Auditions: The Art Supplement FAQ

The Art Supplement in Music

Applicants who have an extraordinary talent in music, be it composition, conducting, or performance, and who are considering continuing their study and practice of music while at Stanford, may elect to submit a supplemental audition as part of their application to Stanford. This audition is not required, and in no way indicates that applicants intend to major or minor in Music. This is not an audition for departmental ensembles or lesson studios. Rather, an art supplement audition is a way in which applicants can demonstrate excellence outside of academics during the application process.

Art Supplements can be submitted in Music, Drama, Dance, and the Visual Arts. For more information about the application process, and other arts supplements, please see the Arts Supplement download on the Undergraduate Admissions website.

Arts Supplements in Music can be completed by submitting a recorded audition or auditioning live. Please see information about both processes in the sections below.

If you have any questions about the Art Supplement audition process, or general questions about undergraduate opportunities for students in the Department of Music, please send email to

Recorded Auditions


Recorded audition submission methods have changed for 2013-2014. Please read carefully.

What items are required?

All supplemental audition recordings must be 10 minutes or less in length, and video recorded. No audio only submissions will be accepted, except in the case of composition applicants. Video recordings must be accompanied by the following items:

Recorded auditions and supporting documents must be submitted online via the Common Application website partner, SlideRoom (see “How do I submit my recordings?” below).

When are the deadlines?

Deadlines below denote online submission deadlines for Arts Supplement recordings and the Common Application. The Arts Supplement, Common Application, Stanford Supplement, and application fees must be submitted by the deadlines below to be considered for review. Test scores and Common App teacher recommendations can be sent in by the standard application deadlines.

How do I submit my recordings?

All recordings and supporting arts supplement documents must be submitted online through SlideRoom:

I play more than one instrument. Can I include multiple instruments on my 10 minute video recording?

No. Separate instrument recordings should be submitted as separate files. Applicants are able to submit up to two arts supplements university wide, in the areas of Music, Drama, Dance, or the Visual Arts. Here in Music, one instrument = one supplement. Different instrument or vocal areas should be submitted as separate supplements. Classical and jazz submissions should be considered separate instrument areas.

For example, an applicant who plays both cello and piano will need to upload:

For cello

For piano

Important Notes about Recorded Auditions

Live Auditions

Live auditions are still considered part of the Arts Supplement process, and students must submit their Common Applications by the Arts Supplement deadline. Auditioning live can be a great way for prospective students to interact with faculty and an excellent opportunity to visit Stanford’s campus. There is no preference given to students doing a live audition, nor students submitting recorded auditions.

How do I reserve an audition?

All students interested in auditioning live, either at Stanford or regionally, must submit a Live Audition Request Form. When the following items are received by the Department of Music at Stanford, students will be granted a live audition timeslot.

Musical résumé and confidential letter of recommendation are to be compiled and mailed to the Department of Music. Please label both documents clearly with applicant full name and Common Application ID number. No incomplete submissions will be reviewed. Musical résumé and letter of recommendation for live auditions can be mailed to:

    Stanford University - Live Auditions
    Department of Music
    541 Lasuen Mall
    Stanford, CA 94305-3076

What are the audition dates and deadlines?

Regional Live Auditions

Live Auditions at Stanford

Important Notes about Live Auditions

Instrument List

Below is a list of instruments for which auditions may be submitted. Instruments that are in the family of one listed (for example, bass clarinet, piccolo, or euphonium) are automatically acceptable. If you would like to audition on an instrument not listed here, please email to ask if we can evaluate your audition before you schedule a live audition or send in a recording. If you play any of the following instruments or styles, please email to ask: non-Western styles or instruments, contemporary rock or pop, folk.

  • Baroque Flute
  • Baroque Violin
  • Bassoon
  • Cello
  • Clarinet
  • Contrabass
  • Flute
  • Fortepiano
  • Horn
  • Guitar
  • Guzheng
  • Harp
  • Harpsichord
  • Indian Classical Voice
  • Jazz Guitar
  • Jazz Piano
  • Mrindangam
  • Oboe
  • Organ
  • Percussion
  • Piano
  • Recorder
  • Saxophone
  • Tabla
  • Taiko
  • Trombone
  • Trumpet
  • Tuba
  • Viola
  • Viola da Gamba
  • Violin
  • Voice

Frequently Asked Questions