Audition Repertoire Information
Piano Audition Repertoire
I. FOR Bachelor of Music degree:
Play at least three pieces in contrasting styles; all should be memorized.
II. FOR Music Education (BM) or Bachelor of Arts degree with Piano Concentration:
Play at least two pieces, preferably three, in contrasting styles (slow/fast, loud/quiet, fingers/chords, different composers); all should be memorized.
Play two pieces in contrasting styles (slow/fast, loud/quiet, different composers). One must be memorized.
IV. TRANSFER STUDENTS
A. Junior level, music-minor with emphasis in piano-upperclass:
Play representative selections from this type of repertoire. All pieces must be memorized.
B. BM in Music Education (piano concentration) or the BA in Music (piano concentration) – upperclass:
Play representative selections from three of the four following types of repertoire. All pieces must be memorized.
C. Bachelor of Music in piano performance - upperclass:
Must be prepared to play selections from this type of program. All pieces must be memorized.
In addition to an audition on your major instrument, you need to submit a composition portfolio by January 6 (postmark deadline) with the following components:
- Three or more written or printed scores of contrasting original works.
- Recordings of the same works. Live recordings are preferred but MIDI recordings are accepted. Submit recordings in one of these three formats: MP3, AIFF, or WAV, and scores in PDF format.
- Music resume containing: (1) list of works composed with instrumentation and date composed; (2) list of performances your works have received, including dates, performers, and location; (3) performance accomplishments on your primary instrument; (4) Education; and (5) full contact information.
- One-page essay describing why you are seeking a degree in music composition and your future goals as a musician.
Submit all materials via email to:
Managing Director Mizzou New Music Initiative
Jacob Gotlib - firstname.lastname@example.org
Label audio files and PDFs in the following format: Last Name_Title of Piece
Subject of the email should be Comp Masters Application for (Year X) - Last Name
Finalist interviews will take place on one of our Mizzou Music Days - see the schedule an audition web form here. Finalists must be available on one of those days.
String/Woodwind/Brass Audition Repertoire
Prepare one or two pieces (they need not be memorized). Material should demonstrate tone quality and technical proficiency, such as that for a district or state ensemble audition. A contest piece, an etude, or a characteristic study, is appropriate. You may be asked to sight-read. A piano for accompanying the solos will not be available. However, a playback device will be available for those who bring a recorded accompaniment.
NOTE: These auditions are not for ensemble placement. Placement auditions are held at the beginning of the Fall semester. More information will be posted on the School of Music website in the month of July.
Vocal Audition Repertoire
Prepare two contest-type solos. You will want to choose music which will demonstrate your tonal capacities and technique. The music need not be memorized. You may bring your own accompanist, or we will provide one.
Prepare at least one solo on keyboard percussion (2 or 4 mallets), one etude on snare drum, one etude on timpani, and if applicable, styles on drumset (swing, rock, funk, latin, etc.). You do not need to bring any equipment. You should bring all your own sticks and mallets. Music does not need to be memorized.
Select a jazz standard and/or blues standard, learn the tune, and be prepared to improvise over those changes. Please provide your own backtrack (YouTube, mp3, etc.). Equipment for playing audio will be available. If you have difficulty obtaining a backtrack, contact Dr. Griffith at GriffithSv@missouri.edu.