Video Audition Deadline: December 1

All Butler School of Music applicants will audition by video recording. In-person auditions for fall 2021 admission consideration are not available.

The Butler School is not accepting M.M. or D.M.A. Opera Directing applications for fall 2021 entry.

Introductory Video

  • In addition to the required audition videos below, submit a one to three minute video recording on which you verbally introduce yourself and discuss your musical and non-musical interests, goals, creative or volunteer work and reasons for applying to UT Austin.

Audition & Introductory Video Submission Instructions

  • The introductory video and audition selection(s) may be recorded in separate videos unless otherwise noted.
  • Upload and attach your video(s) to the Butler School of Music application prior to submission.

Decision Timeline & Interview Invitations

  • Audition videos and application materials will be reviewed and prescreened after December 1.
  • All applicants will receive their prescreen results by email in mid December.
  • Those with positive results will be invited to interview with the faculty.
  • The interview will be scheduled on the date pre-selected in the application.

Audition & Prescreen Repertoire

Brass   Conducting   Jazz   Keyboard

Percussion   Strings   Voice & Opera   Woodwinds


Brass

Euphonium

2021 Interview Dates: January 16, 23, 30

Audition Videos

  • 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

Zoom (Virtual) Interview, if invited

  • Length: 20 minutes
  • The interview will include:
    • Interview with Professor Villarrubia
    • Audition: Be prepared to perform any of the selections that were uploaded to your application
    • Lesson

Horn

2021 Interview Dates: January 30, February 6, 13

Audition Videos

  • One etude from the following list of books:
    • Gallay: Non-measured Etudes Op. 27
    • Reynolds: 48 Studies
    • Schuller: Studies for Unaccompanied Horn
  • One complete solo work of the applicant's choice, commensurate with graduate level expectations 
  • Orchestral excerpts:
    • Brahms, Symphony No. 2, op. 73, 1st movement: mm. 454-477
    • Tchaikovsky, Symphony No. 4, op. 36, opening (1st or 2nd horn)
    • Three additional excerpts of the applicant's choice

Zoom (Virtual) Interview, if invited

  • Length: 20 minutes
  • The interview will include:
    • Interview with Professor Hughes
    • Audition: Be prepared to perform any of the selections that were uploaded to your application

Trombone

2021 Interview Dates: January 16, 23, 30, February 6

Tenor Trombone applicants:

Audition Videos

  • 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

Accompaniment is not required.

Zoom (Virtual) Interview, if invited

  • Length: 20 minutes
  • The interview will include:
    • Interview with Professor Brickens
    • Audition: Be prepared to perform any of the selections that were uploaded to your application

Bass Trombone applicants:

Audition Videos

  • 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

Accompaniment is not required.

Zoom (Virtual) Interview, if invited

  • Length: 20 minutes
  • The interview will include:
    • Interview with Professor Brickens
    • Audition: Be prepared to perform any of the selections that were uploaded to your application

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

Trumpet

2021 Interview Dates: January 16, 23, 30, February 6

Audition Videos

  • 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)

Zoom (Virtual) Interview, if invited

  • Length: 20 minutes
  • The interview will include:
    • Interview with Professor Hunter
    • Audition: Be prepared to perform any of the selections that were uploaded to your application

Tuba

2021 Interview Dates: January 16, 23, 30

Audition Videos

  • 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

Zoom (Virtual) Interview, if invited

  • Length: 20 minutes
  • The interview will include:
    • Interview with Professor Villarrubia
    • Audition: Be prepared to perform any of the selections that were uploaded to your application
    • Lesson

Conducting

Conducting - Band/Wind, Choral or Orchestral

2021 Interview Dates:
Band/Wind Conducting: TBD
Choral Conducting: TBD
Orchestral Conducting: TBD

Audition Videos

  • A selection of conducting videos, preferably showing both rehearsal and performance. Older video is acceptable.

Zoom (Virtual) Interview, if invited

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

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.

All applicants should send videos playing along with accompaniment tracks. Tracks can be Jamey Aebersold recordings, iRealPro, internet backing tracks, or self-created. Drummers should play along with tracks created by Wayne Salzmann's ensemble (a link is forthcoming). Video with live performers is also acceptable, but should be edited to show your playing of the melody, your improvisation, and your comping/walking (if applicable).

