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
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
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.