Bachelor of Arts

The Bachelor of Arts music major is a general program of study within the liberal arts designed to equip students with a broad background in music. Bachelor of Arts in Music degree programs are also offered with a concentration in either performance, contemporary composition, or cultural and critical studies in music. Those who wish to pursue double majors are able to do so with either of the Bachelor of Arts in Music degree programs that are offered.

Bachelor of Music

The Bachelor of Music degree is a more highly specialized program of study in which students choose from individualized professional programs in either vocal performance or music education. It is not possible to pursue a double major while pursuing the Bachelor of Music degrees in the music education or vocal performance due to the rigorous course requirements of these programs.


An audition is required for acceptance into all music degree programs, including the Bachelor of Music degree programs and the Bachelor of Arts degree programs. All music candidates need to follow the Arts Merit Scholarship process, regardless of their interest in these competitive scholarships. The music faculty will submit their recommendations for scholarships to the Arts Merit Scholarship Committee after the completion of the audition requirements. The Admissions Department considers applications incomplete until the audition requirements are satisfied.

Audition Details

Submit by Nov. 15

Early Decision Candidates

Early Decision applicants must submit application materials to the Department of Music by Nov. 14, 2018.

Please note that auditions for Early Decision candidates must take place before Nov. 14, 2018.

Auditions are scheduled through Brenda Ross (phone 570.577.1216 or email

Submit between Sept. 1 and Jan. 15

Regular Decision Candidates

Regular Decision applicants must submit application materials to the Department of Music between Sept. 1, 2018, and Jan.15, 2019.

Invitations to audition will be offered to all candidates judged eligible following the Office of Admissions academic pre-screening process.

Regular Decision music candidates will have a choice of three audition dates in early 2019.

What to Submit

Application Materials for Early and Regular Decision Candidates:

  • Department of Music Audition Form
  • Performance Resume that addresses your training background and experiences in music (submit via SlideRoom)
  • Samples of creative compositional work — scores and/or recordings are to be submitted via SlideRoom (for intended composition majors only)

What to Expect at Your Audition

  • Interview with music faculty.
  • Instrumental auditions are to include a performance of two to three pieces from different historical periods that best represent their technical and interpretative skills.
  • Vocal auditions are to be a performance of three to four songs including at least one song in a foreign language.
  • Singers who require an accompanist must provide their sheet music to Department of Music a minimum of two weeks prior to their audition date.
  • Composition candidates are also required to audition.
Suggested Audition Materials

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