We believe each artist's journey is unique and look forward to helping students find their creative voices.

Scheduling your audition or interview

If your program requires an audition, you must select an audition date on your application.

2021 auditions will be held virtually. Requirements vary by area: see Audition Repertoire for details. Most programs will require both a recorded audition and a live virtual audition, interview, or meeting.

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 (by invitation)

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. You must request approval to audition with a late application from 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)
  • Trumpet Performance (master's and doctorate degree and Performer's and Artist's Certificate)
  • Voice Performance (graduate-level and Lyric Opera of Kansas City Young Artists)

Specific program requirements

Audition Details

The Conservatory will not be holding live in-person audition days during 2021.  Instead, applicants will schedule a live virtual audition (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.  See our audition repertoire pages for details regarding recorded audition requirements and virtual audition details.

Find your audition requirements

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