Jazz Double Bass, Guitar, Piano, Saxophone, Trombone, Trumpet

2021 Interview Dates: January 23, 30, February 6

Audition Videos

  • Play the melody and improvise over a minimum of three and a maximum of five contrasting selections from the jazz repertoire that best demonstrate performance ability. Guitarists and pianists should include comping, and double bassists should include walking.
  • A solo transcription of your choosing (please specify the title, soloist, and recording details)

Zoom (Virtual) Interview, if invited

  • Length: 15 minutes
  • Interview with the jazz faculty (no performance)

Jazz Drums

2021 Interview Dates: January 23, 30, February 6

Audition Videos

  • Perform with selected play-along tracks available online. A link is forthcoming.
  • Perform a prepared piece/transcription. This can be a solo transcription (preferred), a jazz audition étude or a jazz ensemble part.

Zoom (Virtual) Interview, if invited

  • Length: 15 minutes
  • Interview with the jazz faculty (no performance)

Keyboard

Collaborative Piano

2021 Interview Dates: February 6, 13

Audition Videos

  • M.M. & A.D.:
    • Two contrasting movements from a standard instrumental sonata.
    • An example of an orchestral reduction, which can be either a movement from a standard instrumental concerto or a standard operatic aria.
    • Two to four art songs, in at least two different languages.
    • Optional: A solo piano piece or movement.
  • D.M.A.:
    • A complete standard instrumental sonata OR two movements each from two different standard instrumental sonatas (four movements total).
    • An example of an orchestral reduction, which can be either a movement from a standard instrumental concerto or a standard operatic aria.
    • Three to five art songs, in at least two different languages.
    • Optional: A solo piano piece or movement.

Recordings with live collaborative performers are preferred, but repertoire recorded without a partner is acceptable. Any questions regarding collaborative piano audition requirements or repertoire may be addressed to Professor Valentine.

Zoom (Virtual) Interview, if invited

  • Interview details will be available by October 1.

Organ

2021 Interview Date: January 16

Audition Videos

  • M.M. & A.D.:
    • Three contrasting works or movements lasting no more than 30 minutes total, one of which must be a major prelude and fugue or trio sonata by Johann Sebastian Bach
  • D.M.A.:
    • Three works or movements lasting no more than 30 minutes total, consisting of the following:
      • A major prelude and fugue or trio sonata by Johann Sebastian Bach
      • A pre-Bach work (Buxtehude, Bruhns, Couperin, Grigny, etc.)
      • A work from the 19th, 20th, or 21st century

Zoom (Virtual) Interview, if invited

  • Length: 30 minutes
  • The interview will include:
    • Interview with Professor Eaton
    • Audition: Prepare one work of 5-8 minutes

If you do not have an instrument immediately available to you for use in a virtual audition, please contact Professor Eaton.

Piano

2021 Interview Dates: January 23, 30, February 6

(including A. D., 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)

Audition Videos

  • A solo recital-style 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. Each work and/or movement may be uploaded as a separate video file.

Zoom (Virtual) Interview, if invited

  • Interview details will be available by October 1.

Piano Assistantships:

All students interested in applying for a teaching assistantship in piano must request an interview and 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. We cannot honor requests for assistantship interviews made after the application deadline or without a sample teaching video.


Percussion

Percussion

2021 Interview Dates: January 22, 23, 24

Audition Videos

  • M.M. & A.D.:
    • 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 (optional)
      • Xenakis: Rebonds (or similar)
    • World (optional but encouraged)
      • Demonstrate at least one skill/style (examples: Afro-Cuban, African Drumming, Steel Pan, etc.)
  • D.M.A.:
    • 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 (optional 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. Applicants may optionally upload additional video after the December 1 application submission deadline, through January 15.

Zoom (Virtual) Interview, if invited

  • Length: 20 minutes
  • Interview with the percussion faculty

Strings

Cello

2021 Interview Dates
Tsang's Studio: January 16, 30, February 6
Gindele's Studio: January 30, February 13

Audition Videos

  • M.M. & A.D.:
    • A complete unaccompanied Bach suite
    • A complete standard concerto
    • One other contrasting work or movement from a work
  • D.M.A.:
    • A complete unaccompanied Bach suite, from suites 4, 5 or 6
    • A complete Haydn concerto
    • Two other contrasting works or movements from a work

Zoom (Virtual) Interview, if invited

  • Length: 20 minutes
  • The interview will include:
    • Interview with Professors Gindele and/or Tsang
    • Audition: Be prepared to perform any of the selections that were uploaded to your application
    • Lesson

