The Nazareth University School of Music offers a unique blend of intensive musical studies and cutting-edge professional programs. The combination of this comprehensive curriculum with Nazareth's liberal arts core, which intentionally links to the professional programs, ensures that you are equipped with the skills, knowledge, and habits of mind to create pathways to success in careers and in life.

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PURSUE your passion

Our comprehensive School of Music offers diverse academic Majors & Programs designed to help you achieve your full potential in your musical career.

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STUDY with world-class faculty

At Nazareth you’ll have the opportunity to study with faculty who are world-class musicians and passionate educators and scholars who care about you as an individual.

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PERFORM and inspire

From choirs, bands, and orchestras to jazz combos and rock bands, there are countless opportunities to experience the power of live performances in our award-winning Ensembles.


PREPARE for success

Build experience and expertise through music scoring partnerships for film or video games, study abroad programs, performance and composition competitions, our on-campus recording studio, and more.

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THRIVE on and off campus

Perform in our world-class performance halls on campus. Take advantage of many musical and cultural opportunities in Rochester, just a few minutes from campus.

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Music for all

Through opportunities such as the York Wellness & Rehabilitation Institute and partnerships with local organizations, you can use your musical talents to make the world a better place for all.


Music Auditions

Audition information

All applicants for the music, music/business, music composition, music education, music performance, and music therapy majors must audition to be considered for admission and scholarships.

Non-majors who'd like a music minor or who want to perform in a University ensemble and compete for a non-major scholarship also must complete an audition or review. Audition dates:

See the music section of the audition information page for details such as:

  • Which degrees require an audition
  • Scholarships
  • Audition/interview schedule and tips
  • Ask a question

Be sure to complete all three steps, as outlined at the top of the audition information page:

  1. Apply to Nazareth.
  2. Schedule your audition.
  3. Prepare for your audition.
Upcoming audition dates

Audition details and how to prepare »

Schedule an audition


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