Audition Requirements

All prospective students applying to degree programs in chamber music, collaborative piano, conducting, jazz studies, piano pedagogy, opera coaching, opera directing and performance are required to audition.

Artist Diploma applicants should adhere to the repertoire requirements for the M.M. in their instrument.

Accompaniment will be provided upon request for voice auditions held on the university campus. Vocalists may request an accompanist through the Butler School of Music application. Accompaniment is not required or provided for instrumental auditions.


Audition & Prescreen Repertoire

Brass   Conducting   Jazz   Keyboard

Percussion   Strings   Voice & Opera   Woodwinds


Brass

Euphonium

2018 Audition Dates: January 20, 27, February 3, 17
  • One solo of the applicant’s choice, commensurate with graduate level expectations.
  • Band excerpts – select four of the following (from the USAF audition list):
    • Barber: Commando March, letter B - C
    • Holst: Second Suite for Military Band, 1st movement, solo section, letter E – G, and 4th movement letter G to end
    • Smith: Festival Variations, mm. 79 - 109 and 274 - 323
    • Shostakovich/Hunsberger: Festive Overture, #8 - #10, #21 - #23, #33 to end
    • King: The Melody Shop
    • Sullivan/Mackerras: Pineapple Poll, bars 5 - 9, after #1, #11 to end

French Horn (prescreening required)

2018 Audition Dates: January 20, 27, February 3, 17

Video Prescreening (required):

  • Gallay: Unmeasured prelude
  • Mozart: Concerto No. 2 or Concerto No. 4, exposition only
  • One contrasting movement or piece of the applicant's choosing from the standard solo repertoire
  • Brahms: Symphony No. 2, Op. 73, 1st mvmt, mm 454-477
  • Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 4, Op. 36, opening (1st or 2nd horn)

Prescreening repertoire does not require an accompaniment.
Upload and attach your video prescreening to the Butler School of Music application form and submit by December 1. Audio-only prescreening submissions do not qualify.

Audition (if invited):

  • One etude from the following list of books:
    • Galley: Non-measured Etudes Op. 27
    • Galley: Caprices Op. 32
    • Reynolds: 48 Studies
    • Schuller: Studies for Unaccompanied Horn
  • One solo from the following list (or selections of comparable difficulty):
    • Berge: Horn-lokk
    • Bozza: En Foret
    • Bujanovsky: España
    • Dukas: Villanelle
    • Gliere: Concerto (1st or 3rd movement)
    • Haydn: Concerti (all)
    • Hindemith: Sonata (1st or 3rd movement)
    • Jacob: Concerto (1st or 3rd movement)
    • Krol: Laudatio
    • Mozart: Concerti (1st movements only)
    • Schumann: Adagio and Allegro
    • R. Strauss: Concerti (1st or 3rd movement)
  • Three orchestral excerpts of the applicant's choice
  • Sight-reading and sight-singing may be asked

Trombone (prescreening required)

2018 Audition Dates: January 20, 27, February 3, 17

Tenor Trombone applicants:

Video Prescreening (required):

  • One of the following:
    • David: Concertino (first movement)
    • Grondahl: Concerto (first movement)
    • Martin: Ballade
  • A Bordogni/Rochut etude of the applicant's choice
  • Two contrasting orchestra excerpts

Prescreening repertoire does not require an accompaniment.
Upload and attach your video prescreening to the Butler School of Music application form and submit by December 1. Audio-only prescreening submissions do not qualify.

Live audition (if invited):

  • Bordogni/Rochut: Melodious Etude No. 60
  • One etude from Bitsch: 15 Rhythmic Studies
  • A solo of the applicant's choice
  • Orchestral Excerpts:
    • Ravel: Bolero
    • Mozart: Requim (tuba Mirum)
    • Wagner: Ride of the Valkyries
  • Applicants may also be asked to demonstrate sight-reading ability

Bass Trombone applicants:

Video Prescreening (required):

  • One of the following:
    • Fetter: Variations on Palestrina's Dona nobis pacem
    • Spillman: Concerto (first movement)
    • Bozza: New Orleans
  • A slow and fast movement from a Bach Cello Suite
  • Two contrasting orchestral excerpts

Prescreening repertoire does not require an accompaniment.
Upload and attach your video prescreening to the Butler School of Music application form and submit by December 1. Audio-only prescreening submissions do not qualify.

