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Instrumental Music


All students must complete an audition profile on our virtual audition platform, Acceptd ( The portal to create your Virtual Audition Profile will open in December 2021. Students will have until February 1, 2022, to upload all their audition materials. Auditions begin in early February and are scheduled by art department and the first letter of your last name. Please be sure to review all requirements outlined below. Once you create a profile, and upload all your materials, you will log-in the day of your audition and join us virtually!

In addition to the suggestions below on creating a studio in your own home, please note that you should be in a quiet and well-lit space, be sure that your computer or phone are fully charged and functioning properly. While we understand that many of you may be uncomfortable on camera, that is a requirement for all auditions. All virtual auditions just like in-person auditions are closed to parents/guardians, family members or peers. If there is anyone else in the room with you during your audition, you may be disqualified. If you leave during your audition, you may also be disqualified.

If you have any questions or concerns regarding the above, please contact the Admissions Office at or call 202-631-3129.

What We Are Looking For

We are first and foremost evaluating your potential and passion for your instrument, your musicality, and your willingness to work hard to move to the next level.

What to Have and Upload/How to Prepare

For their virtual audition, all students must:

  1. Prepare scales and one musical selection for the audition and have sheet music for the selection, be sure to upload a copy of the sheet music into the Acceptd Audition platform.
  2. Have their own musical instrument.

NOTE: Due to COVID-19, we cannot provide an audition instrument for students. If you do not have an instrument in order to audition, please contact

The Virtual Audition Process Itself

All students auditioning in instrumental music will be required to:

  • Perform a prepared musical selection,
  • Perform a sampling of major scales,
  • Be tested on musical response and sight-reading, and
  • Participate in a personal interview.
  • Accompaniment not required.

In addition to the procedures above, percussion students must present at least one of the following:

Have a Successful Audition

  1. Practice! Truly prepare your musical selection.
  2. Arrive promptly to your virtual audition with all required materials.
  3. Present yourself well – dress professionally, speak confidently and clearly.
  4. Be prepared to talk about yourself – your musical background, and your goals for the future.
  5. Check your audio!
    • In order to deliver the best quality sound during your audition please follow the following instructions:
      • Click the up arrow (^) next to “Stop Video”
      • Select “Video Settings”
      • Select “Audio” on the left
      • Scroll down to select “Advanced”
      • Click the button for “Show in-meeting option to “Enable Original Sound” from microphone
      • Exit and proceed with your audition!
    • If for any reasons you have audio quality issues during your live audition, you will be required to submit a recorded audition. And will be contacted for a phone interview.


  • All departments offer Virtual & In-person Audition Workshops in December and January to help students prepare for their official audition. Students who participate will be able to learn what to bring, review the audition procedures, learn how to build a portfolio, present their work with confidence, and prepare their work for the audition. Visit for more information and how to sign up – workshops cost $10. This fee can be waived for special circumstances, please email if you would like to request one.
  • Auditions begin the first week of February 2022 – immediately after the application deadline! Make sure to visit our website to review the audition schedule. Auditions are scheduled through the Acceptd Virtual Audition platform, for all students who successfully apply via MySchoolDC. You must view your audition date and time based on your art department and the first letter of your last name.
  • Please note that callbacks, shadow visits and family interviews may all be held in person if it’s possible to do so safely.