Audition and Prescreening Repertoire

Audition repertoire is listed alphabetically by instrument. Please note the requirements carefully. When a movement is not specified, you should prepare the complete work, and you should be ready to perform the work in its entirety during the audition. If you are not sure if a work you have prepared is acceptable (and it's not on the list), please contact the Conservatory Office of Admissions and we will find out if the work can be permitted. Although faculty may decide to hear only portions of the required repertoire, they also may skip around and ask you to play a section from later in the piece. Be prepared!

Prescreening is the first round of the audition process; the second round is the in-person audition in Los Angeles. The Colburn School does not hold regional auditions. The audition day includes several requirements beyond the audition itself (see Audition Day Overview), which is why we only hold auditions in Los Angeles and why we have to limit the number of applicants that we invite to the in-person audition. Prescreening repertoire must be uploaded through the link on our website and must be uploaded in VIDEO format. Audio only recordings are not accepted; compact discs (CDs) and DVDs are not acceptable and will not be reviewed. Please feel free to make separate tracks for different works/movements. All submitted recordings become the property of the Colburn School.

All applicants are required to submit a video recording for review by Colburn faculty. After hearing an applicant's preliminary recording, the faculty will determine whether or not the applicant will be invited to the live audition. Applicants who are not invited to audition will be notified that their files are closed. Applicants who are invited to audition will be notified that they are scheduled for an audition that will take place in Los Angeles. Please do not make travel plans until you have received an email from the Office of Admissions scheduling you for a live audition.

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