Prospective Students

Audition Information

  • Apply to Audition. March 1st is the deadline to audition and receive full consideration for music scholarships.
  • Contact your prospective studio professor to schedule an audition if no audition date on the online audition form fits your schedule.
  • Make sure you have taken or are scheduled to take the ACT
  • Complete and submit a UTM Admissions Application
  • Review scholarship information and requirements for the Department of Music and UT Martin Scholarships

Saxophone

Please prepare to play your chromatic scale and all major scales using the extended range* (Bb3 through F#6) of the saxophone. Consult Trent Kynaston’s Daily Studies for All Saxophones, Jean-Marie Londiex’s Les Gammes Conjointes et en Intervalles or contact Dr. Owens if you are not familiar with the scales using extended range.

 

*Beginning Fall 2019, students who elect to audition playing scales using one or two octave ranges will be granted provisional admission to study and will reaudition for full acceptance once enrolled as a music major.

 

Please prepare to perform two complete contrasting selections of music for your audition. At least one of your selections should be an example of substantial solo repertoire. The other may be a complete etude, another example of solo repertoire, or you may choose to play the head / improvise two to three choruses over a jazz standard. Performance with a collaborative pianist is encouraged, but not required for your audition.

 

A sampling of etudes that are appropriate for an undergraduate audition includes the Ferling 48 Studies and the David Hite Melodious and Progressive Studies.

 

A sampling of solo repertoire that is appropriate for an undergraduate audition includes (but is not limited to) the Bozza Aria, Glazunov Concerto and Eccles Sonata.

 

In addition to scales and solo repertoire, you will be asked to perform two examples of sight reading comparable to Sight Reading Factory® (www.sightreadingfactory.com) Level 5 for your audition.

 

Note: Beginning Fall 2018, students must own an instructor-approved professional saxophone to qualify for full acceptance to study. Students who do not own a professional instrument will be admitted for one year under provisional admission before being required to purchase a saxophone.

 

Oboe

Please prepare to play your chromatic scale from Bb3 through F6 and all twelve major scales in two octaves (F#, G, Ab and A major may be played in one octave).

 

Please prepare to perform two contrasting complete selections of music for your audition.

 

At least one of your selections should be an example of substantial solo repertoire. The other may be a complete etude, a standard orchestral excerpt, or another example of solo repertoire. Performance with a collaborative pianist is encouraged, but not required for your audition.

 

A sampling of etudes that are appropriate for an undergraduate audition includes the Ferling 48 Studies and David Hite’s Melodious and Progressive Studies.

 

A sampling of solo repertoire that is appropriate for an undergraduate audition includes (but is not limited to) the Haydn Concerto, Hindemith Sonata and Marcello Concerto.

 

In addition to scales and solo repertoire, you will be asked to perform two examples of sight reading comparable to Sight Reading Factory® (www.sightreadingfactory.com) Level 5 for your audition.

 

Bassoon

 

Please prepare to perform two contrasting complete selections of music for your audition. At least one of your selections should be an example of substantial solo repertoire. The other may be a complete etude, a standard orchestral excerpt, or another example of solo repertoire. Performance with a collaborative pianist is encouraged, but not required for your audition.

 

A sampling of etudes that are appropriate for an undergraduate audition includes the Weissenborn 50 Advanced Studies and the Milde 25 Studies in Scales and Chords, Op. 24.

 

A sampling of solo repertoire that is appropriate for an undergraduate audition includes (but is not limited to) the Telemann Sonata, Mozart Concerto and the Hurlstone Sonata.

 

In addition to scales and solo repertoire, you will be asked to perform two examples of sight reading comparable to Sight Reading Factory® (www.sightreadingfactory.com) Level 5 for your audition.

 

 

Sample Syllabus

Interested in Studio D?

Here are some of the words that describe who we are and what we are all about:

 

Curious

Dependable

Determined

Driven

Enthusiastic

Encouraging

Flexible

Goal oriented

Hard working

Helpful

Hungry

Motivated

Organized

Passionate

Receptive

Respectful

Responsible

 

If you think these words describe you and who you'd like to become as a professional musician, Studio D is the place for you.

Timeline for Prospective Students

If you're thinking of pursuing music as a career, it's never too early to start thinking of things to do to help prepare you for that goal! Here are a few tips on how to get ready to participate in music as a college student.

9th and 10th Grade

Participate in and attend our events here at UTM. We have events that include high school students all throughout the year (Adolphe Sax, Honor Band, Woodwind Day, Chamber Fest are great examples) and are always putting on concerts and recitals that are open to the public.

 

Consider taking lessons on your instrument. Our Community Music Academy can help point you toward wonderful student and professional educators who specialize in teaching your instrument!

11th Grade

Schedule a campus visit. Our Junior Senior Day is a fantastic opportunity for you to check out what life is like as a music student here at UTM.

 

If you haven't done so already, consider taking a lesson or meeting with Dr. O. Your one-on-one lessons teacher will be a big part of your time at college if you decide to major in music. You want to make sure to get to know how a college music professor teaches and interacts with their students.

12th Grade

If you're hoping to become a music major, make sure that you know what to expect out of an audition. For example, our music major auditions at UTM usually consist of your playing two selections of solo repertoire and major scales on your instrument along with a brief informal interview. If you need any tips on what to play, contact Dr. O or click on your instrument below for starters.

 

Have you applied to the University? Even though we audition students until March, many other scholarships are only available for students who have completed their applications by an earlier date. Admissions can help you out with those details.

 

Do you know what supplies you will need to major in music? For example, most music majors are required to own professional instruments and purchase sheet music, reeds and other tools to help ensure they become the best they can at their area of speciality. This may require extra financial planning looking ahead to your studio professor's expectations over the first few years of study.

 

Go ahead and schedule that audition! We offer multiple audition dates throughout the Spring semester, but it's never a bad idea to go ahead and get that date in the books early.

Tips For Your Audition Day

The members of Studio D and Dr. O want all of our prospective future colleagues to have an outstanding audition experience. Here are some helpful pointers for your big day.

Whether you are auditioning at a UTM Music event or if you are auditioning on some other occasion, you will be given a clear schedule of where and when you will be auditioning. Make every effort to be on time and ready to play on time. Factor in any travel time and allocate ample time to warm up (our practice rooms on the second floor of the Fine Arts Building will be open for your use).

The "professional" part of a professional musician's life is often times just as important as the musician part! How you present yourself is a big part of that professionalism. Even though we certainly donat expect any prospective future colleagues to show up to an audition in a tuxedo, being well dressed will help leave a really good impression in the music faculty's mind.

If you have committed to take the time to set up and follow through with an audition for Studio D, rest assured that we are very excited and eager about the idea of welcoming you to the team! We hope that you will find the faculty of UTM Music to be warm and welcoming, and the faculty hope that you will feel free to be yourself in your audition. Even though the faculty expects an audition prepared to the very best of your ability, we donat expect it to be perfect! The faculty hopes that your audition will be as fun for you as it will be for us to hear it!

Events

Unless otherwise noted, all performances are in the Blankenship Recital Hall, located on the first floor of the Fine Arts Building.