Audition (if invited):

  • A slow and fast movement from a Bach Cello Suite
  • A solo of the applicant's choice
  • Orchestral Excerpts:
    • Haydn: Creation
    • Wagner: Ride of the Valkyries
    • Schumann: Symphony No. 3
  • Applicants may also be asked to demonstrate sight-reading ability

Any questions regarding trombone audition requirements or repertoire may be addressed to Professor Brickens.

Trumpet

2018 Audition Dates: January 20, 27, February 3, 17
  • Two major compositions in contrasting periods and style, one being from the 20th century
  • Five standard orchestral excerpts
  • A major etude, such as from Charlier: Trente-six Etudes Transcendantes or Bitsch: Vignt Etudes (Leduc editions)

Tuba

2018 Audition Dates: January 20, 27, February 3, 17
  • One solo work of the applicant's choice, commensurate with graduate-level expectations
  • Orchestra excerpts:
    • Wagner: Ride of the Valkyries from Die Walkure
    • Wanger: Die Meistersinger von Nurnberg
    • Berlioz: Hungarian March from La damnation de Faust
    • Prokofiev: Symphony #5 (standard excerpts)
    • Respighi: Fountains of Rome

Conducting

Conducting - Band/Wind, Choral or Orchestral (prescreening required)

2018 Audition Dates:
Band/Wind Conducting: February 9
Choral Conducting: February 2, 9
Orchestral Conducting: February 12

Video Prescreening (required):

  • One session of ensemble rehearsal lasting no less than fifteen minutes, preferably edited to highlight segments focused on dealing with specific rehearsal problems of intonation, ensemble balance, technique, style or interpretation. Videos of uninterrupted run-throughs in a rehearsal setting are not considered rehearsal material.
  • One unedited performance of a complete work, preferably the same work featured in the rehearsal video above.

The camera should be positioned behind the ensemble facing the conductor and the conductor should be clearly visible.

Upload and attach your video prescreening to the Butler School of Music application form and submit by December 1.

Audition (if invited):

  • Repertoire and audition expectations will be discussed at the time the applicant is invited to audition live.

Jazz

Classical instrument study is not required for graduate degrees in jazz performance, though classical study can be used to satisfy some degree requirements. If classical study is desired, a classical audition must be scheduled according to the published requirements. A classical audition will not be scheduled unless it is requested. Please contact the Graduate Admissions Coordinator to make arrangements.

Jazz Drumset

2018 Audition Dates: January 27, February 3, 17
  • Live auditions:
    • Prepare two to three contrasting selections from the jazz repertoire in a variety of rhythmic styles that best demonstrate time-keeping, comping and improvisation ability. Piano and bass accompaniment will be provided.
    • Sight-reading of a typical jazz ensemble drum part.
    • Demonstrate jazz abilities on vibes or piano if background allows.
  • Recorded auditions:
    • Prepare a minimum of three and maximum of five contrasting selections from the jazz repertoire that best demonstrate performance ability.
    • Editing of recordings to focus on the applicant's skills is preferred.

Jazz Piano, Guitar or Bass

2018 Audition Dates: January 27, February 3, 17
  • Live auditions:
    • Prepare two to three contrasting selections from the jazz repertoire that best demonstrate improvisational ability. Bass line or comping accompaniment will be provided as appropriate.
    • Sight-reading of chord changes and melodies that demonstrate comping or walking style
    • Ear training: Improvise a melody against a jazz harmony
  • Recorded auditions:
    • Prepare a minimum of three and maximum of five contrasting selections from the jazz repertoire that best demonstrate improvisational ability.
    • Editing of recordings to focus on the applicant's performance of the melody and improvisation is preferred.

