Audition or Interview   Audition Dates   Scheduling or Requesting an Audition or Interview Recorded Auditions   Sample Audition Day Schedules


Audition or Interview

Audition

Applicants to the Bachelor of Arts in Music degree (excluding Composition emphasis) and the Bachelor of Music degrees in Performance, Music Studies and Jazz must audition for admission consideration.

Select your preferred audition date on the Butler School of Music application. Repertoire requirements are available on the audition repertoire webpage.

Audition Invitations

Applicants in non-prescreening areas will be invited to audition once their university and Butler School of Music applications are processed.

Applicants in prescreening areas are invited to audition after a successful review of the prescreen recordings and other submitted materials. Prescreening results are sent in mid-Dec.

Interview

Bachelor of Arts in Music - Emphasis in Composition and Bachelor of Music in Composition applicants must interview with the composition faculty for admission consideration.

Select your preferred interview date on the Butler School of Music application. Requirements are available on the composition requirements webpage.

Interview Invitations

Applicants will be invited to interview after a successful review of the composition portfolio, performance video and other submitted materials. Invitations are sent in mid-Dec.

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2021 Audition and Interview Dates

Bassoon: January 23, 29, 30 (In Person or via Zoom)
Cello: January 16 (Tsang), January 30 (Tsang & Gindele)
Clarinet: January 15, 16, 23
Classical Guitar: January 23, 30
Composition Interviews: January 23, 30
Double Bass: In Person: January 16, 23, 30  |  Via Zoom: January 16
Euphonium: January 16, 23, 30
Flute: January 28, 30
Harp: January 18, February 1
Horn: In Person: January 16, 30  |  Via Zoom: January 16
Jazz (all instruments): January 23, 30
Oboe: January 16, 23, 30
Organ: January 16
Percussion: January 22, 23, 24
Piano: January 23, 30
Saxophone: January 16, 23, 30
Trombone: 16, 23, 30
Trumpet: January 23, 30
Tuba: January 16, 23, 30
Viola: January 24, 30
Violin: January 24, 29, 30
Voice: January 16, 23, 30

Prescreen Submission Deadline: December 1, 2020
Required for bassoon, clarinet, classical guitar, flute, jazz guitar, piano, viola, violin and voice applicants to the Bachelor of Arts in Music degree (excluding Composition emphasis) and the Bachelor of Music degrees in Performance, Music Studies and Jazz.

Composition Portfolio & Performance Video Deadline: December 1, 2020
Required for applicants to the Bachelor of Arts in Music - Emphasis in Composition, Bachelor of Music in Composition and Bachelor of Music in Jazz Composition degrees. Bachelor of Arts in Music - Emphasis in Composition and Bachelor of Music in Composition applicants must also submit a performance video with the portfolio.

Recorded Audition Deadline: December 1, 2020
Not available in all areas. See below.

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Scheduling or Requesting an Audition or Interview

All applicants must submit the university application and the Butler School of Music application before an audition or interview can be scheduled or prescreen materials or a recorded audition can be reviewed.

View detailed freshman, external transfer or internal transfer/simultaneous major application instructions online.

Within five business days of submitting your Butler School of Music application you will receive an email that will indicate one of the following:

  • Your audition date is confirmed.
  • The Butler School will review your application with prescreen materials and will send results in mid-Dec.
  • Additional steps are required prior to confirmation of an audition date or review of an application with prescreen materials (ex: submission of university application).

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

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Recorded Auditions

While in-person auditions are highly preferred, audition by recording is available in most areas. Repertoire is the same as for in-person auditions and each selection may be recorded in a separate video. 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, flute, horn, jazz, oboe, organ, percussion, piano, saxophone, trombone, trumpet and tuba applicants may audition by video recording.
  • Cello, classical guitar, viola, violin and voice applicants must perform an in-person audition unless they currently reside outside of the continental United States.
  • Bassoon applicants must audition in person or via Zoom, regardless of residency.
  • Clarinet applicants must audition in person, regardless of residency.
  • Double bass and harp applicants must audition in person or via Zoom unless they currently reside outside of the continental United States.
  • Bachelor of Arts in Music - Emphasis in Composition and Bachelor of Music in Composition applicants must interview in person, regardless of residency.

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

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Sample Audition/Interview Day Schedules

Applicants are required to attend their audition/interview on their scheduled date. Optional activities, such as tours, information sessions 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
  • 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.: Check-in Table Open
  • 9 a.m.: Auditions/Interviews Begin
  • 9 a.m.: Composition Information Session
  • 10 a.m.-2 p.m.: Butler School of Music Facility Tours
  • 12 p.m.: Butler School Student Performance and Q&A with Admissions Staff
  • 1 p.m.: Academics at the Butler School Information Session
  • 5 p.m.: Auditions/Interviews Conclude

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

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