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The CWU Department Music requires two different types of auditions, "Admission Auditions" and "Ensemble Auditions". As the name implies, Admission Auditions are required for acceptance into the Music Program and are required for all music majors, minors and students interested in private lessons. Ensemble Auditions are open to any student, music major or not, and are required for acceptance into the particular ensemble. Below you will find the necessary audition information dependent upon your own musical direction.

Audition for Admission

If you wish to be a music major, minor, or take private lessons in your performing area, you must first audition for acceptance into the music program. Admission is required for both Performance or Non-Performance degrees. The audition is also used as a basis for awarding music scholarships.

Auditions at CWU are designed to enable the faculty to ascertain your potential for success as a music major in your intended degree area. Do not think of it as a concert performance, but instead as an opportunity to demonstrate your skill level and musicianship. Of course, you should show to your best advantage, so it is recommended that you prepare for your audition under the guidance of your current music teacher. Bear in mind that the standards for a Performance degree and an Education or Composition degree may be different. If you're a Freshman you can find your specific audition requirements by making a selection from the following list. If you're a transfer student, please continue to the "Audition Entrance Standards" button below.

Admission/Scholarship auditions for fall 2016 entrance will be held on the CWU campus January 14-15 2016, and in the Seattle area at the Des Moines CWU Campus (Highline Community College) on Saturday January 16th.

Register for an audition by submitting the online form. If our audition dates, have passed you by, a member of our department will contact you to set up your audition time. Though you may submit videos, we prefer live auditions. 

Recommendations are not required, but strongly encouraged. To strengthen your application, complete and return recommendations before or at the time of your audition. Please download and print the Music Program Recommendation Form and have your private instructor or teacher complete and submit it.

Your resume, repertoire list and other supporting documents may be submitted at the time of audition, but are not required. 

In addition to an audition, students should also expect to interview with Music Education or Composition faculty as a part of their visit to campus.

You are strongly urged to apply for admission to the University immediately. Please be sure to visit our admissions page for details on this process. Also remember that academic scholarships may be available. Please visit the University's scholarship web site for more information as well as the deadline date. Don't miss this application date!

Please be aware that the music major student population is currently at capacity and some studio areas have very few spaces for entering students in 2016. The earlier we know of your intention and talent, the more likely your acceptance.

Though specific audition requirements are found on your area's audition pages, general performance standards and repertoire expectations for the CWU music program may be found on our Audition Entrance Standards pages. This is especially useful for transfer students who may be unfamiliar with the standards, and/or repertoire, expected at the various levels of study here at CWU. For a list of these general standards click the link below.

 Audition Entrance Standards
Audition for Ensembles

Any student, music major or not, can participate in any music department ensemble. If you wish to perform in a music ensemble you must audition for that group. Ensemble auditions are separate from admission auditions and occur during the first part of each quarter.

CWU has numerous ensembles, both large and small, offering something for everyone. Generally, audition sign up sheets are posted on the directors door a couple of weeks prior to the scheduled audition times. For more information check out your particular performance areas audition page, the ensembles page, or our new audition locator page. If you still have question please feel free to contact the ensemble director directly.