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Audition days   Recorded auditions   Study area requirements 

All applicants must apply to the University of Colorado Boulder via the Common App and complete the additional College of Music application. The College of Music application is obtained only after completing the Common App. You will be prompted to complete the music application via the application status page. Sign up for live auditions after Dec. 1; if you cannot accommodate a live audition, you have the option to submit a recorded audition. Students applying to voice, composition, music education, or musicology 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 offer two in-person audition opportunities. Additionally, students who cannot come to campus may complete a virtual live audition or submit a recorded audition. While a live audition is not required, it is highly recommended. Alternate live audition 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

Musical Theatre auditions are a two-day process. Voice and monologue auditions are on Friday afternoon, and dance auditions are on Saturday morning:


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Recorded auditions

If you are a composition or voice student submitting a pre-screening or you choose to submit a recording in place of a live audition, please review these guidelines. Each studio has preferences for separate or single, continuous recordings. Please see your study area requirements in the next section for specific guidance.

  • We accept the following (please do not send DVDs or CDs):
    • Video: .avi, .flv, .m1v, .m2v, .m4v, .mkv, .mpeg, .mpg, .mp4, .webm, .wmv
    • Links: You may upload links to YouTube videos under “Upload Recordings—Upload Link.” 
  • You must submit your recording via your CU Boulder Application Status page.
    • After submitting the CU Boulder application, you will receive an email from Undergraduate Admissions with your login information.
    • Log in and view your Application Status 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.

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How to prepare for your audition


Study area requirements