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AUDITIONS

Everything you need to know for your audition to be considered for admission for Fall 2022.

About Auditions

Auditions are required for all instrumental and vocal areas of performance, undergraduate music education and composition majors. There is no longer a pre-screening requirement for any undergraduate programs.

Graduate level conducting, collaborative piano, solo piano, flute, opera, solo voice and vocal pedagogy applicants must submit pre-screening and may be invited to campus for a live audition in the spring semester.

Admission to other programs is determined by application only.

 

Live and Recorded Auditions

Live auditions are strongly encouraged for all applicants. To submit a recorded audition, please indicate your choice on your School of Music application and upload your audition video by the required deadline. All recorded auditions will be given full consideration for admission and funding.

It is strongly recommended that all applicants create a video recording of their audition repertoire in advance of their scheduled audition date. In the event of a public health emergency, recorded auditions may be required of applicants in place of previously scheduled live auditions.

 

Audition Dates for Fall 2022 Admission

Undergraduate - Early Action
All early action auditions will be held on Saturday, December 4, 2021. 
 
Undergraduate - Regular Decision, Transfer and Current UMD Students
Bassoon - TBA
Cello - February 19, 2022
Clarinet - February 19 and 21, 2022
Double Bass - February 19, 20 and 21, 2022
Euphonium - February 20 and 21, 2022
Flute - February 17, 18 and 19, 2022
Harp - February 19, 20 and 21, 2022
Horn - February 18 and 19, 2022
Jazz, all instruments - February 18 and 19, 2022
Oboe - February 17, 18 and 19, 2022
Percussion - February 20, 2022
Piano - February 18, 19 and 20, 2022
Saxophone - February 18 and 19, 2022
Trumpet - February 17, 18 and 19, 2022
Trombone - February 19, 2022
Tuba - February 20 and 21, 2022
Viola - February 18 and 19, 2022
Violin - February 17 and 21, 2022
Voice - February 18 and 19, 2022

Graduate
Bassoon - TBA
Cello - February 19, 2022
Clarinet - February 19 and 21, 2022
Collaborative Piano - February 18 and 19, 2022
Double Bass - February 19, 20 and 21, 2022
Flute - February 17, 18 and 19, 2022
Euphonium - February 20 and 21, 2022
Harp - February 19, 20 and 21, 2022
Horn - February 18 and 19, 2022
Jazz, all instruments - February 18 and 19, 2022
Oboe - February 17, 18 and 19, 2022
Percussion - February 20, 2022
Piano - February 18, 19 and 20, 2022
Saxophone - February 18 and 19, 2022
Trombone - February 19, 2022
Tuba - February 20 and 21, 2022
Trumpet - February 17, 18 and 19, 2022
Viola - February 18 and 19, 2022
Violin - February 17 and 21, 2022
Voice & Opera - January 20 and February 11 and 12, 2022

Last updated: August 24, 2021

Audition Repertoire and Program-Specific Requirements

 a guitarist and a saxophonist mid-playing with multi-colored lights shining on them and smiling.

Undergraduate

Learn what you need to prepare for your music audition to be considered for admission.

Undergraduate Auditions
A small chamber of School of Music students perform at the University of Maryland Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center.

Graduate

Learn what you need to prepare for your music audition or program-specific application requirements.

Graduate Auditions and Requirements

Plan Your Day

Check back closer to auditions for more information about all of the activities going on the day of your audition so you can make the most of it!

 

Getting Here and Planning Your Stay

If you are planning to drive, you can review these driving/parking directions and this campus map. You can also find instructions for getting here by air or rail and a list of local hotels.

Frequently Asked Questions

How will auditions be conducted for Fall 2022 admission?

Auditions for Fall 2022 will be held in person. Students who elect not to come to campus for personal reasons may submit a recorded audition on the application status page by December 1 for Early Action or February 1 for all others.

What are the health and safety requirements for auditions?

We will provide guidance as soon as the University of Maryland has released guidelines for visitors for the Fall 2021 semester. If you or your companions are unvaccinated, you may be required to show proof of a recent negative COVID-19 test or audition by video instead.

What should I wear for my audition?

We recommend wearing a nice shirt and pants/skirt or a dress. You should look professional but be comfortable. Formal or concert dress is not necessary.

What about an accompanist for my audition?

Accompaniment is required for voice and jazz auditions, and may be pre-recorded for jazz auditions. An accompanist is provided for voice auditions, however applicants are required to provide the score for the accompanist. Applicants must provide a physical and legible score to the accompanist at the time of the audition. See the specific audition requirements for more information.

When will I find out if I was accepted?

For most undergraduate applicants, notification of your decision will be sent by email no later than February 1.

For most graduate applicants, notification of your decision will be sent by email in March.

If you have further questions, please contact us at musicadmissions@umd.edu.

What to Expect After the Audition

If you have not already, make sure to submit the FAFSA by the priority deadline of February 15 if you are eligible.

The majority of the undergraduate decisions will be released on or around February 1. Graduate decisions for most programs are released in March. 

Follow-up with scholarship awards is sent in mid-March to undergraduate applicants.