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Audition Information

Gospel Chorus performing at Hertz Hall

For information about Music 168 (private lessons for music majors) and other performance opportunities in the department, please scroll down.

Ensemble Audition Information

Music 116: Jazz Theory and Performance
Contact Ben Goldberg at

Music 140: Javanese Gamelan
Prospective students are tested for ability to match pitch and rhythm in the first class meeting. New students attend section 1.

Music 141: University Symphony
Complete audition requirements here.

Music 142: University Wind Ensemble
Additional information and requirements can be found on the UCBWE page.

Music 143: Gospel Chorus
Audition sign up. Students send inquiries about auditions to

Music 144: University Chorus
All forms and audition information can be found here.

Music 145: Chamber Chorus
All forms and audition information can be found here.

Music 146B: Balinese Gamelan
Come to first class meeting – no formal audition required.

Music 148: African Music Ensemble
Come to first class meeting.

Music 149: University Baroque Ensemble
Complete the audition form for University Baroque Ensemble.

Music 164: Currents in Improvised Music

Music 164 is not offered in Fall 2022.

Music 165: Berkeley Nu Jazz Collective

Complete the Music 168D, Music 168E, and Music 165 Audition Sign-up Sheet.

Music 168 Series Courses (Private Lessons) Audition Information

Please note that the Music 168 series (private lessons) are open to Music Majors only and an audition is required at the beginning of each semester. All students, both new and returning, who want to enroll in Music 168 must complete an online application. More information about the 168 program can be found on the Music 168 page.  Audition details are below:

Music 168A (orchestral instruments) 
See info regarding University Symphony: Music 141.

Music 168B (voice)
See info regarding Chamber Chorus: Music 145.

Music 168C (piano)
Complete the audition form (including audition questions)

Music 168D (world music instruments) 
Complete the Music 168D, Music 168E, and Music 165 Audition Sign-up Sheet (coming soon).

At the audition, students interested in Music 168D will be asked to perform a piece or section of a piece for the supervising faculty member. There is no standard for length or degree of difficulty. The supervising faculty member will discuss ensemble performance with the student, though that discussion will vary greatly, depending on the musical tradition to be studied. Choosing a 168 instructor is the responsibility of the student, but supervising faculty can provide guidance.

Music 168E (individual lessons in jazz and improvised music)
Complete the Music 168D, Music 168E, and Music 165 Audition Sign-up Sheet (coming soon).

Music 168G (classical guitar)
Contact Matthew Hough at If you are interested in auditioning for jazz guitar, please audition for Music 168E instead of 168G. If you are not sure whether you want to audition for jazz or classical guitar, you may audition for both 168G and 168E and decide after you have been accepted into the 168 program.

Music 168H (Baroque instruments)
Contact Christine Brandes at to arrange an audition time.

Music 168I (organ)
Contact George Emblom, instructor, at to arrange an audition.

Other Performance Courses

Carillon study (Music 40, 41A, 41B, and 42)
All carillon classes are being taught this semester.
Music 40, Beginning Group lessons in carillon
Auditions will be held Monday and Tuesday, August 29 & 30. Contact for further information. Music 40 is a prerequisite for the rest of the carillon series.

Elementary Piano: Music 45M

For those wishing to improve their keyboard skills, MUS 45M Elementary Piano Class is available. Priority goes to Music Majors and Music Minors enrolled in Harmony and other Music Department classes.

On Friday, January 20th, from 11am – 3pm, in Room 64 (Practice Room area, lowest level of Morrison Hall) we will have individual meetings for 45M assessment.

Please sign up here and bring with you a completed 45M Placement Exam Form (The reviewer will need the hard copy on which to write during your appointment.) These forms will be available outside Room 64.

Review Elementary Piano Skills Placement Information.

Other performance opportunities

Noon concerts auditions

Concerto auditions

Summer Symphony auditions
Auditions take place in mid-to-late June of each year. See summer symphony page for details.

Piano competition
This is a biennial competition. No auditions are scheduled at this time.

DeCal classes
For policies for participation and audition information about any required auditions, check the DeCal website under “find a course” at the beginning of each semester.

Student Musical Activities (SMA)
Check the SMA website for specific audition information for each group.