Auditions & Scholarships
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. See audition requirements below for your instrument.
Please prepare your audition using this attached document.
Those interested in music technology have the option of an audition on their major instrument or submitting a portfolio. Students are not required to do both. Please click here for the guidelines for portfolio submissions.
Please prepare your audition using this attached document.
Please 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.
String students should perform two pieces of contrasting style. For more information, contact Dr. Mary Perkinson at email@example.com or 402.554.2177.
Please prepare your audition following these attached 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: University of Nebraska at Omaha, School of Music - Shelby VanNordstrand, 6001 Dodge Street, Omaha, NE 68182-0245
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.
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, which can be renewed for up to a period of four years for undergraduate students, and two years for graduate students. Prospective students are considered for a scholarship during their audition, pending that they complete a scholarship application online. Please follow these instructions to locate the scholarship application:
1) Apply for admission to UNO
2) Log in to MavLINK (login credentials can take 24-48hr to receive after applying)
3) Under the Financial Aid tab, click Financial Aid Home.
4) Scroll down and click Apply for Scholarships (right side). You will be directed to the UNO Scholarships portal. You will need to provide the name and contact information for two (2) references.
The deadline for music scholarships applications is March 5 of each year. Auditions take place in the spring semester (January 21, February 11, and March 4, 2017). Students unable to attend any of these audition dates may arrange individual auditions by contacting the Academic Advisor, Michelle Lyles at email@example.com. Auditions should be scheduled as early as possible. Most individual auditions are scheduled on Monday afternoons, but not all. Due to the teaching commitments of our faculty, individual 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 members of the Maverick Marching Band. For more information about how to participate in marching band, please visit our webpage. Participation in the "Maverick Machine" Pep Band, separate from the Maverick Marching Band, carries a cash stipend paid out to students at the conclusion of the performance season. For more information about how to participate in the "Maverick Machine" Pep Band, please visit our FAQ page. 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.
2017-2018 Ensemble Auditions will be posted in July 2017
University Band & Chorus are open to any participant, no audition necessary!
If you are interested in performing with UNO Athletic Bands, Marching Mavericks or Maverick Machine, please visit the Athletic Bands page for further information. The Maverick Marching Band begins rehearsals approximately two weeks before the start of classes, and the Maverick Machine will hold separate auditions after the academic year begins. Please contact Dr. Joshua Kearney for specific questions regarding Athletic Bands.
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 (and December when applicable). 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.
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