graduate student auditioning

Deadlines   Audition days   Pre-Screening recordings   Audition and application 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

  • Only music education applications accepted; Deadline for application and all requested materials: October 1 (Music Education only)

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Live audition days

The College of Music holds live auditions in January and February. The College of Music holds live auditions in January and February. At least two weeks prior to the start of our audition dates, Brass and Percussion, Jazz, Strings and most Woodwind applicants who pass the pre-screening round (if applicable) will be invited to select one of the dates below for their live audition.

2022 audition dates:

The following areas schedule department-specific auditions or interviews on alternate dates:

  • Composition + Theory
  • Conducting
  • Flute
  • Keyboard
  • Music Education
  • Musicology
  • Voice

Please contact the department chair for the department's audition or interview dates.

Please see below for your department’s specific application, audition and interview requirements.

Some departments may require additional materials for teaching assistantship consideration. Please check your department website or contact the area chair for specific details.

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Pre-screening recordings

Please see specific information below for prescreening recording requirements. All pre-screening and recorded auditions must be uploaded in our application through the Digital Portfolio tab on the left side of the application.

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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Audition + application requirements