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Undergraduate Admission & Auditions

The health and safety of our students, faculty, staff, and community is of utmost importance to us. Due to COVID-19, the application and audition process for the School of Music will be completely virtual. Please see below for the complete instructions. If you have any questions, please contact Megan Foster.

1. Apply to the University of Tennessee

Apply via the Common Application or VIP Portal. Visit admissions.utk.edu for more information.

Important Dates

  • November 1: Application deadline to be considered for competitive scholarships (Chancellor's Honors Program etc.)
  • December 15: Final application deadline for Undergraduate freshman students
  • April 1: Application deadline for Undergraduate international students
  • June 1: Application deadline for Undergraduate transfer students

2. Record Your Audition Videos

Students applying for Fall 2021 will submit a virtual video audition. These videos are NOT a prescreen, they will serve as your audition. Please see below regarding guidelines for your video:

  • Please take a moment to introduce yourself, your high school, your anticipated major, and the pieces you are playing
  • Be sure your camera is steady, at least waist height (not placed on the floor), with clear video and audio
  • Please place the camera so that we can see your entire body, but not too distant that we cannot see appropriate techniques.
  • Be sure not to have anything (music stand, etc.) blocking your hands, body, and/or face.
  • You may split your audition repertoire into smaller videos and may submit up to five videos. For example, you may do one video for scales, one for your first selection, and one for your second

Audition Repertoire

3. Apply to the School of Music and Submit Media

The School of Music has an additional application for admission. You must apply to the School of Music in order to schedule an audition/interview. You do NOT need to wait to be accepted to the University in order to apply to the School of Music. A fee of $35 will be assessed for applications. Please follow the below application and audition process.

Your application and attached audition video(s) are due by February 1, 2021.

  • Complete your application at getacceptd.com
  • Attach your prerecorded audition video(s)
  • Choose your interview date.
    • Although your audition is pre-recorded, we still want a chance to meet you and get to know you. Therefore, we are asking all applicants to attend a live interview, in addition to your pre-recorded audition materials. All interview dates are in February and will be scheduled once we receive your application.
  • Submit your application to the School of Music. Applications and audition videos are due February 1, 2021.

The University Application Deadline is Dec. 15 and the School of Music Application deadline is February 1. You MUST apply to the University AND the School of Music to be considered for admission into music degrees.

Does your area of study have special audition requirements?

Applied Music:

    You must apply to the School of Music at getacceptd.com and audition on your primary instrument.

Music & Culture:

    You must apply to the School of Music at getacceptd.com. If you have questions about the program, you may schedule an interview through Acceptd, but an interview with the faculty is not required for admission into the minor. You do not need to audition on an instrument. However, if you wish to take applied lessons anytime during your study, you will need to audition for the appropriate applied faculty and be accepted to their studio before you can register for lessons.

Music Theory:

    You do not need to apply to the School of Music or audition on an instrument. However, if you wish to take applied lessons anytime during your study you will need to audition for the appropriate applied faculty and be accepted to their studio before you can register for lessons. 

Music Composition:

    Students interested in minor in composition must complete at least one full semester of coursework at UTK before adding the minor. You must complete an interview/audition with the composition faculty before being allowed to add the minor. The theory/composition area highly recommends at least one semester of music theory and ear training before beginning the minor. Students should contact Dr. Brendan McConville (bmcconvi@utk.edu) to set up an interview for February auditions. You should bring a portfolio of their works, either printed or electronic.

Music Business:

    You do not need to apply to the School of Music or audition on an instrument. However, if you wish to take applied lessons anytime during your study you will need to audition for the appropriate applied faculty and be accepted to their studio before you can register for lessons.
  • Upload an audition video for your primary instrument.
  • There will then be two interviews—one with a faculty member of your instrument and one with the area in which you choose to study.
  • Upload an audition video for your primary instrument.
  • There will then be two interviews—one with a faculty member of your instrument and one with the area in which you choose to study.
  • Upload an audition video for your primary instrument.
  • There will then be two interviews—one with a faculty member of your instrument and one with the area in which you choose to study.

Apply to the School of Music

Once your application has been reviewed, you will be contacted by the School of Music regarding your audition. Contact Megan Foster at 865-974-6134 or mbrooke1@utk.edu for more information.

4. Interview with Faculty (Virtual)

This will be a live, virtual interview to allow for our faculty to meet you. Our faculty will reach out to you regarding specifics of your interview upon receiving your application.

  • February 6, 2021: Undergraduate
  • February 13, 2021: Undergraduate
  • February 20, 2021: Undergraduate

Auditions for the Pride of the Southland Marching Band – Non-music majors ONLY

  • February 27, 2021: Non-music majors
  • March 6, 2021: Non-music majors
Note: Students who are not majoring or minoring in music do NOT need to apply to the School of Music. Information regarding Pride of the Southland auditions can be found at utbands.com.

5. Audition and Scholarship Results

Audition results and scholarship offers will be sent by US mail on April 1.

6. Take a Theory Placement Exam

Before entering the School of Music, you will take a music theory placement exam. This online exam will be taken before the summer orientation, prior to registering for classes, and will only cover written theory concepts.


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