Auditions

Undergraduate Applicants:

Auditions are REQUIRED for all applicants, including freshman and transfer students who apply to UCI with Music as either a preferred or alternate choice major, and current UCI students seeking to add Music as a major.

 

Graduate Applicants:

Auditions are REQUIRED for graduate applicants whose emphasis is MFA in Collaborative Piano and/or Piano Performance, Guitar and Lute Performance, Instrumental Performance and Vocal Arts

 

2018 Audition Dates:

Saturday, January 20th

  • Brass (Euphonium, Horn, Trombone, Trumpet, Tuba)
  • Guitar & Lute

Sunday, January 21st

  • Strings (Cello, Harp, Viola, Violin)
  • Piano
  • Winds (Bassoon, Clarinet, Flute, Oboe) AND Classical Percussion
  • Voice

Saturday, January 27th

  • Strings (Cello, Double Bass, Viola, Violin)
  • Piano
  • Jazz (Acoustic Bass, Piano, Saxophone, Trombone, Trumpet)
  • Jazz Drum Set
  • Voice

 

About Auditions:

  • Undergraduate Auditions take place on the 3rd and 4th weekends in January each year, for fall term admission consideration.   
  • Graduate Auditions are often scheduled on the same days as Undergraduate Auditions, but may also be scheduled on alternate dates (depending on the availability of the applicant and our faculty). Graduate Auditions are scheduled via a separate link from Undergraduate Auditions.
  • Schedule your audition during November 3rd - December 31st for enrollment consideration into UCI's upcoming fall term.
    • Example:  Apply to UC Irvine during the November filing period, and schedule your audition between November 3rd - December 31st; then audition in January.
  • Auditions are scheduled from 9:30am - 5:00pm.  Doors open at 9:00am for Registration!
  • Registration is REQUIRED upon arrival.  Come to the Music Office front desk (Music & Media Bldg, 3rd Floor, Room 303).  Detailed maps and directions will be emailed to all applicants with an audition appointment in early January. 
  • Warm-up space is provided for all applicants.
  • Piano Accompaniment is provided ONLY for Voice Auditions. Rehearsal with the Accompanist is not possible; all music will be sight-read.  Applicants for other (non-Voice) instruments who want to bring an accompanist with them are welcome to.  Please tell us if you have brought an accompanist when you register (upon arrival) and we will provide a warm-up space.
  • Orientation:  Please join us for a UCI Music Orientation, offered on each audition date between 12:00 - 1:00pm in our primary performance venue, Winifred Smith Hall!  This event is by current students for prospective students.  All applicants and their families are welcome! 
  • Voice Applicants:  ALL Voice applicants MUST complete the Voice Questionnaire!  Download from the Repertoire Requirements for Voice and bring with you to your audition.

 

Scheduling an Undergraduate Audition:

Auditions are scheduled by instrument grouping, as follows:
  • String instruments (Cello, Double Bass, Harp, Viola, Violin) are seen in the same audition space by the same panel of faculty instructors, therefore they're all scheduled within the same grouping.
  • Wind instruments (Bassoon, Clarinet, Flute, Oboe) are coupled with Classical Percussion, and just as with Strings, are seen in the same audition space by the same panel of faculty instructors.
  • Brass instruments (Euphonium, Horn, Trombone, Trumpet, Tuba) are seen in the same audition space by the same panel of faculty instructors.
  • Jazz instruments (Acoustic Bass, Piano, Saxophone, Trombone, Trumpet) are seen in the same audition space by the same panel of faculty instructors.
  • Jazz Drum Set is seen on the same day as other Jazz instruments, but because it's SO LOUD, these auditions are seen in a separate audition space by the Jazz Drum Set faculty.
  • Guitar & Lute is scheduled separately.
  • Piano is scheduled separately.
  • Voice (Vocal Arts) is scheduled separately.

To schedule your UNDERGRADUATE AUDITION, click on the link below for your instrument or instrument grouping:

 

Undergraduate Repertoire Requirements

Questions about Repertoire Requirements:  Please contact the faculty instructor for each instrument directly.

 

Scheduling a Graduate Audition:

Graduate Auditions are scheduled via a separate link from the Undergraduate Auditions above.  To schedule your Graduate Audition, click on the link below:

Please note:  The above link is hosted by Undergraduate Admissions, but it IS for Graduate Auditions.

 

Graduate Repertoire Requirements:

Please view Graduate Applicants for information about additional repertoire requirements for graduate applicants.

Questions about Repertoire Requirements:  Please contact the faculty instructor for each instrument directly.

 

In-Person vs. Recorded Auditions

We strongly recommend applicants come for an in-person audition.  While we understand that not everyone will be able to be here for a live audition, prospective students who can make the trip are strongly encouraged to do so!  The in-person audition is your chance to see the school, meet the faculty and ask questions, and meet current students. You'll get a real sense of what being a Music major at UCI is actually like at our UCI Music Orientation - a special event for prospective students and their families which takes place on each audition date and is held at our primary performance venue, Winifred Smith Hall.

Prospective students who cannot be here for an in-person audition may request permission to submit a recorded audition by emailing us.  Include your name, instrument, and reason why you cannot attend in person.  If granted permission to submit a recorded audition, you will be contacted with instructions.