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All applicants must apply to the University of Colorado and complete a College of Music Admission Application. Music applications are obtained only after completing the general CU Boulder application. Students will be prompted to complete the music application via the general application checklist page.Sign up for live auditions will become available after Dec. 1. If you cannot accommodate a live audition, you will have the option to submit a recorded audition instead. Students applying to voice, composition, music education, or musicology will have additional, required steps beyond the instrumental/voice audition. 

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

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Audition days

We will be offering two in-person audition opportunities. Additionally, students who cannot come to campus will be able to complete a virtual live audition or submit a recorded audition. While a  live audition is not required, it is very highly recommended. Live auditions for prospective College of Music undergraduates will be held during select weekends in January and February. Alternate times may be scheduled depending on faculty availability. Please note that all live auditions for the Fall 2023 term must be completed on or before Feb. 13.

Live audition dates

Note: Auditions for Musical Theatre will be a two-day audition process. Voice and monologue auditions will be Friday afternoons and dance will be Saturday morning:

Virtual live audition guidelines by degree of study (unless alternate virtual instructions are otherwise stated in the instrument requirements below)

  • Music education interview: 15 minutes, Zoom interview
  • Composition interview: 15 minutes, Zoom interview
  • Brass: Students who choose to complete a virtual live audition should prepare for a 10-minute audition and should be prepared to: play excerpts of their originally prepared audition material (solos, orchestral excerpts, etudes, exercises, etc.), demonstrate sight-reading, perform scales, and chat with members of our brass faculty to discuss goals, investigate knowledge, answer questions.
  • Jazz: Students participating in virtual live jazz auditions can expect to use this as an opportunity to ask/answer questions; jazz auditions will be 15 minutes each. Additionally, students should prepare a jazz etude or transcription 3-5 minutes in length to perform. No accompaniment is needed.
  • Musical TheatreIf you’re invited to a live audition and you choose a virtual live audition, please be prepared to sing two full songs of your choice under 3 minutes in length and also present a 60 second monologue (please stick to monologues in the musical comedy vein). Please be ready to use your own backing tracks.  Virtual live auditions for Musical Theatre will be about 10 minutes and will take place on Friday afternoons. We will use the dance portion of the submitted recorded audition for final dance consideration
  • Piano: If you choose to perform a virtual live audition, you must have access to a piano and be able to run Zoom through a laptop with a wired internet (not wifi) connection using an external microphone. If you do not have access to this setup, you will submit a video recorded audition and schedule a virtual interview to take place on Feb 11. All video recorded auditions must be submitted by Feb. 1.
  • Strings: Students who choose to complete a virtual live audition should prepare for a 10 minute interview. Students who would like to perform live for us during those 10-minute slots are invited to do so, if you have a good internet connection. But if you are happy with your uploaded recordings and/or do not have reliable wifi, then faculty are happy to simply meet and answer any questions.
  • Voice: If you’re invited to a live audition and you choose a virtual live audition, please be prepared to sing at least one song sung with a recorded accompaniment track (no earbuds please). Afterward, we might hear another song, do some vocalizing, sight-reading, pitch-matching, and/or a brief interview. Virtual live auditions for voice will be about 10 minutes.
  • Woodwinds: The woodwind faculty look forward to your auditions online at the appointed times. Undergraduate applicants will have 10-minute audition slots and we ask that you be prepared to play any or all of your audition material.

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Recorded auditions

Each studio has preferences for separate or single, continuous recordings. Please see study area requirements for more specific guidance.

  • We cannot accept links, DVD or CD recordings. We can accept the following: Video: .avi, .flv, .m1v, .m2v, .m4v, .mkv, .mpeg, .mpg, .mp4, .webm, .wmv
  • You must submit your recording via your CU Boulder application checklist page, in the application portal.
    • After submitting the CU Boulder Application, you will get an email from Undergraduate Admissions with your log in information.
    • Log in and view your CU Boulder checklist page. From this portal, you may upload recordings via the music application tab (tab 2). If you’re having trouble with this process, please reach out to Undergraduate Admissions directly.
  • Composition applicants must also submit three of their best scores, along with sound recordings, through the application by Dec. 1. (We will accept materials submitted between Dec. 1-Feb. 1 based on space available.) for fall applicants and Oct. 1 for spring applicants.

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How to prepare for your audition


Study area requirements