Acceptance to private study in the Conservatory is based on an audition prior to enrollment. Auditions are judged by the appropriate applied faculty and are arranged via the Conservatory’s supplemental application. Auditions are normally 10 minutes in length at the undergraduate level, 20 minutes at the master’s level, and 30 minutes at the doctoral level. Non-performance majors are required to perform a 10-minute audition in their applied area. For Fall admission, the deadline for receipt of all application and supplemental materials is December 15th. Audition dates will be assigned once an application has been submitted.

Audition Procedures

All auditions must be completed by March 2nd, 2018 in order to be eligible for scholarship consideration. Audition times and schedules will be confirmed approximately 30 days prior to the scheduled audition. All applicants are very strongly advised to audition on campus. If scheduling difficulties or distances are insurmountable, applicants must request to audition via recording. Applicants not auditioning on the Kansas City campus are usually required to audition live, in person before final acceptance into the Conservatory. To request a recorded audition please contact Conservatory Admissions at
Auditions should be scheduled only in the major performing area. If a student is highly proficient in more than one instrument/voice, he/she may audition in more than one area. There is no audition fee.
UMKC will provide staff accompanists for all voice auditions. Accompanists for orchestral instruments and classical guitar are not required and will not be provided. There is no fee for vocal accompanists.
The auditioning committee will have the option of hearing as much of the prepared repertoire, in whole or in part, as it deems necessary to assess the applicant’s ability. Each applicant may choose the first piece to perform.

Audition Dates 2018 (for Fall 2018)

Saturday, February 3, 2018 (all areas)
Monday, February 19, 2018 (all areas)
Friday, March 2, 2018 (all areas)

Suggested Repertoire

Applicants will perform an audition consisting of works from standard repertoire. Scales and sight-reading may be requested.

Undergraduate level

Mozart Concerto for Clarinet (Breitkopf and Hartel)
Hindemith Sonata (Schott)
Poulenc Sonata (Chester)
Weber Concertino or either Concerto

Scales may be requested.

Master’s level

Brahms either Sonata (Urtext)
Stravinsky Three Pieces (International)
Mozart Concerto for Clarinet (Breitkopf-Hartel)
Weber Concerto No. 1 or No. 2 (International)

Repertoire from the 20th century literature such as the Muczynski, Time Pieces; Berg, Four Pieces; or Lutoslawski, Dance Preludes (Chester)

Orchestral excerpts may also be selected.

Doctoral level

Babin Hillandale Waltzes (Chester)
Brahms either Sonata 
Tomasi Concerto for Clarinet (Durand)
Mozart Concerto for Clarinet (Breitkopf)
Nielsen Concerto for Clarinet 
Weber Concerto No. 1 or No. 2

Repertoire from the 20th century literature such as the Muczynski, Time Pieces; Berg, Four Pieces; Lutoslawski, Dance Preludes (Chester)

Orchestral excerpts may also be selected.