College of Music

University of Colorado Boulder

Audition Requirements

NOTE: These audition requirements are for students who intend to pursue a major in music. Ensemble audition information is listed on the ensemble web pages.

Undergraduate auditions are held at the College of Music on select Saturdays in January and February. Special programs and question-and-answer sessions are arranged for students and parents who wish to attend, beginning at 8am on these audition days. Other audition times are available on an individual basis (contact the undergraduate office at (303) 735-2283). If travel distance is prohibitive, a high-quality audio or video recording may be substituted. Please see the Recorded Audition Guidelines for information on how to submit recorded auditions.  Recordings and all alternative live auditions must be completed by the last Saturday audition day for applicants to be considered for merit-based assistance from the College of Music.

Auditions for Spring Admission:

The application deadline for the Spring admissions is October 1*.  Audition must be submitted/completed by December 1.

*This includes your application to the University of Colorado Boulder, your CU-Boulder College of Music Application, letter of recommendation, and pre-screening recording (if applicable).

Audition Dates for Fall 2015 Admission:

The application deadline for Fall 2015 admissions is DECEMBER 1*.  

*This includes your application to the University of Colorado Boulder, your CU-Boulder College of Music Application, letter of recommendation, and pre-screening recording (if applicable).

On-campus Auditions

February 7, 2015 

February 14, 2015

February 21, 2015

Off-campus Auditions

This year, we will be holding off-campus auditions at Interlochen Arts Academy in Interlochen, MI.  We are excited about this audition opportunity, but we believe it is still important that prospective students visit the CU-Boulder campus at some point in their college search process.  A recent Colorado Daily article quoted a high school student: “Online information is good, but you can’t capture college life in photos or articles on a website.  You need to get a feel for the college and campus to really know which one is right for you.”  If you choose to audition at our off-campus audition site, we hope you will visit campus at some other time!  Remember, you’ll still need to submit the applications before auditioning.

  • January 17, 2015 – Interlochen, MI  (Interlochen Arts Academy)
  • NOTE: We are unable to provide accompanists for students auditioning at Interlochen Arts Acedemy.

Before making travel plans, please confirm with us that your audition has been scheduled.

Please see specific instruments and programs below for audition requirements, deadlines, and information (a preliminary recorded audition is required as part of the audition for voice, jazz guitar, and non-Colorado resident flute applicants – please see audition requirements for more information).

Brass & Percussion Audition Requirements:

Composition Audition Requirements:

Jazz Studies Audition Requirements: for BM-Jazz Studies Degree:

Keyboard Audition Requirements:

Musicology Audition Requirements:

String Audition Requirements

Voice Audition Requirements:

Woodwind Audition Requirements: