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Application Requirements 

Auditions are held to determine admission into School of Music programs and to award performance scholarships and graduate assistantships. Please review the admission requirements for your program of interest below. Note that your field of interest may encompass multiple areas. For example, students applying for the B.M. in Music Education will need to apply to the program and audition in their applied area.

Audition Deadlines

  • Deadline for preferred consideration for university-wide academic scholarships: December 1.
  • Prescreen Audition Deadline for Graduate Voice and Conducting Applicants: December 1.
  • Early Action Music Deadline: December 3. Students who have a completed application to the university and School of Music by December 3 will receive an admissions and scholarship decision before the winter break.
  • Deadline for fullest consideration for a Music Scholarship: March 1

Audition Formats

Attendance at one of our audition event dates is encouraged. Alternatively, students may request a virtual or individual audition appointment.

Audition Days for 2023 Admissions

  • December 3, 2022
  • January 21, 2023
  • February 18, 2023
  • February 25, 2023

Audition Scheduling

The School of Music application and audition scheduling for 2022-23 will be available later this summer. 

Audition Day Experience

Audition day activities typically start in the morning and run until mid-afternoon. Students will be assigned a specific audition time about one week before your audition day. Events will be scheduled throughout the day that will allow you to get to know the School of Music and your future classmates. During that time, you may experience the following activities:

  • General welcome assembly and performance
  • Program and applied area meetings
  • Auditions and interviews
  • Parent and family Q&A sessions
  • Scheidt Family Music Center facility tours

Repertoire & Admission Requirements

Click below to see specific audition repertoire requirements for your instrument or program.

Audio Engineering Music Education
Brass  Percussion
Composition Popular Music Performance & Songwriting
Conducting Strings
Keyboard Voice
Jazz & Studio Music Woodwinds
Music Business  

Undergraduate Audition Information

Undergraduate auditions are approximately 10 minutes long. During your audition, you may be asked to: 

  • Perform all or a portion of your prepared audition pieces
  • Play major or minor scales
  • Sight read
  • Do pitch/rhythm recognition exercises (voice applicants) 

Faculty members are very interested in getting to know you as a person and may ask you a few questions during the audition. They may also provide you with constructive feedback and answer any questions you may have for them.

Faculty in your area of interest will reach out to confirm a day and time, and send a Zoom link.

Audition results are sent via email 1-2 weeks after the audition day. If accepted, applicants must submit an Enrollment Intent Form (April 15 for Graduate Applicants and May 1 for Undergraduate Applicants) to inform us of your plans. Students are required to be admitted to the university before a School of Music decision is rendered.

Dates & Deadlines

  • Early Action: December 3. Students who are fully admitted by December 3 will receive an admissions and scholarship decision before the winter break.
  • Scholarship Deadline: March 1. Students who complete their audition by March 1 will receive fullest consideration for music awards.
  • Scholarship notifications are sent separately via email in mid-to-late March.  

Mighty Sound of the South Marching Band Auditions

Information regarding the Mighty Sound of the South Marching Band may be found here


Graduate Audition Information

Graduate auditions are approximately 15 minutes (Masters) or 20 minutes (Doctoral) in length. During your audition, you will be asked to: 

  • Perform your prepared audition pieces
  • Play scales
  • Sight read
  • Do pitch/rhythm recognition exercises (voice applicants)

Some areas, like Conducting, may require other activities as a part of the audition process, and auditions may be scheduled outside of the normal audition days.

Faculty in your area of interest will reach out to confirm a day and time, and send a Zoom link.

Graduate Voice and Conducting require a pre-screen audition with a December 1 deadline. Please see the audition requirements for more details. The Graduate Program Manager will notify applicants of their status, and schedule a second round audition as appropriate.

Audition results are sent via email 1-2 weeks after the audition day. If accepted, applicants must submit an Enrollment Intent Form (April 15 for Graduate Applicants and May 1 for Undergraduate Applicants) to inform us of your plans. Students are required to be admitted to the university before a School of Music decision is rendered.

Dates & Deadlines

  • Early Action: December 3. Students who are fully admitted by December 3 will receive an admissions and scholarship decision before the winter break.
  • Scholarship Deadline: March 1. Students who complete their audition by March 1 will receive fullest consideration for music awards.
  • Scholarship notifications are sent separately via email in mid-to-late March.