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Audition Details

2021 auditions will be held virtually. Most programs will require both a recorded audition and a live virtual component.

Live virtual component may be in the form of a performance-style audition, interview, or meeting, depending on instrument/area.*

Most applicants will also be required to submit a recorded audition.  This is in addition to the live virtual audition.  See our audition repertoire pages for details regarding recorded audition requirements and virtual audition details.

See your audition requirements

*Live virtual component varies by applied area:

  • Live virtual Audition: Bassoon, Cello, Clarinet, Double Bass, Horn, Jazz instruments, Piano, Saxophone, Trumpet, Viola, Violin
  • Live virtual Interview/Audition: Euphonium, Tuba
  • Live virtual Interview: Flute, Guitar, Oboe, Percussion
  • Live virtual Meeting: Dance, Trombone, Voice


Scheduling your live virtual audition or interview

If your program requires an audition, you must select an audition date on your application. Auditions must be performed in the performance area of the major; however, those highly proficient in more than one instrument or an instrument and voice may audition in more than one area.


Live Virtual Audition Dates

Choose an audition date, depending on program requirements, to select on your application.
Date Performance area
Voice, Piano, Instrumental and Dance
Sat., Feb. 6, 2021

All areas

UMKC Conservatory/Lyric Opera Apprentice Artist Program should plan to attend on this date

Mon., Feb. 15, 2021 All areas
Fri., March 5, 2021 All areas
Contact Dr. Jennaya Robison to inquire Choral (specific program requirements)
Contact Dr. Kevin Noe to arrange an audition. Orchestral (specific program requirements)
Contact Prof. Steven D. Davis to arrange an audition. Wind (specific program requirements)
Interdisciplinary Ph.D. interview
TBD Music Education (specific program requirements)

Live virtual audition times will be confirmed approximately 30 days before the date you selected on your application. Unless we contact you to reschedule, you should plan to audition on the date you chose on your application.

You must have an application on file by the due date set by your desired program. The deadline for completing and submitting all application materials for most programs is Dec. 15, 2020. In some cases, those with a late application may be allowed to audition. To request approval to audition with late application, please contact Conservatory Admissions.

All auditions for Fall 2021 must be completed by March 5, 2021 for scholarship consideration.

Some programs require materials in addition to the application and other than or in addition to the audition

  • Music Composition (master's and doctoral degrees)
  • Conducting
  • Interdisciplinary Ph.D. (interview required)
  • Jazz Studies
  • Music Education (master's degree)
  • Musicology (master's degree)
  • Music Theory (master's degree)
  • Music Therapy (master's degree — may require an evaluative audition at a later date)
  • Piano Performance (doctorate degree and Artist's Certificate)
  • Saxophone Performance (master's and doctorate degree and Artist's Certificate)

Specific program requirements



Submitting your Recorded Audition

Recorded auditions should be uploaded to your application as part of your Portfolio.  To submit your recorded audition:

  • During the application process: Upload to the Video and Audio Upload page.
  • After application submission: Go to the application status page and click "edit Portfolio" to access the Video and Audio Upload page. Be sure to upload by the deadline for your instrument/area, as listed on the audition repertoire page.

Please note: the checklist will list your audition video as "received" once admissions staff have confirmed receipt of the materials.

File types supported:

  • Video: .avi, .flv, .m1v, .m2v, .m4v, .mkv, .mov, .mpeg, .mpg, .mp4, .webm, .wmv
    Apple ProRes is not currently supported. If uploading a .mov, please use an alternate codec.
  • Audio: .aac, .aif, .aiff, .iff, .fla, .m4a, .mpa, .mp3, .ra, .wav, .wma
  • URL of video already uploaded (YouTube, Vimeo, etc)


Questions about Auditions

Please review the appropriate audition repertoire sheet for details regarding audition requirements.  If you have questions not answered there, please contact us:

Email Conservatory Admissions