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  • 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. Admission into degree programs in Music Education or Music Therapy requires an interview with area faculty members as a part of the audition process.  You may audition and interview prior to acceptance by the Office of Admissions. If an audition in person is not possible, a recorded performance may be allowed for admission.
  • Admission into the music program as an undergraduate major or minor requires acceptance by the Office of Admissions at Colorado State University. We urge you to apply for admission to the university as soon as possible during your senior year.
  • For your audition, please refer to individual instrument/voice web pages for audition requirements.

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


2020 Audition Days

Saturday, Jan 18, 8 a.m. — 12 p.m.
Saturday, Feb. 1, 8 a.m. — 5 p.m.
Saturday, Feb. 22, 8 a.m. — 5 p.m.
Saturday, Feb. 29, 8 a.m.— 5 p.m.
If you will be starting at CSU in Fall 2020, you may register for the music audition process starting Aug. 1, 2019.

Resume and Letters

Please bring a performance resume with you on the day of your audition/interview. You are encouraged to submit two confidential letters of recommendation. Letters should be sent ahead to the following address:

  • Undergraduate Admissions
  • C/O Tom Krebs
  • 1778 Campus Delivery
  • Fort Collins, CO 80521

Program Audition

Audition performance length should be approximately ten minutes. It is preferred that you perform two pieces or movements in varying styles, rather than one piece and the selections should be representative of your best ability. Please refer to the audition requirements and suggested repertoire listed on the individual instrument pages.

You will be asked to sight-read and to perform scales.

Our diagnostic testing and interviews with the faculty take approximately one additional hour total.

DVD Submission

You are strongly encouraged to attend one of our audition dates. If you cannot, you may submit a DVD video recording to be considered for admission. You must fill out the audition registration form and follow the instructions provided for a DVD audition. Your DVD audition will be used to grant you conditional acceptance - you will have to re-audition for our faculty live when you arrive at CSU in the fall. Only students who give a live audition will be considered for scholarships.


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


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

Ensemble Auditions

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