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Music Audition Requirements - Undergraduate

Acceptance to the undergraduate music major or minor at UMass Amherst is determined in large part by an audition.

Please click on one of the left menu links for your specific instrument.

Pieces selected for the audition should demonstrate technical facility and musicality. Sight-reading may be requested.

If you have any questions, please contact the appropriate faculty member for your instrument/voice before the audition.


Participating in an on-campus audition is required, especially if a student wishes to be considered for a scholarship. If a student is unable to attend a regularly scheduled audition day, it is possible to request a Special Audition on the Music Application form for an individual date/time with the appropriate faculty.

Similarly, a Special Arrangement is possible if an extenuating circumstance prevents a student from attending his/her chosen audition date.  It is ultimately the responsibility of the student to be in touch with the appropriate studio faculty to arrange an audition date/time.  Spring entry applicants MUST select a Special Arrangement audition.

Recorded (whether hard copy or online) and streaming auditions are not allowed in lieu of a live audition except in exceptionally extenuating circumstances. The Department reserves the right to require a live audition before granting final admission to any degree program.

Requirements, expectations, and permission for these auditions vary for each studio and audition requirements may be adjusted compared to what is listed on the Music Program website.

All Special Arrangements and (if granted) recorded/streamed auditions for incoming freshman music majors must be completed by March 1 (for Fall entry) or November 1 (Spring entry).

Please call Admissions Director Nathaniel Gowen, 413-545-6048 or email with any questions.