Audition Video submissions are closed. If you missed the deadline, please contact the area director of your instrument.
For admission to Fall 2021 Semester
Fall 2021 auditions will not be held in person. We will accept video auditions between Jan 27—Feb 27, 2021. Please contact the Area Director of your instrument/voice using the email address in the table below for more information.
Please read this entire page carefully. Audition processes, requirements, and repertoire differ depending on your instrument and area of study. If something is unclear, additional questions pertaining to auditions can be found in the Undergraduate FAQ.
A performance audition is required for acceptance into the degree programs of the Bob Cole Conservatory of Music. Prospective students should schedule a music audition before you receive notification of your acceptance into the university.
Students wishing to audition should prepare solo, etude, or art song material from the standard repertoire of approximately 10 minutes in length. The selection(s) should demonstrate both technical and lyrical skills. For specific audition requirements pertaining to your instrument/voice, see table below.
Theory Placement Exam
The Theory Placement Exam is a diagnostic test used to determine the appropriate level of theory in which the student should enroll. The theory test must be taken at least 3 weeks before SOAR or December 10, whichever is earlier.
Pre-screening auditions are required for prospective Jazz Studies students. Your Audition Video is your prescreening audition. If you pass the prescreening process you will be offered a live Zoom audition. Please see the Jazz requirements pdfs in the table below and be sure to use the Audition Form at the bottom of this page to schedule your prescreening audition.
Music Audition required; please prepare your audition according to the requirements for your individual instrument or voice on this page. If you have any questions, please contact the area director of your instrument.
Students wishing to become teachers in K-12 public schools should audition and interview as Music Education majors.
Students who wish to be studio teachers or who plan to go directly to graduate school after their undergraduate studies would be better served with a performance degree.
Instrumental Music Education Requirements
Instrumental Music Education auditions require an audition on your primary instrument AND an interview with the Director of Music Education.
Specific questions regarding audition requirements for the area of your primary instrument are best answered by your area directly, not Music Education. Please send email inquiries to your instrument Area Director.
Choral Music Education Requirements
Choral Music Education auditions follow the guidelines outlined in the Choral, Vocal, & Opera section above.
Specialized Music Education Pathway
Students whose musical backgrounds do not align with the tracks currently offered at the Bob Cole Conservatory of Music can audition for a Specialized Music Education Pathway. Please follow the information located on the connexion-cohort.pdf.
Your Audition Video will be reviewed to determine your advancement in the audition process. The audition repertoire is outlined in the table below by instrument. In addition to preparing your repertoire, make sure you meet the following criteria:
At the beginning of the recording, state your name, your class standing (freshman or transfer student), your email address (SLOWLY), and your phone number.
Recordings must be unedited and without artificial enhancement such as reverb or pitch correction.
Be sure that you can be heard clearly. If you are playing with accompaniment, be sure you can be heard above the accompaniment/rhythm section.
Watch your video all the way through to check the quality, playability, and completeness of your recording before you upload it.
Upload your audition video to YouTube, and be sure to make it UNLISTED (not private).
Additionally, it will be helpful if you use the following best practices for video:
Find a quiet location without background distractions
Adjust lighting so that you are well lit and not in shadows
If possible, use a microphone for better quality audio