Audition Requirements

2019 Audition Schedule:

  • Friday, January 25
  • Friday, February 8
  • Saturday, February 9
  • Saturday, February 23
  • Monday, March 4
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Audition Requirements:

Brass — Prepare two études or short concert/contest pieces (1 lyrical, 1 technical or a solo with a both a lyrical and technical section).
Guitar — Prepare two contrasting pieces using both fingering and strumming techniques.
Organ — Prepare one selection from the Bach, Little Preludes and Fugues, or a short selection from the repertoire of comparable difficulty, and one hymn.
Percussion — Prepare two short selections in contrasting styles at Grade 3-4 level on two instruments (mallet keyboard, timpani, snare, multi-percussion, trap set).
Piano — Prepare two short selections from repertoire of comparable difficulty to the two-part Inventions of J.S. Bach or above.
Strings — Prepare two contrasting pieces at the minimum level of the Vivaldi Violin Concerto in A Minor, Mvt. I, Suzuki Book IV (violin); two contrasting pieces at the minimum level of the Suzuki Book III (viola); two contrasting etudes of solos at the minimum level of Suzuki Book IV (cello); or two contrasting etudes or solos at the minimum level of Suzuki Book III.
Voice — Prepare two contrasting songs to perform from memory. Examples of appropriate repertoire include: arrangements of folksongs, Art Songs in English, or old Italian songs. A selection from a Broadway musical is also appropriate. Prospective Musical Theatre majors may choose two contrasting selections from musicals. Musical theatre students will also complete questionnaire regarding theatre experience and dance training at the time of audition.
Woodwinds — Prepare two movements or selections of contrasting styles.
You have three accompaniment choices for your audition. You may a) bring your own accompanist, b) use a UNK accompanist, or c) perform with a pre-recorded tape that you provide. If you plan to use a UNK accompanist, you must email, mail, or fax a copy of your audition selections to Dr. Duane Bierman, Auditions Chair, two weeks prior to your audition:
Duane Bierman
UNK Music Department
2506 12th Avenue, FAB 221
Kearney, NE 68849
fax: (308) 865-8806
Students who do not meet admission requirements may be admitted provisionally. Once students have been accepted into a program they must receive departmental approval to change their applied music area or academic program. Students with no previous instruction in music theory or who do not pass the theory placement/assessment exam will be required to enroll in MUS 098, Fundamentals of Music, an online music theory course, offered by UNK during the summer before their matriculation. This course will assist students to prepare for collegiate-level study of music. Students with no prior piano instruction or limited skills are encouraged to enroll in a course of piano study prior to enrollment at UNK. Students who have no piano or theory background should know that they may need more than four years to complete a music degree.