Audition Requirements

Audition Requirements for Entering Freshmen and Transfer Students

Voice (other than Musical Theatre):
Sing two songs from memory with piano accompaniment:
Selection 1 may be anything that shows off your voice to its fullest. This could be a popular song, a song from a Broadway show, a sacred selection, etc. Selection 2 should be from the standard repertoire for voice. We strongly recommend the inclusion of one song in a foreign language. 

Suggested collections include 1) The First Book of Baritone (or Soprano, etc.); 2) The Young Singer, Tenor (or Bass ) Songs (Boosey & Hawkes); Expressive Singing Song Anthology; 24 Classic Italian Songs; Fifty Selected Songs; etc.

Sightreading will be required of vocal students who are requesting a music scholarship.

Students interested in vocal studies may call 910-521-6290 or email Dr. Jaeyoon Kim for suggestions of songs or other appropriate audition materials.

Voice - Musical Theatre:
Perform two pieces from memory:
First selection should be from the Broadway repertoire.
Second selection can be either Broadway or classical.

Also perform a monologue one minute in length.

There is no dance call for acceptance into the program.

Students interested in Musical Theatre may call 910-521-6881 or email Nathan Thomas for suggestions of songs or choice of material.

Keyboard (Piano or Organ) Requirements:
• Perform two selections of contrasting styles, preferably by memory for pianists.
• Play major scales, hands together, two octaves.
• Sight read a short selection.

Wind (Woodwind and Brass) Requirements:
• Play a selection from the standard repertoire for your instrument. The use of accompaniment is encouraged but not required.
• Play major scales and arpeggios (number of octaves determined by instrument).
• Sight read a short selection.

Guitar Requirements:
• Play two selections from the standard repertoire for your instrument.
• Play major scales.
• Sight read a short selection.

Bowed String Requirements:
• Play one selection from the standard repertoire for your instrument.
• Play one major scale and the corresponding arpeggio.
• Sight read a short selection.

Percussion Requirements:
All students wishing to major in music with a percussion emphasis, or to perform with the UNCP Percussion Ensemble must audition. Suggested repertoire is as follows:

  • Snare Drum:

1 rudimental solo - Hurley, Pratt, etc.
1 concert solo or etude - Cirone, Delecluse, Lepak, Firth, etc.
Play a concert style roll which crescendos from piano to fortissimo, and decrescendos back to piano over one minute.

  • Keyboards:

1 two mallet solo or etude - ragtime solos, all state etudes, etc.
1 four mallet solo (not required, but highly recommended)
Major scales and arpeggios - 3 octaves 

  • Timpani:

1 solo or etude - Firth, Goodman, Hinger, Beck, etc.
Tuning and pitch matching will be tested.

  • Drum set and world percussion are not required for the audition.
  • Keyboard and/or snare drum sight reading will be required of all who audition.


Students in either of the BA degrees may choose drumset as their prinicpal instrument. There will be sightreading of both drumset charts and snare drum music on the audition.


Demonstrate the following styles with a “play along” CD music track

1) 12 Bar Blues Shuffle (w/ backbeat on 2 & 4)
2) 12 Bar Blues Jazz/Swing Time, Medium Tempo (“Freddie the Freeloader”)
3) Bossa Nova.  High Hat, then Ride Cymbal, High Hat on 2 & 4.
 (“Girl from Ipanema”, “Blue Bossa”)
4) Funk/R&B Groove (“Cold Sweat”, James Brown)
5) Afro Cuban Mambo (“Mambo Inn”)
6) 6/8 Afro Cuban Bembe (“Footprints”)


1) 3 Bars of Funk Groove, 1 Bar Fill
2) Paradiddle, Double Paradiddle, Paradiddle-Diddle
3) 5, 6, 9 stroke rolls


1) Read example IB, IIA from New Breed by Gary Chester
a) on snare drum only
b) with Bass Drum, over 8ths on the high hat

2) Read Syncopation Solo #1 from Ted Reed with swing 8ths over Jazz Ride, High Hat on 2 & 4