Jazz Saxophone, Trombone or Trumpet

2018 Audition Dates: January 27, February 3, 17
  • Live auditions:
    • Prepare two to three contrasting selections from the jazz repertoire that best demonstrate improvisational ability. Piano accompaniment will be provided.
    • Sight-reading of a typical jazz ensemble part
    • Ear training: Improvise a melody against a jazz harmony
  • Recorded auditions:
    • Prepare a minimum of three and maximum of five contrasting selections from the jazz repertoire that best demonstrate improvisational ability.
    • Editing of recordings to focus on the applicant's performance of the melody and improvisation is preferred.

Keyboard

Collaborative Piano (prescreening required)

2018 Audition Weekend: February 10-11 (Please plan to be available for the entire weekend.)

Video Prescreening:

  • A 20-minute video of a recent live collaborative performance(s) which the applicant feels best represents their pianistic and collaborative abilities.

Each individual work should be cut into a separate video file.
Upload and attach your video prescreening to the Butler School of Music application form and submit by December 1. Audio-only prescreening submissions do not qualify.

Should you have any questions concerning the audition requirements, please contact Dr. Colette Valentine.

Audition (if invited):

All invited applicants must confirm specific repertoire choices with Professor Valentine.

  • All applicants:

    • An example of an orchestral reduction, which can be either a movement from a standard instrumental concerto or a standard operatic aria.
    • Sight-reading
    • Interview with the collaborative faculty
  • M.M. only:
    • Two contrasting movements from a standard instrumental sonata.
    • A list of six art songs; two each in German, French and English, from which faculty will choose at the audition.
  • D.M.A. only:
    • A complete, standard instrumental sonata. Several options would be appreciated (but not required) to facilitate partnering.
    • A list of nine art songs; three each in German, French and English, from which faculty will choose at the audition.

Organ

2018 Audition Date: January 20

Audition material should consist of three contrasting works or movements lasting no more than 30 minutes (memorization not required), and taken from the following:

M.M. Performance:

  • A major prelude and fugue or a trio sonata by Johann Sebastian Bach
  • A selection of various pieces from different styles/periods

D.M.A. Performance:

  • A major prelude and fugue or a trio sonata by Johann Sebastian Bach
  • A pre-Bach work (Buxtehude, Bruhns, Couperin, Grigny, etc.)
  • A work from the 19th, 20th or 21st century

Piano (prescreening required)

2018 Audition Dates: January 22, 26, 27

(including M.M. and D.M.A. in Piano Performance, M.M. in Literature/Pedagogy and D.M.A. Music & Human Learning with Piano Pedagogy Specialization)

Video Prescreening (required): 

The prescreening recording must include the performance of a solo recital program consisting of at least 45 minutes of music. Applicants should select pieces that represent the highest level of their musicality and abilities. A minimum of three styles should be represented, including all or part of a major work from the classical period.

Upload and attach your video prescreening to the Butler School of Music application form and submit by December 1. Audio-only prescreening submissions do not qualify.

Live audition (if invited):

If invited for a live audition the actual duration of the live audition will be shorter, but 45 minutes of music should be prepared. Applicants invited to a live audition may submit a full repertoire list to be included in their application file.

Piano Assistantships:

All students interested in applying for a teaching assistantship in piano must submit a sample teaching video as a part of their prescreening materials. This video should last between 10 and 20 minutes, be unedited and show the applicant interacting with students in a private instruction or classroom piano setting. Applicants invited to a live audition must also schedule an interview with the piano pedagogy faculty on their audition day.


Percussion

Percussion (prescreening required)

2018 Audition Dates: February 2, 3, 4

Video prescreen and audition repertoire requirements are identical.

