Music Department Audition Information

A student performing at “Inhabiting Spaces,” a multi-year and multi-disciplinary performance art tour held in various locations around North Campus in April 2023. Photographer: Meredith Forrest Kulwicki.

Students performing at “Inhabiting Spaces,” a multi-year and multi-disciplinary performance art tour held in various locations around North Campus in April 2023. 

Photographer: Meredith Forrest Kulwicki

The UB Department of Music holds auditions for admission to its degree programs, ensembles, and for non-major lessons on many dates throughout the year. The schedule for the next academic year is shown below, as are the requirements for each instrument. If you have you questions about a particular instrument or voice, please email one of our performance faculty! 

Undergraduates applicants to the Department must select an audition date when they complete their Application Form. 

Non-majors, including graduate students, interested in taking lessons with our faculty can schedule an audition through the Audition form for Lessons for Non-Majors

Register for Auditions:

2023-24 Audition Schedule

Auditions for Fall Term 2023

Thursday, August 31, 2023, from 3-8 p.m. in Baird 250

Note: these auditions are for students applying to either of the music majors, performance minors, or those interested in non-major lessons.

Auditions for Spring Term 2024

  • Saturday, December 2, 2023, from 10 a.m.–1 p.m.
  • Thursday, January 25, 2024, from 3–6 p.m.

Note: these auditions are for students applying to either of the music majors, performance minors, or those interested in non-major lessons.

Auditions for New Students Enrolling in Fall 2024

  • Thursday, January 25, 2024, from 3–6 p.m.
  • Friday, February 9 , 2024, from 3-6 p.m.
  • Saturday March 2 , 2024, from 10 a.m. -1 p.m.

Ensemble Auditions

For information about auditioning for one of the Department of Music's large ensembles or chamber ensembles (open to both UB students and members of the Buffalo community) please view the individual ensemble pages. Popular ensembles include:

Music Department Scholarships

The music department offers a number of scholarships to undergraduate music majors. Your audition for the degree program also qualifies you to be considered for these awards.

Apply for the Music Major or Minor!

Read about the application process for UB's undergraduate majors and minors.

Video Auditions

We are happy to accept video auditions, though we always prefer in-person auditions if possible. When scheduling an audition, you should select a date even if you plan to submit a video. Once you've recorded your audition, send it to Mary McCarthy. Audition videos must be received by the audition date that you selected.

Video Audition Recording Tips

  • Smart phones and tablets are more than capable of recording a great audition video, and they often do so with much higher quality than a laptop computer. Just remember that you might need to transfer that recording to a computer, so look up instructions before recording.
  • Orienting your device to film horizontally is often best. Try to frame yourself from the torso up, make sure that we can see your arms if they are involved in playing or singing, and move your music stand so we see you and not the stand.
  • Try to have a source of light in front of you (and behind the camera).
  • To optimize sound, keep the microphone area of your device unobstructed, and try to place it in the middle of the space you'll be recording. 
  • Before you start your audition video, be sure to test your equipment and your setup. 
  • Video files can be quite large. If it's too large to send through email, you may want to store it on a cloud storage service like Dropbox or Google Drive and send us a link.

Undergraduate Applications

Applicants to either of the two Music Majors or two Performance Minors must request their audition date when they submit their application.

Graduate Applications

Applicants to the MM in Performance degree must (1) apply to the Graduate School and (2) either request a spring audition date or submit a video audition.  To request an audition date, complete the Graduate Student Audition Request Form.

Register for Auditions: