Jazz Auditions

Admission to the Music Performance Program (MPP) is determined by the demonstrated level of performance skill during auditions and the availability of openings in different performance areas. Participation in the MPP requires a year-long commitment, and all students must undergo re-auditions annually, regardless of previous acceptance. Students who are not accepted in the current year are encouraged to audition in future years. Auditions are required for lessons and/or ensembles. For students interested in a combination of the above in jazz music, one audition suffices. Students interested in lessons and/or ensembles in various genres of music (classical, jazz, pop/contemporary, world, voice), or in the Columbia University Orchestra, will need to audition separately for each.

If you have any questions, please contact Beth Pratt at [email protected].

Audition Date

Date and sign-ups for fall auditions will be posted in August. 

Audition Requirements

For those auditioning for lessons and ensembles, one jazz standard and sight-reading are required.

Day of Audition 

Arrive at least 10 minutes prior to your scheduled time to fill out the audition form, tune your instrument and make sure your music is organized.

After Audition

You will receive an email regarding placement, registration and instructor information. If we are not able to place you with an instructor or ensemble, you will be notified and may be placed on the wait list.  If you are placed with an instructor for lessons, you will need to contact your instructor and set up a mutually agreeable time to meet during the semester. Your instructor will help you choose repertoire and establish a daily practice routine.


Auditions are held on the first Friday of the Fall semester. Please prepare one jazz song. Piano accompaniment will be provided. You will also be asked to sight read.