An audition is required of all students—incoming freshmen, transfer students, or continuing students—who want to major in music at UNH. There are two parts to the audition, the theory test and the performance. Auditions are by appointment only.
The application process is in two parts.
1. Application to the University through the Common Application
2. Completion of an audition
Your application is not considered complete without both-application and audition.
The application deadline is February 1, 2018. Your application will be processed after Admissions receives the results of your audition.
Audition Requirements to Major in Music
Part 1: Performance Audition
Requirements by Instrument and Program
Click your instrument name in the list below to see your requirements. Unless specified, music education and performance majors have the same requirements.
B.A. performance candidates in Classical Guitar should, at a minimum, prepare 3 pieces of contrasting style, one of which should be from memory; demonstrate scale proficiency (at least 2 octaves - one major, one minor); and sight reading.
B.M. performance candidates in Classical Guitar should prepare, at a minimum, 4 pieces of contrasting style, three of which should be from memory; demonstrate scale proficiency (at least 2 octaves - one major, one minor); and sight reading..
Anyone who wants to major in music on jazz guitar must submit an MP3 or CD recording by February 10, 2017 with the following:
- Solo Guitar Piece (classical, jazz, pop or original arrangement)
*This track must be recorded live to MP3/disk without overdubs, edits, or accompaniment.
- A jazz standard or blues progression with play-along CD from the Jamey Aebersold Series (available at www.jazzbooks.com).
Recording must include at least one chorus each of melody, solo improvisation, and chord voicings.
- Student's Choice. Any song that best represents the student's instrumental abilities and musicality. Any musical style.
- You will also need to complete the registration form found here.
A live audition will not be scheduled without the submission of this MP3 or CD. Once the recording is reviewed, the successful audition candidate will be notified by phone or email to schedule the live audition. Please email MP3 submissions to firstname.lastname@example.org
Do not send these materials to the Admissions Office, please send them to:
UNH Department of Music
PCAC 30 Academic Way
Durham, NH 03824
ATTN: Alexis Zaricki
- Bring your own sticks
- Prepare a snare drum solo
Cirone - Portraits in Rhythm
Whaley - Recital Solos for Snare Drum
Goldenberg - School for Snare Drum (5/8 Etude)
OR a solo of your choice of equivalent difficulty
- Prepare a timpani solo
Goodman - Modern Method for Timpani (Pages 48-68) Selected Studies
Firth - Solo Timpanist, Etude No. 1
Beck - Sonatina for Timpani
OR solo of equivalent difficulty
Basic knowledge of major scales
McMillian - Masterpieces for Marimba
Swing (slow, med, fast)
Latin (Samba, Bossa Nova)
Music education, composition, and music liberal studies candidates whose principal instrument is piano should prepare 2 pieces (or movements) of contrasting style, one of which must be a work by J.S. Bach, Haydn, Mozart, or Beethoven—memorization optional; demonstrate scale proficiency (all major scales, 2 octaves, hands together; and demonstrate sight reading.
B.A. performance candidates in piano should prepare 3 pieces (or movements) of contrasting styles (at least one of which needs to be memorized) chosen from three of the following:
1) A work or movement by J.S. Bach
2) A work or movement by Haydn, Mozart, or Beethoven
3) A work by Mendelssohn, Chopin, Schumann, Liszt, Brahms, Scriabin, or Rachmaninoff
4) A work by Debussy, Ravel, Bartok, Prokofiev, or a composer born after 1900
B.M. performance candidates in piano should prepare 4 pieces (or movements) of contrasting styles, three of which should be memorized, to be chosen from each of the following:
1) A work or a group of works by J.S. Bach: any two Inventions, any one Sinfonia, any substantial movement from a suite, or any complete Prelude and Fugue from the Well-tempered Clavier
2) A fast first movement from any sonata by Haydn, Mozart, or Beethoven
3) A work or a group of works by Mendelssohn, Chopin, Schumann, Liszt, Brahms, Scriabin, or Rachmaninoff
4) A work or a group of works by Debussy, Ravel, Bartok, Prokofiev, or a composer born after 1900
Candidates should demonstrate scale proficiency (all major and harmonic minor scales, 3 octaves, hands together) and sight reading.
In addition to performing movements or etudes, students will be asked to play major scales and to sight read a short excerpt. Students are invited to play jazz in the audition in addition to playing standard repertoire. Contrasting pieces can be chosen from one of the many Jamey Aebersold books. Students should be prepared to perform the melody and improvisation. The audition can be played on any saxophone but alto is preferred.
If you are interested in Jazz Bass, choose a piece from the standard jazz repertoire and be prepared to play: the melody, improvised bass line, and improvised solo.
Performance majors should prepare any major or minor scale with corresponding tonic arpeggio in 3 octaves; applicant's choice of a 2-octave scale in thirds and a 2-octave scale in octaves; any one movement from the solo sonatas and partitas of J.S. Bach; 2 contrasting movements of a standard concerto by Mozart, Barber, Bruch, Mendelssohn, Wieniawski or the equivalent; sight-reading.
Additional Information for those pursuing:
Part 2: Written Theory Test
The written theory test is used for placement and includes intervals, triads, and major and minor scales in treble and bass clefs, and notation of simple melodies. No theory training is expected beyond that normally acquired through performing experiences.
Audition Requirements for Ensembles
Wind, Brass, and Percussion Audition Excerpts-Fall 2017 will be posted here
String Audition Excerpts-Fall 2017 will be posted here
You do not need to be a music major to participate in these ensembles. More information about ensembles.
*Concert Band auditions are for seating purposes only.
Monday, August 28, 2017
Low Brass: 11 am-1 pm
Tuesday, August 29, 2017
Flutes, Saxophones, Double Reeds:
Wednesday, August 30, 2017
Percussion: 11 am-1 pm
Clarinets: 3 pm-5:30 pm
Wind and Percussionists can visit the UNH Bands website for audition materials. Wind and Percussion audition excerpts will also be posted here.
*Instrumentalists should prepare a short piece.
Thursday, August 31, 2017
Strings: 10:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Sign up sheets and audition excerpts will be posted outside M203 Paul Creative Arts Center in August.
Evening audition times are available beginning at 5:30 p.m. if you are absolutely unable to make the morning time, or if the morning times are filled.
String audition excerpts will also be posted here.
Thursday, August 31, 2017
Opera: 3:40-5 pm
|An audition is NOT required to participate. Please contact Casey Goodwin if you are interested in Marching Band and Marching Band Camp at 603-862-3259.|
|Chamber Singers||Auditions are arranged through William Kempster, room M125, PCAC. Please stop by Professor Kempster’s office to pick up an excerpt to prepare and to schedule an audition time. To participate, you must be a member of the Concert Choir.|
|Jazz Bands||Audition information will be posted outside of M129, Paul Creative Arts Center|
Tuesday, August 29, 2017
Jazz Choir Audition Instructions will be posted here.
|Guitar Ensemble||Information is available from David Newsam.|