Department of Music Entrance Auditions

FALL 2023


Prescreening applies to all instruments and Vocal Arts. Applicants who pass the first round prescreen will be invited to a second round audition. Second round auditions will be held in-person, at the UCI campus in Irvine, CA. Those who cannot travel may request a virtual audition by exception (please email Due to the ongoing pandemic, plans for in-person auditions are subject to change. If plans change, we will make an announcement on this page.


Undergraduate Applicants

Auditions are required for all applicants, including:

  • Incoming Freshman and Transfer Students
  • Music as Primary or Secondary Major
  • Current UCI students seeking to change major to Music or add Music as a second major


Application Process Overview

Prescreen Round:

  1. Submit a prescreen audition during November 1st - December 12th (by noon, 12:00 pm, PST)
  2. Applicants will receive notification of their result no later than January 6th. Those who pass will be invited to schedule an in-person audition, which will take place during the last two weekends in January.

Second Round:

  1. A second audition is required for all applicants who pass the prescreen.
  2. Schedule your audition as early as possible, and no later than January 16th. Audition times are first-come, first-served.
  3. Attend your audition in late January.
  4. Refer to Dates and Deadlines at UCI Undergraduate Admissions for final admission decisions, timelines, and more.


Requirements for Undergraduate Prescreen Videos

  • Perform ONLY repertoire which meets the stated requirements. If you have questions about the repertoire, contact the faculty instructor.
  • VIDEO links only (we need to see and hear you)
  • Clearly state your name and the repertoire you will be performing at the start of each video.
  • Verify your links work and permissions are set correctly BEFORE submitting (we do not troubleshoot broken links; auditions that cannot be accessed may not be considered).
  • If applying for more than one instrument, submit separately; DO NOT combine instruments on one submission.


Audition Dates

Second round auditions for fall admission take place on the 3rd and 4th weekends in January, each year. This year's dates are:

Saturday, January 21st

Sunday, January 22nd

Saturday, January 28th

Sunday, January 29th

Dates for each instrument will be posted by December 1st.


Music Department Student/Parent Orientation

Please join us for a Welcome and Overview of the Music Department and Claire Trevor School of the Arts!
Date & Time TBA

Registration is required. Link TBA


CTSA & Campus Tours


Directions & Parking



Graduate Applicants


Auditions are required for Graduate MFA applicants in the following emphases:

  • Collaborative Piano and/or Piano Performance
  • Guitar & Lute Performance
  • Instrumental Performance
  • Vocal Arts

Graduate applicants should contact the appropriate faculty instructor to arrange your in-person or virtual audition by January 15th. Please DO NOT use the above link for Undergraduate applicants.