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College of Arts and Sciences School of Music

Undergraduate Music Admission and Auditions

Welcome future WSU music students!  Thank you for your interest in our program. The School of Music is proud to be one of the premier programs in the Pacific Northwest.  But we can’t do it without you – our students. You are the reason we are here!

In order to ensure a smooth admission process, please read the information below.  If you have any questions, contact us at:  (509) 335-3898, email, or contact the coordinator of the Area of Study for your primary instrument/voice (see Menu).

We look forward to making music with you!


For applicants who intend to enroll in Fall 2020.

STEP 1:  Apply to the university

The deadline to apply for the 2020-2021 school year and university general scholarships is January 31, 2020.



STEP 2:  Audition for the School of Music

An audition is required for all incoming Music Majors.  Pre-screening recordings are not required.

There are three ways to audition:


1. Live audition (Recommended and doubles As Scholarship Audition)   
Sunday, September 22, 2019 – WSU Kimbrough Music Building*
Saturday, November 2, 2019 – Tacoma, WA

              Saturday, January 25, 2020 – Lynnwood, WA
                Sunday, February 9, 2020 – WSU Kimbrough Music Building*


*As part of the February 9th audition weekend, you are also invited to participate in our open house event, Music Major for a Day, on Monday February 10th.  Attendance for this event is free of charge and optional. For details, click HERE.

Note: If you are unable to audition for us on one of the above dates, you may make other scheduling arrangements through the “Schedule an Audition” button below.

Audition Requirements:

Brass & Percussion        

Keyboard (Undergraduate & Graduate)        


Voice (Undergraduate & Graduate)        



2. Send us a video/audio recording of your audition (Deadline of Feb. 28, 2020 for
       scholarship consideration)


For details on what to include in your recording, see Audition Requirements above or contact the coordinator of the Area of Study for your primary instrument/voice.  Recordings or private YouTube links should be submitted to the School of Music here, or by email to – Subject line: Audition, name, instrument.

For a live or recorded audition, please click Schedule An Audition above and submit the requested information.


3. Audition at the beginning of the fall semester (ineligible for a scholarship)


This audition must be scheduled before Tuesday of the first week of classes.  For details on how to schedule an audition at the beginning of the fall semester, contact the School of Music main office or the coordinator of the Area of Study for your primary instrument/voice.  Students electing this option will not be eligible for School of Music scholarships.




Financial Aid and Scholarships

School of Music Scholarships

All students who audition (live or via recording) prior to March 1 will be considered for School of Music scholarship money. Students who audition on or after March 1 may still be considered for funding, but at a lower priority.  An audition is not required to become a Music Minor but you may choose to audition in order to be considered for a scholarship.

Scholarships cannot be finalized until the student is admitted to WSU.

Cougar Award (Western Undergraduate Exchange)

The Cougar Award is a renewable scholarship for out-of-state residents for up to $10,000 a year. Students who complete the WSU general scholarship application are entered into the pool of applicants for this award. Click the title above for more information.

University Award Programs

Washington State University offers significant awards to incoming students as part of its admissions process. THE KEY TO RECEIVING THESE AWARDS IS EARLY APPLICATION. The awards are granted to academically strong students on a first-come, first-served basis, with funds often expended by January. Many other awards for incoming and returning students are available; these require submission of the Academic Scholarship Application by February 1. Please click on the link above to access detailed information on all these awards.

College of Arts and Sciences Programs

The College of Arts and Sciences provides many scholarships and awards to incoming and returning students. Please click on the College Link to access this information. Click on the following Link for other information about the College of Arts and Sciences.

Tuition and Expenses

How much does it cost to attend WSU?  Click here for information.

New Student Orientation Tests & Ensemble Auditions

During the week before classes each semester, new students audition for ensembles and take diagnostic examinations. The ensemble auditions are in addition to those required for admission, awards, and graduate assistantships. Please contact the director(s) of the ensemble(s) in which you are interested to select an audition time. For further details, click HERE.


Contact the Music Office at (509) 335-3898, stop by Room 260 of Kimbrough Hall, or e-mail








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