Apply / Audition

Apply, Audition, and Interview for the School of Music, Theatre, and Dance

Process

Admission into all music degree programs as an undergraduate major or minor requires an audition for and acceptance into the School of Music, Theatre, and Dance as well as acceptance by the CSU Office of Admissions.

  • PART 1:  Audition/interview for CSU Music
  • PART 2: Apply to CSU through the Office of Admissions.
    • We urge you to apply for admission to the university as soon as possible during your senior year.
  • PART 3: Acceptance letters and notifications of scholarships awarded will occur on an ongoing basis throughout the acceptance process.

Scholarships are awarded based on audition results. There is no separate audition for scholarships. Full list of undergraduate scholarships.

If you have questions about this process, please contact SMTD@colostate.edu.

Degree Area Audition/Interview Requirements

Instrument/Voice Audition Requirements

Fall 2022 Start - Audition Dates

  • Saturday, Dec. 4 (in-person only, half day)
  • Saturday, Jan. 22 (in-person/online, full day)
  • Monday, Feb. 14 (in-person only, half day)
  • Saturday, Feb. 19 (in-person/online, full day)

The Fall 2022 start audition application will open on Sept. 22, 2021.

In-person Audition Details

  • All prospective students will submit an application through the Acceptd audition portal.
  • Please refer to the audition requirements and suggested repertoire for your instrument and degree area. 
  • Once the application is complete, you will schedule your live audition and interview sessions.
  • Session Details:
    • Students will have a 10-minute audition and interview with an applied music faculty panel. Additional scales and sight reading may be requested. Voice students will be vocalized during the interview.
    • Music Therapy and Music Education applicants will have an additional interview with faculty from these areas. Sight-reading and pitch-matching ability will be assessed during the interview.

Online Audition Details

  • All prospective students choosing to audition virtually will submit an application and video audition through the Acceptd audition portal.
  • Please refer to the audition requirements and suggested repertoire for your instrument and degree area. 
  • Video audition length should be approximately ten minutes and selected pieces should be representative of your best ability. Scales should be included as part of your video audition.
  • After your application is submitted, including your audition video, you will be able to schedule your interview session(s).
    • The 10-minute interview with an applied music faculty panel may include additional scales and sight reading. Voice students will be vocalized during the interview.
    • Music Therapy and Music Education applicants will have an additional interview with faculty from these areas. Sight-reading and pitch-matching ability will be assessed during the interview.
  • Percussionist, please note: Percussion auditions and interviews will be hosted by the student in Zoom. You will invite Dr. Hollenbeck and record the session. This is the video that will be uploaded to Zoom.

Resume and Letters

  • As part of the audition registration process, please upload an artistic/performance resume. An artistic resume is a list of the performances of which you have been a part, groups with which you have performed, a list of solos or instances that you been individually featured in a piece of music, competitions you have entered, awards you have won, Teachers with whom you have studied, and any other information that you feel tells us something about what you have done as an artist.
  • You are also asked to provide the names and email addresses of two references.

Notification

Acceptance letters and notifications of scholarships awarded will occur on an ongoing basis throughout the acceptance process.

Scholarships

Scholarships are awarded based on audition day results. There is no separate audition for scholarships and you must audition in-person for full scholarship consideration. Full list of undergraduate scholarships.

Ensemble Auditions

Auditions for your placement in the ensembles are held each semester the weekend before classes begin. Ensemble audition information.