Apply / Audition
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
- Please refer to your degree and instrument/voice audition requirements.
- If a music audition in person is not possible, a recorded performance may be allowed for admission.
- You may audition/interview prior to applying to CSU.
- Fill out your application for a CSU Music audition/interview
- 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.
If you have questions about this process, please contact SMTD@colostate.edu.
- B.M. Composition Concentration
- B.M. Music Education Concentration
- B.M. Music Therapy Concentration
- B.M. Performance Concentration—refer to each instrument below
- B.M. Performance Concentration—Jazz Studies
- B.A.—refer to each instrument below
- Dec. 5, 2020 (afternoon)
- Jan. 23, 2021 (all day)
- Feb. 15, 2021 (afternoon)
- Feb. 20, 2021 (all day)
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.
- Audition performance length should be approximately ten minutes and selected pieces should be representative of your best ability. You will be asked to sight-read and to perform scales. Please refer to the audition requirements and suggested repertoire listed on the individual instrument pages.
- Our diagnostic testing and interviews with the faculty take approximately one additional hour total. All applicants will take a one-page music theory diagnostic. Results are used to assess your general level of music theory knowledge; additional preparation may be recommended.
You are strongly encouraged to audition in-person, however, if you cannot attend one of our four audition dates, you may upload a video audition through our online registration portal. You must complete the online audition registration form and follow the instructions provided for the video audition. You should audition in person for full scholarship consideration.
- Music Education and Music Therapy interviews with faculty will be conducted via Skype (scheduled at a later date).
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.
Acceptance letters and notifications of scholarships awarded will occur on an ongoing basis throughout the acceptance process.