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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. All applicants will be required to submit a recorded audition for the Spring and Fall 2021 terms. Additionally, students will have the option to sign up for a virtual-live audition, which is highly recommended. Sign up for virtual live auditions will only become available after applicants have uploaded a recorded 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

Live auditions are suspended for Spring and Fall 2021 terms. Rather, we will be offering the opportunity for students to complete a virtual live audition in addition to the required recordings. While the virtual live audition is not required, it is very highly recommended. Virtual 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 virtual live auditions for the Fall 2021 term must be completed on or before Feb. 15.

You may view a tentative agenda for the day here.

Virtual live audition dates

  • Feb. 6, 2021
  • Feb. 13, 2021
    Note: Auditions for Musical Theatre will be held on Friday, Feb 5 and Friday, Feb. 12.

Virtual live audition guidelines by degree of study

  • Music Education Interview: 15 minutes, normal structure 
  • Composition Interview: 15 minutes, normal structure 
  • 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. Students who would like to perform live for us during those 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.
  • Musical Theatre: If you’re asked to perform a virtual live audition, please be prepared to sing two 32 bar songs of your choice and also present a 60 second monologue. Please be ready to use your own backing tracks for these no pianist is provided. 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: Students participating in virtual live piano auditions can expect to use this as an opportunity to ask/answer questions; piano auditions will be 15 minutes each.
  • 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 asked to perform a virtual live audition, please be prepared to sing at least one song sung with a recorded accompaniment track (no earbuds please).  Afterwards, we might hear another song, do some vocalizing, 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, but understand that because you have already submitted an audition recording, the playing portion may be shortened considerably.  This will not be a reflection on our interest in your application or your level as a performer.  As time allows, the virtual slot may also allow for some Q and A.

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Recorded auditions

​Video recordings are required. 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. 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 Feb. 1 (Dec. 1 is recommended) for fall applicants and Nov. 1 for spring applicants.

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How to prepare for your audition

 

Study area requirements