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Students planning to audition for the Department as part of their university application should visit this page for general information about procedures and dates. Initial auditions will occur in late January/early February; taped auditions are also accepted. Semifinalists will be invited back to campus for another round of auditions.

This page offers more specific information for the Brass Area. Request an audition using this form.

The audition can be considered part of consideration for scholarship as well as admission, but all appropriate applications must first be submitted to UNC admissions before an audition date will be granted.

In general, Brass Area faculty advise students auditioning to perform two contrasting audition selections. Lyrical playing is an essential part of the artistry of brass performance.

Select a solo that demonstrates the beauty of your tone, the projection of your singing sound, and your ability to shape a musical phrase. Contrast this lyrical selection with a composition that demonstrates technical ability and fluency.  Articulation, accuracy, precision, range, flexibility, endurance, finger dexterity, or nimble slide work all represent aspects of technical ability and control.

The audition selections you perform may be from the solo repertoire for your instrument or from an etude or orchestral excerpt. Auditions performed from school band parts are not encouraged. Students are normally not expected to audition with an accompanist, but we welcome this investment in your musical preparation should you elect to bring an accompanist to your audition. Your audition should reflect your investment of much musical study and practice. Select a program that reflects the most mature music you feel capable performing at this moment in time. Remember that it is more impressive to project preparedness and musical confidence on literature you can master than to tackle too difficult a work and project musical insecurity.

Students are encouraged to contact directly by email or phone (if applicable) the appropriate faculty member who will be able to answer your questions and advise in the application process.