M.M. Performance:

  • Snare Drum
    • Delecluse: 12 Studies for Snare Drum (or similar)
    • Two to three orchestral excerpts of the applicant's choice
  • Keyboard
    • One two-mallet solo
    • One four-mallet solo (Miki: Time for Marimba or similar)
    • Two to three orchestral excerpts of the applicant's choice
  • Timpani
    • Carter: 8 Pieces for Timpani (or similar)
    • Two to three orchestral excerpts of the applicant's choice
  • Drum set
    • Demonstrate knowledge of three to four basic styles
  • Multiple Percussion (not required)
    • Xenakis: Rebonds (or similar)
  • World (not required but encouraged)
    • Demonstrate at least one skill/style (examples: Afro-Cuban, African Drumming, Steel Pan, etc.)

D.M.A. Performance:

  • Snare Drum
    • Delecluse: 12 Studies for Snare Drum (or similar)
    • Three to five orchestral excerpts of the applicant's choice
  • Keyboard
    • Two contrasting 4-mallet solos OR one two-mallet and one four-mallet solo (Miki: Time for Marimba, Schwantner: Velocities or similar)
    • Two to four orchestral excerpts of the applicant's choice
  • Timpani
    • Carter: 8 Pieces for Timpani (or similar)
    • Two to three orchestral excerpts of the applicant's choice
  • Drum set
    • Demonstrate knowledge of three to four basic styles
  • Multiple Percussion
    • Xenakis: Rebonds, Holliden: Cold Pressed or similar
  • World (not required but encouraged)
    • Demonstrate at least one skill/style (examples: Afro-Cuban, African Drumming, Steel Pan, etc.)

Any questions regarding percussion audition requirements or repertoire may be addressed to Professor Burritt.


Strings

Cello

2018 Audition Dates: January 27 (Gindele), February 2 (Tsang), February 3 (Gindele & Tsang), February 17 (Tsang)

M.M. Performance:

  • A complete unaccompanied Bach suite
  • A complete standard concerto
  • One other contrasting work or movement from a work

All concerti and unaccompanied works (before 1950) are to be performed from memory.

D.M.A. Performance:

  • A complete unaccompanied Bach suite, from suites 4, 5 or 6
  • A complete Haydn concerto
  • Two other contrasting works or movements from a work

All concerti and unaccompanied works (before 1950) are to be performed from memory.

Double Bass

2018 Audition Dates: January 27, February 3, 17
  • One movement from a standard double bass concerto.
  • Two contrasting movements from a standard double bass sonata or two contrasting movements from the Bach suites for cello.
  • Any two standard orchestral excerpts chosen from the following composers: Beethoven, Brahms, Mozart and Strauss.

Guitar (prescreening required)

2018 Audition Dates: January 27, February 2, 3, 17

It is highly preferred that music is memorized, but it is not expressly required.

M.M. Performance:

Video Prescreening (required):

  • One movement of Bach (or equivalent Baroque composer, i.e. Scarlatti, Weiss, etc.)
  • One contrasting work from another period

Upload and attach your video prescreening to the Butler School of Music application form and submit by December 1. Audio-only prescreening submissions do not qualify.

Audition (if invited):

  • One movement of Bach (or equivalent Baroque composer, i.e. Scarlatti, Weiss, etc.)
  • Two contrasting works from other periods

D.M.A. Performance:

Video Prescreening (required):

  • Two movements of Bach (or equivalent Baroque composer, i.e. Scarlatti, Weiss, etc.), one slow and one fast
  • Two pieces from contrasting periods

Upload and attach your video prescreening to the Butler School of Music application form and submit by December 1. Audio-only prescreening submissions do not qualify.

Audition (if invited):

  • One movement of Bach (or equivalent Baroque composer, i.e. Scarlatti, Weiss, etc.)
  • Three contrasting works from other periods

Harp

2018 Audition Dates: January 27, February 2, 3

M.M. Performance:

  • One movement chosen from:
    • Lariviere: Etude No. 36, 37 or 38
    • Pozzoli: Studi di Media Difficolta
    • Bochsa: Studies, O. 34
    • Nadermann: Sept Sonatas Progressives
  • Two contrasting works from other periods

At least two works must be performed from memory; etudes may be performed from printed music.

