University of Vermont

Department of Music and Dance

Becoming a Music Major

On-Campus Audition Dates for Fall 2016 Applicants:

  • Saturday, February 20, 2016
  • Friday, March 18, 2016 (for transfer students)

Fall 2016 applicants' deadline for sending recorded audition:

  • Tuesday, March 1st, 2016

Schedule your audition

Audition requirements

1. Apply to the University

Visit the UVM Admissions page for more information.

Current UVM students may schedule an Entrance Audition on one of the Audition Days or at the beginning or end of each semester. Please contact us for more information.

2. Arrange your audition

All students must pass an Entrance (Level II) Audition to be accepted as a music major at UVM. You may audition on-campus at one of our Audition Days, or you may audition by CD or video.

Live Auditions:

Live auditions are preferred, and are required for students wishing to be considered for departmental scholarships. Prospective students should schedule an in-person entrance audition on one of our on-campus audition dates (see box to the right) by completing an online Audition Request form. Students should be prepared to perform at least two solo pieces, etudes, sonatas, jazz standards, or other technical exercises that demonstrate their level of technical ability and musicality (specific Entrance (Level II) Audition requirements).

Before making the trip to Burlington, please download and print a completed UVM Music Audition Application Form. NOTE: This form requires a letter of recommendation from a music teacher. Bring the completed form and attached recommendation letter with you to your audition.

Auditions usually take place in 15-minute timeslots between 10:00 AM and noon. We will send you a confirmation of your request once it has been received, and we will send your assigned timeslot about a week before your audition.

Pre-recorded Auditions:

While live auditions are preferred (and required for students wishing to be considered for departmental scholarships), if a campus visit is not possible, prospective students may submit a video (DVD/MP4) or audio (CD/MP3) recording of their Entrance (Level II) Audition. Here's how:

  1. Prepare the recording using the specific Entrance (Level II) audition requirements for your instrument/voice
  2. Download and complete the UVM Music Audition Application Form. NOTE: This form requires at least one letter of recommendation from a music teacher.
  3. Include your full name, date of birth, address, and instrument/voice on all copies of audition-related materials
  4. Send the recording, audition application form, letter of recommendation, and any other information that can help us get to know you better to:
  5. Betsy Beresford
    Admissions Office
    194 S. Prospect Street
    Burlington, VT 05401

For your convenience, you may instead send these materials via email. Please use the University's File Transfer Service (filetransfer.uvm.edu) to do so. When asked if you are a UVM affiliate, select "No" and then "Share files". This action will generate an email where you must fill in your email address in the From: field, Andrea.Aquino@uvm.edu in the To: field, and "[Your Name] - Pre-recorded Audition" in the Subject: field. You can drag and drop files into the Attachments: field or choose files from your computer by selecting "Add File". When you are finished, select "Share Files". We will send you a confirmation email when we have successfully received your files.

Postmark deadlines for recordings:

  • November 1: Early Action applicants
  • March 1: for Regular applicants
  • May 1: for Transfer applicants (for Fall semester)

PLEASE NOTE: If you apply to UVM as a music major, you must complete an Entrance (Level II) Audition before the Admissions Office will review your application. Please contact us for more information.

Audition FAQs

What if I am already a UVM student?

Current UVM students may schedule an Entrance (Level II) Audition on one of the Audition Days or at the beginning or end of each semester. Please contact us for more information. You must pass the Entrance Audition before you can declare music as your major.

Do I have to audition to become a music minor?

Students interested in minoring in music are NOT required to take an Entrance (Level II) Audition. Minors must pass a Level I audition for private lessons, which is scheduled directly through the private lesson instructor. Requirements for passing a Level I vary from teacher to teacher.

I'm interested in majoring with a concentration in Music Technology & Business. Do I have to do an Entrance Audition on an instrument?

Yes, all music majors must pass an Entrance Audition. We ask this of prospective music majors because we believe that the most successful audio engineers have a strong music background (including music reading and theory), and because all music majors should be evaluated with the same standards.

I will need accompaniment during my audition - how does that work?

We will provide an accompanist during your audition - one of our professors of classical piano, jazz piano, or jazz guitar. You can mail us photocopies of your sheet music/charts, e-mail scanned PDFs to Andrea through the file transfer service as described above, or bring sheet music/charts to your audition and the accompanist will sight-read.

You may also bring a recorded accompaniment track on your iPod/MP3 player/phone, although we highly recommend that you use our accompanist instead.

I wasn't able to get a letter of recommendation from my music teacher in time! What do I do?

The teacher can mail or e-mail the letter directly to us.

Last modified February 10 2016 04:05 PM