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The School of Music is part of the College of Arts and Media. The school brings together a faculty of artists and educators in a collaboratively creative environment to enrich the lives of students and the community. Our undergraduate and graduate programs prepare students for a variety of careers in music including music educators, music therapists, and professional musicians.

The School of Music is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music. There are currently more than 450 music majors pursuing degrees in performance, composition, music therapy, and music education with teacher certification. Students have excellent performing opportunities in outstanding choral and instrumental ensembles, as well as jazz, opera, and chamber groups.

The music faculty includes a community of internationally recognized performers, scholars, and educators. With an outstanding student-to-teacher ratio, students receive close, personal attention and many opportunities to interact with dedicated professionals.

The James and Nancy Gaertner Performing Arts Center, which opened in 2010, comprises an 800-seat concert hall, 180-seat recital hall, 150-seat dance theatre, scene shop, and dance and theatre rehearsal rooms. The building is graced with multiple areas to display the Center’s expanding art collection. The School of Music Building, which opened in 1986, features large rehearsal halls, classrooms, a piano lab, a music computer lab, an electronic music studio, practice rooms, and faculty and administrative offices.  The School of Music has excellent facilities to accomplish its artistic and educational mission.

Sam Houston State University—A place to find your voice!

Audition Dates 2023-2024

Not all audition dates are open to every instrument. Please review the dates carefully to ensure you choose an audition date available for your instrument.

  • Saturday, November 18, 2023 (Auditions for both Spring 2024 and Fall 2024 admittance): brass, piano, percussion, strings, voice, and woodwinds 
  • Saturday, January 27, 2024: brass, piano, strings, voice, and woodwinds
  • Saturday, February 3, 2024: brass, piano, strings, voice, and woodwinds
  • Saturday, February 24, 2024: brass, piano, guitar, percussion, strings, voice, and woodwinds
  • Saturday, March 2, 2024: brass, piano, percussion, strings, voice, and woodwinds
  • Saturday, April 13, 2024: voice and percussion only
After submitting your School of Music application, visit (Scholarships4Kats) to become eligible for all university scholarships, including music.

Videos of audition repertoire are optional for the School of Music application (excluding Graduate Conducting and Graduate Composition).  Applicants MUST audition in person on their selected audition day to be considered.  SHSU faculty may use videos to assess of your current ability level.

All applications must be received two weeks before the audition date.

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