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Conducting Audition Requirements

All applicants will submit the following application materials based on their desired degree program. For specific audition requirements, please scroll down or use these buttons to navigate to the appropriate area.

APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS FOR GRADUATE DEGREE PROGRAMS

  • Complete all Graduate School Application Requirements for your degree program and a UNC Application
    • Graduate Students will submit audition videos in the portfolio as part of the UNC Application.
  • After submitting your application, upload and complete the following School of Music Checklist Items in your Graduate School Admissions Portal:
    • Resume - a complete listing of your performing and work experience. Please upload a .pdf document.
    • Statement of Goals - a brief statement about your career aspirations. Please upload a .pdf document.
    • School of Music Form - includes Virtual Interview Scheduling, musical experience, and past teachers.
    • Assistantship Letter of Experience (optional but strongly recommended) - a brief statement about your teaching or professional experience as it relates to music. Please upload a .pdf document.

Choral Conducting

Audition Requirements for Master of Music and

Doctor of Arts

  • Live Audition:
    • The candidate will prepare two contrasting choral works to be conducted in front of our top mixed choir before the members of the choral faculty. Please plan to conduct and rehearse each piece. One will be a piece of your choice that you will introduce; the other will be a piece with which the choir is already familiar.
    • The length of the audition will be approximately 15-20 minutes.
    • The candidate will also be asked to solve particular conducting problems such as changing meters, mixed meters, and hemiolas and asked to demonstrate aural skills/musicianship.
  • Video Audition (COVID-19/Out-of-State)
    • Due to COVID restrictions, and/or if a live audition is not feasible (due to out-of-state or out-of-country residence), an individual may be provisionally admitted to the program based on:
      • Candidate’s teacher(s) recommendation and other required submitted documents such as transcripts, etc.
      • Video recording (20 minutes) of the candidate conducting his/her own ensemble in either a performance or a rehearsal. (Please be sure that the camera angle is facing the conductor.)
      • A scheduled interview with our choral faculty.

Contact:

Jill Burgett at Jill.Burgett@unco.edu


Orchestral Conducting

Audition Requirements for Master of Music and

Doctor of Arts

Applications for this area are currently not being accepted.

Contact:

Russell Guyver at Russell.Guyver@unco.edu


Wind Conducting

Audition Requirements for Master of Music and

Doctor of Arts

  • Applicants music possess a bachelor's degree in music education or performance, in addition to have at least two year of public/private school band teaching experience.
  • Applicants must have knowledge of the core wind band & chamber repertoire, having studied or conducting such works
  • All candidates are to submit a conducting video that includes both performance and rehearsal footage, totaling no more than 15 minutes, to be reviewed by the Director of Bands. The video should include 1-2 works in performance that depict contrasting styles, and the rehearsal footage is to be unedited. Both performance and rehearsal footage should have the conductor clearly visible (frontal view). These videos are to be in the form of YouTube or Vimeo links.
  • During COVID-19, the candidate's video footage (both rehearsal and performance) and a scheduled interview with the Director of Bands will be the primary audition materials for evaluation. An in-person audition will "not" be necessary."

Contact:

Wesley Broadnax at Wesley.Broadnax@unco.edu