How to Apply and Audition

1. Complete the common app. See application deadlines and details.

2. Register for an audition: View available dates and register for a music audition online. Auditions are held from November to April on campus and in select cities in the northeast. Also see how to prepare, below. (Questions? Call Undergraduate Admissions, 800-462-3944 or 585-389-2860.)


3. Fill out your Music Degree Portfolio using SlideRoom (free) before your audition date, to speed up the registration and audition process on your audition day.

Scholarships available

For music majors: Exceptional auditions may qualify you for scholarship funding distributed by the music faculty and included in your financial aid award letter.

For non-music majors: You are welcome and encouraged to participate in choirs, bands, orchestras, and jazz ensembles at Nazareth College. Audition for a seat and to be considered for a non-music-major Ensemble Scholarship ($1,000 to $1,500 per year).

What to expect at the audition

  • Auditions are between 9:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. Time is provided for warm-up and a brief rehearsal.
  • For music majors: Theory Placement exams are at 8:30 a.m. First-year examinations normally require one hour. Additional time is scheduled for junior-year placement, which is done by exam only.
  • For music majors: Sight-singing and piano proficiency exams are scheduled within the remaining time.
  • A personal interview follows the audition.
  • Music/Business applicants have the option to follow a different audition format. Audition Details.
  • For Music Composition applicants: Your audition on a performance instrument will be followed by a composition interview. Please bring scores and/or recordings of your best work. Online links to recordings and videos are acceptable.

Prepare for Music-Major Audition

Brass and Woodwinds

Prepare for Non-Music-Major Audition


Have Questions?

Nancy P. Strelau

Nancy P. Strelau

Associate Professor in Professional Practice / Auditions & Instrumental Coordinator / Orchestra Conductor in Music
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