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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. All Colorado residents must complete a live audition.

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

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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 if you are a non-Colorado resident. Note that our audition days are a full day. Please plan to be on campus between 8 a.m.-5 p.m. for a Saturday Audition.

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 2019 Audition Day agenda >>
View a sample 2019 Audition Day agenda for Musical Theatre students >>

Fall admission only

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

*Note: Musical Theatre applicants will have a two-day audition process spanning Friday afternoon and Saturday. Friday auditions will cover voice and monologues, while Saturdays are for dance. Musical Theatre applicants audition dates will be: Jan. 31-Feb. 1, Feb. 7-8 and Feb. 14-15.

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Recorded auditions

  • Live auditions are required from all Colorado residents. If you are a non-Colorado resident, you may submit a recorded audition. Video recordings are required.
  • We cannot accept 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 Common 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. 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, composition and non-Colorado resident voice, musical theatre 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