specialize in one of the areas of emphasis: Music Education or Music Performance. Students choosing the Bachelor of Arts in Music complement their major study of music with a minor in another field of study.

Graduate Degrees

Note: due to the interruptions in testing opportunities caused by COVID-19, the requirement for GRE test scores for admission to graduate degrees in Music Education, Musicology, Ethnomusicology, and Music Theory has been temporarily suspended.

Master of Music students can pursue emphases in Choral Conducting, EthnomusicologyMusic EducationMusic PerformanceMusic Theory, or Musicology.

We also offer a Ph.D. in Music with emphasis in music education. This doctoral program in music is designed for students who wish to pursue advanced study in preparation for university teaching, research, and other leadership roles in music education.

For admissions information about music graduate programs, please visit Graduate Studies in Music. For more information on graduate programs, contact Graduate Coordinator Rhonda Hackworth.