Cello Audition Information


All cello applicants applying to the Performance Track, Music Business - Audition Track, or Recording Arts - Audition Track must either submit an audition video or conduct a live audition. While a live audition is preferred, applicants may upload an audition video through Acceptd at https://app.getacceptd.com/ucdenver for consideration.


All cello audition videos or live auditions must include the following:

  1. Repertoire: Perform two pieces of varying styles.
    1. One piece should demonstrate your melodic and lyrical playing and one piece should demonstrate your
      technical playing.
    2. These pieces can be classical OR jazz/pop/alternative styles based.
  2. Etude: Perform one etude from Schroder, Lee, Duport, Popper, or Piatti, The student may substitute a transcription of a solo from a jazz or pop/alternative style tune for this requirement.
  3. Scales and Arpeggios: Perform the following:
    1. One major and one minor THREE octave scale, one slow, one fast.
    2. One major and one minor THREE octave arpeggio, both played slowly.


How to submit your audition video:

  1. Record your audition video per the guidelines listed above. All selections must be verbally labeled.
  2. Go to https://app.getacceptd.com/ucdenver; choose your Program Group (emphasis area) and Program (instrument). Click “Get Started!”
  3. Follow the registration instructions to create your account and upload your video.
  4. Physical CD’s, DVD’s, and tapes will not be accepted. Emailed files and YouTube links are not acceptable.
  5. Audition videos for new MEIS applicants must be received no later than April 1st.
  6. Audition videos for current CU Denver MEIS students who wish to switch their emphasis/track for the Spring Semester must be received no later than November 20th.


Audition video follow-up and live audition information:

Audition videos will be reviewed by our faculty within three weeks of receipt. Faculty will contact applicants about next
steps. Faculty may request that applicants conduct a live audition in addition to the video submission. Applicants may also
choose to live audition instead of submitting an audition video. The live audition dates are listed on the MEIS admission
page on our website: http://www.ucdenver.edu/academics/colleges/CAM/programs/meis/Pages/Admissions.aspx

Live auditions typically take 20-30 minutes and will take place in the Arts Building on the Auraria Campus. The audition
will consist of sight-reading and a short demonstration of the pieces described above. The audition will also feature an
opportunity for the prospective student to ask questions regarding the program, applied lessons, ensemble placement,
etc. Students only need to bring a cello, and are expected to be tuned up, ready to go, and dressed appropriately.


Contact Information:

If you want to schedule a live audition or have questions about the cello audition process, please contact the Evan
Shelton at Evan.Shelton@ucdenver.edu.