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Deadlines   Audition days   Pre-Screening recordings   Study area and Artist Diploma requirements

All applicants must apply to the University of Colorado Graduate School. Applications may be obtained online through the College of Music Admissions page.

Note: If you’re already a student and want to audition for one of our ensembles, please visit the Ensembles page.


Fall admission

  • Deadline for all applicants to return completed application along with supplemental materials: December 1

Spring admission

  • Deadline for application and all requested materials: October 1 (Music Education only)

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On-Campus audition days

Auditions cannot be scheduled until your application is complete. You will be contacted by Graduate Academic Services after your pre-screening (if applicable) has been reviewed. Your audition date will be provided to you one month in advance, and your individual audition schedule will be announced two weeks in advance.

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. If there are extenuating circumstances and you are not able to audition in person on the scheduled audition dates, please contact to inquire about an ad hoc audition with a faculty member.

Graduate voice audition weekend

  • Jan. 17-18, 2020

Graduate solo piano auditions

  • Feb. 22, 2020

Graduate collaborative piano auditions

  • Feb. 14, 2020
  • Feb. 28, 2020

All other graduate auditions

  • Feb. 1, 2020
  • Feb. 8, 2020
  • Feb. 15, 2020

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Pre-Screening recordings

Pre-screening recordings are required for the following areas and all pre-screening and recorded auditions must be uploaded in our application through the Digital Portfolio tab on the left side of the application.

  • Bassoon
  • Clarinet
  • Conducting 
  • Flute
  • Jazz
  • Piano
  • Collaborative Piano (including Vocal Coaching)
  • Strings (including Quartet Program)
  • Voice
  • Trumpet
Pre-screening recordings are not required, but encouraged for the following areas:
  • Oboe
  • Trombone and bass trombone
  • Percussion

Recording requirements

We cannot accept DVD or CD recordings; you must upload your recording to the Graduate Application

Submit recordings using the same process if you are applying for a program that requires a pre-screening audition. You will be contacted if you have been invited to move on in the application process.

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Writing samples

A scholarly writing sample (e.g., research paper) is required of all DMA, PhD, and MM in Theory applicants. The document should demonstrate ability in critical thinking, appropriate research techniques, and skill in the cogent use of English. Writing samples should be uploaded to your application in the digital portfolio tab.  Writing samples should be uploaded as a supplemental file with the Graduate Application.

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Study area and Artist Diploma requirements