Once you've completed the application process, the Music Department will schedule your audition. If you have completed your application, but you still haven't been able to schedule an audition, please contact the Music Department ASAP.
Department of Music
Music Building, MB 2569
Phone: (510) 885-3135
Instrumentalist (except classical guitar and piano): Prepare two contrasting selections lasting no more than ten minutes. No accompaniment necessary, but optional if you provide your own.
Vocalists: Prepare ten minutes of music of your choice (minimum of two songs). At least one song should be in a language other than English. Classical songs or arias, and Musical Theatre selections are preferred. All songs should be memorized. Accompaniment will be provided.
Please note: singer/songwriter applicants should apply through a portfolio submission instead of scheduling a vocal audition.
In addition to the main university application, all graduate applicants must submit the below documents directly to the Department of Music. Email submissions are preferred, and should be addressed to Dr. John Eros, Graduate Coordinator.
Instrumentalists: Prepare an audition that includes at least two representative works from the applicant's Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Music senior recital or comparable repertory. Three or four pieces drawn from multiple style periods are expected.
Pianists: Representative works from the applicant's Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Music senior recital or comparable repertory. Three or four pieces drawn from multiple style periods are expected, including a complete sonata by Mozart, Haydn, Beethoven, or contemporaries. Memorization is required. Sight-reading will also be evaluated.
Vocalists: Prepare an audition that includes each of the following: a Baroque aria (sacred or secular); a song by a German Romantic composer; a song by Debussy, Ravel, Fauré, Poulenc, Duparc, or Chausson; a song composed after 1950; and an operatic aria in Italian. The audition will last a maximum of twenty minutes and all of the music is expected to be performed from memory.
Jazz Studies: Prepare an audition that includes: (a) a blues melody and solo on 3-5 choruses; and (b) the melody and solo on 1-2 choruses of either a song from the Great American Songbook (e.g. “Stella,” “All The Things You Are,” “Like Some In Love,” etc.) or a jazz standard (e.g. “Moments Notice,” “Stablemates,” “Along Came Betty,” etc.).