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Audition Overview

The Mary Pappert School of Music evaluates applicants through a performance audition and an interview with faculty members.


Audition Requirements  


Applicants will have approximately 10 minutes to perform for a faculty committee. In addition to prepared works specified in the Instrument Audition Guidelines, applicants should be ready to demonstrate technical skills including sight-reading, scales, and arpeggios. Music Education, Music Therapy, Music Technology and Bachelor of Arts in Music applicants will also complete an admission interview on the day of their audition. Performance majors are not required to complete an interview as part of the admission process.

*Applicants submitting a recorded audition must follow the same instrument audition guidelines as the on-campus auditions. Phone interviews with music school faculty members will be scheduled for Music Education, Music Therapy, Music Technology, and Bachelor of Arts in Music applicants.

Approximately 1 week prior to the scheduled audition date, applicants will receive an audition reminder via email along with an audition-day schedule. This message will also include a web-link for completing an online Musicianship Placement Exam. It is recommended that the placement exam be taken prior to arriving on campus for the audition. However, there will be opportunities to take the exam in the music school computer lab the day of the audition.

*Parents/guardians are invited to attend concurrent informational sessions while auditions are conducted.


Applicants should prepare a total of 25-30 minutes of solo repertoire equivalent to that of an undergraduate senior recital. Additional requirements for specific areas of study can be found in the university catalogue.  View the graduate audition requirements.

*Applicants submitting a recorded audition must follow the same audition requirements as the on-campus auditions.

Jazz Auditions (Graduate and Undergraduate)

Applicants that have expressed interest in jazz studies will be automatically scheduled for a jazz audition. This audition will last approximately 15 minutes and will be performed on the same day as the classical audition. View the jazz audition guidelines.

*The jazz audition will be evaluated independently of an applicant's performance in the required classical audition.

Questions? Contact the Office of Music Admissions  (412) 396-5064.