UCF School of Performing Arts Fall 2020 FAQ

UCF Music Department

Admissions: Frequently Asked Questions

Audition Instructions

Due to COVID-19, our audition process has changed. Please visit Application Process for more details.

  • When will I receive my audition time? The confirmation letter did not have it.

    Your actual audition time will be given to you on the morning of auditions when you check in at the desk in the Rehearsal Hall.

  • Where do I find the Intent to Audition form and the Teacher Evaluation form?

    The Intent to Audition Form is online and the Teacher Evaluation form is available under resources Forms and Files section.

  • Can I change my audition time, date or cancel it?

    Yes, you will need to contact John Parker.

  • I cannot make it on the dates available so can I audition on a different day?

    Yes, you will need to contact John Parker with at least two preferred dates so the professors of that instrument can be notified and arrange for an audition during the normal work week(Monday - Friday).

  • How do I apply and get accepted into the music program?

    It is a two step process. First, you must apply online to the university admissions. You will receive a seven-digit personal identification number after you apply. Second, complete the Intent to Audition form. This form must be received by the Music Department in order to reserve a spot for you on audition day. Also, include names and e-mails of any teachers you have studied with so they can go online and complete the Teacher Evaluation form for you. No auditions will be heard if you have not applied to the university. Your UCF ID is proof that you applied and will be required on the Intent to Audition form.

  • Where do I find out what music is required in the audition?

    The Admission Auditions Requirements has the information for each instrument. NOTE: All jazz instruments are listed under jazz.

  • Is the audition private or can my parents/friends come in with me?

    The audition is private in a professor’s studio. Parents/friends may wait outside in hallway.

  • How will I know if my Intent to Audition form was received?

    An e-mail will be automatically sent confirming receipt of your Intent to Audition form and a letter will be sent via U.S. mail.

  • When can I leave the auditions?

    Once you have completed your audition and education interview (if applying for Bachelor of Music Education degree), you are free to leave.

  • Can I arrive late to auditions?

    If it is absolutely necessary to arrive late, contact John Parker at least a week prior to audition day so she can make note of it on the audition schedule.

  • Do I have to apply to UCF to audition?

    Yes, you have to apply to UCF Admissions. After you apply you will receive a seven-digit personal identification number. The UCF ID is required on the Intent to Audition form.

  • Do you have an instrument that I can use for my audition, such as, tuba, harp?

    It is preferred that you bring your own instrument with the exception of piano and percussion students. We do have some instruments available. Contact John Parker to make arrangements for an instrument to use. NOTE: There are no harps available.

  • Will I be able to warm up?

    Yes, we have practice rooms available before and during the auditions. There will be current UCF music students available to help you find a practice room or your audition room.

  • Do you have amplifiers for my jazz guitar or jazz bass or do I have to bring my own?

    Yes, we do have amplifiers to use, but you may bring your own if you want.

  • Can I reserve a specific time for my audition?

    No, audition times are not set until about 24 hours before audition day. If you have a conflict, contact John Parker

  • Can I request an early or late audition time if I need to be at another event or I am coming in from out of state?

    Your request will be taken into consideration, but not guaranteed.

  • I want to do Jazz Studies and teach, what degree to I take?

    Currently we do not have a Jazz Studies Education track. You will need to speak with the Undergraduate Advisor, Kirk Gay.

  • What if I want to audition on the same instrument for both classical and jazz?

    You will need to complete the Intent to Audition form twice, indicate on the form “classical” or “jazz” on each one and what audition day for each one.

  • What if I want to audition on two different instruments?

    You will need to complete the Intent to Audition form twice, indicate on the form what instrument and what audition day for each one.

  • If I want to pursue a B.M., but I am accepted as B.A. only, what does that mean?

    Being accepted as a B.A. only means that the professors did not think you were at performance level yet. The B.A. and B.M. Performance curriculum is identical for the first two years. During the first two years you can ask the professors to review your performance ability and recommend you for the B.M.

  • Can I double major in two music degrees?

    Yes, in some cases. You would need to meet with the Undergraduate Advisor, Kirk Gay.

