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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 must audition. View audition requirements by instrument for more information about required audition repertoire. Register for your undergraduate audition here.

The audition serves as both an admissions entrance audition and a scholarship audition – 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. 

Auditions are not for individual School of Music ensemble placement; auditions are for those who hope to major in music and for students of all majors who hope to be reviewed for music scholarships. Students wishing to minor in music are not required to audition unless they wish to be reviewed for music scholarships or for enrollment in private study (applied study) for course credit. (Remember, in some areas, music scholarships are reserved for music majors.)

Auditions for ensemble groups have different requirements and timelines. Contact individual ensemble offices and faculty for more information.

For prospective UofSC 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 to UofSC

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

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.

Contact the Music Admissions office

For questions regarding enrollment, application status and general admissions questions, contact Jennifer Jablonski, assistant dean for enrollment management, at 803-777-6614,

For questions regarding audition scheduling and audition day logistics, contact Jennifer Mitchell, assistant director of music admissions, at 803-777-4281,

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