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Not all graduate music degree programs require an audition for acceptance. Please see the Graduate Admissions page for details on which programs require an instrumental audition.

Graduate applicants must complete a Music Application in tandem with their UMass Graduate School Application.

Applicants intending to audition during an Audition Day must have their Music Application complete no later than January 15.

The priority audition deadline for performance-based TA consideration is February 19.

Click on your instrument group for specific graduate audition requirements. All graduate auditions may include sight-reading components.




Percussion, Piano, and Voice


NOTE: Jazz Composition/Arranging prospects are encouraged but not required to audition. See below for further information.

Special Arrangement Auditions

Graduate students are welcome to audition outside of the Audition Days at any point between December and February. Contact the appropriate applied instructor to inquire about the possibility of arranging an audition for an individualized appointment.

Auditions held after the priority audition deadline will be conducted on a space available basis depending on the studio in question.

Remote Music Audition Policy

All applicants who wish to have a remote audition must have approval of the faculty. Applicants must email @email before submitting the Music Application to request permission.

Live auditions are strongly preferred over remote auditions. Prospective music students should only request a remote audition under the following circumstances:

  • Travel to campus is prohibitive due to distance, cost, or health concerns.
  • The applicant is unable to attend any of the live Audition Days and cannot arrange a special arrangement audition before an audition deadline.


For general questions about auditions, please contact Music Admissions Director Nate Gowen at @email or by phone at 413-545-6048.