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 submit an application and complete an audition to be considered for music talent scholarships.

For information about ensemble auditions, visit the USU Ensembles page.

How to Apply for a Music Degree Program at USU

1

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 will qualify for academic scholarship consideration.

 
2

Complete pre-screening requirements (piano and music therapy applicants only)

Piano and Music Therapy applicants must pass a pre-screening before they will be invited to a live audition. Links to requirements are listed below:

All other areas (Woodwind, Brass, Percussion, Guitar, Strings, Voice, Harp) do not have pre-screening requirements

 
3

Submit an audition application

All music program applicants must submit an audition application. We strongly recommend that prospective music majors complete their audition during our yearly music department auditions, but alternative arrangements may be made in special cases.

After completing the application, you can expect to receive an email from musicservices@usu.edu with an audition time or instructions to arrange an audition appointment. Applicants who are auditioning on more than one instrument will be given a 45-60 minute gap between instruments where the schedule allows.

If you've missed the application deadline, don't worry! Most instrument areas continue accepting applications even after the February auditions have passed. Submit an audition application, then reach out to the professor over your primary instrument to arrange an audition appointment. Keep in mind that auditioning late may affect eligibility for scholarships, but don't let this deter you from applying!

 
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Apply for scholarships & financial aid (optional)

We encourage all prospective students to seek out scholarship and financial aid opportunities from multiple sources. For detailed information about available scholarships, visit our scholarships & financial aid page.

What Happens Next?

1

Watch your email for audition details

Once you have submitted your audition application or passed your pre- screening, 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.

 
2

Audition

To receive priority scholarship consideration, plan to complete your audition on or before the February audition dates

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. Dress in appropriate audition attire, similar to what you would wear for a concert or recital. If you’re unsure what this looks like, consider the impression you want to make. We encourage applicants to arrive at their audition with a professional and tidy appearance.

If you have made alternative arrangements for your audition (i.e. recorded audition, Zoom audition, or other live audition), please complete your audition in a timely manner. Applicants who have opted to audition via recording will receive an email from musicservices@usu.edu with submission instructions. If you don’t see it in your inbox, make sure you are checking the right email and look in your spam folder. And then if you still can’t find it, reach out to our office. We’ll confirm your application has been submitted and re-send the video instructions.

 
3

Receive an admission decision

You will receive an admission decision from the faculty over your intended area of study. Decisions for Fall admission are typically sent out in March and April.

 
4

Confirm your attendance and accept scholarship offer

Let us know if you will be attending USU!

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.

If you have questions about audition scheduling, please contact us by email musicservices@usu.edu or phone (435) 797-3204