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Thank you for your interest in The Wayne State University Department of Music, where students enjoy the resources of a large R-1 research university within our close-knit conservatory-like musical community. Located in the heart of the cultural center of Detroit, the WSU Department of Music is just steps away from the nation's leading performing arts organizations and cultural institutions.

More than 100 faculty, including nationally and internationally recognized performing artists, composers, scholars, and master teachers, serve our student body of #CreativeWarriors. WSU Department of Music faculty regularly performs with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, The Michigan Opera Theatre, The Detroit Jazz Festival, as well as numerous other opera, chamber, jazz, and orchestra and band organizations regionally, nationally and around the world.

2022 WINTER AND FALL ADMISSIONS WILL BE HELD IN-PERSON AND BY VIRTUAL SUBMISSION. IT IS UP TO THE AUDITIONEE TO CHOOSE THEIR FORMAT. 

WINTER 2022 ADMISSION

Live Audition Date: 
  • November 5, 2021

FALL 2022 ADMISSION
Live Audition Dates: 
  • January 14, 2022
  • February 4, 2022
  • February 18, 2022 *Last Date to be considered for Scholarship
  • May 6, 2022 

Application Upload Deadlines:
  • WINTER 2021 ADMISSION: Submission Deadline November 5, 2020 
  • FALL 2021 ADMISSIONS:
    • Scholarship Audition Submission Deadline February 18, 2021
    • Audition Submission Deadline May 6, 2021 

*Last opportunity for music scholarship consideration.

Three steps to becoming a Music major at Wayne State

  1. Apply and be accepted to the University through completing the university admissions application found at The Wayne State University Admissions website.  It is best to apply to the University as soon as possible. The priority deadline for university merit scholarship consideration is December 1, 2020.
  2. Choose an Audition Day or Submit your Audition Recording (if applicable for your program). All auditioning students will perform a live audition or submit a recorded audition on a principal instrument or voice except for Master of Arts/M.M. in Theory or M.M. in Composition applicants (upload of writing sample /portfolio required). For audition requirements for the various programs please visit our Online Audition Requirements page.
  3. Participate in an online interview. In addition to your recorded audition, students will meet virtually with faculty for an interview to discuss your goals, review your submitted audition materials and possible live playing of audition material. This interview will take place via Zoom and will be schedule upon receipt of your Acceptd submission.
About our audition process
All prospective students interested in majoring in Music are required to audition for the department to be accepted into the Music Program of their interest. After choosing your concentration by selecting your program and instrument in the drop-down menus on the left, you will be provided with audition guidelines and prompted to pick an audition date or submit an audition video, essay (if applicable to your program), and any other supplemental media/documents to Acceptd.

If you have any questions about this admissions process, audition requirements, guidelines, etc. please do not hesitate to contact the department Mickayla Chapman, Department of Music Academic Services Officer (Audition Coordinator) at mickayla.chapman@wayne.edu. 

For technical questions, please visit the Acceptd Help Desk.