Audition Information


All undergraduate performance, music education, and musicology applicants must perform an audition. Composition applicants are accepted based on the strength of the composition portfolio and academic record. Instrumental/vocal auditions on a primary instrument are required for admission to the composition major; composers should check the guidelines for audition requirements for the appropriate instrument. Composition applicants who do not successfully place into an applied faculty member’s studio will enter the piano track and may study with an advanced graduate student. This piano track focuses on the keyboard skills necessary as a composer, and not those of a performer.


Graduate applicants to performance-based programs must perform an audition according to the repertoire requirements listed below by instrument/program. Graduate Composition, Ethnomusicology, Music Education, Musicology, and Theory applicants do not need to audition. Graduate Music Education students can audition in September if they want private lessons on a primary instrument during their program.

Deadline Reminders:

  • Pre-screening Recorded Media Submissions: extended to December 15
  • Graduate Application and Final Recorded Audition Media: December 18; some programs still accepting applications-email for information
  • Undergraduate Common Application
  • Undergraduate Final Recorded Audition Media: extended to February 3
  • Schedule your Audition (Open for Regional Audition Dates & Boston Auditions for programs without pre-screening): schedule by January 3

Applicants will be notified of pre-screening results in early January

2016-17 Audition Dates & Repertoire Requirements

Please select your instrument/program below to view the audition repertoire requirements and audition options.