D.M.A. Performance:

  • Two contrasting movements of Bach or Scarlatti, one slow and one fast
  • Two pieces from contrasting periods
  • One movement of a concerto

At least two works must be performed from memory; etudes may be performed from printed music.

If you have any further questions regarding harp audition requirements, please contact Delaine Leonard by email or phone: 512/413-3152.

Viola (prescreening required)

2018 Audition Dates: January 27, February 3

M.M. Performance:

Video Prescreening (required):

  • One movement from the Bach Cello Suites OR from the Sonatas and Partitas for Solo Violin
  • An outer movement of a standard concerto

Please note, all concerti and unaccompanied works are to be performed from memory in both prescreening and live rounds.
Piano accompaniment for the prescreening recording is required. If invited, no accompaniment will be allowed at the live audition.
Upload and attach your video prescreening to the Butler School of Music application form and submit by December 1. Audio-only prescreening submissions do not qualify.

Audition (if invited):

  • Two contrasting movements from the Bach Cello Suites
  • An outer movement of a standard concerto
  • A fast movement from a standard sonata work

Please note, all concerti and unaccompanied works are to be performed from memory in both prescreening and live rounds.

D.M.A. Performance:

Video Prescreening (required):

  • One movement from the Bach Cello Suites or from the Sonatas and Partitas for Solo Violin
  • An outer movement of a standard concerto
  • A fast movement from a standard sonata work

Please note, all concerti and unaccompanied works are to be performed from memory in both prescreening and live rounds.
Piano accompaniment for the prescreening recording is required. If invited, no accompaniment will be allowed at the live audition.
Upload and attach your video prescreening to the Butler School of Music application form and submit by December 1. Audio-only prescreening submissions do not qualify.

Audition (if invited):

  • Two contrasting movements from the Bach Cello Suites
  • An outer movement of a standard concerto
  • A fast movement from a standard sonata work
  • Another piece of the applicant’s choice

Please note, all concerti and unaccompanied works are to be performed from memory in both prescreening and live rounds.

Violin (prescreening required)

2018 Audition Dates: January 27, February 3

Video Prescreening (required):

Memorization is REQUIRED for ALL works.
Piano accompaniment for the prescreening recording is REQUIRED.

  • One movement of a standard concerto
  • One movement from 6 Solo Sonatas and Partitas by J.S. Bach
  • One Paganini caprice of the applicant's choice

Please note a movement and its "Double" constitute one movement.

Upload and attach your video prescreening to the Butler School of Music application form and submit by December 1. Audio-only prescreening submissions do not qualify.

Audition (if invited):

Memorization is REQUIRED for ALL works.
Accompaniment is not required or provided for the live audition, but permitted if so desired and provided by the auditionee.

  • One movement of a standard concerto
  • One movement from 6 Solo Sonatas and Partitas by J.S. Bach
  • One Paganini caprice of the applicant's choice
  • First movement exposition from Violin Concerto No. 3, 4 or 5 by W.A. Mozart

Voice & Opera

Opera Coaching

2018 Audition Dates: January 27, February 3

M.M. in Opera Coaching:

  • One solo piano work or extended symphonic section of an opera lasting at least three minutes in length. Performance from memory not required.
  • One Mozart opera aria with recitative from any vocal category, to be played and sung at the same time by the applicant, in the original language. This component will be judged on the applicant's coordination ability, not on vocal quality or technical accomplishment.
  • Applicant's choice of one of the following works, to be performed with a soloist without rehearsal:
    • J. Strauss: Die Fledermaus, Czardas
    • R. Strauss: Der Rosenkavalier, The Presentation of the Rose, "Mir ist die Ehre widerfahren"
    • Charpentier: Louise, Louise's aria, "Depuis le jour"
    • Bizet: Carmen, Micaëla's aria, "Je dis que rien ne m'epouvante"
  • Sight-reading of selections from operatic and/or symphonic literature (using piano reductions).
  • Interview with Butler Opera Center faculty.

