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Deadlines   Audition Days   Recorded Auditions   Study Area Requirements

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. Auditions will not be scheduled until both applications have been received.

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


Fall Admission

  • Pre-screening recorded auditions deadline (jazz guitar and non-Colorado resident voice and flute): Dec. 1
  • Deadline for composition students to submit their portfolio: Dec. 1
  • Recorded auditions deadline: Feb. 15
  • Live auditions, including ad hoc auditions, must be completed by March 1

Spring Admission

  • Pre-screening auditions deadline (non-Colorado resident voice only): Oct. 1
  • Audition deadline: Nov. 15

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On-Campus Audition Days

Auditions for prospective College of Music undergraduates are held during select weekends in January and February. Alternate times may be scheduled depending on faculty availability. If travel is prohibitive, recorded auditions may be substituted.

Please email us if you need to make major travel changes once your audition has been scheduled. Do not make travel arrangements before you’ve received an email confirming your audition date and time.

View a sample Audition Day agenda >>

Fall Admission only

  • February 3, 2018
  • February 10, 2018 (no cello or violin auditions)
  • February 17, 2018 (This date is filled. Applicants completing the music application after Dec. 13, 2017 should not request to audition on this date.)

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Recorded Auditions

  • While live auditions are preferred, recorded auditions may be submitted. Video recordings are strongly preferred, but audio will be accepted.
  • We cannot accept DVD or CD recordings. We can accept the following:
    • Video: .avi, .flv, .m1v, .m2v, .m4v, .mkv, .mpeg, .mpg, .mp4, .webm, .wmv
    • Audio: .aac, .aif, .aiff, .iff, lfla, .m4a, .mpa, .mp3, .ra, .wav, .wma
  • You must submit your recording via  your application checklist page. After submitting the Common Application, you will get an email from Undergraduate Admissions with your log in information. Log in and view your checklist page. From this portal, you may upload recordings. If you’re having trouble with this process, please reach out to Undergraduate Admissions directly.
  • Submit recordings using the same process if you are applying for a program that requires a pre-screening audition (jazz guitar and non-Colorado resident voice and flute only). You will be contacted if you have been invited to move on in the application process. 
  • Composition applicants must also submit three of their best scores, along with sound recordings, through the application by Dec. 1 for fall applicants and Oct. 1 for spring applicants

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How to Prepare for Your Audition


Study Area Requirements