Double Bass

2021 Interview Dates: January 16, 23, 30, February 6

Audition Videos:

  • M.M. & A.D.:
    • Two contrasting movements from the Bach Cello Suites
    • Two movements of a standard concerto
    • Three standard orchestral excerpts of the applicant’s choice
  • D.M.A.:
    • Two contrasting movements from the Bach Cello Suites
    • Two movements of a standard concerto
    • A contemporary work (or movement of a larger work) of the applicant’s choice (examples include works by the following composers: Carter, Berio, Kurtág, Gubaidulina, Vasks, Henze, Weinberg, Ranjbaran, Gajdoš, Persichetti, etc.)
    • Three standard orchestral excerpts of the applicant’s choice

Zoom (Virtual) Interview, if invited

  • Length: 20 minutes
  • Interview with Professor Braun (no performance)

Guitar

2021 Interview Dates: January 23, 30, February 6, 13

Audition Videos

  • M.M. & A.D.:
    • One movement of Bach (or equivalent Baroque composer, i.e. Scarlatti, Weiss, etc.)
    • One contrasting work from another period
  • D.M.A.:
    • Two movements of Bach (or equivalent Baroque composer, i.e. Scarlatti, Weiss, etc.), one slow and one fast
    • Two pieces from contrasting periods

Zoom (Virtual) Interview, if invited

  • Length: 30 minutes
  • The interview will include:
    • Interview with Professor Holzman
    • Audition: Be prepared to perform any of the selections that were uploaded to your application

Harp

2021 Interview Dates: January 16, 30, February 6

Audition Videos

  • M.M. & A.D.:
    • One concert étude by Lariviere, Pozzoli, Bochsa, Naderman, Salzedo, or Grandjany.
    • Two works of contrasting style. Works by diverse composers are welcomed.
  • D.M.A.:
    • Three works of contrasting style, at least one of which is Baroque or earlier (Bach, Scarlatti, Pescetti, Albioni, Ribayaz, or Narvaez) and one of which is a movement from a concerto. Original transcripts and works by diverse composers are welcomed.

Zoom (Virtual) Interview, if invited

  • Length: 30 minutes
  • The interview will include:
    • Interview with Professor Leonard
    • Performance audition and/or short lesson as determined on a case-by-case basis.

Viola

2021 Interview Dates: Scheduled individually by faculty

Audition Videos

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

Zoom (Virtual) Lesson, if invited

  • Scheduled by Professors Largess and Myers on an individual basis

Violin

2021 Interview Dates: January 24, 29, 30

Audition Videos

  • 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

Zoom (Virtual) Interview, if invited

  • Length: 15 minutes
  • Audition only (no interview)
  • Faculty may schedule additional private meetings with applicants as necessary.

Voice & Opera

Opera Coaching

2021 Interview Date: January 15 (morning)

Audition Videos

  • M.M.:
    • 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 played by the applicant. Playing and singing is encouraged but not necessary.
      • Puccini: Madama Butterfly, "Un bel dì" (starting from "Piangi?")
      • R. Strauss: Der Rosenkavalier, "Mir ist die Ehre widerfahren"
      • Charpentier: Louise, "Depuis le jour"
      • Verdi: Rigoletto, "Ella mi fu rapita... Parmi veder le lagrime"
  • D.M.A.:
    • 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 played and sung by the applicant. This component will be judged on the applicant's coordination ability, not on vocal quality or technical accomplishment.
      • Puccini: Madama Butterfly, "Un bel dì" (starting from "Piangi?")
      • R. Strauss: Der Rosenkavalier, "Mir ist die Ehre widerfahren"
      • Charpentier: Louise, "Depuis le jour"
      • Verdi: Rigoletto, "Ella mi fu rapita... Parmi veder le lagrime"
    • 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 short texts in Italian, German, French and English during Zoom interview with faculty (if invited).

Zoom (Virtual) Interview, if invited

  • Interview details will be available by October 1.

Opera Directing

2021 Interview Date: closed

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

2021 Interview Dates: January 23, 30

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.

Audition Videos

  • M.M. & A.D.:
    • 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
  • D.M.A.:
    • 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)

Zoom (Virtual) Interview, if invited

  • Interview details will be available by October 1.

Voice: Voice Performance or Pedagogy

2021 Interview Dates: January 16, 23, 30

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

Language Requirement

All entering graduate students in Voice Performance or Pedagogy 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.

