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Audition Day FAQs

​DePaul School of Music Auditions

When to arrive: Please plan to arrive at the Holtschneider Performance Center (or regional location) at least 30 minutes ahead of your scheduled audition time. If you are unsure of your audition time, please call or email our office to confirm. Our phone number is 773-325-7444, and our email address is We are open every weekday, 9 am to 5 pm (central time).

Check-in: The check-in table will be on the ground floor lobby of the Holtschneider Performance Center. We will assign you a warm-up room thirty minutes prior to your audition. A current School of Music student will bring you to both your warm-up room and your audition room at the appropriate times.

Audition requirements: Please make sure you review and satisfy the audition requirements for your specific instrument. Click here for the undergraduate requirements (including transfer and Music Education licensure applicants), and click here for the graduate requirements (including master's degree and post-master's certificate applicants).

All undergraduate applicants to the School of Music are required to pass an entrance audition. Instrumentalists playing saxophone, trumpet, trombone, piano, string bass, guitar, vibraphone or drum set may choose to perform a classical or jazz audition. Students playing these instruments who wish to schedule both a classical and jazz audition may do so.  All others must schedule a classical audition. Please see your instrumental category for audition requirements.

Please note- if you are pursuing the non-performance track for Sound Recording Technology or the Bachelor of Science for Performing Arts Management, you do not need to perform a live audition. 

Private jazz studio instruction and auditions are not available at DePaul for the following instruments: Cello, Electric Bass, Euphonium, French Horn, Organ and Electronic Keyboards, Tuba, Viola, Violin, or Woodwinds other than Saxophone.

Accompaniment: Instrumental auditions are unaccompanied. Vocal auditions are accompanied. We will provide an accompanist for all voice applicants auditioning on campus, and the accompanist will be included in a portion of the student’s warm-up time. Students using our accompanist should bring an additional copy of their sheet music. There is no fee for the accompanist. Voice applicants may also choose to bring their own accompanists. Applicants performing an audition at a regional location are responsible for their own accompanist. 

Rescheduling: You are allowed to reschedule your audition time once, based on availability. If you need to cancel or reschedule your audition, please contact our office. Please note: if you cancel your audition and do not reschedule it, your application to the DePaul School of Music will be withdrawn.

Information sessions: ​The School of Music offers information sessions for applicants and their families at 11:00am and 1:30pm during each audition day. These sessions provide students an opportunity to meet with a Music Admissions representative and to learn more about the School of Music and the process that follows after students’ auditions. No advance registration is required. Students will receive additional information about information sessions when they check in on their audition day. Please note that we do not offer weekday information sessions during the audition season due to time constraints on our staff's availability.

Campus tours: The School of Music provides tours each audition day at 12:00pm and 2:30pm. No advance registration is required. These tours are led by current School of Music students and include the main points of the Lincoln Park Campus. Additionally, DePaul's Admission office located in the 2400 North Sheffield Building provides campus tours Monday through Saturday, year-round.

Travel: The Holtschneider Performance Center is located at 1330 N Halsted St in Chicago. DePaul's Lincoln Park campus is easily accessible by car and public transportation. Several airlines fly to Chicago's O'Hare and Midway airports. Click here for general travel directions to campus and to view a campus map.

Parking: Parking information will be relayed via email as the audition season gets closer. 

If you are auditioning on a weekday or if the 2400 North Sheffield Building parking lot is full, you may park in the visitor garages at either 2331 N. Sheffield Ave. or 2330 N. Clifton Ave. We can validate parking stubs from either of these DePaul University facilities.

Lodging: DePaul maintains a list of several hotels close to t​he Lincoln Park campus.