Live Audition

We do not hold regional auditions. Applicants who are invited to the live audition must travel to Los Angeles and be available from 8 am–8 pm on their assigned audition day for all the audition-related activities. Travel should be planned accordingly. Dates are subject to change. Please do not book your travel until you have received an audition invitation. Audition dates by instrument are posted below. For instruments that have multiple days of auditions, you will only be required to attend one audition date. If invited to the live audition, a date will be assigned to you in your invitation letter. Openings are subject to change without notice.

Audition Dates for Fall 2020
Bassoon: February 13, 2020
Cello: February 17, 18, and 19, 2020
Clarinet: February 13, 2020
Conducting: March 2, 2020 (Los Angeles, first round) and March 16, 2020 (London, final round)
Double Bass: February 17, 18, and 19, 2020
Flute: February 12, 2020
Harp: February 17, 2020
Horn: February 10, 2020
Oboe: February 20, 2020
Percussion: February 11, 2020
Piano: February 11, 2020
Trombone (tenor): February 10, 2020
Trumpet: February 10, 2020
Viola: February 17, 18, and 19, 2020
Violin: February 17, 18, and 19, 2020

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–8 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
  • Review and signing of the school’s Student Performance Fact Sheet
  • 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.