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The Arts Portfolio in Music

Students with extraordinary talent in music composition, conducting or performance may supplement their Stanford application with an Arts Portfolio. The Arts Portfolio is entirely optional and will be reviewed at the discretion of the Office of Undergraduate Admission and the arts faculty. Students who submit an Arts Portfolio are not required to major in the arts at Stanford. Similarly, students who do not submit an Arts Portfolio may still study or participate in the arts at Stanford.

***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. ***

Art Portfolios also can be submitted in Art Practice, Dance, and Theater. For general information about the application process, including Arts Portfolios, visit Undergraduate Admission’s Arts Portfolio page. PDF of the instructions for Music here.

For information about preparing an Arts Portfolio in Music, visit our department’s Arts Portfolio FAQ page. In many performance areas, we are able to offer a live audition, if desired. (The two types of audition are given equal weight, but please choose one.) For detailed requirements for recorded or live auditions, find the appropriate link below.



Last modified on: 
Friday, December 7, 2018

Instruments for Arts Portfolios

  • Bass (Jazz)
  • Bassoon
  • Carillon
  • Cello
  • Chinese classical instruments
  • Clarinet
  • Contrabass
  • Drum Set
  • Early Music
  • Euphonium
  • Flute
  • Flute (Baroque)
  • Fortepiano
  • French Horn
  • Guitar
  • Guitar (Jazz)
  • Harp
  • Harpsichord
  • Indian classical instruments and voice
  • Koto
  • Musical Theater
  • Oboe
  • Organ
  • Percussion
  • Piano
  • Piano (Jazz)
  • Saxophone
  • Shinobue
  • Taiko
  • Trombone
  • Trombone (Jazz)
  • Trumpet
  • Trumpet (jazz)
  • Tuba
  • Viola
  • Viola da Gamba
  • Violin
  • Violin (Baroque)
  • Voice