Audition Videos

  • M.M.:
    • 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
  • D.M.A.:
    • 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

The chosen repertoire must include at least one work each in Italian, French, German, and English. Once this requirement is satisfied, the additional works may be in any language.

Zoom (Virtual) Interview, if invited

  • Interview details will be available by October 1.

Woodwinds

Bassoon

2021 Interview Dates: January 23, 29, 30

Audition Videos

  • Fully diminished 7th chord arpeggios from low B flat to high B flat, from low B to high B and from low C to high C in eighth notes at quarter note = 100; F harmonic minor scale and arpeggio, 2 octaves; G melodic minor scale and arpeggio, 2 octaves; chromatic scale, full range
  • Mozart: Concerto in Bb major, K. 191/186e – 1st and 2nd movements (expositions only)
  • Two additional contrasting solo movements or etudes, at least one of which is chosen from this database
  • Orchestral excerpts:
    • Mozart: Marriage of Figaro overture, complete
    • Ravel: solo excerpt from Bolero
  • Sing a major scale and arpeggio
  • Clap the beat while singing the following rhythms on a neutral syllable:

Zoom (Virtual) Interview, if invited

  • Length: 25 minutes
  • The interview will include:
    • Interview with Professor Jensen
    • Audition: Be prepared to perform any of the selections that were uploaded to your application
    • Lesson

Clarinet

2021 Interview Dates: January 16, 23

Audition Videos

  • Mozart: Clarinet Concerto in A major, K. 622, 1st movement exposition and 2nd movement through m. 54 (counting rests not necessary)
  • One work of the applicant's choosing from standard solo repertoire, lasting approximately 5 minutes
  • One work of the applicant's choosing from the 20th or 21st century, lasting approximately 5 minutes
  • Orchestral excerpts:
    • Mendelssohn: Scherzo from A Midsummer Night's Dream(beginning through B)
    • Beethoven: Symphony No. 6 in F major (1st movement: m. 474-492, 2nd movement: m. 68-77)
    • Brahms: Symphony No. 3 in F major (2nd movement, beginning through m. 22)
    • Stravinsky: The Firebird (Variation of the Firebird)

Note: Record all selections in one continuous take in the order listed above. Include the start time of each selection, if possible.

Zoom (Virtual) Interview, if invited

  • Length: 20 minutes
  • The interview will include:
    • Interview with Professor Gunn
    • Audition: Be prepared to perform any of the selections that were uploaded to your application

Flute

2021 Interview Dates: January 28, 30

Audition Videos

  • Mozart: Concerto in G major, K. 313, or D major, K. 314 – complete, with cadenzas
  • A complete standard work composed after 1950
  • 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

Zoom (Virtual) Interview, if invited

  • Length: 25 minutes
  • The interview will include:
    • Interview with Professor Gedigian
    • Audition: Be prepared to perform any of the selections that were uploaded to your application
    • Lesson

Oboe

2021 Interview Dates: January 16, 23, 30

Audition Videos

  • Choose a piece from the following:
    • W. A. Mozart, Oboe Concerto
    • Richard Strauss, Oboe Concerto
    • Jennifer Higdon, Oboe Concerto
    • Oscar Navarro, Legacy
    • Bohuslav Martinů, Concerto for Oboe and Small Orchestra
  • Choose a piece from the following:
    • Alyssa Morris, Collision Etudes
    • Thea Musgrave, Night Windows
    • Marina Dranishnikova, Poem

Zoom (Virtual) Interview, if invited

  • Interview details will be available by October 1.

Saxophone

2021 Interview Dates: January 16, 23, 30, February 6

Audition Videos

  • Please select twenty to thirty minutes of contrasting repertoire for submission. Selections may be with or without piano. Each selection may be recorded in a separate video file. Applicants may direct specific repertoire questions to Dr. Stephen C. Page via email.

Zoom (Virual) Interview, if invited

  • Length:
    • M.M. & A.D.: 25 minutes
    • D.M.A.: 60 minutes
  • The interview will include:
    • Interview with Professor Page
    • Audition:
      • Major and minor harmonic scales, full range and performed from memory; major thirds and fourths; whole tone scales
      • Three movements/selections from the solo repertoire of the applicant's choice, two of which should be contrasting
      • D.M.A. only: Teach a short lesson to a current undergraduate student