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Admissions & Auditions

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

1. Apply for admission to the University.

2. Schedule an audition on your primary instrument (by submitting the online audition application below) for admission into the Department of Music. See this page for information on each instruments' audition dates and requirements. Specific instructions for Music Therapy applicants.

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.

ALL STUDENTS CONSIDERING MUSIC DEGREES MUST AUDITION. Auditions are held in January/February each year and are for admission and talent scholarship consideration purposes.

 THANK YOU everyone who auditioned this year!  Faculty are in the process of making audition decision now.  Notifications will be going out over the next two weeks.

2019 audition dates listed below are TENTATIVE, and will be updated when confirmed.


Saturday, February 9, 2019, 9:30 am - 12:00 pm, FAC 124

Music Therapy:

Pre-selection materials due: December 11, 2018

On-site Therapy audition (by invitation only, based on pre-selection): Saturday, February 9, 2019

Area audition (by invitation only, based on pre-selection): Voice, piano, and strings, submit video recording of "recital-ready, 'classical' piece" prepared for your music therapy audition.   Guitar, wind, and percussion instruments will audition on February 9, 2019.


Saturday, February 9, 2019, 9:30 am - 1:00 pm, 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm, Russell/Wanlass Performance Hall

Strings (including classical Bass) & Harp:

Saturday, February 2, 2019, 9:30 am - 1:00 pm, 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm, Russell/Wanlass Performance Hall

Jazz Bass: Saturday, February 9, 2019, 9:30 am - 1:00 pm, 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm, FAC 218


Saturday, February 9, 2019, 9:30 am - 1:00 pm, 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm, FAC 214

Woodwind, Brass & Percussion:

Saturday, February 9, 2019, 9:30 am - 1:00 pm, 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm, FAC 123, FAC 116, FAC 104

Saturday, February 23, 2019, 9:00 am - 1:00 pm, 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm, FAC 123, FAC 116, FAC 104

 All fields marked with asterisk (*) must be completed. 
(if you don't have one yet, enter A00-00-0000)
(numbers only)
(numbers only - enter 0 if you have not yet taken)
(transfer students only with previous degrees)
(transfer students only)
(transfer students only)
(singers, enter Voice)
(if auditioning for Voice)
(please list previous teacher(s), instrument(s), and dates of study)

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Please click on your area of interest from the list in the links below to view specific audition requirements.

Checklist for music scholarship/program entrance audition:

  1. Have you applied for admission to the University? The university application is also your application for an academic scholarship. Qualifying applicants are awarded academic scholarships on a first come, first served basis. 
  2. Have you filled out the Music department's online audition application and secured an audition time?
  3. Have you read the audition requirements and settled your audition repertoire?

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 Southwest Entrance
Chase Fine Arts Center construction tunnel to Northwest Entrance
Chase Fine Arts Center Courtyard (Northwest) entrance

Chase Fine Arts Center Entrances (from left to right): Southwest entrance (visible from 400 North), Construction tunnel to courtyard (Northwest) entrance, 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, guitar performance, guitar education, piano performance, and piano 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 DVD or CD recording in place of a live audition. Keep in mind that a live audition is greatly preferred over a recording, because a live audition gives you an opportunity to meet the faculty as well.

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.