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Everything you need to know for your audition visit!

About Auditions

Auditions are required for all instrumental and vocal areas of performance, undergraduate music education, composition and conducting majors. Admission to other programs is determined by application only. Auditions are performed live, unless a special accommodation is requested by the applicant and confirmed by the School of Music.

Audition Dates

Audition week for fall 2020 admission is January 18, 20-25, 2020.
Not all instruments will audition on all days.
Find specific audition dates by instrument/program below.

Please contact the Music Admissions Office with questions via phone at 301.405.8435 or email at

We are holding some graduate auditions on Friday and Saturday, February 7 and 8, 2020. These days are available only to prospective graduate students. To find out if your instrument/program is included, please review the audition dates listed below by instrument/program.

If the dates listed are not possible for you, please apply and contact us with your conflict. We will try to accommodate your schedule. 


Instrument Audition Date
Bass January 21 (all applicants)
Drums January 22 (all applicants)
Guitar January 20 (all applicants)
Piano January 20 (all applicants)
Trombone January 22 (all applicants)
Trumpet January 20 (all applicants)


Instrument Audition Date
Collaborative Piano January 24-25 (graduate applicants only)
Solo Piano January 23-25 (all applicants)
Solo Piano February 7-8 (graduate applicants only)


Instrument Audition Date
Cello January 24-25 (all applicants)
Cello February 7-8 (graduate applicants only)
Double Bass January 18 (all applicants)
Harp  Audition will be scheduled based on applicants & instructor's availability. Please contact the Music Admissions Office
Viola January 24-25 (all applicants)
Viola  February 7 (graduate applicants only)
Violin January 24-25 (all applicants)
Violin February 7 (graduate applicants only)

Winds & Percussion

Instrument Audition Date
Bassoon January 24-25 (all applicants)
Bassoon  February 7-8 (graduate applicants only)
Clarinet January 18 & 25 (all applicants)
Clarinet February 8 (graduate applicants only)
Euphonium January 20 (all applicants)
Flute January 18 & 25 (all applicants)
Flute February 7 (graduate applicants only)
Horn January 18, 20, 24-25 (all applicants)
Horn February 7-8 (graduate applicants only)
Oboe January 24-25 (all applicants)
Oboe February 7-8 (graduate applicants only)
Percussion January 18 & 20 (all applicants)
Percussion February 8 (graduate applicants only)
Saxophone January 20-22 (all applicants)
Trombone January 18 & 25 (all applicants)
Trumpet  January 20, 23-25 (all applicants)
Tuba January 18 & 25 (all applicants)

Voice & Opera

Focus Area Audition Date
Voice & Opera January 18, 21-25 (all applicants)
Voice & Opera February 7-8 (graduate applicants only)

Pre-Screening and Audition Repertoire

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


Learn which programs pre-screen and find what you need to prepare for your audition.

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


Learn which programs pre-screen and find what you need to prepare for your audition or application.

Graduate Auditions

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

Where should I park?

Click here for information about parking at The Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center.

Do I need to sign up for the School of Music information session?

We offer a School of Music tour and information session every day during our auditions at 12 p.m. There is no need to sign up. Students and their parents/friends are invited to attend.

What else is there to do besides my audition?

We have several events planned to give you a glimpse into daily life at the School of Music: mini recitals, meet and greets with our faculty, sample class lectures and more! Check back closer to auditions for the schedule.

Is there somewhere to eat on campus?

The University of Maryland Stamp Student Union: Click here for options.

There are a number of restaurants in College Park, most of which are a short drive from The Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center. Click here for further information.

Finally, on each audition day we will have a lounge with coffee, tea and water along with a few snacks available for auditioning students and their parents.

What time should I arrive prior to my audition?

This is totally up to you! Practice rooms are available for you to warm up. Allow enough time for parking and checking in, and then however much time you need to warm up and be prepared to play your audition.

How long will my audition be?

Most auditions are 15 minutes long. Undergraduate auditions range from 10-20 minutes, and graduate auditions range from 15-30 minutes.

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?

We provide accompanists for voice auditions. You will have a chance to speak with your accompanist a few minutes prior to your audition to discuss tempos, entrances, etc. For non-vocalists, we do not require accompanists for your audition. If you would like an accompanist, please contact us and we can send you a list of some of our graduate collaborative piano students who you may contact directly about accompanying your audition.

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 15.

For most graduate applicants, notification of your decision will be sent by email no later than March 15.

If you have further questions, please contact us at

Inclement Weather Policy

The School of Music follows the University of Maryland campus closing procedures, and you will be able to find closure information and instructions on our website at We also suggest having an audition video on hand in case your schedule is not flexible enough for us to accommodate. If we are open but you are unable to get to us, make sure to call 301.405.8435 or email so that we can discuss alternatives.

What to Expect After the Audition

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

The majority of the undergraduate decisions will be released on or around February 15. Graduate decisions for most programs are released on or around March 15. 

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