Auditions & Scholarships
Admission, Scholarships & Ensemble Audition Information
Admission and Scholarship Auditions
All prospective music majors must audition on their major instrument in order to be admitted to the School of Music. Ideally, these auditions take place in the fall or spring semester for students who will matriculate in the following fall semester. Students who plan on starting spring semester should perform their audition during the preceding fall semester. For these auditions, two pieces of contrasting musical styles or periods are required to be performed for two or more UNO faculty members. For more information or to schedule an admittance audition contact Shellie Harden at email@example.com, or by phone (402) 554-2177.
2015-2016 Vocal Auditions
- Saturday, January 10, 2015 | 8:00 AM - 1:00 PM
- Saturday, February 14, 2015 | 8:00 AM - 1:00 PM
- Friday, March 6, 2015 | 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Voice students, please prepare your audition following the attached Voice Audition Guidelines, and be sure to send copies of your music two weeks in advance of your audition as directed in the guidelines. Music can be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org or mailed to:
Department of Music
University of Nebraska at Omaha
6001 Dodge Street
Omaha, NE 68182-0245
2015-2016 Instrumental Auditions
Please contact Shellie Harden to schedule your audition.
String Auditions will be on Mondays at 4:00 PM. Contact Shellie Harden at email@example.com to reserve a date and time.
Percussion Auditions, please prepare your audition using the attached Percussion Audition Requirements.
Brass and Woodwind Auditions, prepare two solo pieces of contrasting style or two pieces from two different musical periods. The audition committee may also ask for all major and minor scales and sight reading.
Jazz Guitar, Bass and Piano Auditions, please prepare your audition using the attached document Jazz Guitar, Bass and Piano Audition Requirements.
2015-2016 Piano Auditions
Dates have yet to be determined, please check back later.
Prepare two pieces of contrasting style or of different musical periods. You may play two contrasting movements of the same work. The audition committee may also ask for all major and minor scales and sight reading.
Music scholarships are awarded based on an audition process which includes an audition, recommendations, previous music experience or honors, and major area of performance. Awards range from $500 to $7,000 annually and are awarded for a four year period.
Students who want to apply for a music scholarship need to submit a Music Scholarship Application with two letters of recommendation, and perform an audition. The deadline for scholarship applications is March 1 of each year, and the deadline for auditions is March 1 for scholarships awarded the following academic year. Auditions are scheduled on an individual basis, and should be scheduled as early as possible. Most instruments are scheduled to audition on Monday afternoons, but not all. Due to the teaching commitments of our faculty, audition days and times may not be flexible. Please see audition materials above for your applied area. Your scholarship audition will also count as your admittance audition, but you will be required to schedule an ensemble audition in the fall before classes start in order to be placed in an ensemble. All of our students perform an ensemble audition each year.
Student musicians who participate in athletic bands can also receive scholarships through the University Bands Scholarship program, which awards scholarships to all Marching Mavericks and Mav Horns members. If you are interested in Marching Band, fill out the Marching Band Scholarship Form. Scholarships are also awarded on a competitive basis to Symphonic Wind Ensemble and Jazz Ensemble members. The University Bands Scholarships are awarded in addition to music, academic, or other awards received.
All students who wish to participate in the auditioned ensembles must perform an ensemble audition each year. Non-auditioned ensembles are available in the band and choral areas. Auditions for ensembles are held the week before classes begin in the fall and are by appointment. The requirements for ensemble auditions are posted on the School of Music website by July. Excerpts are available for download, and audition requirements for each instrument and ensemble are listed. Ensemble auditions are open to all UNO students, regardless of major. For more information or to schedule an audition, contact Shellie Harden at firstname.lastname@example.org, or call (402) 554-2177.