What you wear to your college auditions and juries is very important, but there isn’t much information out there to help you figure it out. I’ve seen the good, the bad, the ugly, and the weird. I’m going to give you a basic outline of what is appropriate to wear based on your gender and the instrument you play.

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DISCLAIMER: I am not coming up with these ideas myself. This is just what I’ve learned that colleges expect through my experiences and I am not trying to offend anyone based on their gender identity. This is a great basis to guide you in your wardrobe choices, but in the end you should wear whatever you feel the most comfortable in.

VOCALISTS

GIRLS

  • If you are a female vocalist, it is pretty much expected that you wear a dress or skirt. This is not mandatory, and you don’t necessarily have to, but most people do and that’s what typical audition/jury attire recommends. Hems should not fall higher than 3-4 inches above the knee.
  • If you are comfortable in heels you should wear them, but flats are also perfectly fine. If you do wear heels, wear them to a couple of your lessons to make sure you’re okay to perform in them. Heels should not be more than 3-4 inches in height.
  • Jewelry is okay as long as it’s not distracting from your face or your performance. If you are going to be moving your arms don’t wear loud clanking bracelets.
  • Hair should be out of your eyes, and makeup is fine as long as it’s not too obnoxious. Vocalists can usually get away with a bold lipstick because it draws attention to your mouth.
  • Shoulders should be completely covered and you should not have excessive cleavage. Covered shoulders means that if you dress/top is sleeveless you must wear something over it, like a cardigan or blazer.
  • Solid colors are best, but a simple pattern is okay as long as it isn’t distracting. Avoid wearing all black.

 BOYS

  • A solid colored button-down dress shirt. No patterns. Suit jacket is not required but it is acceptable
  • Plain colored tie that matches. Avoid patterns if possible
  • Black dress pants/slacks
  • Black or Brown dress shoes
  • Dark socks, little or no patterns
  • Hair should be out of your eyes

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INSTRUMENTALISTS

GIRLS

  • IF YOU PLAY SITTING DOWN
    • If you wear a dress or skirt it must come to or below the knee because you don’t want to flash the audience. Dress pants and a nice top are acceptable.
    • Heels or flats are fine, but heels should not be more than 3-4 inches in height.
    • Jewelry is okay as long as it’s not distracting from your face or your performance. If you are going to be moving your arms don’t wear loud clanking bracelets.
    • Hair should be out of your eyes, and makeup is fine as long as it’s not too obnoxious. Unless you want it all over your wind instrument, don’t wear lipstick.
    • Shoulders should be completely covered and you should not have excessive cleavage. Covered shoulders means that if you dress/top is sleeveless you must wear something over it, like a cardigan or blazer.
    • Solid colors are best, but a simple pattern is okay as long as it isn’t distracting. Avoid wearing all black.
  • IF YOU PLAY STANDING UP
    • A dress, skirt, or dress pants are acceptable. Hems should not fall higher than 3-4 inches above the knee.
    • Heels or flats are acceptable. Heels should not be more than 3-4 inches in height.
    • Jewelry is okay as long as it’s not distracting from your face or your performance. If you are going to be moving your arms don’t wear loud clanking bracelets.
    • Hair should be out of your eyes, and makeup is fine as long as it’s not too obnoxious. Unless you want it all over your wind instrument, don’t wear lipstick.
    • Shoulders should be completely covered and you should not have excessive cleavage. Covered shoulders means that if you dress/top is sleeveless you must wear something over it, like a cardigan or blazer.
    • Solid colors are best, but a simple pattern is okay as long as it isn’t distracting. Avoid wearing all black.

BOYS

  • A solid colored button-down dress shirt. No patterns. Suit jacket is not required but it is acceptable
  • Plain colored tie that matches. Avoid patterns if possible
  • Black dress pants/slacks
  • Black or Brown dress shoes
  • Dark socks, little or no patterns
  • Hair should be out of your eyes

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General rules for everyone

  • Make sure whatever you wear is flattering and actually fits you. Don’t wear super tight clothing if it doesn’t look good on you.
  • For college auditions make sure your outfit is comfortable because you are going to be wearing it all day long.
  • Make sure everything is clean, pressed, and smells good.
  • Personal hygiene is crucial.
  • Don’t wait until the night before to pick your outfit.
  • Have a backup outfit ready to go just in case.

Want to Hear More?

This is my general list, but some colleges may have a specific dress code. If your school has certain requirements, make sure you follow those. This list is meant for people who don’t have a dress code provided for them. If you have any specific questions regarding wardrobe choices, let me know!

If you like these kinds of posts please tell me! If you have anything else you want me to elaborate on I can totally do that! Just ask! If you have other questions or post requests regarding college auditions, applications, juries, or anything else please feel free to ask me! I would love to help you out!

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