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Undergraduate Student Audition Dates


For admission to Spring 2021 Semester

  • 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.

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Audition Reservations


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.

Auditions for Spring 2021 are closed. Information on this page pertains to Fall 2021 auditions and will be continually updated.

We will accept Fall 2021 Audition Videos beginning January 27, 2021.

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About Your Audition

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.

Audition Requirements

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

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.

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Undergraduate & Transfer Audition Requirements / Area Director Contacts

Program Undergraduate Audition Requirements Area Director
Brass Brass brass.pdf Rob Frear rob.frear@csulb.edu
Choral, Vocal, and Opera Voice voice_ugrad.pdf Vocal Performance—Alexander Hahn alexander.hahn@csulb.edu
Vocal/Choral Music Education— Joshua Palkki joshua.palkki@csulb.edu
Conducting (Choral) 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.
Conducting (Orchestral) Please contact your area director for more info. Johannes Müller-Stosch johannes.mstosch@csulb.edu
Conducting (Winds) Please contact your area director for more info. John Carnahan john.carnahan@csulb.edu
Composition Audition required; please contact the area director of your instrument.
**Composition Transfer Students** must also submit a portfolio. See additional guidelines here:
Composition Auditions
Jazz Instrumental inst_jazz_ugrad.pdf
Vocal Jazz requirements coming soon.
**Prescreening video audition required**; please follow the audition instructions in each document carefully.
Instrumental—Jeff Jarvis jeff.jarvis@csulb.edu
Vocal—Christine Guter christine.guter@csulb.edu
Keyboard Piano piano.pdf
Organ organ.pdf
Keyboard Studies Prescreening requirement temporarily suspended for video auditions.
Shun-Lin Chou sam.chou@csulb.edu
Music Education

The Music Education Major

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.

Tamara Thies tamara.thies@csulb.edu

**Music Education majors with audition questions should contact the Area Director of your specific instrument/voice.

Music History Audition required; please contact the area director of your instrument.
Percussion Percussion percussion_ugrad.pdf Ted Atkatz ted.atkatz@csulb.edu
Strings

Violin:

  1. An Etude or a Caprice (or a self-chosen piece)
  2. One movement of Unaccompanied Bach Sonata or Partita
  3. A movement of a Concerto

Viola:

  1. An Etude or a Caprice (or a self-chosen piece)
  2. One movement of Unaccompanied Bach Cello Suite, or Violin Sonata or Partita
  3. A movement of a Concerto

Cello:

  1. An Etude or a Caprice (or a self-chosen piece)
  2. One movement of Unaccompanied Bach Suite
  3. A movement of a Concerto

Harp:

Two pieces of contrasting styles

Bass: bass_ugrad.pdf

Note: If you wish to audition with a different set of pieces, please email Moni Simeonov moni.simeonov@csulb.edu

Woodwinds Bassoon bassoon_ugrad.pdf
Clarinet clarinet.pdf
Flute flute.pdf
Oboe oboe.pdf
Saxophone saxophone_ugrad.pdf
Jermie Arnold jermie.arnold@csulb.edu

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Audition Video Guidelines

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

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