Auditions and Interviews

Below you will find essential information on audition requests, audition/portfolio materials submission, screening requirements, audition categories, supplemental recordings, and interview requests.

General Information

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  1. Audition Requests
  2. Audition/Portfolio Materials Submission
  3. Screening Requirements
  4. Audition Categories
  5. Interview Requests
  6. Supplemental Recordings

1. Audition Requests

All areas other than composition and TIMARA require an audition. Composition and TIMARA applicants require an interview.

Undergraduate auditions are scheduled through the Audition/Interview Request Form on the Applicant Portal, available after submission of the Common Application. No audition will be scheduled without submission of this form. For more information on application requirements, please see the Undergraduate Applicants webpage. Please note that the application deadline is December 1.

2. Audition/Portfolio Materials Submission

All audition and portfolio materials, including screening recordings, final audition recordings, supplemental recordings, Composition portfolios, and TIMARA portfolios, should be uploaded via the Audition and Screening Dropbox located on your Applicant Portal. The Audition and Screening Dropbox is capable of accepting files up to 5 GB in the following formats: .avi, .flv, .m1v, .m2v, .m4v, .mkv, .mov, .mpeg, .mpg, .mp4, .webm, .wmv, .aac, .aif, .aiff, .iff, .fla, .m4a, .mpa, .mp3, .ra, .wav, .wma, .doc, .docx, .odg, .odp, .odt, .pdf, .ppt, .pptx, .rtf, .wpd. Additionally, students can include YouTube links when necessary, though direct media file upload is strongly encouraged and preferred.

3. Screening Requirements

Screening is a first round review prior to being granted a final audition review. All applicants are required to submit screening materials. These auditions and portfolios can be submitted through the Audition and Screening Dropbox on your Applicant Portal. Auditions and/or Interviews in these areas will be confirmed after review of the submitted screening materials. These materials are due December 4.

Screening materials received after this deadline will be reviewed at the discretion of the Conservatory Admissions Office. See the specific audition requirements for your instrument for more information on screening requirements. Any materials submitted will not be returned.

4. Performance Audition Categories

Students may complete the entrance audition in the following ways:

  1. On-Campus Audition: Most auditions and interviews will take place in the last week of January, with some areas offering dates in mid February. Review the Audition Dates and Locations webpage for information specific to your area of study. Auditions and interviews on campus are conducted by the applied faculty in the specified area of study, and are an excellent way to get to know the faculty, students, campus, and community.  
  2. Recorded Audition: If an on-campus audition is not possible, applicants may submit a video recording electronically through the Audition and Screening Dropbox on the Applicant Portal. Videos may be unaccompanied (except for voice auditions) and may be produced with high quality home recording equipment; studio quality recording is not necessary. Deadline for submission of Recorded Auditions is February 1.

5. Interview Requests (Composition and TIMARA applicants only)

No instrumental audition is required for consideration in these programs. Students do not perform instrumental auditions, rather, applicants are invited to interview with faculty. Interviews are scheduled as part of the Audition/Interview Request Form on the Applicant Portal. As application to these areas requires the submission of a Screening Portfolio, the requested interview will be confirmed after review of the submitted Screening Portfolio. For more information regarding screening requirements, see the specific audition requirements for your area of interest.

No interview will be scheduled without submission of the Audition/Interview Request Form. For more information on application requirements, please see the Undergraduate Applicants webpage.

6. Supplemental Recordings

In addition to any required audition and screening materials (check the audition requirements for your specific area of study), we allow students to submit any additional performance recordings they feel highlight their abilities. This could include recordings of live performances, pieces not included in required audition repertoire, etc. Submissions should be made using the Audition and Screening Dropbox and can be included with all required screening and final audition materials.

As a high-level, performance-driven institute, the final audition will be weighed most heavily in the review of applicants, and submitting supplemental materials is not required. However, we also want to provide the opportunity for students to represent themselves as musicians in the most complete way possible.