Audition Information

All students must audition and be accepted into the School of Music by the appropriate faculty.For audition dates please go to https://www.usm.edu/music/auditions-0.

If you cannot attend an audition date you may either: 1) Set up an audition date with the appropriate applied professor, or 2) Place your audition selections on YouTube and send the appropriate applied professor a link to the videos.

 

STRING SCHOLARSHIP AUDITIONS

General Application Information and Requirements: 

Violin Studio
Dr. Stephen Redfield Professor of Violin
601-266-6943
stephen.redfield@usm.edu

  • Application to the violin studio at the School of Music requires an audition, recorded or in person. Audition requirements are:
    1. A concerto movement
    2. Two contrasting movements of unaccompanied Bach
    3. An etude or a concert piece

Also, submit a full resume (listing your complete activities as a musician, including awards). Please indicate the degree you wish to apply for, your age, and if you will be entering the University directly or needing to study English first.

 

Viola Studio
Dr. Hsiaopei Lee, Professor of Viola
601-266-4718
hsiaopei.lee@usm.edu

  • Application to the viola studio at the School of Music requires an audition, recorded or in person. Audition requirements are:
    1. A movement of a concerto or sonata
    2. A movement of unaccompanied Bach
    3. An etude or a concert piece

Students should choose pieces from at least two categories listed above to show their ability on both technical and musical sides.

Also, submit a full resume (listing your complete activities as a musician, including awards). Please indicate the degree you wish to apply for, your age, and if you will be entering the University directly or needing to study English first.

 

Cello Studio
Dr. Alexander Russakovsky, Professor of Cello
601-266-6851
alexander.russakovsky@usm.edu

  • Application to the cello studio at the School of Music requires an audition, recorded or in person. Audition requirements are:
    1. A movement of a concerto or sonata
    2. Two contrasting movements of unaccompanied Bach
    3. An etude or a concert piece

Also, submit a full resume (listing your complete activities as a musician, including awards). Please indicate the degree you wish to apply for, your age, and if you will be entering the University directly or needing to study English first.

 

Bass Studio
Dr. Marcos Machado, Professor of Bass
601-266-5369
marcos.machado@usm.edu

Application to the bass studio at the School of Music requires an audition, recorded or in person. Audition requirements are:

  • Bachelor of Music
    1. Scales/Arpeggios: Two octaves scales and arpeggios. (Major and Minor.) (2 keys)
    2. One Short Etude to show candidate's technical proficiency
    3. Two Contrasting Movements of a sonata (Vivaldi, Marcello, etc.) concerto (Dittersdorf, Koussevitzky, Dragonetti, Bottesini, etc.)
  • Master of Music and Doctorate of Musical Arts
    1. Scales/Arpeggios: Three octaves scales and arpeggios. (Major and Minor.) (2 keys)
    2. One Etude (Simandl, Nanny, Kreutzer, Mengoli,etc.
    3. Two Contrasting movements of a Sonata or concerto
    4. One Movement of a Bach Cello Suite

Also, submit a full resume (listing your complete activities as a musician, including awards). Please indicate the degree you wish to apply for, your age, and if you will be entering the University directly or needing to study English first.

 

Guitar Studio
Dr. Nicolas Ciraldo, Professor of Guitar
601-266-5401
Nicholas.Ciraldo@usm.edu

Application to the guitar studio at the School of Music requires an audition, recorded or in person. Audition requirements are:

  • Bachelor of Music
    1. One etude by Carcassi, Sor, Coste, or Villa-Lobos
    2. A movement of a work or a single-movement work not from the Classical Period
  • Master of Music
    1. A movement of an unaccompanied Bach work for Lute, Violin, or Cello
    2. A movement of a work written after the Baroque Period
  • Doctorate of Musical Arts
    1. Two movements of an unaccompanied Bach work for Lute, Violin, or Cello
    2. A movement of a work or a single-movement work from the Classical or Romantic Period
    3. A movement of a work or a single-movement Contemporary work

Also, submit a full resume (listing your complete activities as a musician, including awards). Please indicate the degree you wish to apply for, your age, and if you will be entering the University directly or needing to study English first.

 

Student Applicants (United States)

Undergraduate Online Admissions 
Online application (undergraduate students)
www.usm.edu/admissions

Graduate Online Admissions
Online application (graduate students)
www.usm.edu/graduate-school

Financial Aid
www.usm.edu/financial-aid

 


Student Applicants
 (International)

International Office
International Admissions (undergraduate)
www.usm.edu/international-education

English Language Institute (ELI) 
www.usm.edu/english-language-institute