It is always preferable to audition in person. This gives the faculty members an opportunity to meet and work with potential students. A written music theory exam, administered on the audition day, is also a valuable portion of the audition process. In addition, students are evaluated during the audition for a possible music merit scholarship.
However, if travel distance prohibits a campus audition (especially for students who live beyond the surrounding states of NY, NJ, MD, OH, etc.), or if there are other extenuating circumstances, please contact the studio instructor for permission to send a recorded audition. High quality video recordings are acceptable.
Note 1: The voice faculty offers the option of submitting prescreening audition videos. Click here for instructions regarding the prescreening video option.
Note 2: Special instructions apply for recorded piano auditions. Click here for recorded piano audition information.
To submit a recorded audition, please follow these steps:
- Complete and submit the online scheduling form. Under “Audition Dates,” click “other.” In the adjacent box, type in “recorded audition.”
- Follow the audition requirements for your instrument as listed.
- Clearly label the recording with your name, Penn State ID #(if applicable), instrument, repertoire titles/composers, address, phone number, and email address. This information may be listed on the case or enclosed on a separate sheet of paper.
- Your recording should arrive no later than one week before the last audition day. Please send it to the address below. You will be notified when the recording has been received.
Some faculty members are also willing to accept electronic audition submissions. Please contact the specific studio instructor for permission and instructions.
Undergraduate Music Admissions
234 Music Building
University Park, PA 16802