D.M.A. in Opera Coaching:

  • One solo piano work or extended symphonic section of an opera lasting at least three minutes in length. Performance from memory not required.
  • Applicant's choice of one of the following works, to be performed with a soloist without rehearsal:
    • J. Strauss: Die Fledermaus, Czardas
    • R. Strauss: Der Rosenkavalier, The Presentation of the Rose, "Mir ist die Ehre widerfahren"
    • Charpentier: Louise, Louise's aria, "Depuis le jour"
    • Bizet: Carmen, Micaëla's aria, "Je dis que rien ne m'epouvante"
  • Applicant's choice of one of the following works, all parts to be played and sung by the applicant. This component will be judged on the applicant's coordination ability, not on vocal quality or technical accomplishment.
    • Any sextet or finale from Mozart's Le nozze di Figaro, Don Giovanni or Cosí fan tutte.
    • Puccini: La boheme, Act I beginning through Benoit's entrance.
    • Bizet: Carmen, Quintet, "Nous avons en tête une affaire."
  • Applicant's choice of extended secco recitative from Mozart's Le nozze di Figaro, Don Giovanni or Cosí fan tutte or Rossini's Il barbiere di Siviglia.
  • Sight-reading of selections from operatic and/or symphonic literature (using piano reductions).
  • Sight-reading of short texts in Italian, German, French and English.
  • Simultaneous sight-reading of both vocal line and piano accompaniment to an operatic aria.
  • Interview with Butler Opera Center faculty.

Opera Directing (prescreening required)

2018 Interview Date: February 19

Prescreening (required):

  • Statement of purpose: Focus on how this degree will be applicable to your future career goals.
  • Résumé/C.V.: List any and all opera directing experience.
  • Applicants to the D.M.A. in Opera Directing are also required to submit video of appropriate opera directing performance or working rehearsal footage that demonstrates the applicant working with operating performers in some capacity. Both opera scenes and full opera productions are acceptable. Video prescreening is not required from M.M. applicants, but may be optionally included. Upload and attach your video prescreening to the Butler School of Music application form and submit by December 1.

Interview (if invited):

  • Interview with Butler Opera Center faculty.

Voice: Opera Performance (prescreening required)

2018 Audition Dates: January 20, 27, February 3

M.M. or A.D. in Opera Performance:

Video Prescreening (required):

  • One operatic aria in Italian
  • One operatic aria in French
  • One operatic aria in German
  • One operatic aria in English
  • One art song in any language
  • Dramatic Reading: Include a two to four minute performance of a dramatic reading in English from a theater piece, play or monologue. The dramatic reading must be memorized.

All works are to be performed from memory and with accompaniment.
Upload and attach your video prescreening to the Butler School of Music application form and submit by December 1. Audio-only prescreening submissions do not qualify.
If you are requesting a Butler School-provided accompanist be prepared to upload your piano sheet music as well.

Audition (if invited):

  • Your live audition repertoire should be the same as your prescreening repertoire.
  • Provide seven copies of a resume and repertoire list to the voice faculty at the audition. The documents must include the following information:
    • Name of applicant
    • Accompanist (if known)
    • Title and composer of each selection
    • Title and author of dramatic reading

D.M.A. in Opera Performance

Video Prescreening (required):

  • One operatic aria in Italian
  • One operatic aria in French
  • One operatic aria in German
  • One operatic aria in English
  • Two art songs in contrasting languages and representing different stylistic periods (Baroque, Classical, Romantic or Contemporary)
  • Dramatic Reading: Include a two to four minute performance of a dramatic reading in English from a theater piece, play or monologue. The dramatic reading must be memorized.

Operatic arias should demonstrate your full vocal potential (range, agility, style, etc.).
All works are to be performed from memory and with accompaniment.
Upload and attach your video prescreening to the Butler School of Music application form and submit by December 1. Audio-only prescreening submissions do not qualify.
If you are requesting a Butler School-provided accompanist be prepared to upload your piano sheet music as well.

