The audition process at UT Martin is designed to make sure you are ready to enter, and able to complete our music program. We want you to graduate in four years so the audition is our best indicator of knowing if being a music major is the best fit for you. Audition preparation is crucial, so I urge you to take the requirements below seriously. UT Martin requirements may be different from other universities so please make sure you look through the required categories below.
The most important rule to remember is to choose music you are passionate about! Music performed at a high level, with feeling and musicality, will outshine difficult music played unmusically any day of the week!
I encourage you to use the categories below as a guildeline, but the music itself should be something you can perform with confidence and passion.
Additionally, I will take time to speak with you (and/or your parents) before or after the audition to answer any questions that you have. There will also be time for me to ask you questions about your goals and what you want to accomplish in 4 years. This is a screening process that works both ways and you are interviewing me and our music program as much as I am interviewing you.
Scholarships are awarded based on merit and playing ability. Students who successfully audition for Senior High All Region Bands (All West, Mid State, or All East) and All State Ensembles, automatically qualify for scholarships. Academic Scholarships may be available for you as well depending on the ACT score. I will walk you through these options at the interview.
For comprehensive information about all scholarships and their deadlines, please click here
If you are unable to make the above dates, please contact Dr. Jessie Thoman to schedule an audition / campus visit.
The first step to becoming a student in the Department of Music is to apply for admission to UT Martin. You can learn more about this process by visiting the website of the UT Martin Office of Admissions.
You must apply to the university before an audition can be scheduled.
In addition to filling out an online application to the university, applicants wishing to audition for the UTM Department of Music must fill out this online form and contact Dr. Jessie Thoman in order to be eligible for an audition and also acceptance into the Music Major programs.
An audition with the following repertoire is required for admittance into any music major program. Please choose from the following.
*Please note: All-West or other All-Region music will not be acceptable audition material.
For a lesson, coaching, or help in preparing a successful audition, please contact Dr. Jessie Thoman.
One movement from one of the following solo pieces:
And an etude or 2 orchestral excerpts of your choice.
Usable Etude Books can include:
Orchestral Horn Excerpts can be found at www.hornexcerpts.org
Unless otherwise noted, all performances are in the Blankenship Recital Hall, located on the first floor of the Fine Arts Building.