School of Music Audition and Portfolio Information

Most applicants will need to complete an audition, portfolio, or interview to demonstrate artistic potential to be successful at the School of Music. Please follow the instructions on this page for your specific program/instrument.

Applicants whose programs require them to schedule a virtual audition or submit media will do so through our Online Portal, Acceptd.


All undergraduate Bachelor of Music applicants must perform an audition or submit a portfolio according to the requirements listed below by instrument/program.

Bachelor of Arts in Music applicants do not need to complete an audition or portfolio.


Graduate applicants to performance-based programs must perform an audition according to the repertoire requirements listed below by instrument/program.

Graduate Composition applicants must submit a prescreening portfolio, and if invited, schedule an interview with our composition faculty.

Graduate 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.


Applicants to the following programs and instruments need to submit a prescreening video recording or portfolio for review before they can be invited to a virtual live audition or interview.

  • Applicants to cello, double bass, flute, percussion, piano, collaborative piano, trombone, trumpet, violin, or voice regardless of degree or program
  • Graduate Composition majors
  • All applicants to the Doctor of Musical Arts in Performance
  • All applicants to the Artist Diploma

Prescreening recordings and portfolios are due by December 1. Applicants will be notified of prescreening results by early January.


Prescreening waivers are available to BUTI alumni applying for BM, and current BU students applying for MM, PD, or DMA. To request a waiver please email

Early Decision and Transfer Applicants

Early Decision (ED1) and Spring Transfer applicants to prescreened programs are not required to submit a prescreening recording, but must submit a final recorded audition by November 1, 2020.

Early Decision (ED2) should follow the same audition deadlines as regular decision applicants, but must complete an audition (virtual or final recorded) by January 29, 2021.

Fall Transfer applicants are highly encouraged to apply in January for merit scholarship consideration.

Final Recorded Auditions

Although we are not currently inviting students to campus due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we highly encourage all of our applicants to attend a live virtual audition when possible. However, if you do not have access to a stable internet connection or webcam, you may submit a final recorded audition in place of a live virtual audition. All auditions will be evaluated equally.

*Applicants to the Doctor of Musical Arts, Artist Diploma, Collaborative Piano, and Opera Institute are required to submit a prescreening recording, and if invited, attend a live virtual audition.

Deadline Reminders:

  • Prescreening 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 1 (Regular Decision)
  • Submit Final Recorded Audition Media:
    • November 1 (Early Decision and Spring Transfer)
    • January 8 (Undergraduate Regular Decision and Graduate)
  • Schedule your Audition:
    • January 8 (For programs without pre-screening)

2020-21 Audition Repertoire & Portfolio Requirements

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