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Audition & Apply

Students who wish to major in music must complete an audition, offered both in-person and virtually. Any student interested in music, regardless of major, is encouraged to audition as well but is not required to do so. All students who audition are considered for a performance award and lesson waiver. You must submit an application to receive access to audition registration.



On-Campus Audition Dates

  • Saturday, December 2, 2023
  • Saturday, February 10, 2024

Audition day itineraries are sent at least one week before an audition. If you cannot attend one of the audition dates but would still like to audition on campus, please contact musicadmission@depauw.edu to schedule a date.

Audition Recordings

You may submit an audition recording if an on-campus audition is not feasible. Your recording should contain all audition requirements and not exceed 20 minutes. 

All audition recordings and on-campus auditions are due by March 16, 2024, for admission and scholarship consideration. 


DePauw grants Music Performance Awards to intended music majors who demonstrate exceptional talent during an audition for music faculty. Music Performance Awards vary in amount up to full tuition, may be combined with University Merit Awards, and are limited to tuition expenses only. 

Co-curricular musicians (non-music majors) who commit to enrolling in auditioned large ensembles may audition for Music Performance Awards. Music Performance Awards are limited to tuition expenses only. Students who complete this audition will also be considered for an Applied Lessons Fee Waiver.

Audition results are typically released to students within three weeks of their audition.

Audition Information

Audition time slots will be in 20 minute increments.  Your audition time will include your prepared performance, sight reading, and a brief conversation with the audition committee.

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