Graduate Auditions

Fall 2013 and spring 2014 audition dates will be announced soon.

Note: International students, or those at a significant distance from Montclair, should ask about alternative application and audition procedures.

To Schedule an Audition

Scheduling of audition times are made upon receiving an application.  It is strongly encouraged that applicants apply early if they might have scheduling requirements due to religious, medical or other issues.  If an applicant has such scheduling requirements, these should be stated in a separate letter attached to the application. An effort will be made to accommodate such requirements but this cannot be guaranteed.

Even if you have no special scheduling requirements, admission is highly competitive for all music programs so we urge you to complete the admission process early. You must pass an audition and meet the university's admissions requirements. You may not audition more than three times for admission to the school. See our Graduate Catalog for an overview of our programs.

1. Apply to the University first (see application). 

2. Review the audition requirements for your area of interest before filling out the Cali School audition application above.

Graduate candidates are expected to demonstrate vocal or instrumental performance ability, knowledge of music theory equivalent to having completed a B.A. or B.Mus., and evidence of advanced musical study.

You should bring your own music. Unless you play piano, organ, harpsichord, or percussion, you should bring your own instrument. 

Accompanists are provided for vocal auditions only. There are no charges for this service.

The Audition Process

  • Audition on primary instruments (see links below). Note that Music Education, Therapy and Theory/Composition applicants must audition on a primary instrument.
  • Music reading test - Required for vocalists and music theory/composition majors only. This tests the ability to match pitches; identify and sing intervals, triads, chords, and scale patterns; sing and identify melodies, and read rhythms on sight.
  • Music theory test - Post-baccalaureate, graduate and transfer students must take this placement test. For graduate students who have already completed a four-semester undergraduate theory sequence but do not do well on this test, we offer an intensive one-week, non-credit summer review course.
  • Interviews - For MA (Education, Therapy, Theory/Composition), Certification (Education, Therapy), and MAT concentrations, an interview with a faculty member is required to assess your suitability for and understanding of the field. You may request interviews in more than one area so that if you are not accepted into your first choice, you may be accepted into your second.
  • Theory/Composition portfolio review - In addition to auditioning on a primary instrument, theory/composition candidates must present a portfolio including at least three compositions. These may be original works or arrangements, but should exhibit the use of several different instruments or voices, especially in combinations of two or more. Submission of a recording that includes at least two compositions is strongly encouraged. Theorists should submit a portfolio of analyses of at least three works by three composers from different periods.
  • Artist's Diploma and Performer's Certificate - Applicants for these degrees should follow the procedures for graduate studies.

Please remember that completing the Cali School audition application is only part of the admissions process. You must complete the University application as well. Both applications are due no later than two weeks before your preferred audition date.

Please read the information on this site and then contact us if you have further questions: 973-655-7610 or