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Audition Requirements- Graduate

Not all graduate music degree programs require an audition for acceptance. Please see the Graduate Admissions page for a breakdown of which programs require an audition, for information about how to apply, and for a list of upcoming Music Audition dates.

When an audition is required for admission to a Graduate Program, applicants are expected to perform in various period styles within the repertory of their instrument/voice, before March 1st for fall admission. SIGHT READING MAY BE REQUESTED.

Click on your instrument group for specific graduate audition requirements:

WOODWINDS  (Flute, Oboe, Clarinet, Bassoon, Saxophone)

BRASS  (Trumpet, Trombone, Horn, Euphonium, Tuba)

STRINGS  (Violin, Viola, Cello, Double Bass)

VOICE

PIANO  (Piano and Collaborative Piano)

PERCUSSION

JAZZ COMPOSITION/ARRANGING

JAZZ PERFORMANCE

 

SPECIAL ARRANGEMENT AND RECORDED/STREAMING AUDITIONS

UPDATE FOR FALL 2021 ENTRY: Due to the ongoing nature of the COVID-19 pandemic, all auditions are expected to be held remotely for the 2020-2021 Admissions cycle.

Prospective graduate students who need to audition should prioritize making contact with the appropriate applied instructor for their instrument to determine the exact nature and expectations of what to prepare. In addition, graduate students who need to audition should have their Audition Request Form submitted by February 1st, 2021.

Auditions held after February 28th 2021 will be conducted on a space available basis depending on the studio in question.

Please call Admissions Director Nathaniel Gowen, 413-545-6048 or email musicadmissions@umass.edu with any questions.

Graduate applicants in Jazz Composition and Arranging are not required to audition, but are encouraged to do so. While the portfolio is the primary focal point of the Composition/Arranging application and subsequent degree, a sample CD or live audition of the applicant's performing abilities is encouraged, as is the participation in large and small jazz ensembles while pursuing the Masters degree. A particular performing strength can sometimes compensate for a smaller writing portfolio as an initial foray into the Masters in Jazz Composition/Arranging.

Graduate jazz applicants may contact Program Director & Professor Jeffrey Holmes, jwholmes@music.umass.edu, (413) 545-6046, for additional details about the program and audition information.