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Audition Information

A performance audition is required for acceptance into the degree programs of the California State University, Long Beach Department of Music. All entering freshmen and undergraduate transfer students who have been admitted to the university are required to pass a performance audition and take a theory placement examination. Students wishing to audition should prepare solo, etude, or art song material from the standard repertoire of approximately 10 minutes in length. The selection(s) should demonstrate both technical and lyrical skills.

The Theory Placement Exam is a diagnostic test used to determine the appropriate level of theory in which the student should enroll. The test is offered on each audition day and the first Friday of each semester.

For undergraduate and graduate admission information, please refer to our Admissions Page.

Department Audition Dates

Spring 2015 semester Audition Dates

Undergraduate Transfer Students Only:

  • Saturday, October 18, 2014—All Areas

Fall 2015 semester Audition Dates


  • Saturday, February 7, 2015—All Areas
  • Saturday, February 13, 2015—Voice And Jazz Only
  • Saturday, February 28, 2015—All Areas Except Voice And Jazz


  • Wednesday, March 11 , 2015

Call 562.985.4781 or email to reserve your slot!

Chamber and University Choir Audition Dates

Participation in the University and Chamber Choirs is by audition only.

Chamber Choir and University Choir auditions will be held Wednesday-Friday, August 20-22, 2014. Men's and Women's Chorus auditions will take place the first and second weeks of school; simply come to class on Monday night.

Chamber Choir:

For the Chamber Choir, you must prepare a classical solo, 2-3 minutes of length, If You Visit Me by Kevin Memley (Download: if_you_visit_me.pdf) and the first half of W.A. Mozart's Cum Sancto Spiritu from the Great Mass in C Minor (Download: cum_sancto_spiritu.pdf). All singers invited to Call Backs MUST attend on Friday, August 22, from 7-9 PM.

University Choir:

For University Choir, please prepare 32 bars of any accompanied classical, musical theater, or folk song. You will be asked to sight-read and to demonstrate your pitch memory. Those who audition for Chamber Choir will automatically be considered for University Choir.

Men's and Women's Choruses

Please prepare a short solo and be prepared to demonstrate your pitch memory.

Sign-up Sheets:

There will be audition sign-up sheets posted on Dr. Talberg's office door, (UMC A 508) as of Monday, August 4. Email request for audition times will be accepted after that time by emailing

Opera Institute Audition Dates

Opera auditions will take place on Saturday, August 23, 2014 in the Daniel Recital Hall from 1-5pm.

Sign-up Sheet:

An audition sign-up sheet will be available on Monday, August 18 and will be located on the Opera Call Board. You should prepare two arias or art songs (or a combination thereof) of contrasting nature.

Anyone who was not in last year’s Opera Class (and all new students): unless we have already worked together coaching repertoire, please also sign up for a brief (1/2 hour) chat / working session with Dr. Anglin. These sessions will take place on Wednesday-Friday, August 20-22, 2014. Feel free to contact Dr. Anglin with any questions about opera:

Vocal Jazz Ensemble Audition Information

Participation in the Vocal Jazz Ensembles is by audition only.

Auditions for the Vocal Jazz Ensembles will be held on the following dates:

  • Tuesday, Aug 19, 2014 from 10am-5pm
  • Thursday, Aug 21, 2014 from 1:30-5pm

YOU MUST DOWNLOAD ALL AUDITION INFORMATION, print it, fill it out BEFORE the audition, and bring it with you. Download Audition Information Here: vocal_jazz_auditions_2014.pdf

There will be audition sign-up sheets posted on the Jazz Studies bulletin board, across from the large ensemble rehearsal rooms by August 11, 2014. You may also request an audition time by emailing by emailing Christine Guter at:

If you have any questions, please contact Christine Guter at 562-985-8138 or

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