  • How do I get approved to double major?

    You would need to meet with the undergraduate advisors of both music and your other major.

  • Will I hear right away at the audition if I am accepted or not? If not, when?

    No. You will not be informed of the results of your audition until all three scholarship audition days have been completed. Your result letter should be sent out to you in March.

  • What if I don’t know how to play the music for my instrument that is on your Web site, can I play something else?

    You will need to contact the professor of that instrument directly to inquire as to what they will accept.

  • Where should I park on audition day? Do I have to pay for parking?

    No, you do not have to pay for parking. The closest parking would be next to Colbourn Hall (H1) or Garage H on the campus map.

  • Will I automatically receive some kind of scholarship if I audition on the scholarship days?

    No, scholarship auditions are for scholarship consideration only. Once all the auditions have been heard each instrument area will request scholarships for the top students. Note: Only students that have an “admit” or “matriculation” status with UCF Admissions will be eligible to receive a scholarship contract. This is why it is important to apply early in the fall to Admissions.

  • When will I hear if I am accepted and/or going to receive a scholarship?

    You will receive a letter in U.S. mail the beginning of March on your acceptance or non-acceptance into the music program. Scholarship letters will be sent out the latter part of March and should be received no later than April 1.

  • How much are your scholarship awards? Are any a full-ride?

    Scholarships awards can be anywhere from $250 per semester to $1,500 per semester not including summer. There are no full-ride scholarships.

  • Is it possible to receive a tuition waiver and for how much?

    Yes, if you are an out-of-state student and have been admitted to UCF a few Out-Of-State Tuition Waivers are available. They usually are no more than $5,000 per semester, not including summer.

  • What criteria is the scholarship award based on, i.e. playing ability, need for instrument?


  • What can I expect before and during my audition?

    Auditions are always on Saturdays. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. in the UCF Rehearsal Hall. Breakfast items, coffee etc. are provided in the Rehearsal Hall. Once you check in at the desk a program will be given to you with your audition time, education interview time (BME students only)and room numbers At 9:00 an orientation begins in the Rehearsal Hall Auditorium for both parents and students where you will meet the professors and the Music Department Chair, Jeff Moore. Students are dismissed from orientation at 9:30 to warm-up. Actual auditions begin at 9:45 a.m. The parents will stay in the orientation to ask questions of the Chair and representatives from UCF Student Financial Services and UCF Admissions. Orientation ends at 10:00 a.m.

  • Do I need to audition to be a music minor?

    No. Any UCF student may declare a music minor by meeting with the Music Undergraduate Advisor, Kirk Gay. To make an appointment with Mr. Gay, call 407-823-2869. Note: Music minors do not receive applied music lessons. Check catalog for music minor requirements.

  • Are these auditions for students who just want to be in marching band or other ensembles?

    No. The January, February and April auditions are for music majors only. The ensemble auditions are conducted the first weekend and first week of classes of each term. Check in the Rehearsal Hall lobby a couple weeks ahead of time for dates and sign-up sheets.

  • How long does the actual audition take to complete?

    Generally, the audition time is limited to ten minutes. The exception to this is piano and percussion auditions , which allow twenty minutes. The education interview is ten minutes.

  • What if the Music Department accepts me, but UCF Admissions does not?

    You need to be accepted by both UCF Admissions and the Music Department. You may appeal your denial to UCF Admissions by writing a letter stating why you feel you should be admitted to the university. Send this letter to Admissions and Standards Committee, c/o Undergraduate Admissions, 4000 Central Florida Boulevard, Orlando, FL 32816-0111. UCF Admissions phone is 407-823-3000.

  • Can my audition date be cancelled by the Music Department?

    Yes. If you have a scheduled audition date and UCF Admissions informs us before your scheduled audition date that you have been denied entry into the university, you may receive an email from John Parker, Audition Coordinator, that your audition has been cancelled for this reason.

Music Department • College of Arts & Humanities at the University of Central Florida
Phone: 407-823-2869 Fax: 407-823-3378 • E-mail: ucfmusic@ucf.edu