To enroll as a graduate student at the University of Alabama School of Music, students must:
(1) be admitted to the University of Alabama; and
(2) audition successfully for the appropriate faculty member(s) in the School of Music
Composition/Theory/Musicology Interview Requirements
As a Composition and Theory applicant, you are not required to submit a performance-based audition. Instead, you will submit a portfolio for review. If applying to the Composition Program, contact Dr. Zaheri for details of required submission materials at firstname.lastname@example.org. If applying to the Theory Program, contact Dr. Robinson for details of required submission materials at email@example.com. If applying to the Musicology Program, contact Dr. Don Fader for details of required submission materials at firstname.lastname@example.org. You will still need to arrange to attend an audition date in order to interview with the appropriate faculty member and to sit for a Theory Fundamentals Exam.
Auditions occur in the studios and performing spaces of the Moody Music Building.
For instrumentalists, the audition must include three works of contrasting style that exhibit musical and technical difficulty appropriate to graduate music study.
The audition program in voice should include five or six varied selections for the MM audition, and a 20-25 minute recital program for the DMA audition. All graduate auditions should demonstrate an understanding of various vocal styles such as lieder, mélodie, 20th and 21st century techniques, as well as opera and oratorio arias. Students should also be able to show facility in diction and basic comprehension of the foreign languages commonly used in classical singing.
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 facilities.
Students who cannot audition in person because of distance from campus may audition by submitting a recorded audition. Recorded auditions must follow the same format as live auditions and must be approved by the individual’s applied instructor prior to submitting their application.
Pre-screening for Piano & Voice Areas
Pre-screening recordings are recommended for applicants to the MM and DMA degrees in Piano and they are required for Voice prior to the on-site audition. Please submit a high quality recording by email to the contact listed below. For piano applicants, video files are preferred, but audio recordings are acceptable. For voice, video files are required. Mp3s, Mp4s, YouTube, Vimeo, or other similar formats are preferred and should be submitted by email attachment or links. For piano, please submit three contrasting works (single movements of larger works are acceptable). For voice, submit three varied selections, with at least one selection in English.
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.