Apply & Audition


Apply & Audition

To be accepted to the School of Music, one must complete an application for admission to George Mason University, as well as completing the requirements for
admission to the School of Music (audition, portfolio, etc.). To apply for an audition, the School of Music requires a completed application to the University
Admissions department (this can be done simultaneously with an audition application).

Auditions & Admission to the School of Music   General Admission to George Mason University



Mason Undergraduate Admissions

If you have questions, Professor Kilkenny may be reached at

2015-2016 School of Music Entrance Auditions

Undergraduate & Transfer Students

Dates Coming Soon!!






For questions regarding entrance auditions, please contact John Kilkenny.

Music auditions are given at George Mason University to determine a student's eligibility to enter one of the music degree programs.
Each person desiring to audition will be given a 15-minute block of time on a specific day when a committee of the music faculty
will be available to conduct the audition.

School of Music Admissions Process

The following is the sequence of events:

  1. Apply for admission to the University through the Office of Admissions (703-993-2400). You may apply for an audition simultaneously with applying to the university.
  2. Complete and submit an Audition Application. This application provides the School of Music with information concerning your musical background and allows you to select an audition date. You will be notified of the time and location of your audition approximately two weeks prior to the date you selected.  (Audition application forms will be posted on this site when the dates are announced)
  3. Requirements for an audition:
    • Prepare two selections in contrasting styles (slow-fast, Baroque-20th Century, Italian-English, etc.) totaling approximately 10 minutes. Selections need not be memorized, except for pianists and vocalists in which it is strongly encouraged.
    • Jazz Studies - Prepare two (2) selections in contrasting styles:  Blues/Bop, Fusion/Cool, Swing/Early Jazz, etc., one (1) jazz piece, etude or solo transcription, all major scales, improvisation over a blues and sight-reading.  For additional audition information go to the Jazz Auditions page.  
    • Be prepared to demonstrate your sight-reading ability on your instrument or voice.
    • Instrumentalists: be prepared to play all major scales covering the range of your instrument.
    • Instrumentalists: be prepared to match pitches vocally and to sing a major scale.
    • Instrumentalists do not need to perform with an accompanist. If you would like to provide your own accompanist for your audition, you are welcome to do so, but the School of Music cannot provide staff accompaniment for instrumental auditions.                                                                                            
    • Undergraduate Composition Applicants: In addition to your instrumental or vocal audition, be prepared to be interviewed by members of the composition faculty.  For this interview, please bring a print copy of your composition portfolio (3-5 works) and recordings or electronic realizations of these works to be left with the faculty.                                                                                                                                                                                                
    • Music Technology Applicants: The audition will consist of three portions: an instrumental or vocal audition, an interview, and a portfolio review.  In the audition, you should prepare 2 works in contrasting styles (the styles can be from a variety of genres).  The portfolio should consist of 3-5 works that you have created electronically.  The portfolio should be stored in such a way that it can be easily played from a computer (ie. flash drive or cd). For specific questions regarding the Music Technology portfolio, please contact Dr. Jesse Guessford at

    • Percussion : Click here to view audition requirements. Contact John Kilkenny for additional information at
  4. Vocalists should perform with piano accompaniment. Please ascertain your accompanist's availability for your audition. In extenuating circumstances, an accompanist can be provided by the department (fee of $40). Please contact the Music Office at 703-993-1380.
  5. Please bring one original copy of your music to the audition for the audition committee.
  6. You will be notified of the results of the audition by letter

  7. For transfer students who have applied-music credits they wish to transfer to GMU: the audition will also serve to determine how many of those transfer credits may be used towards the GMU applied-music requirement. (Disallowed credits [i.e., credits that the audition committee does not accept in fulfillment of the GMU applied music requirement] may be used as electives.)

School of Music Scholarships

Undergraduate students wishing to be eligible for academic scholarships through the university must submit their university
application by November 1, 2015 of the prior calendar year.


Students wishing to be eligible for scholarships through the School of Music must complete their audition by March 1, 2016.

Scholarships awarded by the School of Music are based on the audition application and by the entrance audition performed by the applicant.

All School of Music scholarships will be awarded April 1, 2016.

For further inquiries, please contact the School of Music either by email or at 703-993-1380.

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