Audition Information

General information

The dates below are open to all instruments for Change of Major, Transfer and Freshmen applicants for Fall 2017, with any exceptions listed. Please be aware that auditions are only granted to those students who have complete applications on file with university admissions. (For information on how to apply to VCUmusic, please visit here)


  • Saturday, October 29, 2016: 12 – 3 PM – Spring 2017 Change of Major/Transfer Applicants
  • Friday, January 27, 2017: 3 – 7 PM – All applicants
  • Saturday, February 4, 2017: 12 – 6 PM – Piano, voice, guitar, strings
  • Saturday, February 11, 2017: 12 – 6 PM – Wind/percussion, jazz, piano, guitar, strings
  • Monday, February 20, 2017: 12 – 6 PM – All applicants

Dress: You’ll want to present your best self on your audition day, so dress accordingly — semiformal or business attire is generally appropriate. Be sure that you can comfortably play your instrument in whatever you choose to wear.

What to bring: In general, auditionees only need to bring their instrument and music to the audition. There are special exceptions and additions for certain instruments, so be sure to read the audition requirements for your particular instrument. Please peruse the audition requirements section for the specific requirements for your instrument.

The audition day

Each audition day begins with check-in, where you’ll receive your audition time and schedule. Once you’re checked in, you will head into the concert hall to take the theory placement test. After you’ve completed your exam, you are welcome to enjoy some light refreshments and meet members of our faculty in the lobby. Then, you and your parents will convene in the concert hall for a greeting and introduction to the department.

After the welcome, there are four more components to the day: the audition (for which you will be given 15 minutes to warm up), the interview, the aural skills diagnostic and the keyboard diagnostic. You’ll be escorted to each of these sessions at designated times by a student ambassador. Meanwhile, your parents will attend a panel discussion and have the opportunity to ask questions of faculty, students, and alumni. University tours will be available to all students and their families all day.