Admissions & Auditions

Yearly music department auditions are held each February* for the following Fall semester. All students who intend to major in music must complete an entrance audition, which will also serve as their audition for music talent scholarships. Some students (woodwind, brass, and percussion only) who do not intend to major in music may complete an audition to be considered for music talent scholarships. Note that these auditions are for music program entrance and scholarship consideration only. Ensemble auditions occur at the beginning of each semester.

* Music Therapy Pre-selection Audition deadline is December 16, 2022

How to Apply for a Music Degree Program at USU


Apply for admission to Utah State University

Students should apply for admission to the university as early as possible. Students who apply before December 1, 2022 will qualify for academic scholarship consideration.

Apply for admission as an incoming freshman
Apply for admission as a transfer student
Apply for admission as a graduate student
Apply for admission as an international student


Schedule an audition on your primary instrument

* Music Therapy Pre-selection Audition deadline is December 16, 2022

We strongly recommend that prospective music majors complete their audition during our yearly music department auditions, which are held each February. Submit an audition application and start preparing now. 

Students who wish to audition outside the February audition dates should contact the professor over their intended area of study. 

Online Undergraduate Audition Application
Online Graduate Audition Application
Recorded Audition Submission Form


Apply for Scholarships & Financial Aid (optional)

We encourage all prospective students to seek out scholarship and financial aid opportunities. For more information, visit our scholarships & financial aid page.

What Happens Next?


Watch your email for audition details

Once you have submitted your audition application, we will schedule your audition and send you an email with details. In the meantime, you can start preparing the required audition repertoire for your primary instrument and read through our audition day FAQs.



Come to your audition well-prepared, and make sure you arrive at the Fine Arts Center early on your audition day. Give yourself enough time to get settled, warm up (practice rooms will be available), and find your assigned room.


Receive an admission decision

You will receive an admission decision from the faculty over your intended area of study. Decisions are typically sent out in March and April. You may also receive a scholarship offer letter. Please note that all scholarships require confirmation through the USU online scholarship platform, Scholarship Universe. Your scholarship may require additional steps, such as a thank you letter. You will need to complete all requirements and accept the scholarship through Scholarship Universe before funds can be dispersed.


See our Frequently Asked Questions page

If you have questions about the audition repertoire or expectations, please contact the professor over your intended area of study.

If you have questions about audition scheduling, please contact Nicoli Pittman by email  or phone (435) 797-3204