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Audition Dates

Registration for Spring 2014 and Fall 2014 opens September 1.


Saturday, February 8       
Saturday, February 15      
Saturday, February 22      

Thursday, January 30 between 4:00 pm and 6:30 pm:

Auditions will be conducted for undergraduate instrumentalists (except for percussionists) during All-West in the Cannon Center complex in Memphis. Students may audition to become majors, minors, or for applied lessons for scholarship OR students may audition only for the "Mighty Sound of the South".

Call 901-678-3766;  pre-registration is required.

All audition days are held to determine admission into School of Music programs and to determine scholarships and assistantships. February auditions will be held on the main campus of the University of Memphis in the Music Building, 3775 Central Avenue.

Students who wish to set up an audition just for the "Mighty Sound of the South" on any day other than January 30, will want to call the Band Office at 901-678-2263.

To schedule an audition on February 8, 15, or 22 go to "APPLY NOW" at

For information, please email

Note to Graduates

Applicants seeking graduate assistantships should apply to the School of Music by February 1, audition by the end of February, and apply to the University of Memphis by March 1.

Master of Music and Doctor of Musical Arts – Voice
December 10 in New York in addition to the four dates above.
Apply by November 4 for the December 10 audition.

Artist Diploma – Voice
December 7 in Memphis        Apply for screening by November 4.
December 10 in New York     Apply for screening by November 4.
Note: Artist Diploma – voice applicants must have been screened and invited to. For more information visit

Artist Diploma – Opera Coaching
Email Mark Ensley ( for information.

Artist Diploma – Opera Directing
Email Copeland Woodruff ( for information.

Artist Diploma – Violin
February 15                Apply by for screening January 8
February 22                Apply by for screening January 8
Note: Artist Diploma – violin applicants must have been screened and invited to audition. For more information visit


Audition days are held to determine admission into School of Music programs for Undergraduates and Graduates. They are held to determine Undergraduate Talent-based/Performance Scholarships and Graduate Assistantships. All undergraduate students who want to major or minor in music or take applied lessons must audition. Visits to the School of Music and University of Memphis are suggested. Early applications are highly encouraged.

To schedule an audition and apply for admission to a School of Music program, go to APPLY NOW on the School of Music website. Log into DecisionDesk and make your application to the School of Music.  Start your application soon.

Live auditions are highly preferred. The School of Music will accept non-edited video recorded auditions from international students who reside outside the United States. The preferred deadline for recorded audition submission from international students is December 1 and no later than January 1. Recorded auditions must include appropriate repertoire listed in Audition Requirements. The Rudi E. Scheidt School of Music reserves the right to require a live audition on campus if necessary.

Students who want to be a member of the Mighty Sound of the south and do not plan to Major or Minor in music, may call 901-678-2263 to schedule a Marching Band Audition.


Audition days for undergraduates begin at the University of Memphis Music Building, 3775 Central Avenue at 8:15 AM. Applicants are greeted at a check-in table where they are given the schedule of the day. All auditionees should plan to be available from 8:15 a.m. until mid-afternoon. Undergraduate auditionees receive audition results by mail within two weeks after their audition.


8:15 AM Check-in. Music Building, Harris Concert Hall Lobby
8:45 AM General meeting for undergraduate auditionees, parents and friends
9:15 AM Theory and piano placements for undergraduate auditionees
9:15 AM Meeting for parents and friends with faculty members
10:00 AM Auditions begin. You will receive audition times and locations at check-in.
10:30 AM Music Industry Orientation for Music Business and Recording Technology applicants, their family and friends
12:00 PM Campus Tour conducted by U of M Recruitment Services leaves from Harris Concert Hall Lobby
1:00 PM Aural Theory placements for Incoming Freshmen and Transfers who have had college level theory courses

Audition times for graduate students are scheduled with regard to the needs of the Division on each audition day. Graduate students are encouraged to take the University of Memphis Campus Tour which lasts about an hour and starts in the Music Building Lobby at noon on each audition day. Music history and theory placement exams are given to accepted graduate students the week before classes begin each semester; graduate placement exams are not given on audition days.


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