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The regular audition days for the School of Music at Penn State have concluded. We will continue to review completed applications. Students who would like to be considered for admission must submit their recorded audition materials, portfolio (if applicable), and any other required materials via Acceptd to be considered. Faculty will review submissions and contact students whom they wish to hear live, either in-person or via Zoom. Please note that some areas may be unable to give late applicants full consideration.
Matriculated and current students wishing to audition for the performance minor or a change of major after May 1 should contact the School of Music at firstname.lastname@example.org to inquire if the studio faculty will be able to review additional applicants for the fall. Any change of major auditions must occur at least two weeks prior to the start of the semester. Minor auditions can occur as late as the first week of classes, but please apply through Acceptd in advance so auditions may be scheduled in a timely fashion.
1/31/2022: The deadline for adding for our 2/5 audition date has passed. If you would like to audition this weekend, please make sure you have all materials prepared and ready to upload to Acceptd and contact us at email@example.com to inquire if your audition can be accommodated. Some areas may be unable to add you to the schedule and you will need to select Other and schedule an alternative date.
1/5/2021: Update for applicants. The School of Music has opted to move forward with in-person auditions. However, we recognize that the Omicron variant has created travel difficulties and safety concerns. If you would like to change your mode of audition to remote, please contact us as soon as possible and no later than one week prior to your audition date.
Should you test positive or require quarantining near your scheduled audition date or encounter travel difficulties, please contact us as soon as possible to either switch to remote or reschedule for a later date.
Students and their families must remain masked at all times while on the Penn State campus. Oboe, clarinet, bassoon, saxophone, horn, and trumpet auditionees will be permitted to lower their masks to play.
All flute and voice auditions will be heard virtually. Accepted students will be invited to visit campus at a later date.
12/2/2021: Update for applicants. Please be advised, you must request your audition date at least one week in advance. If you would like to schedule an audition and it is less than one week to the audition date, please email Ms. Gina Miller at firstname.lastname@example.org to inquire if it will be possible to add you.
Regardless of your intended mode of audition, all students must submit recordings of their audition materials via Acceptd. While we fully intend to welcome students to University Park for in-person auditions, we recognize that we are living during a global pandemic and wish to ensure that auditions can occur in a timely manner via remote synchronous means should the situation require.
Voice Applicants: The preferred date for pre-screening submissions is 12/15/2021. It is highly recommended that you submit your recordings in a timely fashion. The voice area will try to accommodate late applicants but they may not be able to give them full consideration.
Looking for a B1G Ten university that balances serious music study with a student experience that prepares you for a career while enriching your life?
Welcome to the Penn State School of Music! At Penn State, you will find the ideal match between the wealth of opportunities found in a B1G Ten University and the individualized attention provided in the intimate environment of our School of Music. With approximately 325 students enrolled, the school grants undergraduate and graduate degrees in a wide range of programs that help students develop as performers, creators, teachers, and scholars. We offer five minors in music and annually serve an additional 1,000+ students who enroll in our high-quality general education courses and participate in our ensembles and lessons to enrich their educational experience. Our faculty members are internationally renowned performers and pedagogues who care deeply about their students and use their talents to make a positive impact around the globe.
The School of Music presents more than 400 public concerts and events each year, and our students have the opportunity to experience world-class guest artists through the Center for the Performing Arts. In addition, our President's Concert series, provides the opportunity for many of our students to perform in one or more of the greatest concert halls on the east coast. Past venues include Heinz Hall (Pittsburgh), The Kennedy Center (Washington, D.C.), Carnegie Hall (New York City), the Kimmel Center (Philadelphia), The Music Center at Strathmore (Bethesda, MD), and the Forum Auditorium (Harrisburg).
We know that choosing a university experience is a big decision, and one you cannot make alone. We will be here for you every step of the way. We're thrilled that you're interested in sharing your talent with us and we're excited to get to know you!
R. David Frego, Director
Penn State School of Music
Experience Penn State
We are welcoming students to campus for in-person visits in addition to hosting virtual events. We invite you to join us for PStoU, a series of evenings where prospective students, parents, and music teachers zoom with School of Music faculty and students. We will share information about our programs and you can ask questions to determine if Penn State is the ideal place for you to pursue your goals all from the comfort of your home! View the complete schedule and register for events here.
If you missed Fall Visit Day, individual on-campus tours and faculty meetings may be arranged by contacting email@example.com. If you cannot visit in person or would like to learn more about Penn State in preparation for your visit, you may engage in a virtual campus tour or tour of the state-of-the-art facilities within the School of Music at any time.
Are You Ready to Apply?
Completing your application via Acceptd is only one step in the four-step application process. A decision will not be made until all steps are completed.
- First, be sure to submit your Penn State University application via MyPennState, CommonApp, or Coalition. Note: The Penn State ID number you are given is required to submit the Acceptd materials.
- As soon as possible, submit your personal information and preferred audition day via Acceptd.
- Next, submit the required materials for your chosen degree on Acceptd no later than the deadline(s) indicated.*
- Finally, attend your audition/interview to complete the process.
Note: Multi-instrumentalists must submit an application for each instrument for which they audition; in this case only, applicants may enter the following coupon code to waive the duplicate fee: 02penn2022
*Unless otherwise indicated, recorded audition materials are due at least one week prior to the requested audition date. The preferred date for the submission of music technology portfolio pre-screenings is 11/25 and for voice pre-screenings in 12/15. The preferred date for the submission of composition portfolios is 12/15.
- If you have questions about general admission to Penn State, please contact our director of enrollment, Kelly Praskovich via email firstname.lastname@example.org or set up a virtual appointment.
- If you have questions about the School of Music, audition materials, or process, please contact the recruitment team at email@example.com.
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