Undergraduate Auditions FAQs

Please be sure to review the information on the Undergraduate Auditions page. If you cannot find your question answered there or in the FAQs below, please email music@uci.edu


Q: What happens if I don't pass the first-round prescreen audition?

A: Unfortunately, you will not be invited to a second round audition. Refer to your Applicant Portal for the University decision by the decision date.


Q: If I don't pass the first-round prescreen, will I receive feedback on my audition?

A: No, we do not provide feedback.


Q: Will second-round auditions be virtual or in person?

A: This depends on your instrument/voice; please find this information on the Undergraduate Auditions page.


Q: When should I arrive for my audition?

A: For in-person auditions, doors open at 9am, and auditions begin at 10am. Please arrive early enough to walk from the parking structure to the Music & Media building, check in at the Music Office, and warm up for 10 minutes. We recommend arriving at least 30 minutes before your audition.


Q: Will I have warm up space?

A: Yes! All prospective students will be escorted to a warm up space after checking in at the Music Office.


Q: How long can I warm up for?

A: Out of consideration for all applicants, we request that you limit your warm-up time to 10 minutes.


Q: Is accompaniment provided?

A: Accompaniment is provided ONLY for Vocal Arts auditions. It is not possible for Vocal Arts applicants to warm up with the accompanist; music will be sight-read.


Q: Can I bring my own accompanist?

A: Yes, applicants may bring their own accompanist if they choose. As with all other applicants, please limit your warm-up to 10 minutes.


Q: How long is the audition?

A: Auditions range from 10 to 20 minutes, depending on the instrument/area.


Q: Will I be asked to sight read?

A: You may or may not be asked to sight read. We recommend you be prepared just in case.


Q: Will I be asked to perform scales?

A: You may or may not be asked to perform scales. We recommend you be prepared just in case.


Q: What else should I be prepared for in my audition?

A: Be prepared to answer questions about yourself, your musical background and your interest in UCI.


Q: Who should I contact with questions about the repertoire?

A: Please contact the faculty member listed as a contact on the Repertoire Requirements page for your instrument. Department staff cannot answer repertoire questions.


Q: How do I cancel or reschedule my audition?

A: Please email music@uci.edu to cancel or reschedule.


Q: Where do I check in for my audition?

A: Please check in at the Music Office, on the 3rd Floor of the Music & Media building. Take the stairs or elevator to the 3rd Floor, and enter through the double doors directly across from the elevator. The Music Office is the first office on the right (check in at the front counter).


Q: Where should I park, and are permits required?

A: Find information about visitor parking, including rates, here. We recommend parking in the Mesa Parking Structure.


Q: Can I take a tour during my visit?

A: We do not offer tours of Music Department facilities because they're in use for auditions. You can take a virtual tour of the Claire Trevor School of the Arts, or explore options at campus tours.


Q: Is it possible to apply for more than one instrument?

A: Yes! Submit separate prescreen forms for each instrument. Do not combine instruments on one submission.


Q: I'm running late for my audition, what should I do?

A: Arrive as soon as you can, check in at the Music Office, and we'll do our best to fit you in where we can. If you're able to, email us at music@uci.edu to let us know.