School of Music Auditions

    Music students must be accepted by both the university for general admission and the School of Music in order to declare a music major. This two-part procedure requires both a NIU application and a School of Music application. A successful in-person* audition or portfolio submission with interview is required for admission as a music major to all undergraduate programs and most graduate programs. Review audition requirement PDFs to learn what is required for the degree program to which you are applying.  

    Spring applicants must contact Brigid Findley at to schedule their audition and not register for the dates below. Spring applicants must submit all application materials and complete an audition/interview prior to December 1. 

    The priority deadline for Fall applicants to submit all application materials and complete an audition or interview is Wednesday, February 22, 2023.  

    • Upon selecting a date, please review carefully which studios are accepting auditions. Certain studios may only be available on certain weekends.  

    • Portfolios and interviews are only accepted on Portfolio Interview Days. If you are submitting a portfolio for program admission rather than completing an instrumental or vocal audition, please do not register for an audition event. 

    Following the priority deadline, February 22, applications and auditions/interviews will be accepted until studio space is filled or May 15, whichever occurs first.  

    *If your travel situation makes it impossible to be present for a live audition, you may submit a video audition with prior approval from the Admissions Coordinator. Video submissions must not be edited or enhanced to change the quality of the audition. If the video submitted is suspected of being edited or enhanced, you will be asked to submit a new audition. Please contact to obtain approval for an independent or virtual interview. 
    The School of Music reserves the right to change the format of auditions, in accordance with university, local, state, and federal guidelines and procedures to ensure the health and safety of all parties. 


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