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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 2014 semester Audition Dates

Undergraduate Transfer Students Only:

  • Saturday, November 2, 2013—All Areas

Fall 2014 semester Audition Dates


  • Saturday, February 1, 2014—All Areas
  • Saturday, March 1, 2014—All Areas Except Voice And Jazz
  • Saturday, March 8, 2014—Voice And Jazz Only


  • Wednesday, February 26, 2014

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:

Chamber Choir auditions will be held Tuesday, August 20th to Friday, August 23rd: Please prepare a classical solo (2-3 minutes) Gloria by by Dominick Argento, available here: gloria.pdf and the first movement of Peter Quince at the Clavier peter_quince.pdf. Call-backs for Chamber Choir will be Friday, August 23th from 7pm-9pm. All singers invited to call-backs must attend to be considered for the ensemble.

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 the University Choir.

Sign-up Sheets:

There will be audition sign-up sheets posted on Dr Talberg's office door (UMC-A508) as of Monday, July 24 for both the Chamber and University Choirs. Email requests for audition times will not be accepted before August 7, 2013.

For any further inquiries please email

Opera Institute Audition Dates

2013 Opera Auditions will be held in Daniel Recital Hall on Sunday, August 25 beginning at 2pm. Christopher Luthi will play. In attendance will be: Drs. Anglin, Talberg & Müller-Stosch as well as Yuval Sharon, our guest stage director for Opera Scenes in November. Call back auditions and an improvisatory session with Mr. Sharon will occur in Daniel Hall on TUESDAY, AUGUST 27 3-5 pm.

Please be prepared to sing two things. One selection must be an aria. One selection must be in a language other than English. Operatic repertoire is preferable but Art Song is OK, Music Theatre is OK if you are new to opera. It is NOT necessary to bring a monologue.

The sign-up sheet will be available on MONDAY, AUGUST 19 and will be located on the OPERA CALL BOARD opposite Dr. Talberg's office. If you are unable to sign up in person, please either have another student do it for you or we can deal with it in the STATE PAID LESSON MEETING on Friday, August 23.

Anyone NOT in last year's Opera Class: Unless we have already worked together in coaching repertoire, please also sign up for a brief (1/2 hour) chat / working session with Dr. Anglin (in A 518).

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:

  • Wed, Aug 21, 2013 from 12:30-3pm
  • Thu, Aug 22, 2013 from 11am-1pm and 2-5pm
  • Fri, Aug 23, 2013 from 12:30-3pm

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_2013.pdf

There will be audition sign-up sheets posted on the Jazz Studies bulletin board, across from the large ensemble rehearsal rooms by August 12, 2013. You may also request an audition time by emailing by emailing Glynis Davies, (Vocal Jazz Graduate Assistant) at

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

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