Audition Requirements

We invite you to audition for the University of Nevada, Reno Department of Music. Please view the requirements for the type of audition preparation needed. All prospective undergraduate and graduate students are required to audition before acceptance into the program. Your audition selections should demonstrate a high level of preparation and proficiency. For the 2021-2022 school year, only video auditions will be accepted.

After reviewing your audition requirements, please return to the Undergraduate Admissions or Graduate Admissions page to complete all steps required for admission.

Undergraduate admissions

Graduate admissions

Students interested in auditioning for the Marching Band do not need to audition for the general music department, instead please visit how to join the Wolf Pack Marching Band.

Video submissions

Audition video links should be included in your Department of Music Audition Form. Check that the file permission on your audition video(s) is set to “public” or “unlisted” to ensure that it is viewable by the audition committee. You may submit more than one video link. If you are having trouble submitting your video, please contact Mary Miller with “UNR Audition Video” in the subject line.

Department of Music Audition Form

  • Brass

    Please review specific brass requirements by instrument type.

  • Composition

    Undergraduate

    Undergraduate students wishing to focus a Bachelor of Arts in Music towards composition should submit at least one sample composition. All compositions, unless totally electronic in medium, must be submitted in score form. Recordings or computer-generated representations of scores are appreciated, but not required.

    Portfolios and recordings can be sent to:

    Jean-Paul Perrotte
    Assistant Professor of Electro-Acoustic Composition
    Director of Electro-Acoustic Lab

    In addition to submitting a sample composition, students wishing to focus on composition must also complete an audition on their primary instrument or voice type.

    Graduate

    Students seeking a Masters in Music degree in composition are required to submit a short portfolio of compositions (three-to-four pieces). Recordings or computer-generated representations of scores are appreciated, but not required.

    Portfolios and recordings can be sent to:

    Jean-Paul Perrotte
    Assistant Professor of Electro-Acoustic Composition
    Director of Electro-Acoustic Lab

  • Conducting

    Please review specific conducting requirements by performance type.

  • Jazz

    Undergraduate

    • Perform two jazz standards with rhythm section accompaniment or with recorded play-along; play the melody and take a solo on each selection.
    • One original composition or one non-jazz piece of your choice. This can be a solo recording, or a recording with other musicians.

    Contact Peter Epstein for any questions prior to your audition.

    Graduate

    • Perform three jazz standards with rhythm section accompaniment or with recorded play-along; play the melody and take a solo on each selection.
    • One original composition or one non-jazz piece of your choice. This can be a solo recording or a recording with other musicians.

    Contact Peter Epstein prior to submitting an application.

  • Musicology

    Graduate

    Students seeking a Master of Arts in Music History/Musicology/Ethnomusicology degree should contact program director Louis Niebur for specific entrance and audition requirements.

    Louis Niebur
    Director of Graduate Studies
    Associate Professor of Musicology

  • Percussion

    Please review specific percussion requirements by degree type.

  • Piano

    Please review specific piano requirements by degree type.

  • Strings

    Please review specific string requirements by instrument type.

  • Voice

    Please review specific voice requirements by degree type.

  • Woodwinds

    Please review specific woodwind requirements by instrument type.