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Music Auditions

CVPA’s music program is unique in its broad spectrum of music under one roof, including western classical, jazz, world, and new/electronic music. Exposure to and understanding of many kinds of music provide an invaluable professional advantage.

Applicants must follow UMass Dartmouth’s admissions procedures. In addition, all candidates must complete an entrance audition and an advisory exam to assess background and determine potential. Candidates are expected to have facility on their instrument and to have preparation in fundamental concepts of music theory. Please complete and submit the Music program form found on our Slideroom page located at For form submission questions, please contact Jason Loete at

Applicant Instructions

Video auditions are acceptable and preferred for applicant and evaluator ease. Video should clearly show you playing the instrument(s)/singing. Please include an introduction where you state your name, instrument(s) played, and titles and composers of the numbers performed.

In person auditions are available if video is not possible/desired, and are scheduled by University faculty contacting applicants using the contact information provided in this profile. Auditions are held in the College of Visual & Performing Arts Building (Parking Lot 4), on the main UMassD campus. Audition times may be arranged on an individual basis when classes are in session. 

Audition Details

Winds, brass, strings, voice applicants: prepare two contrasting pieces, or movements, one that demonstrates expressive performance, and one that demonstrates technical facility.

Percussion applicants: demonstrate basic snare rudiments (rolls, diddles, flams) and prepare at least one solo or etude on timpani or mallet instrument (marimba, vibraphone, etc.).

Drum set: demonstrate basic snare rudiments (rolls, diddles, flams) and perform grooves in as many styles as possible including: jazz, rock, Latin, and funk with a play-along of your choice (1-2 selections).

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