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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. 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.

Saturday dates
Feb. 6, 2021
Feb. 13, 2021

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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