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Undergraduate Audition Information

Audition Dates

Auditions for music major and minor admissions, transfer student admissions, and scholarships for Fall 2021 will officially take place on the following dates:

VoiceMonday, November 6, 2023
Music Career Day
Scholarship consideration and school admission

Friday, December 1, 2023 (All-Star Band only)
All-Star Band Weekend
Scholarship consideration and school admission

Monday, January 29, 2024
Scholarship consideration and school admission

Saturday, February 10, 2024
Scholarship consideration and school admission

Monday, February 19, 2024 (President's Day)
Scholarship consideration and school admission

Monday, March 4, 2024
Scholarship consideration and school admission

Audition times begin at 4pm. Please fill out the School of Music Application to set up your audition day and time. If you wish to make audition plans outside of these official dates, please contact the School of Music office, 812-237-2771, and let us help you coordinate your visit.

Music Scholarships

Each year the School of Music awards over $275,000 in scholarships to deserving students who have been accepted for admission to Indiana State University.

All music scholarships are performance based. If you are interested in being considered for a music performance scholarship, you must apply to ISU and audition by February 28, 2023.

Audition Process

An entering music major is expected to have developed music reading skills and to have achieved considerable performing skill on an instrument or in voice. These skills are demonstrated to the music faculty through an audition. Those students who wish to pursue a degree in musical performance are expected to display greater proficiency and aptitude than those who are entering other degree programs.

The Audition Determines:

  • Admission to a music curriculum
  • Level of placement in applied music study
  • Eligibility for a music scholarship

Audition Requirements by Instrument/Voice

Woodwind and Brass instruments

  • A solo
  • Scales - the student will demonstrate range and styles of articulation through the performance of major scales
  • Sight reading



  • Two solos of contrasting styles
  • Major scales in three octaves
  • Sight reading


  1. Snare Drum
    • A solo
    • Rudiments (1–13)
  2. Mallets (Marimba, Xylophone, Vibraphone)
    • A solo
    • Major scales
  3. Demonstrate proficiency in one of the following:
    • Timpani
    • Multiple Percussion
    • Drum Set
  4. Sight reading
    • Snare drum
    • Mallets


  • A classical solo performed from memory on the level of Group 1 (Indiana State Solo Contest List)
  • A brief examination in rhythmic and melodic sight reading as well as music theory (major and minor key signatures)