Skip to main content

Audition Day Information & FAQs

Music Department auditions are for both entrance into the music program as a major, and for consideration for scholarship awards for music majors, and for non-music majors in some areas (wind, brass, percussion) who are participating in ensembles.  ALL STUDENTS CONSIDERING MUSIC DEGREES MUST PASS AN ENTRANCE AUDITION. After receiving notification that the student has passed her/his entrance audition, the student is admitted into the music program as a PRE-MUSIC MAJOR.  In order to achieve full MUSIC MAJOR status, students must pass two juries on their primary instrument with a grade of B- or higher, and they must pass MUSC 1110 Music Theory I with a grade of C- or higher.

Transfer students from other institutions, and USU students wishing to change majors into music must also have a minimumcumulative GPA of 2.75 and amimimum GPA in all music courses of 3.0 for admission into the major in good standing.  Students who have passed their entrance audition but who do not meet the minimum GPA requirements may be admitted on probation. Any subsequent semester in which the student fails to meet these GPA minimums will result in expulsion from the music program, and the student will no longer be allowed to register for pre-music/music major courses.

How to apply for admission to a music degree program at USU:

  1. Apply for admission to the University. Students should apply for admission to the university as early as possible, as many scholarships have early deadlines (January 10).  For details, please visit:
  2. Schedule an audition on your primary instrument (by submitting the online audition application below) for admission into the Department of Music.  It is strongly recommended that prospective music majors complete the audition/interview during Department of Music scholarship auditions held in February.  See this page for information on each instruments' audition dates and requirements.  In order to audition after the February deadline, contact the professor over your intended area of study. Specific instructions for Music Therapy applicants.  Please note that Music Therapy pre-selection auditions (required) have an early December deadline.
  3. Register for and attend SOAR, meet with an advisor, and register for classes. Incoming freshmen should register for MUSC 1105, but will receive instructions a week before the semester starts about a placement test. Transfer students or those with AP credit that may qualify them to begin later in the curriculum should plan to take the transfer exam, usually offered during the week before classes start; contact Cary Youmans for the date and time. See additional information about placement exams on the Academic Studies page.

How do I schedule a scholarship/entrance audition?

Fill out the online audition form to schedule an audition time. For questions, contact Cary Youmans. For music therapy majors, download the music therapy application form and follow the instructions.

How can I prepare for auditioning?

Review the audition requirements listed on this website.

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. View an interactive campus map. 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.

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?

Most music scholarships are offered only to intended music majors. However, you may still participate in music ensembles no matter what you intend to major in. Band scholarships are offered to persons in any major provided that the scholarship recipients participate in the USU bands.

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

Only vocal performance, choral education, BA-Voice, guitar performance, guitar education, string performance, orchestra education, and piano performance and pedagogy majors are eligible to apply for voice, guitar, 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 Online Recorded Audition Submission Form.

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.