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Everything you need to know for your audition to be considered for admission for Fall 2021.

About Auditions

Video-recorded auditions are required for all instrumental and vocal areas of performance, undergraduate music education and composition majors. Additionally, the faculty reserve the opportunity to interact with you via an in-person zoom interview/audition, but it will not be required in all areas, and should not be taken as an indicator of likelihood for admission. 

Conducting majors 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 Auditions

We anticipate that it is unlikely we will be able to invite students to audition on-campus this year. You will be asked in your music application if you would like to be considered for a live audition if available. No applicants will be required to come to campus, and recorded auditions will be given full consideration for admission and funding.

Audition Repertoire and Program-Specific Requirements

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


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.


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

Graduate Auditions and Requirements

Frequently Asked Questions

How will auditions be different for Fall 2021 admission?

Your audition for Fall 2021 admission will need to be pre-recorded and submitted either with your application, or later by uploading your audition video to your application status page. If you are applying for early action as a freshman, you will need to submit your recorded audition video on or before December 1, 2020. All others must submit audition videos by February 1, 2021.

What should I wear for my audition video?

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. 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 no later than March 15.

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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 1. Graduate decisions for most programs are released on or around March 15. 

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