Audition Information for Music Applicants

Applicants to degree programs in performance must audition as part of their application process.  Auditions are not scheduled or considered until an application has been received by the Office of Admission and Records. If you are outside the Southern California area please refer to the section at the bottom of this page.

Please note: the requirements for degree programs at CGU are beyond those of the usual music conservatory.  Upon completion of our doctoral performance degrees, students must be equipped with an in-depth knowledge of music theory and history, as well as the ability to read two languages other than English. Those languages may include German, French, Italian, or Latin. Spanish may be approved upon request.

Audition Requirements

  • For instrumental performance programs (M.A., D.C.M., D.M.A.):
    Include works representing three musical periods.
  • For vocal performance programs (M.A., D.M.A.):
    D.M.A.: Minimum of a song or aria in each of the following four languages: English, German, French, and Italian.
    M.A.: Minimum of a song or an aria from three of the following languages: English, German, French, Italian, or Spanish.
  • For composition programs (M.A., D.M.A.):
    Submit a large composition or several smaller works.
  • For conducting programs (M.A., D.M.A., D.C.M.):
    Call the music department and arrange for an audition. Upon request, conducting majors must also submit audition materials in viewable form.
  • For Musicology programs (M.A., Ph.D.):
    Submit an appropriate research paper, of no less than 10 pages.


Applicants outside of Southern California (for whom travel to Claremont Graduate University would prove difficult) may submit a recorded audition rather than appear in person. The Department of Music will accept audition material in the form of a cassette tape, CD, VHS video tape, or DVD. Distance applicants to the conducting program must submit audition material in viewable form (VHS tape or DVD only).

Audition material should be sent at the same time as your other application materials, but to a different address. Send audition materials clearly labeled with your name, the name of the program you are applying to, and the semester you are applying to enter to the following address:

Music Department (RE: audition materials)
Claremont Graduate University
925 N. Dartmouth
Claremont, CA 91711


All other application materials should be sent directly to the Office of Admission and Records.

Office of Admission and Records
Claremont Graduate University
160 E. Tenth Street
Claremont, CA 91711
2014 Claremont Graduate University Music Department Stauffer Hall of Learning 925 N. Dartmouth Ave., Claremont, CA 91711 (909) 621-3289