Audition Information - Undergraduate

Audition days are held to determine admission into School of Music programs and to award talent-based/performance scholarships. All undergraduate students who want to major or minor in music must audition. Auditions are scheduled by applying to the School of Music through Acceptd. Students who do not intend to major or minor in music but want to apply for scholarship must apply to the School of Music for Lessons Only and Scholarship and audition; a very limited number of non-music majors or minors are awarded School of Music scholarships.

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 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 marching band, 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.

Keep in mind that those seeking School of Music talent-based performance scholarships are encouraged to apply to the School of Music by December 1, audition by the end of February, and be accepted by the University of Memphis before their audition day. Also remember that Incoming Freshmen who seek University of Memphis academic scholarships must be accepted by the University by December 1.


Auditions for Spring or Fall 2021 are held on the following dates:

Sat. December 5, 2020 (Spring entry only. Deadline Nov. 1st)
Sat. February 13, 2021
Sat. February 27, 2021
Fri. March 5, 2021

Students who wish to audition for the marching band and its scholarships should pre-register by calling the band office at 901.678.2263.  For information email mightysound@memphis.edu.

First round auditions for the student ensemble Sound Fuzion will be held in April 2019 with recalls the following day. For information, interested students should email soundfuzion@memphis.edu.


Auditions are held at the University of Memphis Music Building. All auditionees should plan to be available from 8:15 am until mid-afternoon. Auditionees are notified of audition results by mail within two weeks after their audition, and are notified of scholarship awards by mail in mid/late-March.


8:30 am:  Check-in.
9:00 am:  General meeting for undergraduate auditionees, parents, and friends
9:15 am:  Music Theory and piano placements (if applicable)
9:15 am:  Parent and family meet and greet with the Director.
10:00 am:  Auditions begin.
10:30 am:  Music Industry entrance interviews (for Music Business and Recording Technology applicants)
12:00 pm:  Meeting for all Music Education applicants
12:30pm:  Optional Campus Tour
1:00 pm:  Aural Theory placements (transfer students only)