Graduate Audition Information

Audition days are held to determine admission into School of Music programs and to award Graduate Assistantships. Auditions are scheduled by applying to the School of Music through Acceptd. Graduate applicants audition for Performance, Conducting, Pedagogy, and Jazz. 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.

Graduates seeking School of Music Assistantships should apply to the School by February 1, audition by the end of February, and apply to the University by March 1.


Auditions are located in the Music Building of the University of Memphis, 3775 Central Avenue unless indicated otherwise

Auditions for Fall 2020 are held on the following dates:

December 7, 2019 (for Spring 2020 entry)
February 1, 2020
February 8, 2020
February 22, 2020


Audition times are scheduled with regard to the needs of the faculty in each area. Usually, graduate auditions begin around 9:30 am and are completed by mid-late afternoon. Students are encouraged to take the University of Memphis Campus Tour that 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 Monday and Tuesday preceding the first day of class each semester. Graduate placement exams are not given on audition days.


The following information has been provided by School of Music areas to further assist students with their audition preparation.

Bassoon Audition Requirements and Repertoire
Cello Audition Repertoire
Choral Conducting Proficiencies
Clarinet Audition Requirements and Repertoire
Classical Guitar
Composition Requirements
Double Bass Audition Repertoire
Flute Audition Requirements
Music Education Requirements
Orchestral Conducting Proficiencies
Percussion Audition Information
Piano Audition Requirements
Saxophone Audition Requirements
Trombone Audition Requirements
Trumpet Audition Requirements
Tuba Audition Requirements
Viola Audition Requirements
Violin Audition Requirements
Voice Audition Requirements