Apply & Audition

Apply & Audition

  • Audition repertoire and requirements can be found here. You may contact the faculty member of your instrument/voice with any questions about them.
  • In addition, please review the additional Degree Program Requirements for your degree program of interest.
  • Application and audition information for graduate applicants can be found here.
  • Please email Ms. Janet Adams at adamsje1@appstate.edu with any questions.
  • Currently enrolled App State students who wish to audition for our degree programs should review the information under Audition Types below. You may also email Ms. Janet Adams at adamsje1@appstate.edu with any questions.

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. In general, your recordings are due 10 days before your audition date. A specific due date will be provided after you have selected an audition date.
  • 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. In general, your recordings are due 10 days before your audition date. A specific due date will be provided after you have selected an audition date.
  • 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.

Currently enrolled App State students who wish to audition for our degree programs should contact the applied faculty of their area (instrumental or voice) for information on how to schedule your audition. Music Education, Music Therapy, Music Industry Studies, and/or Composition and Theory prospective students should also contact the Program Coordinator to fulfill any additional degree requirements.

Dr. Lisa Runner, Music Education Program Coordinator
Prof. Kim Wangler, Music Industry Program Coordinator
Dr. Cathy McKinney, Music Therapy Program Coordinator
Dr. Andy Hannon, Composition and Theory

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.