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Recorded Arts Supplements

UPDATE: DEC 7, 2018: The Arts Portfolio application deadline for both Restrictive Early Action and Regular Decision applications (live or recorded) has passed. We regret we are unable to accept further requests to review music materials from freshman applicants.


What items are required?

All Arts Portfolio audition recordings must be submitted on the Stanford Slideroom website. Vocal, instrumental, and conducting auditions must be submitted in video. No audio-only files will be accepted, except in the case of composition applicants. Recordings must be accompanied by the following items:

  • Performance video or composition audio file; multiple files are OK.
  • Music résumé (which might include instructors, musical interests, awards and honors, select performance experience and repertoire).
  • Confidential letter of recommendation from a music teacher or mentor.
  • $5 Arts Portfolio fee (submitted via the Stanford Slideroom website).
  • For Composition submissions only: 2-3 scores (PDF) and realizations (live preferred, MIDI is acceptable) of each score.
  • One Arts Portfolio only.
  • Performance students should submit in one instrument/voice area only.

When are the deadlines?

The Arts Portfolio, Common Application and application fees must be submitted by the deadlines below to be considered for review.

  • Restrictive Early Action: Monday, October 15, 2018
  • Regular Decision: Saturday, December 1, 2018
  • Transfer: Friday, March 15, 2019

I’m a performer. What should I play?

Prepare two or three short, contrasting pieces that demonstrate your current level of ability. A typical audition is about ten minutes. Your submission should be in one instrument/voice area only.

How do I submit my recordings?

All recordings and supporting Arts Portfolio documents must be submitted online through the Stanford SlideRoom website:

  • Go to SlideRoom.
  • Sign in with your Common Application information or create an account.
  • Select the MUSIC option.
  • Follow the step-by-step instructions to fill out your application form appropriately and completely.
  • Have your music instructor or a music mentor submit a confidential letter of recommendation via SlideRoom.
  • There is a $5 submission fee due at the time of submission. If you are eligible for a fee waiver for the Common Application, this also applies for Slideroom.
  • One Arts Portfolio only.
  • Performance students should submit in one instrument/voice area only.

Important Notes about Recorded Auditions

  • Choose either a recorded audition or a live one. Each type is considered an Arts Portfolio and given equal weight.
  • One Arts Portfolio only.
  • Performance students should submit in one instrument/voice area only.
  • All recorded vocal, instrumental, and jazz auditions must be submitted in video format. Applicants submitting a composition supplement may submit audio only recorded or MIDI realizations of their scores.
  • If you use an accompanist, make sure you can be heard easily over the accompanist in your video.
  • Dress appropriately for your video. Remember that your video is an audition with our performance faculty. Dress casual ("dressy casual," "business casual") attire is fine.
  • You can submit each piece as a different file, which you might find more convenient.
  • Students submitting a recorded Arts Portfolio are required to submit their files and all supporting documents via SlideRoom; see the Office of Admission website for directions and specific information about Common Application submission processes. For information about live audition supporting documents, see Live Auditions.)
  • All students auditioning in Jazz (instrumental or vocal) must submit recordings. We regret we cannot offer live auditions in this category.
  • Recordings must be submitted via the Common Application Arts Portfolio process indicated on this website and on the Stanford Undergraduate Admissions website to be included as part of a student’s application. No recordings submitted via postal mail or email will be accepted.
  • If you are planning a trip to Stanford and would like to hear more about the Department of Music and our undergraduate programs, contact Undergraduate Student Services Officer Rowen Leigh to arrange a visit.
Last modified on: 
Friday, December 7, 2018