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There’s a spark inside you, boundless potential waiting to be explored. Whatever your musical passion may be, the School of Music at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, is here to help you shine. 

The School of Music family consists of more than 300 students and more than 60 internationally-known faculty. Our world-class instructors give you the personal attention you need to refine your musical skills. Energetic ensembles provide dynamic performance opportunities. Our academic programs will put you on the right path to achieving your goals.

Auditions & Covid-19:
We care about the health and safety of all our applicants. At this time, we are hoping to hold auditions in-person, while also offering virtual options for those who do not wish to come to campus. As information regarding Covid-19 is ever changing, please know that we may need to move to a 100% virtual audition process. We plan to make this decision by December 1, at which point we will notify all applicants. We strongly encourage you to sign up for our text reminders by checking the appropriate box on your application. Please direct undergraduate auditions to Megan Foster at, and graduate questions to Katy Wawrzyniec at

Undergraduate Applicants:

To be considered for any Bachelor’s degree program at the UT School of Music, you must:

  1. Apply to the University of Tennessee
    • November 1: deadline to be considered for competitive University-wide scholarships
    • December 15: final deadline for Undergraduate freshmen and Volunteer Scholarship
    • April 1: deadline for international Undergraduate students
    • June 1: deadline for Undergraduate transfer students
  2. Apply to the UT School of Music via Acceptd as soon as possible or by February 1, 2021.**Note that the University Application Deadline is Dec. 15. You MUST apply to the University AND the School of Music to be considered for admission into music degrees.**
    • Recommended but not required: One letter of recommendation from a music teacher.  On your application, you will be asked to provide the email address of a music teacher who will then be contacted about providing a recommendation.  If one of the recommendation letters you used for your UTK application was from a music teacher, you do not need to request another on Acceptd.
    • Recommended but not required: attach your resumé.
    • You will be asked to choose your preferred audition date before submitting your application.
  3. Audition/Interview at the UT School of Music
    • February 6, 2021: Undergraduate music majors & applied music minors
    • February 13, 2021: Undergraduate music majors & applied music minors
    • February 20, 2021: Undergraduate music majors & applied music minors
Visit the Undergraduate Admissions & Auditions page for more application information and audition repertoire.

Undergraduates: For more information, or if you have missed the application deadline, contact Megan Foster at 865-974-6134 or

Graduate Applicants:

To be considered for any Graduate program at the UT School of Music, you must:

1. Apply to the University of Tennessee Graduate School

    • December 15, 2020: Deadline to apply to the UT Graduate School

2. Apply to the UT School of Music via Acceptd

    • December 15, 2020: UT School of Music Graduate Application Deadline
    • Indicate your preferred audition date on your Acceptd application
      • January 30, 2021: Graduate Vocal Only
      • February 6, 2021: All Graduate
      • February 13, 2021: All Graduate (no Graduate Voice)
      • February 20, 2021: All Graduate (no Graduate Voice, no Graduate Theory/Composition)
      • March 6, 2021: Graduate Vocal Only
    • At the end of your application, be sure to upload the following:
      • A scholarly writing sample (REQUIRED)
      • A personal statement of education and career goals (REQUIRED)
      • 2 letters of recommendation are REQUIRED (3 letters if you're applying for a Graduate Assistantship)
      • REQUIRED submissions specific to your area of study:
          • Knoxville Opera Studio applicants must submit a Graduate Assistantship Form
          • Collaborative Piano applicants must submit a complete list of repertoire (solo and collaborative), along with a CV detailing collaborative and ensemble experience. You can find audition repertoire HERE.
          • Both Composition MM applicants and Theory MM applicants must upload the writing sample, a personal statement, and the letters of recommendation. Composition applicants must additionally upload at least two (preferably three) compositions with recordings (midi files are acceptable). Include pieces that show your ability to write for diverse instrumentations. Preliminary round decisions for MM composition and MM theory applicants will be made by 12/20/20. All the above required materials must be uploaded to Acceptd by 12/15/20. Those passing the preliminary round will be invited for an interview/audition in February.
          • Conducting (instrumental and choral) applicants must upload a video of both rehearsal and performance.
          • Vocal Performance applicantmust upload 3 songs (a combination of arias and art songs) in 3 different languages (Italian, French, German, and English). This may be a sound or video recording of a recent performance.
          • Percussion MM Applicants must submit prescreening recordings and materials no later than December 15. Candidates who are invited to attend a live audition will be notified by January 1.
            • MM Candidates must submit video performance submissions using digital links posted to the web (Youtube or Vimeo, for example) with the following requirements: each work must be performed in full, with no editing within the movement or work; no post-production work such as reverb should be applied to the recordings; Videos should be submitted landscape mode, where relevant, not portrait. Performance requirements are the same as those listed for the live audition.
            • Applicants must also include a PDF resume or curriculum vitae, a PDF audition repertoire list detailing the items performed in the video, and a 2-5 minute video introducing yourself, your background, why you are interested in attending the University of Tennessee Percussion Studies program, and what you would like to take from your time on campus.
      • Graduate Assistantship applicants must:
        • Submit a Graduate Assistantship form.
        • Submit a total of 3 letters of recommendation (instead of the normal 2 letters). See above for more information regarding the recommendation letters.
        • Submit a statement that briefly describes your professional goals and how a graduate assistantship would support those goals.
        • Submit a curriculum vita (CV). For more information on writing a CV, click here.
        • GA requirements specific to your area of study:
          • Theory/Composition: In order to be considered for a theory GTA you must interview and complete a teaching audition. At the interview you will be asked about your background, interests, teaching experience, and future plans. At the teaching audition, you will teach a 10-minute lesson on one of the following topics: scales, intervals, or basic diatonic harmonic progressions. For further information, click here.
          • MM Percussion: Candidates who are interested in being considered for an assistantship may also be asked to teach a private lesson and are encouraged to include provide teaching footage via URL links in their application.
Students wishing to apply for graduate programs or certificates: please visit
For more information, or if you have missed the application deadline, contact Dr. Angela Batey at

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