School of Music Audition Information

Trombone Student

Planning to become a music major or minor at CMU?

In order to study at the School of Music, all incoming students (freshmen, transfer, and graduate) must complete a successful audition on their primary instrument or voice. We look forward to meeting you soon and introducing you to our supportive music community! Students have the option of auditioning in person or online for the School of Music.  

If you have already registered for an audition but would like to make a change to your registration, contact our office. Do not complete the online registration form a second time.

Music Award Consideration 

All auditioners will be considered for a Music Award, no matter how they choose to audition (online or in-person).  However, we strongly encourage applicants to audition early if they wish to secure School of Music acceptance and receive early notification of their Music Award status.

Saxophone Student

School of Music Audition Experience Hub includes

  • A link to the specific audition requirements for your instrument/voice.
  • Video tutorials on how to make and submit your School of Music audition video.
  • Video tutorial on how to prepare for the virtual interview process and what to expect at your interview.
  • Information about the special “We Do Music” Zoom sessions and on-demand content being offered on your virtual audition day.


Online auditions will require the submission of a pre-recorded video performance of the School of Music Audition Requirements for your voice or instrument (see Audition Requirements towards the bottom of this page) and the scheduling of a Zoom interview with the professor of your instrument/voice.

Video submissions must be received by the School of Music no later than one week prior to your scheduled Online Interview Date.

Video submissions must be received by the School of Music no later than two weeks prior to your scheduled Online Interview Date.

Submit Audition Video

2023 Virtual Interview Dates

• February 18, 2023 (Saturday, scheduled between 1 PM and 5 PM)
• March 17, 2023
(Friday, scheduled between 1 PM and 5 PM)

Our faculty are excited and eager to meet you! Your virtual interview may consist of:

• Discussion of your video submission
•Sight-reading via screen share from the Professor’s computer
•Performance of the scales or technical studies required for admission to the School of Music
•The opportunity for you to ask questions and get to know us!
•On campus auditions (see dates below)

2023 On Campus Audition Dates

• January 27, 2023 (Friday)
• February 17, 2023
• February 18, 2023
• March 17, 2023

What should you expect during an on campus audition day?
Individual auditions will be scheduled between 9:00 am to 5:00 pm on audition day.

Woodwind, Brass, and Percussion students will audition only for the professor of their instrument, without an accompanist, in the faculty member’s office or a classroom.

String students will audition for all string faculty and the Director of Orchestral Studies.

Vocalists will audition for all members of the vocal faculty in Chamichian Recital Hall. A collaborative pianist for singers is provided for you at no cost and printed copies of the audition pieces must be supplied. Taped accompaniments are not allowed.