You must audition to be accepted as a Music Major or Graduate Student.
Audition for Program Admission and Scholarship Consideration
Each year the Department of Music grants a limited number of scholarships for the study of music.
Step One: Make sure you have your NSHE ID.
What is a NSHE ID?
The NSHE ID is a system-wide ID issued to students applying to the Nevada System of Higher Education. Once you apply, the NSHE ID is sent to you by email or postal letter, or both. You will use your NSHE ID to access the MyNEVADA Web site for accessing information and tools for your enrollment. You need this ID to be considered for scholarships and financial aid from the Departmenty of Music.
Step Two: Reserve an audition time by calling the Music Office (775) 784-6145.
Las Vegas Non-Jazz Auditions
January 14, 2017
Ed. W. Clark High School, Las Vegas
January 21, 2017
University of Nevada Reno
Las Vegas Jazz Auditions:
Friday, January 27, 2017
Las Vegas Academy, Las Vegas
If you are unable to attend an audition in person but wish to be considered for a scholarship award, you may email a video audition to email@example.com. Write 2017-18 Scholarship Audition in the Subject line of the email. This must be received by January 30, 2017. Please follow all other steps on this page.
Step Three: Download, fill out, and mail the scholarship application form:
UNR Music Scholarships
Reno, NV 89557-0226
- Between November and February 1st of each year, to be considered for any institutional scholarship including departmental scholarships, continuing UNR students must complete the scholarship application in MyNEVADA: go to Student Center, Supplemental Forms, Scholarship Application.
- To be eligible for consideration for scholarships which require financial need, by February 1 annually students must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) at fafsa.ed.gov and include federal school code 002568; University of Nevada, Reno, Reno, NV. Students not eligible to complete the FAFSA (such as international students or students with DACA status), may complete the Institutional Methodology for Non-FAFSA Eligible Students Form and submit it between January and April 1 annually.
- The Department of Music offers scholarships to incoming freshman and transfer students. To be eligible for consideration, students must apply for admission to the University (including submission of official transcripts and, for new first year students, official ACT or SAT test scores) prior to application for any departmental scholarship. To be considered for general scholarships such as the Pack Pride, Nevada Scholar, or Presidential, the complete application to the University of Nevada, Reno and required documents must be received by Admissions & Records by February 1. The last SAT/ACT test date which will meet this deadline is in early December.
Violin, Viola, Cello, and Bass should prepare two contrasting pieces/movements totaling between 6 and 10 min in length which demonstrate current level of technical proficiency, as well as sound production and musical phrasing (i.e. slow and fast, and if possible, from different periods of music). Candidates should also be prepared to perform a major and minor scale with its related arpeggio (at least two octaves). For more information please contact: Violin/Viola: Prof. Stephanie Sant'Ambrogio - firstname.lastname@example.org; Cello: Dr. Dmitri Atapine - email@example.com; Bass: Prof. Hans Halt - firstname.lastname@example.org
For live auditions in Reno and Las Vegas -- have 2 jazz standards prepared to play with faculty rhythm section. Be prepared to play the melody and take a solo on each selection. Bring sheet music for the faculty rhythm section. Additionally, one original composition or one non-jazz piece of your choice may be performed solo or with rhythm section.
Percussionists should perform a short work on any two of the following instruments: snare drum, mallet percussion, or timpani. These instruments will be available at the audition locations. However, the University of Nevada, Reno Department of Music will not provide sticks or mallets to students.
Instrumentalists should prepare a single work or 2 contrasting movements totaling no more than 8 minutes which demonstrate technical proficiency, sound and phrasing. Candidates should also be prepared to perform major scales with common articulations. Piano accompaniment is not required. However, you may bring an accompanist with you if you wish.
Vocalists must prepare two contrasting solo selections totaling no more than 8 minutes that demonstrate technical development, phrasing, and stage deportment. An accompanist will be provided for Reno auditions (bring sheet music for the accompanist!) but those auditioning in Las Vegas will need to bring their own accompanist. Note: Auditions are required for those who wish to pursue the Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance or the Bachelor of Music Education and for those wishing to pursue the Bachelor of Arts in Music with voice as the principal instrument. Vocalists who will be non-majors and are not seeking music scholarship but wish to participate in one of our choirs can sign up for MUSE 103 or MUSE 102. You will be placed in the appropriate section during the first week of rehearsals. For more information about choral participation, please contact Dr. Paul Torkelson email@example.com For more information about a Vocal Music Major, please contact Dr. Albert Lee firstname.lastname@example.org
Composition students must submit a sample composition. If you have any questions, please call the Department of Music Office at (775) 784-6145.
Piano Students must prepare two pieces that show your best technical and musical proficiency. These must be actual piano literature (i.e. not movie themes or popular song arrangements). Auditions will be allotted approximately 8 minutes duration, so you may not necessarily play all of both pieces.
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