Audition Requirements

Graduate admission to the University of Alabama School of Music is a shared process between the Graduate School and the School of Music.  You will complete two separate applications.  To access the application to the Graduate School, please click here.  Please scroll to the bottom of this page for the online School of Music Application and Audition Form.

Auditions occur in the studios and performing spaces of the Moody Music Building.

For instrumentalists, the audition must include at least three works of contrasting style that exhibit musical and technical difficulty appropriate to college music study. For singers, the audition program must include several works (5-6 selections) which demonstrate an understanding of the classical vocal style (i.e., classical art songs and arias sung in a variety of styles and languages, including English.)

Auditions in more than one area are discouraged.

Students should plan to spend at least a half-day on campus for an audition. On audition day, students will have the opportunity to meet with various members of the faculty and staff and to tour the facilties. Parents will have the opportunity to meet with members of the faculty and administration.

For information on graduate percussion audition requirements click here.

Basic Musicianship and Music History Exam

The audition day includes two preliminary examinations, one in basic musicianship and one in music history.  The tests are rudimentary in nature.  The musicianship test will measure your ability to recognize, notate, and take down in dictation such things as scales, modes, intervals, triads, and tonal melodic fragments.  The music history test is designed primarily to measure your ability to write English prose. Please note that these tests are separate from the diagnostic tests in theory and history which are administered at the start of the semester should a candidate be accepted and enroll in the School of Music.

Students who cannot audition in person because of distance from campus may audition by tape. Taped auditions must follow the same format as live auditions and must be recorded on a compact disc. Tapes must be accompanied by a completed audition application with “Recorded Audition” written at the bottom.

For those pursuing graduate study in Composition, Musicology, or Theory, a performance audition is not required.  Admission to the Composition programs requires the submission of a portfolio including compositions of varying size and instrumentation.  Admission to the Musicology and Theory programs requires the submission of recent scholarly work and an essay describing the applicant’s current research interests.  Please send portfolios to the following faculty:

Musicology
Dr. Linda Cummins
lcummins@ua.edu
(205) 348-1465

Composition
Dr. Amir Zaheri
amir.zaheri@ua.edu
(205) 348-6604

Theory

Dr. Thomas Robinson
trobinson@ua.edu
(205) 348-1481