Audition Dates & Requirements

Please read this entire page as it has important information regarding audition/portfolio requirements.


Audition dates for entrance and scholarship for Fall 2016:

January 23, 2016, 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
February 13, 2016, 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM 
February 27, 2016, 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM

To sign up for an audition after you have applied to the University, please fill out the Audition Request Form.  You do not have to been admitted into the University to sign up for an audition.  Fall 2016 Entrance Audition Request Form

To schedule an audition for Spring 2016 admission please contact the admissions counselor at

The School of Music will provide piano accompaniment for vocal auditions only. Accompaniment will not be required for instrumental auditions. Audition requirements vary for instruments and degrees. Please see the appropriate links below or contact the professor in your performance/degree area.

Instrument Specific Requirements: (note there are separate requirements for jazz studies)

Instrumental Undergraduate Audition Requirements
Instrumental Jazz Undergraduate Audition Requirements

Voice Audition Requirements

In addition to the instrumental/voice audition requirements, music composition, music theory and music therapy non-voice applicants must also submit additional material.  See below.

Music Composition Requirements: To be admitted as a composition major, students must submit a portfolio of compositions. This portfolio is the audition for the composition major. Although each student must play or sing a performance audition for the School of Music, composition majors also audition by submitting a portfolio. The portfolio should contain 3 or 4 samples of original compositions, along with recordings for the same works, if possible. Evidence of experience using various instrumental and/or vocal combinations is helpful. Students should submit their most advanced and sophisticated work. Students who have questions about what to submit in the portfolio should feel free to ask questions before submitting. Questions about portfolios should be directed to Dr. Steve Rouse .

The application portfolio is due on or before February 1 and should be mailed to the address below.
Admissions Counselor
School of Music
University of Louisville
Louisville, KY 40292

Music Theory Requirements:In addition to the above instrumental/voice audition, the successful music theory applicant will submit a portfolio containing three items:

(1)  An essay of 500 words or more about a piece of music. This can be an analysis, a set of program notes, or a description of what you like about the piece.

(2)  One of the following: a composition (either stylistic or original; please send score and recording), a melody harmonization for four voices, a figured bass realization, or a 2-voice mixed species counterpoint example.

(3)  A short essay (100-200 words) detailing why you want to study music theory.

The portfolio may be submitted either electronically (preferred) or in paper form.  Portfolios can be emailed to  The application portfolio is due on or before February 1

Music Therapy Non-Voice Requirements:


Because the field of Music Therapy requires the therapist to sing to patients/clients, a demonstration video of functional vocal ability must accompany the audition. IF THE APPLICANT IS AUDITIONING IN VOICE, THIS REQUIREMENT IS SATISFIED BY THEIR VOCAL AUDITION. For all instrumental principle auditions, there are 2 options for submission of this video: 1) The applicant may submit a link to a pre-recorded video of the songs, or 2) The applicant may sing live for Dr. DeLoach with her videotaping the songs FOLLOWING the principle audition on audition days. These songs DO NOT NEED TO BE MEMORIZED, and can be accompanied by a simple instrument or sung a cappella. Examples of recommended songs include:

My Country Tis of Thee
Happy Birthday
God Bless America
Amazing Grace
You Are My Sunshine

If you wish to submit video links rather than sing live on audition days, please email video links to by February 27.

For specific questions about the audition/portfolio requirements please contact the faculty in your specific area.

Audition Faculty Contact List


  • Video, DVD, CD, or audio tape may be submitted in lieu of a live audition only with special permission from the faculty in your applied area.  Please contact the Admissions Counselor at to make this request.
  • In order to be considered for a music scholarship, students must audition on or before the final scholarship audition date.  For more information about scholarships please visit our scholarship page:
  • It is strongly recommended that all your admissions materials be submitted prior to your audition. All materials must be submitted before the School of Music can admit a student or make a scholarship offer.
  • For students with schedule conflicts, a weekday audition may be arranged with faculty in your performance area. Please contact the Admissions Counselor at to make this request.