Auditions

Auditioning for the Music Major or Minor 

Auditions are required for admission to the Music Major and Minor and serve as scholarship consideration for any qualified applicant. We require all auditions to be recorded and uploaded to the Applicant Status Portal as a portfolio. To submit a portfolio, applicants must first submit their applications to LMU. Each of the two required audition pieces should be uploaded as a separate video or audio file. Applicants will have the option to schedule a secondary in-person audition or an online “Meet and Greet. The Audition Form and recordings must be submitted by the deadlines listed below to schedule an in-person audition round or a “Meet and Greet.” If you are a current LMU student, please contact Tashi Cardinali Bateman at Tashi.Cardinali@lmu.edu for submission information.

Please note that the audition guidelines listed below apply to all Music major and minor applicants, regardless of their intended concentration. The first two years of the major are spent studying performance in their chosen instrument and laying a firm foundation in Theory, Aural Skills, Music History, etc. Then concentrations are declared as a student enters their junior year. Thus, all students enter the program as general majors.

Ensembles: The audition guidelines listed on this page for those applying to the Music major and minor only. For those interested in pursuing music without formally joining the department as a major or minor, our many vocal and instrumental ensembles are open to all! Click here to view descriptions and audition processes for each ensemble.

Early Action/Decision Auditions

  • Audition Materials Deadline: Submit your audition form and accompanying recordings by Friday, November 4, 2022.
  • In-Person Audition Day: Saturday, November 12, 2022. To participate, you must have first submitted your form and recordings by the deadline. If you indicate on the form that you would like to participate, you will be contacted by email to schedule a time.

Regular Decision Auditions

  • Audition Materials Deadline: Submit your audition form and accompanying recordings by Wednesday, January 18, 2023.
  • In-Person Audition Day: Saturday, February 4, 2023. To participate, you must have first submitted your form and recordings by the deadline. If you indicate on the form that you would like to participate, you will be contacted by email to schedule a time.

Click to download the Audition Form and Instructions 2022-2023

  1. Download and save the audition form above before filling it out. Read our audition requirements to prepare your musical selections (page 1). 
  2. Fill out all requested fields on the Music Audition Audition Form (pages 2-3).
  3. To upload it to the Applicant Status Portal, please find the “Upload Materials” section and select “Music Audition Request Form Upload” from the dropdown menu before attaching your completed form. (NOTE: You will only have access to this portal once you submit your LMU application).
  4. Upload your recordings and any extra materials you may be submitting (résumé, repertoire list, etc.) under the "Portfolio" section of the Applicant Status Portal by clicking the "Edit Portfolio" link.

If you have any questions about how to properly submit your application materials, please email Caeli Koizumi at Caeli.Koizumi@lmu.edu.

When possible, we are happy to schedule a visit to our department. Please contact Tashi Cardinali Bateman at Tashi.Cardinali@lmu.eduThis is entirely dependent on LMU visitor guidelines. Visit LMU Together and choose Campus Access to see up-to-date information for visitors. Choose Campus Tours to get information on general campus tours.

  • Guitar
    Two pieces, preferably in contrasting styles, demonstrating classical or fingerstyle technique.

    Percussion
    At least two published works (solos or etudes) performed on at least two of the following: drum set, marimba, snare drum, timpani.

    Piano
    Two pieces from different historical periods, preferably in contrasting styles.

    Strings (violin, viola, cello, double bass)
    Two pieces from different historical periods, preferably in contrasting styles.

    Voice
    Two selections: classical art song, opera or operetta aria, or traditional folk songs. At least one selection should be in a language other than English.

    Selected Woodwinds and Brass - Minor Only (flute, oboe, clarinet, trumpet, French horn, trombone)
    Two pieces from different historical periods, preferably in contrasting styles.

    In all cases do not use original works for your audition. Please feel free to submit original works in addition to your audition works, particularly if you are interested in declaring a composition concentration, but original works will not be considered as an audition for admittance.

    1. Remember to accurately complete all contact information on the audition form linked above.
    2. List the major(s) AND minor(s), if applicable, that you plan to pursue at LMU.
    3. Remember to submit your recorded pieces in two separate files.

    Should you have any questions about the audition process or the music program in general, please contact us.