School of Visual and Performing Arts

Auditioning for the UT Department of Music

Audition Dates for Fall 2019 Admission / Scholarship:

  • Saturday, December 8, 2018
  • Saturday, February 16, 2019
  • Saturday, February 23, 2019
  • Saturday, March 23, 2019
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Audition Preparation

What/How should you prepare? - Audition Requirements
How do you register for an Audition? - Online Registration

On the above dates special related activities are scheduled throughout the day, in addition to your assigned audition time. A schedule of events will be sent to you.

Auditions are required for entrance into UT Music Department degree programs and for scholarship consideration. The audition process helps us place you on the right path for success. 

To Audition:


Instrumentalists do not need an accompanist.  Vocalists - You may: a) bring your own accompanist, b) use a UT accompanist (voice auditions only), or c) perform with a pre-recorded tape that you provide. If you use a UT accompanist, you must mail or fax a copy of your audition selections to Dr. Michael Boyd, Auditions Chair, 2 weeks prior to your audition.

Planning a Successful Audition

Prepare your music carefully with the assistance of your private teacher, choral or band director. Perform your pieces often for family and friends. You want to feel confident, even in a pressure situation.

Review information you have received about UT and the music programs that we offer. Be prepared to ask questions. Please check the degrees page of the Department of Music web site at: 

The night before your audition - get plenty of rest so that you are at your peak of physical energy and concentration. Be sure to eat and drink plenty of fluids to give your body the strength it needs to perform.

The day of your audition - Be sure to arrive on campus in plenty of time for your theory placement test and audition. You will need to find the Center for Performing Arts building, get settled, warm up, and in some cases, meet with an accompanist.  Take your time warming up and follow your regular routine. Review the words to your songs, fingerings, bowings, etc. Remember, you have spent many hours preparing this music. You are ready!

At your audition - Introduce yourself and your selections with energy and enthusiasm. Check tempos with accompanist before you begin. You have worked hard for this moment — break a leg!

Last Updated: 9/28/18