Apply: Performance and Pedagogy

1. Register & apply: Register (create an account) and complete your application online, which includes submitting a resume, professional statement, and two letters of recommendation as detailed below.


Include information about your degree(s); any specialized skills, training, and/or certification(s); and repertoire list (solo and collaborative). You must have completed, or will be completing, a baccalaureate music degree from an accredited institution with a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 and a "B" average in your major field by the start date of the desired term.

Professional Statement

In this essential component of the application, explain your reasons for seeking this graduate program. Include any information that will advance your candidacy, such as personal and professional attributes and goals, volunteer and professional experiences related to the program to which you are applying, and other related life experiences. Describe your future academic plans and anticipated contributions to the specific profession for which this program will prepare you.

A minimum GPA of 3.0 is expected. If you did not meet that minimum or if you did not have a B average in your major field, you also must address each of the following in your professional statement:

  1. Explain why your grades were below Nazareth's minimum expectations.
  2. Explain your potential to positively contribute to the teaching profession.
  3. Describe relevant experiences and/or activities that demonstrate your ability to successfully complete graduate work at Nazareth University.
  4. Outline specific procedures you will follow to successfully navigate and meet the rigorous requirements of graduate study.
Letters of Recommendation
  • Submit two letters of recommendation, ideally including both academic and professional, through the online application. If you would like to provide additional letters of recommendation, email the Office of Graduate Admissions,
  • Or you can use a credential file for this requirement if the letters were submitted for the purpose of graduate study, not for employment. If you have this type of file, have your college send it to Nazareth's Graduate Admissions office.
  • These recommendations are used only for admission to a graduate program at Nazareth University. Graduate Admissions will dispose of all letters of recommendation following the admissions review process.

Register for an account & apply online


2. Request official transcripts from each college you attended.

  • If you attended Nazareth, the Office of Graduate Admissions will obtain your transcript upon receipt of your application.
  • If you didn't attend Nazareth, ask your previous college(s) to send your transcript directly to the Office of Graduate Admissions. International applicants: Submit English-translated transcripts, including bachelor's or higher degree equivalency through a NACES-certified evaluation service such as World Education Service, Educational Credential Evaluations, or Josef Silny & Associates. (The evaluation is at the expense of the student.) Also see international admissions requirements.

3. Schedule your music audition.

Audition dates
  • Saturday, February 17, 2024
  • Friday, March 8, 2024
Prepare for audition

To sign up, see below.

Audition requirements

Voice: Five repertoire selections representing contrasting styles and three different languages: two operatic arias, an oratorio aria, and two art songs from the core repertoire (i.e. German lied, French melodies, and Spanish or Russian songs. Knowledge of French, German, Italian, and English diction is required). Students who are not proficient in diction may be required to take additional remedial courses in diction.

Woodwind and Brass: a 30-minute program including one complete concerto, sonata, or suite; two or three additional works representing various periods of standard repertoire (baroque, classical, romantic, or contemporary)

Strings: a 30-minute audition including one three-four octave scale with accompanying arpeggios; one standard etude or orchestral excerpt; one movement of a classical, romantic or contemporary concerto; one movement of a sonata (contrasting style with concerto) or showpiece

Piano: a 30-minute program of repertoire from three contrasting stylistic periods

Percussion: an advanced percussion solo on each the following instruments: snare drum (or small multiple percussion set up), timpani (for four drums), and solo marimba (two and four mallet pieces); drum set and/or jazz vibraphone optional

Schedule Your Audition

  • A Theory Assessment/Test will be administered/ or given to you after the interview is completed, and needs to be turned in by the end of the day. 
  • Sign up for an interview date. Contact Jacob Ertl,


Fall Term: April 1

Applications received after April 1 will be considered on a space-available basis. Applications are only accepted for the fall term, when cohorts enter.

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