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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.
  • 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 uplaod a .pdf document
    • Statement of Goals - a brief statement about your career aspirations. Please upload a .pdf document.
    • School of Music Form
    • 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.
**Applicants to Orchestral Conducting will submit their pre-screen audition as part of the application portfolio prior to submission**

Choral Conducting

Audition Requirements for Master of Music and Doctor of Arts

  • The candidate will prepare two or three smaller choral works, which will be conducted with the top mixed choir before the members of the choral faculty.
  • The length of the audition will be approximately 15 minutes.
  • The candidate will be asked to solve particular conducting problems such as changing meters, mixed meters, and hemiolas.
  • If a live audition is not feasible (due to out of state residency) an individual may be admitted on probationary status.
  • Letters from the candidate’s teacher(s) and a CD/DVD recording of the candidate conducting his/her own ensemble in either a performance or a rehearsal will be sufficient for probationary admission.

Contact:

Galen Darrough at Galen.Darrough@unco.edu


Orchestral Conducting

Audition Requirements for Master of Music and Doctor of Arts

Additional Requirements for Orchestral Conducting (Master of Music & Doctor of Arts)
  • Upload to the application a video of you conducting in rehearsal and performance (camera facing conductor). 
SUCCESSFUL APPLICANTS WILL BE INVITED TO A LIVE AUDITION TO INCLUDE: 
  • An aural skills exam
  • Various cognitive tests and score reading at the piano
  • An interview
  • A conducting audition with the UNC orchestra

Contact:

Russell Guyver at Russell.Guyver@unco.edu


Wind Conducting

Audition Requirements for Master of Music and Doctor of Arts

  • An outline of general information and procedures for making an application to the program is available by emailing Jennifer.Beck@unco.edu