Audition Day FAQs

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The USU Academic Scholarship Deadline Has Changed to December 1
Students must complete their admission application prior to the December 1st deadline in order to be considered for academic scholarships.

How do I schedule a scholarship/entrance audition?

Fill out the online audition application form. We will schedule your audition and send you an email with your audition date, time, and details. For more specific questions, contact Nicoli Pittman by email nicoli.pittman@usu.edu or phone (435) 797-3204.

How can I prepare for auditioning?

Review the Audition Requirements.

Contact the listed faculty over your area if you have any questions about appropriate audition repertoire. It helps to perform your audition material in front of people before your actual audition as well.

Where will my audition take place?

Auditions are held in the Fine Arts Center or Caine Performance Hall on campus. Use the interactive campus map to find the buildings. Parking is available without permit in many campus lots on Saturdays (the day of the week most auditions occur), but please be sure to observe posted parking regulations. Logan is easily reached from I-15. Take Route 89 (exit 362) if coming from Ogden or Salt Lake, and Route 91 (exit 36) if coming from Idaho. Highway 89 goes directly past the Fine Arts Center just before entering Logan Canyon.

Southwest entrance of Chase Fine Arts Center

Courtyard and Northwest entrance of the Chase Fine Arts Center

Chase Fine Arts Center Entrances (from left to right): Southwest entrance (visible from 400 North), Courtyard and Northwest entrance (music wing accessed through sets of doors on the right)

Can I get a music scholarship if I am not planning on majoring in music?

Music talent scholarships may be available to non-music majors who demonstrate exemplary ability and play woodwind, brass, or percussion instruments in USU ensembles. Those who wish to apply must complete an audition. See our admissions & auditions page to view audition requirements and submit an audition application. 

For those interested in receiving a scholarship or stipend through the Aggie Marching Band, visit the Aggie Marching Band Scholarships webpage to learn more.

All other non-music majors (piano, strings, voice, guitar) are welcome to participate in ensembles, but are not eligible to receive music talent scholarships.

Can I apply for a voice, guitar, or piano scholarship if I am an intended music therapy or non-music major?

If voice is your primary instrument, you may be considered for a vocal scholarship as a music therapy major. Vocal scholarships are highly competitive and require registration in Individual Vocal Instruction (MUSC 1635, 2645, 3670), Choir (MUSC 4600, 4650), and Opera Theatre Production (MUSC 3600) every semester. Music therapy majors are not eligible to apply for guitar, string, or piano scholarships.

Is auditioning scary?

Auditioning can be an intimidating process. To eliminate unnecessary anxiety for auditioning, sign up for a time early and review the audition requirements. Prepare the required material as far in advance as possible so you can be secure and confident. It is a good idea to practice performing your audition material for family and friends. Also try recording yourself. Another way to ease your anxiety is to be in contact with the professors over your area of interest and meet them in person before your audition date, if you can. You will find that the faculty here at USU are interested in the students and are not just amazing teachers, but really neat people as well.

What if I can't make it to the audition day for my instrument?

Contact the faculty over your area to schedule a time that will work, or ask the faculty over your area if you can send a video audition using the Recorded Audition Submission Form.

What if the audition dates for my primary instrument have already passed?

Contact the professor over your intended area of study. They will be able to help you schedule an audition.

Do I need to dress up for my audition?

Yes. It is important to show the auditioning committee that you are serious, so anything you can do to make a good impression is helpful.

Can I warm up before my audition?

Arrive to your audition at least 45 minutes early to warm up. Practice rooms are available.