Arts Supplement

Music Portfolio "Arts Supplement" Submission

Students who exhibit truly exceptional talent in music may submit a supplemental Music Portfolio through the Common Application. Music portfolios are reviewed by Music Department faculty members. The Music Portfolio is an optional part of the application process and is intended for those who plan to engage seriously in the Music Departments as students. Completed Music Portfolio evaluations are shared with the admission committee and are considered as part of the overall application review.

Submission Deadlines

Early Action :
November 1
Regular Decision:
January 1
January Transfer:
October 1
August Transfer:
March 1

Submission Instructions

Provide 1-5 items. Images (up to 5MB each), Video (up to 250MB each), Audio (up to 30MB each) and PDFs (up to 10MB each). You may also link to media from YouTube, Vimeo and SoundCloud.

Brass and Winds: Submissions must adhere to departmental guidelines and be submitted by the appropriate decision deadline to guarantee review. All audio or video recordings must be "live" recordings without overdubs or edits. Ensemble recordings must feature the applicant who must be clearly audible.

Please submit complete movements from two contrasting pieces from the standard solo repertoire, or orchestral excerpts, representing different styles and /or time periods. Our department prefers video submissions, if possible. Please ensure that your video appears right-side up after you have uploaded it into Slideroom. Again, there should be absolutely no editing. Please submit live performances, not studio-produced work. You are welcome to submit a resume and/or letters of reference.

Cavalier Marching Band: All submissions must adhere to the following guidelines and be received by the appropriate decision deadline to guarantee review.

Please submit at least two pieces of contrasting musical content approximately five minutes in duration. Students may elect to perform on more than one instrument if they play a secondary instrument for marching band purposes. Brass, winds, percussion, colorguard, and twirler supplements will be accepted (no drum major conducting). Colorguard recordings should be a close up camera view from a winter guard or marching band performance. Twirler videos should be a full, unedited routine set to music. Please also submit a PDF resume of achievements related to your experience in band. Include your high school, personal email, and phone number on this resume.

Composition: All submissions must adhere to the following guidelines and be submitted by the appropriate decision deadline to guarantee review.

The student should decide if the greatest strength of their work is in performance or in the composition/arrangement. This is an especially important consideration for guitarist, singer, or pianist songwriters, since only one faculty member will review the portfolio. If the student feels that original composition is the primary strength (as opposed to instrumental or vocal facility), the portfolio needs to be tagged as such even if they are the performer. Criteria examined for composition portfolios are irrespective of genre. They include character, aptitude, demonstrated training, and originality. Students may submit audio recordings, scores, videos, or any combination that shows their strongest compositional work. Please ensure that your media appears right-side-up after you have uploaded it into Slideroom.

Electronic and Computer Music: All submissions must adhere to the following guidelines and be submitted by the appropriate decision deadline to guarantee review.

The student should decide if the greatest strength of their work is in the technical realization of the final product. If the primary focus is in the composition of original music, please submit to the composition track. Apply to this category if the focus of the portfolio is on performance of electronic music, programming original software, multimedia design, building hardware, or using technology in an innovative musical manner. Criteria examined for electronic and computer music portfolios are irrespective of genre. They include character, aptitude, demonstrated training, and originality. Students may submit audio recordings, documentation, videos, or any combination that shows their strongest electronic and computer music work.

Please ensure that your media appears right-side up after you have uploaded it into Slideroom.

Hip Hop: All submissions must adhere to the following guidelines and be submitted by the appropriate decision deadline to guarantee review.

Apply to this category if the focus of the portfolio is on original hip hop musical work, including production (composition, tracking, sequencing, drum programming), and/or vocal performance (rapping, singing, spoken word). Applicants should indicate which aspects of the work submitted are original, crediting collaborators and any samples used in the work. Criteria examined for hip hop portfolios are irrespective of sub-genre. They include character, aptitude, demonstrated experience, and originality. Students may submit audio recordings, documentation, videos, or any combination that shows their strongest work. Please ensure that your media appears right-side up after you have uploaded it into Slideroom.

Jazz Instrumentals: All submissions must adhere to the following guidelines and be submitted by the appropriate decision deadline to guarantee review. All audio or video recordings must be "live" recordings without overdubs or edits. Ensemble recordings must feature the applicant who must be clearly audible.

Please submit three selections:

1. one blues;
2. one standard or classical jazz composition (i.e., a George Gershwin or Cole Porter song, or a Charlie Parker or John Coltrane tune);
3. and one ballad

For extra credit: one original composition by the applicant. Performances should feature the applicant's ability to play a melody, improvise on the changes and, for pianists and guitarists, comp. Our department prefers video submissions, if possible. Please ensure that your video appears right-side up after you have uploaded it into Slideroom. You are welcome to submit a resume and/or letters of reference.