Audition (if invited):

  • Your live audition repertoire should be the same as your prescreening repertoire.
  • Provide seven copies of a resume and repertoire list to the voice faculty at the audition. The documents must include the following information:
    • Name of applicant
    • Accompanist (if known)
    • Title and composer of each selection
    • Title and author of dramatic reading

Language Requirement:

All entering graduate students in Opera Performance must have the equivalent or better of the required language and diction courses for the Bachelor of Music degree at The University of Texas at Austin. The requirement consists of one semester each of Italian, French and German, and two semesters of singing diction. Deficiencies in any of these areas must be fulfilled prior to graduation.

Voice: Voice Performance or Pedagogy (prescreening required)

2018 Audition Dates: January 20, 27, February 3

For information about the Artist Diploma in Voice program, please see the Opera Performance requirements above.

M.M. Performance:

Video Prescreening (required):

  • One operatic aria
  • One Renaissance or Baroque period art song
  • One Classical period art song
  • One Romantic period art song
  • One Contemporary period art song

Four languages must be represented: Italian, French, German, English
All works are to be performed from memory and with accompaniment.
Upload and attach your video prescreening to the Butler School of Music application form and submit by December 1. Audio-only prescreening submissions do not qualify.
If you are requesting a Butler School-provided accompanist be prepared to upload your piano sheet music as well.

Audition (if invited):

  • Your live audition repertoire should be the same as your prescreening repertoire.
  • Provide seven copies of a resume and repertoire list to the voice faculty at the audition. The documents must include the following information:
    • Name of applicant
    • Accompanist (if known)
    • Title and composer of each selection

D.M.A. Performance or Pedagogy:

Prescreening (required):

  • Two operatic arias in contrasting languages
  • One Renaissance or Baroque period art song
  • One Classical period art song
  • One Romantic period art song
  • One Contemporary period art song

Four languages must be represented: Italian, French, German, English
All works are to be performed from memory and with accompaniment.
Upload and attach your video prescreening to the Butler School of Music application form and submit by December 1. Audio-only prescreening submissions do not qualify.

Audition (if invited):

  • Your live audition repertoire should be the same as your prescreening repertoire.
  • Provide seven copies of a resume and repertoire list to the voice faculty at the audition. The documents must include the following information:
    • Name of applicant
    • Accompanist (if known)
    • Title and composer of each selection

Accompaniment is required for voice auditions on The University of Texas at Austin campus. If you select a university-provided accompanist (free of charge) on the Butler School of Music application, your music must be attached to the Butler School of Music application form before submission.

Language Requirement:

All entering graduate students in Voice Performance must have the equivalent or better of the required language and diction courses for the Bachelor of Music degree at The University of Texas at Austin. The requirement consists of one semester each of Italian, French and German, and two semesters of singing diction. Deficiencies in any of these areas must be fulfilled prior to graduation.


Woodwinds

Bassoon (prescreening required)

2018 Audition Dates: February 2, 3

All Graduate Applicants:

Video Prescreening (required):

  • Mozart: Concerto in Bb major, K. 191/186e – 1st and 2nd movements (expositions only)
  • Mozart: Marriage of Figaro overture, bars 1 - 24
  • Ravel: solo excerpt from Bolero
  • Please submit a one to three minute video recording on which you verbally introduce yourself and discuss your musical and non-musical interests, your goals, your reasons for applying to UT Austin and a creative project in which you have been involved.

Applicants may record each selection separately. Upload and attach your video prescreening to the Butler School of Music application form and submit by December 1. Audio-only prescreening submissions do not qualify.

