Live Audition

Percussionist with mallets sitting down around marimbas and timpani

Auditions will be held on campus in Los Angeles. All applicants attending the live audition must be fully vaccinated and will be required to show proof of vaccination in order to attend the audition.

If COVID restrictions prevent international applicants from being able to travel to Los Angeles (due to visa or travel restrictions), applicants may request a virtual audition with the exception of conducting applicants, who will be required to audition in person if invited. Additional information will be provided to those applicants who pass the prescreening round; this should not be requested prior to receiving an invitation to the live audition. Applicants residing in the United States are not eligible for a virtual audition and must audition in person.

Those applicants invited to participate in the live audition process will be notified by mid-to-late December.

Audition dates are posted below by instrument. For instruments that have multiple dates, applicants will only attend one audition date.

Bassoon: February 17
Cello: February 15, 16, 17
Clarinet: February 14
Conducting: February 4
Double Bass: February 15, 16, 17
Flute: February 10
Harp: February 7
Horn: February 7
Oboe: February 17
Percussion: February 18
Piano: Virtual auditions January 24 and 25; In-person final round February 28
Trumpet: February 7
Viola: February 15, 16, 17
Violin: February 14, 15, 17

The audition day allows us to become better acquainted with prospective students and includes more than just your audition. Because of this, we ask that you make yourself available from 8 am–7 pm on your assigned date.

Here’s what to expect:

  • An audition before a committee of faculty members
  • A lesson or meeting with a faculty member (for selected students)
  • Assessment testing in music theory for BM and PD applicants
  • A group interview with a senior administrator or faculty committee
  • An interview and an essay writing exam for non-native English speakers
  • Other assessments as determined by the school

There are several hotels within walking distance of the Colburn School. The hotels in Little Tokyo are the farthest, but you can hop on the DASH that runs up 1st Street and walk a block to Colburn on Grand and  2nd Street. Or take a short Lyft or Uber ride to the campus. Feel free to check in with the Admissions Office regarding hotel choices.