Step-by-step instructions for auditioning for the Bienen School of Music are outlined below.
All graduate degree programs require either a performance audition or an interview in order to be considered for admission. Many programs also require that prescreening materials be submitted with the application, which will determine whether you are invited for a final audition or interview.
Within the Graduate Application, you will answer questions about your musical background and upload your resume and personal statement. After you have submitted your application (and following a review of any required prescreening materials) you will receive information on how to schedule your audition.
Submit your application
We recommend starting early by taking the audition requirements to your music teacher. Prepare for your audition by bringing musical selections that best showcase what you do well. It is better to beautifully perform a piece that requires moderate skill, as opposed to a mediocre performance of a very difficult piece.
For prescreening recordings and final audition recordings, it is not necessary to have them made in a professional studio. The most important aspect is that the sound quality of your recording is excellent, so find a good microphone and play your recording for multiple people before you submit it.
Please see your program's individual Audition & Program Requirements page for information about accompaniment requirements.
*More information about fall 2022 audition format options will be available soon.