Carnegie Mellon University

School of Music

Where artistry and innovation share center stage

Updated Information January 5, 2022: On-campus live auditions are being moved to an online live virtual format for the 2022 cycle. As we're watching this new variant unfold at an alarmingly fast and contagious rate, it is increasingly irresponsible to pursue on-campus live auditions. Even if models are correct and Delta and Omicron begin to fizzle out by mid-January, there is not a responsible way to invite visitors to our campus.

We had high hopes for conducting on-campus live auditions, but the rate of transmission of the Omicron variant is alarming. Regardless of the severity or not, we don't want anyone feeling like they have to come to our campus and are taking this safety precaution for both the health of our community and you.

We will send revisions for live virtual auditions and recorded audition policies by early next week. Please continue to hold the original audition date that you selected in your calendar.

 Prescreening results are still anticipated to be released by January 10th. We hope to continue to have schedules released by January 20th, but again, please be patient if we have delays.

Thanks for your patience and understanding as we navigate this transition.

Fall 2022 Information:

Please choose your desired program of study and carefully review the audition/portfolio requirements. You will complete an online application for the School of Music, due December 1. We are anticipating a hybrid audition schedule. Please review your desired program of study for specific details regarding your audition/portfolio.

December 1: School of Music application and pre-screening deadline (Flute, Piano, Tuba, Violin, Voice)
December 1: Portfolio Deadline (Composition, Electronic Music, Music Education, Musicology, Music & Technology)
January 10: Pre-screening decisions released
January 20: Audition schedule released
February 1:  Recorded auditions due
February 5-6, 12-13: Live VIRTUAL auditions (as of January 5, 2022)
February 19-20: Live virtual auditions
March 15: Graduate and AMSC decisions released
March 26: Undergraduate decisions released from the Office of Admission and School of Music
April 15: Graduate and AMSC decision deadline
May 1: Undergraduate decision deadline

Recorded audition and Pre-screening recording recommendations:

Applicants will submit a video recording. Please check your area for any specific recording requirements.

Applicants are encouraged to use the best recording equipment available to them, and to carefully select the best microphone placement and recording level to reduce distortion. Devices such as a Zoom Handy Recorder will yield good results, and if using a phone, laptop, or tablet, an external USB microphone or microphone attachment can greatly improve the audio. If you do not own or have access to a quality recording device, consider checking with a local or school library, ensemble director, or teacher about borrowing one. Experiment with the recording process in advance, so that your recordings represent you as well as possible.

Have additional questions? Check out our FAQ section first. If you don't find the answer you are looking for, feel free to contact the Office of Recruitment & Enrollment by email at

Please note: the Artist Diploma program remains on hold and not accepting applications for the 2021-2022 application cycle.