Music Auditions at UMaine

Undergraduate Music Degrees

•Bachelor of Music Degree in Music Performance
•Bachelor of Music Degree in Music Education
•Bachelor of Arts Degree in Music

In addition to gaining admission to the University (please visit admissions to learn more), all students wishing to major in music must pass an entry audition. Auditions should include prepared selections under the following guidelines:

  • Students should provide a list of studied repertoire from the past two years

Instrumentalists (non-piano, non-percussion)

  • Two contrasting works: one that demonstrates expressive musicality and a second that displays technique
  • Prospective instrumental students will be asked to sight read as part of the audition.

Vocalists

  • At least two selections (one in Italian, French, or German if possible) representing contrasting styles and selected from the standard repertoire
  • Selections from popular music or the musical theatre canon may be included as a third, supplementary selection
  • All selections must be memorized

Percussionists

Pianists

  • Students should showcase a reasonable knowledge of classical piano literature from the Baroque, Classical, Romantic, and Contemporary periods, whether that be through their audition or in their repertoire list
  • Pieces selected should demonstrate expressiveness of performance as well as technical ability
  • Pianists applying for the B.A. degree or the B.M. in music education should perform two historical period pieces. Those applying for the B.M. in Performance should perform three period pieces

Additional Requirements

  • A 250 word essay must be completed by all students seeking admission to the Music Education program.
    • Why do you want to become a music educator?
    • What experiences have you had that will be beneficial to you as you work toward this goal?
  • All prospective music education majors must also complete an interview with a member of the music education faculty on the day of their audition.

Graduate Music Degrees

•Master of Music Degree in Music Performance
•Master of Music Degree in Music Education (with optional conducting emphasis)

In addition to gaining admission to the University (please visit Graduate Admissions to learn more), all students wishing to pursue graduate studies in music must pass an entry audition.  Auditions should include prepared selections under the following guidelines:

Vocalists

  • A minimum of four songs or arias covering the four standard languages (Italian, German, French, and English) including at least one aria
  • All selections must be memorized

For additional information about graduate entry, please refer to the Graduate Student Handbook


Complete an Audition Form

Note: Students unable to visit campus may submit a digital recording in place of a live audition.

For more information regarding the B.M. in Music Education:

Laura Artesani, D.M.A.
Associate Professor and Music Education Coordinator
School of Performing Arts
University of Maine
Email|207.581.1745

For more information regarding the B.M. in Music Performance:

Jack Burt, D.M.A.
Professor of Music
School of Performing Arts
University of Maine
Email| 207.581.1773

For more information regarding the B.A. in Music:

Phillip Silver, D.M.A.
Professor of Music
School of Performing Arts
University of Maine
Email| 207.581.1783