In addition to submitting a complete application for admission to the University of South Carolina and a School of Music Application through the admissions application portal, 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.
Due to COVID-19 precautions, admissions and scholarship auditions for Spring 2021 and Fall 2021 will not be conducted in person at the School of Music. Instead prospective undergraduate students should prepare to submit recorded audition materials or YouTube audition links via their UofSC application via School of Music application. The School of Music application is tentatively slated to be available to applicants starting September 15. The audition recordings should be prepared based on the audition requirements, which vary by area. In some areas, a follow-up interview and/or lesson appointment will be required to complete the audition process. If you did not list music as your desired first or second major in your UofSC Admisssions application but wish to complete an audition for music scholarship review or approval to take private lessons (applied lessons) for course credit, pelase contact Jennifer Mitchell, assistant director of music admissions at firstname.lastname@example.org, 803-777-4281. If you are already a student at UofSC and wish to audition, please contact Jennifer Mitchell.
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 complete 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 complete your audition. You do not need to know for certain whether your application was accepted or denied prior to submitting your audition materials; most applicants will find their UofSC applications are still pending when we hear their auditions. Audition materials must be submitted by Feburary 1 to be reviewed for fall music admission and music schoalrships.
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 submit audition materials by Feburary 1 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 November.
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, email@example.com.
For questions regarding auditions and general music admissions questions, contact Jennifer Mitchell, assistant director of music admissions, at 803-777-4281, firstname.lastname@example.org.