A performance audition is required for acceptance into the degree programs of the Bob Cole Conservatory of Music. Prospective students should schedule a music auditon before you receive notification of your acceptance into the university. 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. For specific audition requirements see table below.
Theory Placement Exam
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.
Pre-screening auditions are required in the Keyboard Studies, Jazz Studies and graduate Choral, Vocal & Opera Studies areas. Please contact 562-985-4781 for more information.
When you arrive for auditions you’ll be greeted by a student volunteer in the parking lot who will provide you with a parking pass, orient you towards the Bob Cole Conservatory and, if necessary, help you unload large instruments. They will direct you to Registration. All of our student volunteers, staff, and faculty will be wearing name tags.
The Registration tables are in the lobby of Daniel Recital Hall. Student volunteers will check you in by area, ensure that you have an audition form, answer any questions, and offer a map of the department to you. You’ll also get a name tag.
We’ll have complimentary coffee, tea, juice, water, and breakfast pastries for you in the lobby of Daniel Recital Hall.
You’ll start your day with a 20-minute orientation in Daniel Recital Hall. We’ll begin with a short performance by one our ensembles. Then you’ll hear about what it means to be a student at the Bob Cole Conservatory and also about what to expect if you are accepted to the conservatory and the university.
A student volunteer will walk you to a room where you and your family can wait until it is your turn to audition. A volunteer will come to get you from the waiting room when it is your turn to warm up.
A volunteer will walk you to a practice room to warm up. You’ll get about 10-15 minutes to warm up.
A student volunteer will walk you to your audition. Hand your audition form to one of the faculty members. Excellent accompanists are provide for voice, wind, and brass auditions.
Preliminary Theory Placement
Either before or directly after you audition, you’ll take a short theory test. This assesses whether you should be in a two-unit course or a five-unit course; you’ll need this information for summer registration.
Meet & greet
Several faculty members will be available to answer your questions about specific programs.
Student volunteers will take small groups on campus tours. They’ll answer any questions you might have as they show you some of the 322 acres of campus. If you plan to take a tour, bring walking shoes.