Percussion: All submissions must adhere to these guidelines and be submitted by the appropriate decision deadline to guarantee review. All audio or video recordings must be "live" recordings without overdubs or edits. Ensemble recordings must feature the applicant who must be clearly audible.

Please submit two or three contrasting solo pieces. Of these, at least one piece should be on a battery instrument and one on a keyboard instrument. Our department prefers video submissions, if possible. Please ensure that your video appears right-side up after you have uploaded it into Slideroom. Again, there should be absolutely no editing. Please submit live performances, not studio-produced work. You are welcome to submit a resume and/or letters of reference.

Piano: All submissions must adhere to these guidelines and be submitted by the appropriate decision deadline to guarantee a review. All audio or video recordings must be "live" recordings without overdubs or edits. Ensemble recordings must feature the applicant who must be clearly audible.
 
Please submit:
1. A Prelude and Fugue from the Well-Tempered Clavier, a Toccata or three contrasting movements from a Partita, French or English Suite by J.S. Bach, or two contrasting sonatas by Domenico Scarlatti
2. A fast outer movement of a sonata by Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven (except Op. 49), or Schubert
3. A significant 19th, 20th, or 21st century solo work (no concerto) Our department prefers video submissions, if possible.
 
Please ensure that your video appears right-side up after you have uploaded it into Slideroom. You are welcome to submit a resume and/or letters of reference.
 
Strings: All submissions must adhere to the following guidelines and be submitted by the appropriate decision deadline to guarantee review. All audio or video recordings must be "live" recordings without overdubs or edits. Ensemble recordings must feature the applicant who must be clearly audible.
 
Please submit two contrasting pieces/movements, such as movements from a standard concerto, standard sonata, Bach Suite, or equivalent. Our department prefers video submissions, if possible. Please ensure that your video appears right-side up after you have uploaded it into Slideroom. Again, there should be absolutely no editing. Please submit live performances, not studio-produced work. You are welcome to submit a resume and/or letters of reference.
 
Voice:

Classical Voice: All submissions must adhere to the following guidelines and be submitted by the appropriate decision deadline to guarantee review. All audio or video recordings must be "live" recordings without overdubs or edits. Ensemble recordings must feature the applicant, who must be clearly audible. Please submit one Italian art song or aria (can substitute German or French); one English language art song or aria; and one song, aria, musical theater or jazz selection of the student's choice. Our department prefers video submissions, if possible. Please ensure that your video appears right-side up after you have uploaded it into Slideroom. Again, there should be absolutely no editing. Please submit live performances, not studio-produced work. You are welcome to submit a resume and/or letters of reference.

Other Voice (jazz, pop, folk, etc.):​ All submissions must adhere to the following guidelines and be submitted by the appropriate decision deadline to guarantee review. All audio or video recordings must be "live" recordings without overdubs or edits. Ensemble recordings must feature the applicant who must be clearly audible.

Please submit 3 contrasting selections:

1. A song from the "Great American Songbook" (Berlin, Porter, Gershwin, Arlen, etc.)
2. A ballad
3. A selection of the student's choice (e.g. jazz, blues, rock, pop, folk, musical theater, etc.). The selections must demonstrate vocal facility and fluency in the musical style and improvisational language within the chosen genre.

Other Classical Instrumental Performance (please identify instrument such as guitar, harp, etc.): All submissions must adhere to the following guidelines and be submitted by the appropriate submission deadline to guarantee review. All audio or video recordings must be "live" recordings without overdubs or edits. Ensemble recordings must feature the applicant who must be clearly audible.

Please submit two or three contrasting pieces. Preferably, one of the works will be from the classical period and the contrasting piece will be of the student's choosing. Our department prefers video submissions, if possible. Please ensure that your video appears right-side up after you have uploaded it into Slideroom. Again, there should be absolutely no editing. Please submit live performances, not studio-produced work. You are welcome to submit a resume and/or letters of reference.

Other Instrumental Performance, Except Jazz (such as non-western, bluegrass, pop instrumental performance, etc.): All submissions must adhere to the following guidelines and be submitted by the appropriate decision deadline to guarantee review. All audio or video recordings must be "live" recordings without overdubs or edits. Ensemble recordings must feature the applicant who must be clearly audible.

Please submit a selection that demonstrates facility on the instrument and fluency in the improvisational language within the chosen genre. Our department prefers video submissions, if possible. Please ensure that your video appears right-side up after you have uploaded it into Slideroom. Again, there should be absolutely no editing. Please submit live performances, not studio-produced work. You are welcome to submit a resume and/or letters of reference.

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If you are interested in finding out more about the music program, fill out the music interests and information form and let us know your academic and performance music interests.

Additional Information

 

Address

McIntire Department of Music
112 Old Cabell Hall
P.O. Box 400176 Charlottesville, VA 22904-4176

Email: music@virginia.edu