Audition Requirements

Auditions are required only for majors in Performance, Collaborative Piano, Piano Pedagogy and Performance, Conducting, and Church Music with Performance or Conducting emphasis (see also below under "Conducting Auditions"). Live, in-person auditions are preferred.

Please schedule your audition by submitting the online Request to Audition form. In the event you are unable to attend a regularly scheduled audition day, graduate students may make special arrangements for auditions by contacting the Division chair in their area of audition.

Audition requirements for performance majors vary with each instrument or area. For specific information about audition expectations, please follow the links below:

Brass Strings Woodwinds
Trumpet Violin Flute
Trombone Viola Clarinet
French Horn Cello Oboe
Low Brass Bass Bassoon
Harp Saxophone
Keyboard
Organ Percussion
Piano Voice



Conducting Auditions

The audition process for Conducting majors begins with submission of a video of the prospective student's conducting of an ensemble in rehearsal and performance. This will be evaluated by the Conducting faculty, who will then decide whether or not to invite the student to the campus for in-person auditions, interviews, and diagnostic testing in analysis and ear training. After this second round of auditions a final selection of candidates will be made for admission and assistantships.

Schedule for conducting auditions:

January 30: Deadline for receipt of audition videos in the Graduate Program Director's office.

February 15: Status regarding the in-person audition will be determined and the students notified shortly after.

March 15: Admission and assistantship status will be determined and the students notified shortly after.


Note: These requirements and dates apply only to Conducting majors, not to Church Music majors with Conducting emphasis, who are required only to submit a video of their conducting.



For further information about audition requirements and scheduling contact the following persons:

Voice Dr. Randall Umstead

Piano Dr. Brian Marks

Organ Dr. Isabelle Demers

Instrumental Dr. Doris DeLoach

Orchestral Conducting Mr. Stephen Heyde

Band Conducting Dr. Eric Wilson

Choral Conducting Dr. Alan Raines

Audition materials(CDs, video tapes, DVDs, etc.) must be sent only if the audition is not done in person. These materials must be submitted to:

Graduate Program Director

School of Music

Baylor University

One Bear Place #97408

Waco, TX 76798