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Audition Requirements- Graduate

Not all graduate music degree programs require an audition for acceptance. Please see the Graduate Admissions page for a breakdown of which programs require an audition, for information about how to apply, and for a list of upcoming Music Audition dates.

When an audition is required for admission to a Graduate Program, applicants are expected to perform in various period styles within the repertory of their instrument/voice, before March 1st for fall admission. SIGHT READING WILL BE REQUIRED AT ALL AUDITIONS.

Click on your instrument group for specific graduate audition requirements:

WOODWINDS  (Flute, Oboe, Clarinet, Bassoon, Saxophone)

BRASS  (Trumpet, Trombone, Horn, Euphonium, Tuba)

STRINGS  (Violin, Viola, Cello, Double Bass)


PIANO  (Piano and Collaborative Piano)





Participating in an on-campus audition is highly recommended, especially if a student wishes to be considered for a scholarship. If a student is unable to attend a regularly scheduled audition, it is possible to request a Special Audition (see Application/Audition Request Form). If distance prohibits a student from coming to campus for a live audition, a CD or DVD may be submitted by mail in addition to the online Application/Audition Request Form.

All CDs (or DVD's) should be submitted by mail, with a listing of the program performed, in addition to a completed online Music Application/Audition Request Form. Please send the CD or DVD to Nathaniel Gowen, Director of Admissions, 271 Fine Arts Center, UMass, Amherst MA 01003) Call 413-545-6048 or email us with any questions.

The Department reserves the right to require a live audition in addition to a recording before granting final admission to any degree program.

Graduate applicants in Jazz Composition and Arranging are not required to audition, but are encouraged to do so. While the portfolio is the primary focal point of the Composition/Arranging application and subsequent degree, a sample CD or live audition of the applicant's performing abilities is encouraged, as is the participation in large and small jazz ensembles while pursuing the Masters degree. A particular performing strength can sometimes compensate for a smaller writing portfolio as an initial foray into the Masters in Jazz Composition/Arranging.

Graduate jazz applicants may contact Program Director & Professor Jeffrey Holmes,, (413) 545-6046, for additional details about the program and audition information.