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Audition Dates for 2020
  • Saturday, January 11 (sign up by January 8)

  • Saturday, February 8 (sign up by February 5)

  • Saturday, April 18  - CANCELED, auditioners signed up for this date will be moved to August 8

  • Saturday, August 8 (sign up by July 31)

Private instruction is a major component of all music degrees. Students must demonstrate prior musical experience by passing an audition to be accepted into the private instruction program at MSU Denver. Requirements specific to each instrument are listed in Audition Requirements for Private Instruction.

Private instruction is currently available for the following instruments:

Brass: Trumpet, Jazz Trumpet, Trombone, Jazz Trombone, French Horn, Euphonium, Tuba
Drums/Percussion: Jazz Drumset, Percussion
Guitar/Bass: Classical Guitar, Jazz Guitar, Jazz Bass Guitar
Piano: Classical Piano, Jazz Piano, Organ
Strings: Violin, Jazz Violin, Viola, Jazz Viola, Cello, Jazz Cello, Double Bass, Jazz String Bass, Harp
Voice: Classical Voice, Jazz Voice
Woodwinds: Flute, Jazz Flute, Clarinet, Jazz Clarinet, Saxophone, Jazz Saxophone, Oboe, Bassoon

What to Expect

  • Appropriate attire at the audition is expected.
  • Auditions are approximately 12 minutes in length.
  • Plan to arrive at least 15 minutes prior to the scheduled audition time to check-in.
  • Practice rooms will be available for warming up.
  • Audition results will be emailed within the week following the audition. Auditions results are valid for one calendar year.

We highly encourage everyone to perform an audition! If you believe you are not ready to audition for private instruction, we offer audition consultations to guide you in your practice and preparation.

Request an Audition Consultation

Transfer Students

Transfer students with previous private instruction credits may audition into an advanced level of lessons. To audition into an advanced level of lessons, students must contact the director of their instrument area prior to Audition Day for additional audition requirements, and must present a list of repertoire studied at the college level and copies of college transcripts to the audition panel on Audition Day. 


Ensemble Auditions

The ensembles listed below require a successful audition for participation. Ensemble auditions are generally held during the first week of classes each semester. Students interested in joining or may sign up for an audition online. For other ensemble auditions, contact the ensemble director below to sign up:

MUS 3819  Chamber Music, contact Emily Ondracek-Peterson
MUS 3820  Chorale (mixed choir), Sign up online 
MUS 3825  Wind Ensemble, contact David Kish 
MUS 3827  Symphony Orchestra, Sign up online 
MUS 3828  Jazz Ensemble, contact Dawn Clement
MUS 3830  Guitar Ensemble, contact Alex Komodore
MUS 3832  Collaborative Piano, contact Jooeun Pak
MUS 3829  Jazz Combo, contact Dave Devine
MUS 3833  Opera, contact Gene Roberts
Non-credit  Pep Band (paid, basketball season only), contact Michael Hengst

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