Department of Music
Saturday, August 8 (sign up by July 31)
Note regarding COVID-19 Safety Measures: We now offer online auditions for all instrument areas as an alternative to the live, in-person Audition Day on August 8. At this time, students have the option of signing up for the August 8 Audition Day, or submitting an online audition. In the event that the August 8 Audition Day is canceled, we will immediately notify those signed up for it to submit online auditions.
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.
Students have the choice of auditioning in person on one of our Audition Days, or submitting an online audition and application. Audition results are valid for one calendar year.
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, Jazz Mandolin, Jazz Banjo
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, Musical Theatre Voice
Woodwinds: Flute, Jazz Flute, Clarinet, Jazz Clarinet, Saxophone, Jazz Saxophone, Oboe, Bassoon
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.
What to Expect in an Online Audition
Submitting an online audition is a simple, 3-step process:
Step 1: Video record audition repertoire for your instrument.
Step 2: Upload your recordings as unlisted videos on a YouTube channel.
Step 3: Complete and submit the online audition application, including links to the unlisted YouTube videos.
Audition requirements for each of the three videos are listed by instrument area on the Online Audition Page. Online auditions are accepted on a continuous basis, though deadlines apply depending on the desired semester of private instruction. Applicants are notified of their audition results according to the timeline listed on the Online Audition Page.
What to Expect in an In-Person Audition
Live, in-person auditions are held on Audition Days every January, February, April, and August. Students can sign up for their preferred Audition Day online.
Audition requirements for in-person auditions are listed by instrument area in Live Audition Requirements for Private Instruction (PDF).
On the day of your audition, plan for the following:
- Arrive at least 15 minutes prior to the scheduled audition time to check-in.
- Practice rooms will be available for warming up.
- Auditions are approximately 12 minutes in length.
- Audition results will be emailed within the week following the audition.
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.
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