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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.

Application Upload Deadlines:
  • WINTER 2021 ADMISSION: Submission Deadline November 2, 2020 (Zoom interview to be scheduled Nov. 3-12)
    • Scholarship Audition Submission Deadline February 1, 2021* (Zoom interviews to be scheduled Feb. 2-11)
    • Audition Submission Deadline May 3, 2021 (Zoom interviews Music Education, Music Business, Composition/Theory and Graduate programs to be scheduled May 3-7)

*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. Submit a recorded audition via Acceptd (if applicable for your program). All auditioning students will 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. In lieu of in-person, face-to-face auditions for 2020-2021, we are accepting submissions through Acceptd. 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 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 Leah Celebi, Department of Music Academic Services Officer (Audition Coordinator) at leah.celebi@wayne.edu.

For technical questions please check out the Acceptd Support Team Help Desk.