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Welcome to the Northern Arizona University School of Music, and thank you for expressing interest in our music programs.

Our beautiful mountain campus is located on the Colorado Plateau (elevation: 7,000 feet), nestled within a vast Ponderosa pine forest, near the base of the San Francisco Peaks and the six highest points in Arizona.

Internationally accomplished faculty and comfortable, modern facilities combine with these natural wonders to make the NAU School of Music an inspiring and magnificent place to study music.

All applicants to undergraduate degree programs (majors and minor) and graduate performance and conducting programs must audition on their principal instrument or voice.

Undergraduate Applicants

Application process:

1.   Apply and be accepted unconditionally to NAU through Undergraduate Admissions and Orientation. Apply online here.

2.   Submit a School of Music application.

3.   Audition according to the requirements of your principal instrument or voice as seen here.

The NAU School of Music is committed to the health and safety of our prospective students and their families, as well as our current students, faculty, and staff. In this spirit, we has moved all auditions for 2022-2022 admission to our online screening platform. Students can choose between two audition formats: Live Virtual Audition Days or Pre-Recorded Audition Submissions.

Live virtual audition days

  • Friday, February 11, 2022
  • Saturday, February 12, 2022
  • Friday, February 25, 2022
  • Saturday, February 26, 2022
  • Saturday, March 5, 2022 (Main Audition Day)
  • Saturday, March 26, 2022

Pre-recorded audition submissions

  • Our full-time faculty will review audition materials submitted through Acceptd, as they do with in-person auditions. Links to information on the audition materials to submit are provided below.
  • Audition on or before Saturday, March 5, 2022, for full scholarship consideration.

If you have additional questions about auditions, call the School of Music office at 928-523-3731 or email us.

Graduate Applicants

Application process:

1.   Apply and be accepted unconditionally to NAU through the Graduate College. Apply online here.

2.   Visit the School of Music Graduate Program website and explore the specific Master of Music emphasis that interests you.

3.   Submit any additional application or audition materials as required by your specific emphasis.

Once a potential candidate’s application materials and recordings have been accepted by the major professor and/or area, he/she will be invited to submit audition materials. Students can choose between two audition formats: Live Virtual Audition Days or Pre-Recorded Audition Submissions (see above).

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