Music Admission Timeline
Step 1: Submit Your Application
(New application opens July 1 each year)
To apply, simply create a user profile and submit an application. There is no application fee. Upon submission, your applicant portal is populated with required checklist items including a prompt to schedule an audition. In addition to official transcripts, graduate applicants are required to submit two letters of recommendation, and a C.V. or resume.
Sample Application Checklist:
Step 2: Complete Your Audition
(December 1 - March 1)
Auditions are coordinated and conducted online by the school of music and must be scheduled at least two weeks in advance of the desired audition date. For all graduate applicants, the audition process consists of a combination of the following scheduled online audition components:
- Performance Audition (view audition guidelines)
- Graduate Interview
The performance audition will require you to present an Audition Portfolio as well as some musical elements live on-demand (e.g., scales, arpeggios, and sight-reading) before a faculty committee. Graduate interviews are scheduled with faculty to broadly assess your musicianship and discuss your goals for graduate study.
Once you register for a music audition, you will receive detailed communication from faculty and staff about the online audition process to help you prepare. You will also receive a personalized audition day schedule that will contain the exact times and online locations of your audition components. View sample audition schedule.
In order to participate in the online audition process, you will need the following equipment:
- Computer, tablet, or mobile device with a webcam, microphone, and high-speed internet access.
- Video recorder or smart device, such as an iPad, iPhone or Android, that can capture high-quality audio and video. External microphones are not required but highly recommended.
- Access to software, such as Microsoft Word, that can be used to create a document with hyperlinks to cloud-based music media.
Applicants receive official notification of audition results from the Mary Pappert School of Music typically within 7-10 days of the music audition accompanied by an official letter of acceptance that includes your initial Performance Award.
*We highly recommend completing the application and audition process by March 1 for priority award consideration. However, we continue to accept applications, process audition results and extend award offers up to 8 weeks prior to the beginning of the fall semester.
Step 3: Graduate Assistantships and Enrollment Decisions
(March 15 - April 15)
Accepted graduate students can apply for a Graduate Assistantship to increase the value of their total graduate award package. Assistantships are determined by committee and assigned beginning March 15. Offers and assignments can continue through April 15 and beyond depending on circumstances.
Accepted graduate students must complete the Enrollment Response Form on their application checklist and submit an enrollment deposit to secure their award as well as their place in the incoming class. Enrollment decisions are due by April 15 for graduates. Academic advisors will reach out to enrolled students (May - June) to finalize enrollment and register each new student for their fall classes. Enrolled students will receive communications over the summer months with details regarding class schedules as well as move-in and orientation information.
Questions? contact the Office of Music Admissions (412) 396-5064
International Applicants: All application materials and official documentation (transcripts, letters of recommendation, personal essay) must be provided in English. Also, we require utilizing a foreign credentialing service such as WES or ECE. International students applying for a student visa must submit an affidavit (in English) from a financial institution documenting the applicant's ability to finance their entire education and living expenses while in the United States. If governments or parents supply financial support, an affidavit certifying the amount to be furnished must be included. Currency must be translated into United States dollars. Learn more about international admission procedures.
*Non-native English speakers must provide TOEFL, IELTS, or DuoLingo scores.