Information for Prospective Students

Auditions Required

All students, regardless of their chosen program of study, must audition for admission to the Hayes School of Music.

Students do not need to be accepted to Appalachian to audition. However, if you are accepted to the Hayes School of Music you must also be accepted to Appalachian State University.

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Audition Dates

Audition & Scholarship Schedule

  • December 3, 2016 (Instrumental Areas)*
  • January 21, 2017 (Instrumental & Vocal Areas)*
  • January 28, 2017 (Instrumental & Vocal Areas)*
  • February 11, 2017 (Instrumental & Vocal Areas)
  • March 4, 2017 (Instrumental & Vocal Areas; for Admission Only)

*To be considered for the Hayes Young Artist Scholarship and Competition, and to participate in the competition process, prospective students must audition on one of the *starred* dates.

The first four audition dates, of the five, are “scholarship auditions” in that all prospective students come under scholarship consideration. 

Prospective vocal students must complete the Vocal Audition form found on our audition page and submit appropriate audition material.

The video submission deadline is Wednesday, December 2, 2015 for consideration to audition on Saturday, January 16, 2016 or Saturday, January 30, 2016.

The video submission deadline is Wednesday, January 27, 2016 for consideration to audition on Saturday, February 27, 2016.

The Hayes School of Music at Appalachian attracts students who exhibit a high level of musicianship and artistry that extends beyond mere talent: a strong work ethic, self-motivation, an engagement in learning, and a collaborative working relationship with fellow students and professors.

Our graduates typically move into professional music careers, including performing, teaching, clinical work, research and business. Music majors from Appalachian also are coveted by other career fields that value collaboration, logical reasoning, and creative thinking.

No matter how they use their degrees, Hayes School of Music alumni share a deep enjoyment of and commitment to music throughout their lives.


Undergraduate Students

How and When to Apply

  1. Get started. Preparing for music studies at Appalachian begins in high school.
  2. Apply for admission to Appalachian State University. The first application deadline is Nov. 15.
  3. Request an audition. Reservations open in September. (Audition FAQs)
  4. Review instrument and degree specific audition requirements.

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Graduate Students

How and When to Apply

  1. Review specific applications requirements for your program.
  2. Apply for admission to the Graduate School. The application deadline to be considered for assistantships is March 1, though many programs will still accept applications until July 1. (Application FAQ)
  3. Request an audition. Reservations open in September. (Audition FAQ)
  4. Review instrument and degree specific audition requirements.



More than 25 percent of the Hayes School of Music’s students are supported by the school’s musicianship-based scholarship program.


Accepted Students

You will be notified of your acceptance/denial into the Hayes School of Music via letter, usually sent within two weeks of audition. If you also are accepted into Appalachian, you must accept the university’s offer of admission by May 1. You then will:

  • Take the On-line Music Theory Placement Test (incoming freshmen). Only students who pass the test may take MUS1001: Music Theory I and MUS1007: Aural Skills I, which is offered every semester. Those who do not pass must first complete MUS 0900: Introduction to Music Theory.
  • Access Orientation and Advising information
  • Receive assignment to a faculty member for private instruction