Audition (if invited):

  • All major scales
  • Chromatic scale, full-range
  • Four contrasting movements that represent at least three composers. At least three of the movements must be from solo pieces and one may be an etude.
  • Orchestral excerpts:
    • Ravel: Bolero
    • Tchaikovsky: Symphony #4, second movement solo
    • Mozart: Marriage of Figaro overture (entire first page)
  • Sing a major scale and arpeggio
  • Perform the following rhythms:Bassoon Admission Audition Rhythms

Clarinet (prescreening required)

2018 Audition Dates: January 19, 20, 26, 27

Video Prescreening (required):

  • Mozart: Clarinet Concerto in A major, K. 622 - 1st movement exposition
  • One contrasting movement or piece of the applicant's choosing from the standard solo repertoire
  • Orchestral excerpts:
    • Mendelssohn: Scherzo from A Midsummer Night's Dream - Beginning to letter B
    • Beethoven: Symphony No. 6 in F major - first movement measures 474-492 and second movement measures 68-77

Upload and attach your video prescreening to the Butler School of Music application form and submit by December 1. Audio-only prescreening submissions do not qualify.

Audition (if invited):

  • Mozart: Clarinet Concerto in A major, K. 622 (complete)
  • One complete work of the applicant's choosing from standard solo repertoire
  • One solo work of the applicant's choosing from the 20th or 21st century
  • Sight-reading
  • Orchestral excerpts (standard solos):
    • Mendelssohn: Scherzo from A Midsummer Night's Dream
    • Beethoven: Symphony No. 6 in F major
    • Brahms: Symphony No. 3 in F major
    • Stravinsky: The Firebird (Variation of the Firebird)

Flute (prescreening required)

2018 Audition Dates: February 1, 3

Video Prescreening (required):

  • Mozart: Concerto in G major, K. 313, or D major, K. 314 – 1st and 2nd movements (exposition only)
  • One contrasting movement or piece of the applicant’s choosing from the standard solo repertoire
  • Orchestral excerpts:
    • Beethoven: Leonore Overture No. 3 – measures 328 – 360
    • Mendelssohn: Scherzo from A Midsummer Night’s Dream – 2 measures before P to the end
    • Brahms: Symphony No. 4, movement IV – measures 93 – 105

Accompaniment for the prescreening recording is optional. If invited, no accompaniment will be allowed at the live audition.
Upload and attach your video prescreening to the Butler School of Music application form and submit by December 1. Audio-only prescreening submissions do not qualify.

Audition (if invited):

  • Mozart: Concerto in G major, K. 313, or D major, K. 314 – complete
  • A complete standard 20th century work
  • A work of the applicant’s choice
  • Major solos from the following orchestral repertoire:
    • Brahms: Symphony No. 4
    • Ravel: Daphnis and Chloe
    • Stravinsky: Firebird Suite

Oboe

2018 Audition Dates: January 20, 26, 27
  • Mozart Concerto for Oboe, K. 314, 1st movement (exposition only)
  • A solo piece of the applicant's choice
  • A minimum of three orchestra excerpts of the applicant's choice

Selected works should be contrasting in style, tempo and time period.

Audition must be unaccompanied.

Saxophone (prescreening required)

2018 Audition Dates: January 19, 20, 26, 27, February 17

Video Prescreening (required): 

  • Please select twenty to thirty minutes of contrasting repertoire for submission. Applicants may refer to the suggested repertoire list and direct any further questions to Dr. Stephen C. Page via email.
  • Submit a short video that includes a verbal introduction and details your musical and career goals, interests (both musical and non-musical) and your reasons for applying to the Butler School of Music.

Upload and attach your video prescreening to the Butler School of Music application form and submit by December 1. Audio-only prescreening submissions do not qualify.

Live audition (if invited):

  • Major and harmonic minor scales, full range and performed from memory; major thirds and fourths; whole-tone scales
  • Three movements/selections from the solo repertoire, two of which should be contrasting, such as:
    • Albright: Sonata
    • Alla: Digital
    • Bolcom: Concert Suite
    • Berio: Sequenza (VIIb/IXb)
    • Dahl: Concerto
    • Denisov: Sonate
    • Elert: Etudes
    • Hurel: Opcit
    • Larsson: Concerto
    • Lauba: Neuf Etudes
    • Lennon: Distances Within Me
    • Mackey: Concerto
    • Maslanka: Sonata
    • Tomasi: Concerto
    • Other works of similar scope and difficulty

Should you have any questions concerning the audition requirements, please contact Dr. Stephen C. Page.