Auditions

About Undergraduate Auditions

Auditions are required for ALL applicants (including transfer students and alternate/secondary majors).

  • Auditions for admission are held once a year, during Winter Quarter (for admission the following Fall Quarter).  
  • Audition Appointments:
    • Requests for appointments are accepted between November 1st - January 15th (deadline extended due to high demand).
    • Appointments are assigned on a first-come, first-served basis, in sequential order starting in the morning through the afternoon.
    • Auditions for Classical Piano, String Instruments and Voice are held on two days.  Applicants for these areas will be scheduled beginning with the first available appointment on the first audition day, through the last available appointment on the last day.
    • Preferences: Due to high demand, we do not accept requests for specific appointment times. 
    • Insructions for how to submit a request for an audition appointment are indicated below (scroll down).
    • All applicants will receive a reply - either a confirmation email with their assigned audition time, or a reply to requests to submit a recorded audition.
  • An Audition Registration form is required for all applicants (bring the completed form with you to the audition, or submit with your recorded audition).
  • Repertoire Requirements for each instrument are indicated below (scroll down).
  • Accompanists: We provide an accompanist ONLY for Voice Auditions.  Accompanists are not provided for any other instrument, though applicants are welcome to bring an accompanist with them (we will provide a space for applicants and accompanists to warm up together).
  • Final Confirmation: All applicants with scheduled appointments will receive a follow up email with information (directions, parking) and re-confirmation of their audition appointment by mid-January.
  • Information Session: Join us for a special Q and A with current students and faculty, which concludes with a brief tour of the Claire Trevor School of the Arts. 12:00 - 1:00pm on each audition date. All applicants and their families are welcome!
  • In-Person vs. Recorded Auditions: We strongly recommend all applicants audition in person. The in-person audition is an experience where applicants can meet faculty and current students, explore the school and obtain a real sense of what a Music major at UCI can offer them.  We do not accept recorded auditions without prior faculty approval.  For applicants that are not able to be here, instructions for how to request approval and submit recorded auditions are indicated below (scroll down).

 

Repertoire Requirements for Undergraduate Auditions

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

     

    Requesting an Audition Appointment

    • Requests for audition appointments will be accepted between November 1 – January 15 (deadline extended due to high demand).
    • Email music@uci.edu with the following information:
      • Applicant Name
      • Instrument
      • Phone number where the applicant can be reached on the DAY OF the audition
      • Audition Date
      • Specify - Incoming Freshman, Transfer or Current UCI student
    • All appointments are confirmed by reply email.
    • Final Confirmation: All applicants with scheduled appointments will receive a follow up email with information (directions, parking) and re-confirmation of their audition appointment by mid-January.

     

    CURRENT AUDITIONS SCHEDULE

    Important Information

    • Applicants must be present and ready 15 minutes before their scheduled appointment time.
    • Check-In & Warm-Up:  Doors open at 8:30am
    • Check-In Location:  Music & Media Building, Room 303
    • Applicants will be escorted to designated warm-up rooms after checking in.
    • Accompanists:  We do not provide accompanists for auditions.  Applicants who want to bring an accompanist are welcome to. Please let us know when checking in if you have an accompanist with you, so we may escort you to a practice room suitable for you to warm-up together.
    • Information Session:  12:00 - 1:00pm on all audition dates (location provided at check-in).  Join us for a special Q and A with current students and faculty, concluding with a brief tour of the Claire Trevor School of the Arts.  Maps of the wider UCI campus will be available for anyone who wants to explore!

    Saturday, January 28, 2017

    • Guitar & Lute
    • Strings: Cello, Double Bass, Viola, Violin
    • Classical Piano
    • Jazz: Acoustic Bass, Piano, Saxophone, Trombone, Trumpet
    • Jazz Drum Set

    Sunday, January 29, 2017

    • Winds: Bassoon, Clarinet, Flute, Oboe
    • Brass & Percussion: Classical Percussion, Classical Trombone & Trumpet, Euphonium, French Horn, Tuba
    • Voice

    Saturday, February 4, 2017

    • Strings: Cello, Harp, Viola, Violin
    • Classical Piano
    • Voice

     

    Recorded Auditions

    We strongly recommend applicants come for an in-person audition.  However, we understand that not everyone is able to be here.  Applicants may request approval to submit a recorded audition via DVD or online link.

    • Request Approval - Email music@uci.edu with the following information:
      • Applicant Name
      • Instrument
      • Reason why you can’t come to an in-person audition
    • Approved Applicants - Submit Recorded Audition as follows:
      • Include the required Audition Registration with your submission.
      • Voice applicants - submit the required questionnaire (see Repertoire Requirements for Voice).
      • Deadline - January 15th!  Recorded auditions must be received by the Department of Music no later than January 15th.  Materials submitted after the deadline will not be considered.
      • ONLINE LINKS - Email to music@uci.edu
      • DVDs - Mail to the following address:

                                  UCI Department of Music

                                  Attn:  Undergraduate Auditions

                                  303 Music & Media Building

                                  Irvine, CA 92697-2775

     

    Graduate Auditions

    Auditions are also required for graduate applicants to MFA programs in Collaborative Piano and/or Piano Performance, Guitar and Lute Performance, Instrumental Performance, and Vocal Arts programs.  For information about graduate auditions, view Graduate Applicants.