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Piano audition


In addition to submitting a complete application for admission to the University of South Carolina, students who want to enroll in the School of Music as music majors or minors must audition. View audition requirements by instrument for more information about required audition repertoire. Register for your audition now

The audition serves as both an admissions entrance audition and a scholarship audition, as all applicants are automatically reviewed for all available USC music scholarships. Music applicants may also schedule a jazz audition and/or an audition on a strong secondary instrument, including voice, for additional music scholarship consideration.

Students who plan to major in an area other than music, but who want to participate in USC School of Music ensembles, are also eligible to perform an audition to be considered for music scholarships. However, in some areas, music scholarship funds may be reserved for music majors.

2016-2017 Audition Dates

Saturday, December 3, 2016 - All areas except piano.* This date is required for anyone wishing to be reviewed for Spring admittance.

Saturday, January 21, 2017 - All areas except piano

Saturday, January 28, 2017 - All areas except winds and percussion

Saturday, February 11, 2017 - Winds, percussion, jazz and piano

Saturday, February 18, 2017 - All areas (piano slots now full, please choose another date)

*Pianists wishing to be reviewed for Spring admittance must contact Jennifer Jablonski (, 803-777-6614). 

For prospective USC freshmen

You should have applied for admission to USC before you perform your audition, as the application deadlines happen prior to our official audition dates. You do not need to know for certain whether your application was accepted or denied prior to scheduling and visiting for your audition; most applicants will find their USC applications are still pending when we hear their auditions. It is recommended you schedule your audition date as soon as possible.

For prospective transfer students at the University of South Carolina

Transfer students have more time to apply to USC, as the deadline for transfer students applying for Fall 2015 entry occurs in the summer of 2015. However, transfer students should plan to audition on one of the listed audition dates to be reviewed for Fall 2015 music admission and music scholarships. Students who plan to enroll at USC starting in Spring 2015 should plan to audition December 6, 2014.

For applicants wanting to major in jazz studies

You will audition for the jazz faculty and for the faculty in your area of study in two separate auditions. For example, jazz saxophonists will perform a jazz audition for jazz faculty, performing the repertoire as listed with the jazz audition requirements. Then, in a separate audition, jazz saxophonists will perform an audition for saxophone faculty, performing the required saxophone repertoire. 

All auditions are held on the USC campus in Columbia.

Auditions are not for individual School of Music ensemble placement; auditions are for those who hope to major or minor in music and for students of all majors who hope to be reviewed for music scholarships. Auditions for ensemble groups have different requirements and timelines. Contact individual ensemble offices and faculty for more information.

Register online for an audition

You also may register by downloading and completing the audition form, then returning the form by fax or email.
Download the form in MS Word format
Download the form in PDF format

Return by fax: 803-777-6508, attention Jennifer Jablonski.
Return by email: attach the completed document to an email and send to
If you have questions about USC Music Admission, music auditions or the registration form, contact Jennifer Jablonski, 803-777-6614 (1-866-745-5672 toll free) or email