Music Audition

Music Audition

Music, CFA


Music Majors and Minors Fall/Spring 2019

Auditions are required for admission to the Music Major and Minor and are also considered in the awarding of scholarship funds. The Department of Music is devoted primarily to the study of classical music and thus auditions that feature classical music repertoire are strongly preferred. Applicants must submit the LMU application in order to gain access to the Applicant Status Portal, which is where the music audition must be submitted.



The LMU Music Audition consists of two parts:

  1. A completed Music Audition Request Form
  2. A live audition OR online audition submission

In order to submit both parts of the LMU Music Audition, please read the following instructions closely and complete each step.

  1. Download the Music Audition Request Form and read our audition requirements to prepare your musical selections (page 1).
  2. Fill out all requested fields on the Music Audition Request Form (pages 2-3).
  3. Upload the completed Music Audition Request Form to your Applicant Status Portal. Please find the “Upload Materials” section and select “Music Audition Request Form Upload” from the dropdown menu before attaching your completed form. (NOTE: You will only have access to this portal once you submit your LMU application). 
  4. If you are interested in participating in one of our live auditions dates, the Music Audition Request Form must be submitted in advance by the deadlines listed below and on page 1 of your form. Please make sure to indicate on the form which live session you would like to attend. You will be contacted for scheduling after you have submitted your form.
  5. If you are submitting online audition materials, please upload files to your Applicant Status Portal under the “Portfolio” section by clicking on the “Edit Portfolio” link.

If you have any questions about how to properly submit your application materials, please email



Live Audition Day 1 – Saturday, January 19, 2019
Deadline for submission of materials for first live audition day is January 9, 2019.

Live Audition Day 2 – Saturday, February 16, 2019
Deadline for submission of materials for second live audition day is February 6, 2019.

Recorded auditions
Deadline for submission of recorded audition materials (including recordings) is February 15, 2019.


Applicants may audition on the following instruments: guitar, percussion, piano, strings (violin, viola, violoncello, double bass), and voice. A minor is available in selected winds (flute, oboe, clarinet) and brass (trumpet, French horn, trombone). Audition guidelines for all performance emphases may be found on the Music Audition Request Form, or by visiting the Department of Music Auditions page.

More information about the program can be found at the Department of Music website. Should you have any questions about the audition process or the program in general, please contact us:


Tel: (310) 338-5386

  • Audition Guidelines
    • Guitar: Two pieces, preferably in contrasting styles demonstrating right-hand dexterity and finger-picking

    • Percussion: Two pieces performed on any of the following: drum set, marimba, snare drum, timpani

    • Piano: Two pieces from different historical periods, preferably in contrasting styles

    • Strings (violin, viola, cello, double bass): Two pieces from different historical periods, preferably in contrasting styles

    • Voice: Two classical art songs, opera or operetta arias, or traditional folk songs, one in a language other than English

    • Selected Woodwinds and Brass: (flute, oboe, clarinet, trumpet, French horn, and trombone; minors only): Two pieces from different historical periods, preferably in contrasting styles

      In all cases DO NOT USE ORIGINAL WORKS for your applied audition. Please feel free to submit original works in addition to your audition works, particularly if you are interested in declaring a composition concentration.

      Remember to complete all contact information on the Audition Request Form.
      Remember to list the major(s) and minor, if applicable, that you plan to pursue at LMU.
      If you are submitting recordings, remember to also upload the Audition Request Form.
      Should you have any questions about the audition process or the Music program in general, please contact us at:

      Tel: (310) 338-5386
      Fax: (310) 338-6046

  • Ensemble Information

    Auditions for our ensembles are held on the weekend before and during the first week of classes each semester, and on a case-by-case basis depending on the ensemble. Selected ensembles do offer small scholarships to some of their members based on audition and/or participation in the group. Each of these ensembles showcases their work on various concerts each semester.


    The LMU Choruses

    The Department of Music has three choruses: Concert Choir, Women's Chorus, and Consort Singers. Singers are evaluated in the areas of musicality and musicianship, vocal technique and quality, as well as potential for musical growth. Prior choral experience is preferable for the Concert Choir and required for the Women's Chorus and the Consort Singers. Choral Auditions for Fall 2018 will be held August 25-29. To schedule call the Office of Choral Activities at (310) 338-5154 or email Dr. Mary Breden, director, at Information on the Choruses' upcoming European tour in summer 2019 can be found here.


    Chamber Orchestra

    The LMU Chamber Orchestra offers students the chance to perform orchestral music representing a variety of style periods and musical genres. Auditions for Fall 2018 will be held in August. For more information and to schedule an audition, contact Dr. Tania Fleischer, director, at

    Percussion Ensemble

    Students in this ensemble work in groups of variable size with or without a conductor. Instrumentation is primarily "concert percussion," but also includes some percussion instruments and playing techniques from around the world. Students work together in rehearsal and outside of class. Intermediate or higher level of rhythmic reading is required; pitch reading not required, but strongly suggested; experience with concert percussion is preferred, but not required. For more information and to schedule an audition, contact Aaron Smith, director, at

    World Music Ensembles

    These ensembles focus on two areas: Balinese Gamelan Angklung and West African drumming and dancing. Consisting primarily of keyed and gong-like instruments, gamelan angklung is one of several distinct types of metalophone orchestras in Bali. Intricate textures and sharp contrasts of expression contribute to a dynamic music result. The African portion principally emphasizes the music of Ghana, including drumming and dance genres from north, east, and central regions of the country, in addition to music for atenteben (traditional flute) and gyil (gourd-resonated xylophone). For more information and to schedule an audition, contact Dr. Paul Humphreys, director, at

    Chamber Ensembles

    Our Chamber Ensembles offer percussionists, pianists, string, wind, and brass players the opportunity to collaborate with one or two other instrumentalists on works for small ensembles. For more information and to schedule an audition, contact Dr. Tania Fleischer, director, at