School of Music 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. Applicants who wish to study with a faculty member on their primary instrument (instrumental/vocal) are required to audition. 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 or who do not wish to take a primary studio audition will enter the piano track. 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: December 1
  • Graduate Application: December 1
  • Undergraduate Common Application:
    • November 1 (Early Decision, Spring Transfer)
    • December 1 (Trustee Scholarship and Presidential Scholarship)
    • January 2 (Regular Decision)
  • Submit Final Recorded Audition Media:
    • December 1 (Early Decision, Spring Transfer, and Trustee)
    • February 1 (Undergraduate Regular Decision and Graduate)
  • Schedule your Audition:
    • November 1 (Early Decision, Spring Transfer, and Trustee)
    • January 5 (Regional Auditions & Boston Auditions for programs without pre-screening)

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

2017-18 Audition Dates & Repertoire Requirements

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