Audition Schedule

2020 Audition Guidelines

Prospective students must complete all Admissions Requirements as well as the program portfolio or audition requirements to be considered for admission.

Please contact the Sarah Melnick ( if you have any issues scheduling your audition after you submit your Fall 2020 application.

Live auditions are strongly recommended for all applicants except those applying to the Jazz, Composition & Experimental Sound Practices, Music Technology, and all World Music specializations. See the specific admissions requirements of the individual programs in the left menu.

Auditions are held in January and February on the CalArts campus as well as in select U.S. cities.


2020 Audition Dates


  • Saturday, January 11, 2020

San Francisco

  • Friday, January 31, 2020

Los Angeles: CalArts Campus

  • Saturday, January 25, 2020

New York

  • Sunday, February 2, 2020

For auditions, you must register in the application for a "Regional live audition" and then select the location of your choice. Do NOT select "Online portfolio submission" unless you do not plan on attending a live audition or it is not required for your specialization. Once you've submitted your application you will receive a link to register for an audition date in your submission confirmation email and on your checklist. After you register, you will be assigned an audition time slot.