Admissions, Audition Requirements and Audition Dates

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Admission to the University of South Alabama Department of Music is dependent upon admission to the University and an audition in your specific instrumental area or performance medium.  Students should be admitted to the University prior to auditioning. Students may apply for admission to the University of South Alabama online.  All prospective majors and minors must audition for admission. In order to submit an audition video, you must fill out an Audition Application.

PLEASE NOTE: Requirements on this page are for all undergraduate students wishing to major or minor in music, not for Jaguar Marching Band auditions.  For details on those auditions, please visit this page.

Video Auditions (updated 10/1/2020)

Students wishing to audition for undergraduate admission/scholarship consideration as a music major or minor should submit a video audition in lieu of a live audition.  Video submissions will be screened within one week of submission, and admission/scholarship decisions will be communicated by email shortly thereafter.  

Video Submission Deadlines:

February 15, 2021*

March 15, 2021

April 15, 2021

*All videos submitted by April 15, 2021 will be considered for a scholarship.  For priority scholarship consideration, video auditions should be submitted by February 15, 2021.  

Graduate applicants should follow the graduate audition and application procedures outlined below and should contact Dr. Thomas Rowell, Graduate Coordinator for the Department of Music at for information about how to submit your audition.

The video audition procedures listed for each area are slightly amended from the live audition requirements to make the submission process as accessible as possible. For any questions regarding the audition process please contact our Audition Coordinator, Mr. Matthew Greenwood.

Woodwind, Brass, Guitar, Strings

Students will submit a video performing two majors scales of their choice (2 octaves preferred) and a chromatic scale (2 octaves minimum-3 if possible on your instrument).  Students will also be asked to submit two separate videos of contrasting material (one technical , one lyrical). Each video should be no longer than two minutes in length and provide sufficient material for the committee to evaluate the application.

Students wishing to be considered for Jaguar Marching Band as well as a music major/minor should check both boxes on the video audition form.


Students auditioning for voice should follow the voice audition guidelines below for selecting their audition material. Students will submit two separate videos of art songs in contrasting style. The video should be submitted with either a  live accompaniment or an accompaniment track. 

If you do not have access to accompaniment or an accompaniment track for one or both of your songs, an accompaniment track(s) will be made for you to use for each song.  Please email Dr. Thomas Rowell, Vocal Area Coordinator, with either a scan of the piano accompaniment, or the names, composers, and keys of each of your selections.


Percussionists will need to submit a total of two videos (1 snare drum and 1 mallet keyboard):

1) A video demonstrating the following rudiments in a slow-fast-slow manner: paradiddle, alternating flams, flam taps, multiple bounce roll (piano - forte - piano)

2) A video of a concert snare drum solo or etude (a solo/etude can be provided if requested). Please introduce yourself and the title of the solo/etude before your performance. The use of a practice pad in substitution of an instrument is acceptable.

3) Students will submit a video performing two majors scales of their choice (2 octaves preferred) and a chromatic scale (2 octaves minimum-3 if possible on your instrument).  

4) A Keyboard (2 mallet required) but A 4 mallet solo or etude is highly recommended for students seeking top scholarship consideration. 

After the auditionee has submitted their videos a follow-up phone interview will take place to conclude the audition process. If you have any questions please don't hesitate to email Mr. Matthew Greenwood at


Applicants will also be asked to submit two separate videos of contrasting material (one technical , one lyrical) from the serious keyboard literature. 

While specific technical studies are not required, the performer may wish to demonstrate proficiency in such areas as scales, arpeggios, or chord charts.  For questions about choice of audition material please contact, Dr. Robert Holm, Area Coordinator for Keyboard Studies


Voice Audition Requirements

An audition is required for admission to the program as a vocal major or minor. Prospective students will perform two songs, demonstrate range, pitch retention and sight-reading ability. Audition repertoire should be chosen that reflects ability and readiness for private vocal study. Consult the USA Vocal Area Coordinator, Dr. Thomas Rowell, if you have questions as to what would be suitable for an audition at USA.

Incoming freshmen or non-majors auditioning for vocal ensemble scholarship

Two art songs in contrasting styles should be prepared and presented from memory. Songs may be in English or in a foreign language, and should come from standard classical vocal repertoire. Repertoire that is appropriate for performance at solo/ensemble contest or at NATS auditions is considered acceptable audition repertoire. PLEASE NOTE: While sacred music such as legitimate art song settings of hymns are most welcome, hymns or gospel songs sung a cappella are not regarded as acceptable audition material in order to receive a scholarship or for entry into the music program.

Transferring majors/minors from other institutions

Two contrasting pieces from standard classical vocal repertoire will be presented, one of which may be an aria from opera or oratorio. One of the pieces must be performed in Italian, German or French. Audition repertoire should reflect the singer’s highest level of accomplishment in previous collegiate vocal study and demonstrate readiness to continue private study toward degree completion.

An accompanist is provided for each audition. No pre-recorded accompaniments or self-accompaniment will be accepted. Examples of vocal collections that contain appropriate audition repertoire are:

26 Italian Arias and Songs
24 Italian Arias and Songs
The Young Singer Series
Joan Frey Boytim Series such as The First Book of Soprano Solos
English Reliquary of Song
Pathways of Song
56 Songs You Like to Sing Arias for Soprano, et. al. (published by G. Schirmer)

Graduate Student Auditions
Information about Graduate Admissions and Auditions can be found on the Graduate Degrees page.