Bob Cole Conservatory of Music

Prospective Student Audition Dates

For admission to Fall 2016 Semester


  • Saturday, February 6, 2016—All Areas Except Vocal Jazz (Brass, Instrumental Jazz , Keyboard, Percussion, Strings, Voice, Woodwinds)
  • Saturday, February 20, 2016—Voice And Jazz (Instrumental and Vocal)
  • ***Friday, March 4, 2016—All Areas except Vocal Jazz ***(Please note date/day change)

For admission to Spring 2017 Semester

Undergraduate Transfer Students Only:

  • Dates TBA.

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Prospective Undergraduate Student Audition Reservations

Scheduling for Undergraduate Auditions will begin January 4, 2016. To reserve a spot, please call 562.985.4781 or email on or after that day.

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Prospective Undergraduate Student Auditions

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. All entering freshmen and undergraduate transfer students who have been admitted to the university are required to pass a performance audition and take a theory placement examination.

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 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 test is offered on each audition day and the first Friday of each semester.

Pre-Screening Auditions

Pre-screening auditions are required in the Keyboard Studies and Jazz Studies areas. Please contact 562-985-4781 for more information.

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Undergraduate & Transfer Audition Requirements / Area Director Contacts
Program Undergraduate Audition Requirements Area Director
Brass Euphonium euphonium.pdf
Horn horn.pdf
Trombone trombone.pdf
Trumpet trumpet.pdf
Tuba tuba.pdf
Rob Frear
Choral, Vocal, and Opera Voice voice_ugrad.pdf Jonathan Talberg
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
Conducting (Winds) Please contact your area director for more info. John Carnahan
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
Instrumental—Jeff Jarvis
Vocal—Christine Guter
Keyboard Piano piano.pdf
Organ organ.pdf
**Prescreening audition required**; please visit the Keyboard Auditions page for additional instructions.
Shun-Lin Chou
Music Education Audition required; please contact the area director of your instrument. If you’re auditioning in the area of Choral/Vocal Music Education, the audition is exactly the same as that for the Voice audition (above).
Music History Audition required; please contact the area director of your instrument.
Percussion Percussion percussion_ugrad.pdf Ted Atkatz
Strings Cello cello.pdf
Double Bass double_bass.pdf
Viola viola.pdf
Violin violin.pdf
Moni Simeonov
Woodwinds Bassoon bassoon.pdf
Clarinet clarinet.pdf
Flute flute.pdf
Oboe oboe.pdf
Saxophone saxophone_ugrad.pdf
John Barcellona

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What To Expect On Audition Day


When you arrive for auditions you’ll be greeted by a student volunteer in the parking lot who will provide you with a parking pass, orient you towards the Bob Cole Conservatory and, if necessary, help you unload large instruments. They will direct you to Registration. All of our student volunteers, staff, and faculty will be wearing name tags.

Parking Map + Directions PDF format (1.1m) cole_directions.pdf


The Registration tables are in the lobby of Daniel Recital Hall. Student volunteers will check you in by area, ensure that you have an audition form, answer any questions, and offer a map of the department to you. You’ll also get a name tag.


We’ll have complimentary coffee, tea, juice, water, and breakfast pastries for you in the lobby of Daniel Recital Hall.

Opening Session

You’ll start your day with a 20-minute orientation in Daniel Recital Hall. We’ll begin with a short performance by one our ensembles. Then you’ll hear about what it means to be a student at the Bob Cole Conservatory and also about what to expect if you are accepted to the conservatory and the university.

Waiting Rooms

A student volunteer will walk you to a room where you and your family can wait until it is your turn to audition. A volunteer will come to get you from the waiting room when it is your turn to warm up.


A volunteer will walk you to a practice room to warm up. You’ll get about 10-15 minutes to warm up.


A student volunteer will walk you to your audition. Hand your audition form to one of the faculty members. Excellent accompanists are provide for voice, wind, and brass auditions.

Preliminary Theory Placement

Either before or directly after you audition, you’ll take a short theory test. This assesses whether you should be in a two-unit course or a five-unit course; you’ll need this information for summer registration.

Meet & Greet

Several faculty members will be available to answer your questions about specific programs.

Campus Tour

Student volunteers will take small groups on campus tours. They’ll answer any questions you might have as they show you some of the 322 acres of campus. If you plan to take a tour, bring walking shoes.

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