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Audition Information

All prospective students applying to degree programs in chamber music, collaborative piano, conducting, jazz studies, piano pedagogy, opera coaching, opera directing and performance are required to audition.

Repertoire requirements are available on the audition repertoire webpage.

All applicants must apply to the Graduate School and the Butler School of Music before an audition can be scheduled or a prescreening or recorded audition can be reviewed. Bassoon, clarinet, collaborative piano, conducting, flute, French horn, guitar (non-jazz), opera directing, percussion, piano (non-jazz), saxophone (non-jazz), trombone (non-jazz), viola, violin and voice applicants must submit a prescreening video by December 1, through the Butler School of Music application. Applicants will be notified of their results by email in mid-December. Those who pass the prescreening process will be invited to a live, on-campus audition or interview, as appropriate to the program.

Within five business days of submitting your Butler School of Music application you will receive an email confirming that it has been received. The confirmation email will confirm your requested audition date, confirm the Butler School's intent to review your prescreening submission or request additional steps before confirmation of an audition date or review of a prescreening (ex: submission of an application to the Graduate School).

Please do not make travel plans until you have received an audition confirmation email. We do our best to place applicants on their requested audition date. We do not guarantee a slot on your requested audition date if you wait until the last minute to submit your applications and audition request.


2018 Audition Dates

Bassoon: February 2, 3
Cello: January 27 (Gindele), February 2 (Tsang), February 3 (Gindele & Tsang), February 17 (Tsang)
Clarinet: January 19, 20, 26, 27
Collaborative Piano: February 10-11 (full weekend)
Conducting - Band/Wind: February 9
Conducting - Choral: February 2, 9
Conducting - Orchestral: February 12
Double Bass: January 27, February 3, 17
Euphonium: January 20, 27, February 3, 17
Flute: February 1, 3
French Horn: January 20, 27, February 3, 17
Guitar: January 27, February 2, 3, 17
Harp: January 27, February 2, 3
Jazz (all instruments): January 27, February 3, 17
Oboe: January 20, 26, 27
Opera Coaching: January 27, February 3
Opera Directing: February 19
Organ: January 20
Percussion: February 2, 3, 4
Piano: January 22, 26, 27
Saxophone: January 19, 20, 26, 27, February 17
Trombone: January 20, 27, February 3, 17
Trumpet: January 20, 27, February 3, 17
Tuba: January 20, 27, February 3, 17
Viola: January 27, February 3
Violin: January 27, February 3
Voice: January 20, 27, February 3

Prescreen Submission Deadline: December 1, 2017
Required for bassoon, clarinet, collaborative piano, conducting, flute, French horn, guitar, opera directing, percussion, piano, saxophone, trombone, viola, violin and voice applicants.

Recorded Audition Deadline: December 1, 2017
Not available in all areas. See below.


Recorded Auditions

While in-person auditions are highly preferred, audition by video recording is available in some areas. Repertoire is the same as for in-person auditions. Applicants in areas that accept recorded auditions may submit a video audition through the Butler School of Music application. Audio-only auditions are not accepted.

Recorded auditions must be submitted with the Butler School application by Dec. 1.

  • Euphonium, French horn, jazz, oboe, organ, percussion, saxophone, trombone, trumpet and tuba applicants may audition by video recording.
  • Bassoonists who reside outside of the continental United States or who have had an in-person lesson with Prof. Jensen within the last calendar year may audition by video recording.
  • String and voice applicants must perform an in-person audition unless they currently reside outside of the continental United States.
  • Clarinet, collaborative piano, conducting, flute, opera coaching and piano applicants must audition in person, regardless of residency.

No requests for review of recorded auditions will be accepted after the deadline.


Sample Audition Day Schedules

Applicants are required to attend their audition on their scheduled date. Optional activities, such as receptions, tours and performances may also be scheduled. The sample schedules below offer an overview of the day's activities. Details are subject to change.

Weekday Auditions

  • 8 a.m.-12 p.m.: Audition Check-in
  • 9 a.m.: Auditions Begin
  • 12 p.m.: Butler School of Music Facility Tour
  • 4:30-5:30 p.m. (Fridays only): Reception - Family members and friends are welcome.
  • 5 p.m.: Auditions Conclude

Saturday Auditions

  • 8 a.m.-3 p.m.: General Information & Refreshment Tables Open
  • 8:30 a.m.-3 p.m.: Audition/Interview Check-in
  • 9 a.m.: Auditions/Interviews Begin
  • 10 a.m.-3 p.m.: Butler School of Music Facility Tours
  • 12 p.m.: Orientation Session - Butler School Student Performance and Q&A with Admissions Staff
  • 5 p.m.: Auditions/Interviews Conclude

Applicants that plan to be in Austin on the Friday preceding their audition/interview are welcome to attend the reception at 4:30 p.m.

Sunday Auditions

  • 10 a.m.-2 p.m.: Audition Check-in
  • 11 a.m.: Auditions Begin
  • 12 p.m.: Butler School of Music Facility Tour
  • 5 p.m.: Auditions Conclude

Applicants that plan to be in Austin on the Friday preceding their audition/interview are welcome to attend the reception at 4:30 p.m.