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, 2016
Regular Decision: January 1, 2017
January Transfer: October 1, 2016
August Transfer: March 1, 2017

Submission Instructions

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.

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: Please submit complete movements from two contrasting pieces from the standard solo repertoire, or orchestral excerpts, representing different styles and /or time periods.

Cavalier Marching Band: Students submitting arts supplements will be committed on acceptance to participating in the Cavalier Marching Band in their first year of attendance at the University of Virginia. 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 resume of achievements related to your experience in band.

Composition: 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 supplement. If the student feels that original composition is the primary strength (as opposed to instrumental or vocal facility), the supplement needs to be tagged as such even if they are the performer. Criteria examined for composition portfolio supplements 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.

Guitar

Classical Guitar: Please submit two or three contrasting pieces. Preferably, one of the works will be from the classical period by Sor, Giuliani or Carcassi, and the contrasting piece will be of the student's choosing.

Other Guitar/Fretted Instruments Styles: Please submit a selection that demonstrates facility on the instrument and fluency in the improvisational language within the chosen genre.

Jazz Instrumentals: Please submit three selections: one blues; one standard or classical jazz composition (i.e., a George Gershwin or Cole Porter song, or a Charlie Parker or John Coltrane tune); 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.

Percussion: 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.

Piano: Please submit: 1) one 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; and 3) a significant 19th, 20th, or 21st century solo work (no concerto).
 
Strings: Please submit two contrasting pieces/movements, such as movements from a standard concerto, standard sonata, Bach Suite, or equivalent.
 

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. Provide 3-5 items. 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.

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 Instruments or Musical Styles: Please consult http://music.virginia.edu/faculty/lessons for a list of the instructors and instruments for which we currently offer lessons. We cannot guarantee that we will be able to offer lessons on instruments not listed. That depends largely on the availability of instructors in the Charlottesville area.

Contact Us

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