All undergraduate applicants to the School of Music, regardless of intended major, are required to audition. Although the auditions are competitive and extremely important, you'll find the setting relaxed and the audition itself an interesting and rewarding experience. Undergraduates will be required to complete a short theory placement exam following their audition.
Pianists, vocalists, violinists, and jazz guitarists must submit a pre-audition screening recording by December 1. After we receive your online application, you will receive an email with instructions to submit your pre-audition recording. All recordings received after December 1 will only be considered based on the availability of audition times. Upon passing the pre-audition screening, you will receive a letter no later than December 20 inviting you to schedule your on-campus audition. All other instrumentalists will be invited to schedule your on-campus audition after submitting your online application.
All woodwind auditions should be performed on the principal instrument of each woodwind family: flute, oboe, Bb/A clarinet, bassoon, and alto saxophone.
All instrumental auditions are unaccompanied. Voice auditions are accompanied; DePaul will provide an accompanist unless the student notifies us they will bring their own.
Instrumentalists playing saxophone, trumpet, trombone, piano, string bass, guitar, vibraphone or drum set may choose to perform a classical or jazz audition. Students who wish to schedule both a classical and jazz audition may do so. Please see your instrumental category for audition requirements.
Private jazz studio instruction and auditions are not available at DePaul for the following instruments: Cello, Electric Bass, Euphonium, French Horn, Harp, Organ and Electronic Keyboards, Percussion (other than drum set and vibraphone), Tuba, Viola, Violin, Voice (Vocal Jazz), or Woodwinds other than Saxophone .