College of Music

University of Colorado Boulder

Auditions & Interviews

*Be sure to check back for updated information after August 1.

On-Campus Audition Dates for Fall 2016 Admission:

Graduate Voice Audition Weekend

  • January 23-24

Graduate Flute Auditions

  • February 6 - 7
  • February 13 - 14
  • February 20 - 21

Graduate Solo Piano Auditions

  • January 24

Graduate Collaborative Piano Auditions

  • February 6
  • February 13
  • February 20

All other Graduate Auditions

  • February 6, 2016
  • February 13, 2016
  • February 20, 2016 (no trombones)

Audition/Interview Scheduling & General Information

Auditions cannot be scheduled until your application is complete. To request an audition, send an e-mail to including your full name, degree & program applying for, mailing address and phone number. You will be contacted once it has been verified that your application has been received.

Auditions and interviews for most majors will be held on Saturdays early in February. Graduate voice auditions have been scheduled for a weekend at the end of January. Additionally, auditions and interviews may be scheduled individually by communicating with the faculty representative for your area

Pre-Screening Recordings

Pre-screening recordings are required for the following areas and all pre-screening and recorded auditions must be submitted online at

  • Clarinet
  • Conducting 
  • Flute
  • Jazz
  • Piano
  • Collaborative Piano
  • Strings (including Quartet Program)
  • Voice
Pre-screening recordings are not required, but encouraged for the following areas:
  • Oboe

Writing Samples

Writing samples are required for all PhD and DMA Appicants as well as Master's Theory Applicants.  Applicants must mail their writing samples to the College of Music Graduate Office

Audition Requirements


Horn, Trombone, Percussion, Trumpet, Tuba/Euphonium


Scores of original compositions along with recordings. Recordings should be of live music, not synthesized reproductions of orchestrations.  Score and recordings must be mailed to the College of Music Graduate Office.


Choral, Orchestral, Wind

Jazz Studies

Master's Degree, Doctoral Degree


Solo Piano, Piano Performance & Pedagogy, Collaborative Piano


A writing sample (term paper) is required of all PhD musicology applicants. The document should demonstrate ability in critical thinking, appropriate research techniques, and skill in the cogent use of English.  Applicants must mail their writing samples to the College of Music Graduate Office

Music Education

Master of Music Education
Master of Music Education + Licensure
Doctor of Music Education

All writing samples (Applicants must mail their Music Education Writing Samples to the College of Music Graduate Office)

Any teaching videos must be mailed or e-mailed to the College of Music, Music Education Department, 301 UCB, Boulder, CO 80309


Violin, Viola, Cello, Double Bass, Harp, Classical Guitar

String Quartet Professional Certificate*

This program is for pre-formed quartets only. The quartet is required to submit a pre-screening recording via www.getacceptd/cuboulder by December 1.  The recording should include a minimum of twenty minutes of total playing time and at least two complete works of contrasting style and period.  The requirements are the same for the live audition.  A live audition is recommended. Quartets unable to travel to Boulder for a live audition should contact Prof. Erika Eckert.  A biography of the quartet and of each member of the quartet, and three recommending letters from teachers and/or coaches are required.  Each member of the quartet must submit an individual application to the University of Colorado Boulder

* No changes in personnel are accepted once application materials have been received


Writing samples: Provide two writing samples (research paper, excerpt from thesis, etc.) that demonstrate ability in critical thinking and argumentation, and skill in writing. Ideally, at least one of these samples should involve music analysis and/or explore music-theoretic issues.

Campus visit: We are often able to provide financial assistance for top applicants who wish to visit the campus.

Assistantship interview: An interview in person is highly recommended for those applying for a Theory Assistantship. The interview will include sight-singing, demonstration of keyboard skills (harmonic progressions, simple keyboard textures, etc.), as well as discussion of the applicant’s theory and teaching background.


Voice Audition Requirements


Bassoon, Clarinet, Flute, Oboe, Saxophone