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A world of performance opportunities.

Welcome - and thanks for your interest in the Department of Music at Drake University! All applicants to the Drake University Department of Music must complete the application and admission process to Drake University. Details are found here

As our audition process is fully virtual this year, all applicants must use the Acceptd portal to apply and audition for our department.  There is a $30 fee to use the Acceptd portal.  Auditioning students will pay $15 of this fee and Drake University will pay the remaining $15.  This fee applies whether you are planning a virtual live audition through Audition Room within the Acceptd portal on one of our three Audition Days, or you are submitting a recording through Acceptd because you are unavailable for any of those dates.

Also, students who are planning to attend a Virtual Audition day may wish to submit an optional preliminary audition in advance of their Virtual Audition Day. This is a great way to get onto our "radar screen," and to begin to connect with your prospective studio teacher. They may opt to provide you with feedback that you can use to refine your audition to a higher level, potentially improving your chances in the acceptance and scholarship process. If you choose to submit an optional preliminary audition, in addition to your virtual audition within Audition Room on one of the Virtual Audition Days, you would pay $25 of the $40 total cost.  If you are attending a Virtual Audition Day, the optional preliminary audition is not required, and is entirely at your option

Whether live (virtual) or recorded, your audition for the Drake University Department of Music serves both as your audition for entrance to the department (whether as a major, minor, or non-major participant), and as your audition for scholarship awards. We are eager to meet you and to hear your audition, and look forward to our upcoming interactions!

Drake music students share in the excitement that comes from working with renowned artists who are committed to excellence. Opportunities abound, enabling students to succeed in their chosen field, whether it’s performance, education, music business, or research.

“The Drake music faculty always prompt students to think critically.  My private instructor provides the tools to make these decisions to that I can try and stand out as a professional with a highly personal and well-informed conception of my craft.” ~Paul Virgilio, Cello performance major and Des Moines Symphony Orchestra cellist

Drake offers the best of both worlds: a music department that is large enough to support a vast range of musical activities, but small enough for students to receive highly personalized instruction and individual mentorship. This breadth and depth brings Drake students flexibility in career choices. Graduates of the Drake Department of Music are well-trained and well-rounded musicians who are highly competitive in today’s complex and fluid musical world.

"Drake has helped me not only to develop as a singer, but to become a more complete musician and a better collaborative artist—things that are vital to my current career as a professional choral singer in New York City.”  ~Thomas McCarger, Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance, 2004

Options are plentiful in Des Moines, Iowa's capital and a lively center for arts, culture, and entertainment as well as business and government. Drake students earn positions in the Des Moines Symphony Orchestra and perform in many other venues in the metro area as well as on campus.


Bachelor of Music Education (instrumental or choral)

Bachelor of Music in Performance (instrumental and vocal)

Bachelor of Arts in Music

Bachelor of Music with Elective Studies in Business

Jazz Studies Concentration (combined with a major)

Music Minor (combined with a major)

Ensemble Opportunities


The Department of Music offers more than $850,000 annually in scholarships to incoming students, awarded on the basis of the audition. Approximately 98 percent of Drake full-time undergraduate students receive financial aid, totaling more than $45 million in institutional aid annually.

Department of Music

1-800-44-DRAKE, x3975
locally and from outside the U.S.: 1-515-271-3975

Office of Admission

1-800-44-DRAKE, x3181
locally and from outside the U.S.: 1-515-271-3181


For international students: international@drake.edu

Visit Campus

Take a look at Drake by arranging a campus visit. The Office of Admission is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. year-round. Campus visits are also available on select Saturdays in the fall and spring. Call Drake’s toll-free number to schedule an appointment. Visitors are encouraged to call two weeks in advance to schedule appointments. 

For technical questions please check out our Acceptd Applicant Support Help Desk for frequently asked questions.