2. Audition & Interview with the Department of Music
In addition to being accepted to the University, all new applicants to the Department of Music must present a successful audition and interview in order to be admitted to the Department. Former students who have not been enrolled in the Department for two or more consecutive semesters must re-audition.
Note: Admission auditions are not ensemble auditions. Ensemble auditions, held by ensemble directors near the beginning of each semester, are for enrolled students. See Ensembles for director contact information and specific ensemble audition instructions.
a. Changes to This Year's Admission Audition Procedure: Recorded Auditions Only
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Department of Music is requiring applicants to submit pre-recorded video admission auditions and conducting Zoom or telephone follow-up interviews for Spring 2021 and Fall 2021 admission. No in-person auditions will be held.
b. Deadlines for Receipt of Recorded Admission Audition Materials
The deadlines for receipt of all recorded audition materials are:
November 15, 2020 – for admission in Spring 2021
November 15, 2020 – for Early Action for admission in Fall 2021
March 20, 2021 – for Regular Decision for admission in Fall 2021
c. How to Record and Submit Your Admission Audition
All applicants must submit a recorded audio and video audition via a private YouTube channel. No tapes, DVDs or audio-only recordings will be accepted.
There are several devices that may be used to produce a digital recording, including smartphones, iPads, tablets and computers. Please strive to make your recording of the highest possible quality, paying attention to camera and microphone placement, room acoustics and volume settings if applicable.
Many forms of instruction are available to guide you in creating your own private YouTube channel and uploading your recording.
Audition requirements for each performance area and contact information for each performance area coordinator can be found below. After reading the audition requirements for your instrument and performance area, you must contact the corresponding area coordinator prior to recording and submitting your audition video(s).
Once cleared by your performance area coordinator, record your audition. Then,
(1) upload your audition video to a private YouTube channel; and
(2) by the applicable deadline, email the link(s) to your recorded audition and a completed audition form to your performance area coordinator.
Following receipt of your video audition, your performance area coordinator will contact you to set up a Zoom or phone interview.
If you have any questions about the audition process, it is your responsibility to contact the appropriate Performance Area Coordinator in a timely manner prior to published submission deadlines. Do not wait to complete your written application or for notice of acceptance before beginning preparation for your recorded audition.