Apply & Audition

Apply & Audition

  • All students wishing to enter degree programs in the Hayes School of Music must apply to the University and successfully complete the audition process. 
  • The following are our 2022 audition dates:
    • January 22 - On-Campus (All areas)
    • January 29 - On-Campus (All areas)
    • February 5 - Virtual (All areas)
    • February 12 - On-Campus (All areas)
    • February 19 - Virtual (All areas)

Audition Type

If you choose an In-Person Audition, your audition process will consist of the following parts

  • Part 1 - submission of video recordings of required repertoire in your MyMountaineer portal. Here are guidelines for recording your audition videos.
  • Part 2 - on-campus visit where you will play your technique requirements for our faculty, sight-read a short musical excerpt, and have a brief conversation with our faculty so that we can get to know you better. During the audition day, you will also complete your theory and aural skills assessments. The aural skills assessment will include pitch matching, singing a simple scale, a short memory recall of a melody, and rhythmic sight-reading. Music Education, Music Therapy, and Composition/Theory Students will complete their degree interview as well. Currently, Appalachian State University's Face Coverings Policy requires face coverings while indoors on University property.

If you choose a Virtual Audition, your audition process will consist of the following parts

  • Part 1 - submission of video recordings of required repertoire in your MyMountaineer portal.  Here are guidelines for recording your audition videos.
  • Part 2 - online Zoom session (URL will be provided in advance of your audition day) where you will play your technique requirements for our faculty, sight-read a short musical excerpt, and have a brief conversation with our faculty so that we can get to know you better. During the audition day, you will also complete your theory and aural skills assessments. The aural skills assessment will include pitch matching, singing a simple scale, a short memory recall of a melody, and rhythmic sight-reading. Music Education, Music Therapy, and Composition/Theory Students will complete their degree interview as well.

Music Scholarship Information and Deadline

All students auditioning for the Hayes School of Music are considered for music scholarships.. There is no separate application process or deadline to be eligible for a music scholarship. However, students are strongly encouraged to audition as early as possible to qualify for all available music scholarships. Students that audition after our audition dates typically do not qualify for music scholarships. Due to the limited number of available music scholarships, music minors do not qualify for music scholarships.