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Application & Audition Process for the John J. Cali School of Music

All applicants* are required to submit a University application, as well as register for an audition. Please use the application/audition registration process outlined below to complete these requirements.

*Current MSU students looking to transfer into the music program do not need to complete an application. Please reach out to the audition coordinator at musauditions@montclair.edu to register for an audition.

1. Review the application and audition requirements for your program of choice. Information for acceptance into each of our current programs can be found in the left side menu – under Apply. For primary instrument audition requirements, please see:

 Undergraduate Primary Instrument Requirements
Graduate Primary Instrument Requirements

2. Submit an application to Montclair State University. You will not need to submit a separate application to the school of music. Access to the online application for the undergraduate and graduate degrees is linked below:

Undergraduate Online Application
Graduate Online Application

3. Once an application has been submitted, you will be prompted to register for an audition through a private link. Undergraduate students will receive the audition registration link in a confirmation email 24 hours after submitting an application. Graduate students will have access to the audition registration link via your online portal once an application has been submitted.

Click on the link provided to you and follow the instructions to register for either a live or video audition.

Jazz Studies & Jazz Education Track applicants must register for and submit a video audition.

Deadline: Your application, supplemental materials, and audition registration must be submitted no later than 2 weeks prior to your chosen audition date. Audition registration will close 2 weeks prior to the scheduled audition date.

2019-2020 Available Audition Dates

Friday – November 1st, 2019 ( transfer & graduate students only) – Live & Video Audition

Friday – February 7th, 2020   (open to all applicants) – Live Audition Only

Saturday – February 8th, 2020 (open to all applicants) – Live Audition Only

Friday – February 28th, 2020 (open to all applicants) – Live Audition Only

Saturday – February 29th, 2020 (open to all applicants) – Live & Video Audition

Thursday – May 14th, 2020 (transfer & graduate students only) – Live & Video Audition

Audition Registration Notes:

For Live Auditions – Once you’ve registered for one of the live audition dates, your individual audition/interview time will be scheduled by the Audition Coordinator. Audition/Interview times will be communicated to you in a personal email 1-2 weeks prior to your chosen audition date.

For Video Auditions – The date for which you register will act as the deadline for your video submission.

4. Once you submit your audition registration form, you will receive a confirmation email. Please keep this for your records. Any questions regarding the application & audition process can be sent to the audition coordinator – contact information below:

Linsay Setzer
Audition Coordinator

Additional information:

For information about music courses and curriculum see: Degrees & Programs

For information about grants, loans and scholarships, see: Financial Aid and Scholarships

Musical Theatre

The musical theatre program operates separately from the Cali School of Music. See: Musical Theatre (Department of Theater and Dance)