All applicants to the B.A. in Music or the B.S. in Music Education (except concentrators in Music Technology and Business -- see below) 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.
Step 1 - Apply to the University
Step 2A - Audition live on campus
Live auditions are preferred, and are strongly recommended 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 at the top right of this page) by completing an online Audition Request. If you cannot make any of the scheduled audition dates, please contact us to talk about alternate date possibilities.
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 (see Entrance Audition requirements by instrument).
Before your audition, please download, complete, and print the Audition Application Form (PDF). 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. Your teacher can also mail or e-mail their letter to us directly.
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. About a week before your audition, we will send you an email with your final timeslot. Plan to arrive, warm up, and get settled 30-45 minutes before your assigned audition time.
You will perform your audition for a small panel of our full-time faculty. After you play, the faculty will chat with you and you'll have a chance to ask them any questions you have about the music program or your desired concentration. When you're finished with your audition, you may join our music student volunteers for a tour of the music facilities, take a campus tour through the Admissions office, or attend a concert on campus later that evening. We will send audition results to you and to the UVM Admissions Office on the Monday after your audition.
Step 2B - Send a pre-recorded audition
While live auditions are preferred (and strongly recommended for students wishing to be considered for departmental scholarships), if a campus visit is not possible, prospective students may submit a video or audio recording of their Entrance (Level II) Audition. Here's how:
- Prepare the video or audio recording using the specific Entrance (Level II) audition requirements for your instrument/voice.
- Your audition pieces must be played on the instrument which you intend to be your primary instrument in your music studies.
- Please use MP3, MP4 or AAC for audio; or MOV, MP4, or MPG for video.
- Original compositions and digitally produced pieces are not acceptable for this audition.
- Download and complete the Audition Application Form (PDF). NOTE: This form requires at least one letter of recommendation from a music teacher. If you are using a Mac, please Save as PDF.
- Submit your files using UVM's File Transfer Service (filetransfer.uvm.edu).
- When asked if you are a UVM affiliate, select "No" and then "Share files".
- Fill in the next page as follows:
From: [your e-mail address]
Subject: [Your Name] - Pre-recorded Audition
- Drag and drop files into the Attachments: field or choose files from your computer by selecting "Add File". Please include:
- your audio/video files
- completed Audition Application Form
- letter of recommendation
- When you are finished, select "Share Files". We will send you a confirmation email when we have successfully received your files.
- Instead of uploading your recording, you may instead send us a link to your recording hosted on YouTube, Vimeo, SoundCloud, or similar. Please use the file transfer service as described above to send us your Audition Application Form and letter of recommendation.
Deadlines for sending recordings:
- November 1: Early Action applicants
- December 1: Transfer applicants for Spring semester
- February 15: Regular applicants
- May 1: Transfer applicants for Fall semester
Music Technology & Business majors
Unlike other concentrations in the B.A. Music, students in Music Technology and Business are not required to pass the Level II Audition on a classical or jazz instrument/voice as a prerequisite, but must pass the audition as part of their requirements for completing the degree. Students are encouraged to take this audition as soon as they and their teachers think they are prepared, but in any event must pass this audition before undertaking their Senior Project or Internship.
If you declare the major in Technology/Business, and decide to transfer to another concentration such as Jazz Studies or Theory/Composition, you must pass the Level II Audition before declaring that change in concentration.
Please note that you must choose a primary instrument and repertoire from the classical or jazz genre -- consult the repertoire requirements. Original compositions and digitally produced pieces are not acceptable for this audition.
Your faculty advisor and private lesson instructor can answer any questions you have about preparing for the audition. You may also contact the music office at any time.
Frequently Asked Questions
Where will auditions take place?
Auditions are held at the Music Building, 384 South Prospect St. in Burlington. Check in with us in the Music Building Recital Hall lobby when you arrive.
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What if I cannot make any of the scheduled audition dates?
Please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will do our best to find an audition date that works for you and the faculty.
Can I still be considered for a scholarship if I don't do an on-campus audition?
We strongly encourage an on-campus audition so that you can tour the department and the rest of campus, and speak with faculty and students about our program. However, we know that distance and weather sometimes make a live audition impossible. In these cases, we will consider outstanding audio/video auditions for scholarships.
How do I audition if I am already a UVM student?
Current UVM students may schedule an Entrance Audition on one of the designated Audition Days or at the beginning or end of each semester. Please email email@example.com for more information. You must pass the Entrance Audition before you can declare music as your major.
Is an audition required for music minors?
No, music minors are NOT required to audition. Learn more about the music minor.
What does "primary instrument" mean?
While music majors are encouraged to study and play multiple instruments at UVM, you must choose one primary instrument. This will be the one on which you do your Entrance Audition, end-of-semester playing exams, yearly performance recitals, and Senior Recital.
I will need accompaniment during my audition - how does that work?
We can provide an accompanist during your audition. Please mail us photocopies of your sheet music/charts, or e-mail scanned PDFs to Andrea through the file transfer service as described above.
You may also bring a recorded accompaniment track on your iPod/MP3 player/phone/other device - just let us know ahead of time if you will be using one.
What should I wear?
Dress for an interview. Business casual (no sneakers or jeans) or all black concert attire.
What if I don't pass the audition?
If you don't pass the Entrance Audition, you will not be able to declare the music major at this time, but you may attempt the audition multiple times! Students who do not pass the audition on their first attempt will often take applied lessons with our faculty for one or two semesters to prepare for their next audition attempt.
Prospective students who do not pass the Entrance Audition may still be admitted to UVM in another major, or undeclared, and may retake the audition during their first or second year at UVM.
If you have any other questions, please contact us: firstname.lastname@example.org or (802) 656-2295.