Undergraduate Admission & Audition Information

Music is a screened major, and requires a performance audition. The steps to apply and audition are listed below.

Step 1: Apply to Towson University

To apply for the undergraduate music major, you must complete Towson University's application for admission.

Step 2: Apply to the Department of Music

You must also complete the Department of Music Undergraduate Application. Admission to the major is granted by the Department of Music, contingent upon a performance audition. All composition majors must also submit a portfolio for screening.  Admission to the university does not guarantee admission to the music major or music minor.

If you prefer, you can complete the print version of the Music Undergraduate Application (PDF) and mail it to Mary Ann Criss, Assistant to the Chairperson, Department of Music, Towson University, 8000 York Road, Towson, MD  21252-0001.

After we receive your application, we will send you a confirmation letter regarding your audition.

You are asked to indicate your preferred audition date on the Undergraduate Music Application.  Please note the audition dates and application deadlines.

2018 Audition Date Music Application Due

Saturday, January 6 - scholarship audition

Students application for Spring 2018 must audition on this date.

December 8, 2017

Saturday, February 3 - scholarship audition

Students who wish to be considered for music scholarships must audition by this date.

January 12
Saturday, March 3 - non-scholarship audition February 9
Saturday, April 7 - non-scholarship audition March 16

Additional Deadlines for Composition Students

Composition and Jazz Commercial Composition applicants must submit a composition portfolio by the following dates:

October 1 for those seeking Spring 2018 admission.
December 21 for those seeking Fall 2018 admission.

Application Instructions for Specific Majors

Prospective Music Education Majors

We will schedule prospective music education majors for a brief interview with Music Education faculty on the day of their performance audition. 

Prospective music education majors in guitar and piano are automatically enrolled in the MUED Vocal/General concentration.  If you desire to be enrolled in the MUED Instrumental concentration, you must also demonstrate proficiency on a secondary instrument other than guitar or piano. Students should indicate that they will be auditioning on both the primary and secondary instruments on the Music Undergraduate Application.

Prospective Music Composition Majors

Prospective Composition or Jazz Commercial Composition candidates must submit a portfolio in addition to their audition in their primary instrument.  Note the early deadlines for these portfolios. Oct 1 for Spring 2018 admission and December 21 for Fall 2018.

Step 3: Request Two Recommendations

We ask you to identify two people who can access your musical abilities.  Send the Recommendation Form (PDF) to your recommenders.  They can return the form via email to  or mail to Mary Ann Criss, Assistant of the Chairperson, Department of Music, Towson University, 8000 York Road, Towson, MD 21252-0001.  Your recommenders can submit letters or the Recommendation Form (PDF).  It is your responsibility to see that your recommendations are received prior to your audition.

Preparing for Your Audition

After you have applied to both Towson University and the Department of Music, these additional steps will occur:

Step 4: Audition Requirements

Each instrument or voice has specific audition requirements.

Step 5: Attend Your Audition

We will send you a letter confirming the audition date you requested on your application.

Transfer students desiring to enter applied lessons at the MUSA 300 level must present an audition to demonstrate those standards expected of a 2nd semester sophomore jury at Towson University. Click here for proficiency levels.

On your audition date, arrive at the Center for the Arts lobby no later than 8:45 a.m. and check in at the registration desk. 

Orientation begins at 9 a.m. Practice Rooms are available to all applicants for warm-up.  Audition times are assigned while applicants attend orientation.

Auditions begin at 10:30 a.m. All audition are conducted privately before a panel of music faculty. The length of each audition ranges from 10 to 30 minutes based on the applicant's principal performance area.

Parents are invited to attend a concurrent information session with the chair of the department, staff, faculty and current majors while screenings and auditions are conducted.

Step 6: Accompanists for Auditions

The Department of Music provides an accompanist for voice applicants only.  The cost for the accompanist is $15, payable at the time of audition.  Voice applicants must bring music for the accompanist.  Instrumentalists are not required to perform with accompaniment, but may arrange for their own accompanist.

Step 7: Attend Keyboard Screening on Audition Day

Since all music majors must reach the level of keyboard proficiency established for their specific degree and concentration, you may be asked to attend a brief keyboard screening unless:

  1. Your primary instrument is piano OR
  2. You have never taken piano lessons or do not play the piano

Step 8: Receive Your Audition Results

We will notify you of your audition results by letter approximately four weeks after the audition.  If you are recommended to receive a Department of Music scholarship, a separate form will be included with that letter.

Audition Postponements Due to Inclement Weather

If we decide to postpone an audition day, we will post an announcement on the Department of Music website.  We will also leave a recorded voice message on 410-704-2839.  University closing announcements are posted on the TU homepage, and recorded messages can be heard on 410-704-NEWS.

Rescheduled Audition Dates

  • If the January 6 audition is postponed, students will automatically be scheduled for January 20.
  • If the February 3 audition is postponed, students will automatically be scheduled for February 10.
  • If the March 3 audition is postponed, students will automatically be scheduled for March 10.

Arrival time and general procedures outlined in the original audition confirmation letter remain the same for any weather-related make-up days.  Students will not receive another confirmation - they should arrive as originally scheduled.

It is your responsibility to notify the Department of Music at 410-704-2839 if you cannot make the rescheduled date.

Scholarships

The Department of Music offers scholarships to applicants who qualify based upon the talent demonstrated during their audition and an assessment of their academic profile (GPA and SAT or ACT scores). Scholarships are available only to students who major in music and who enter in the fall term. 

If you wish to be considered for departmental scholarships, you must audition by February 3, 2018.  Applicants who are recommended for Department of Music scholarships will be considered only if they have been admitted to the university and after their academic profiles have been reviewed by the Department of Music.  We encourage you to submit your Towson University application for admission six to eight weeks prior to your audition date

Students who are recommended for a Department of Music scholarship will receive a Scholarship Award Form approximately four weeks after the audition. Students who wish to accept the scholarship must complete and return the form by the designated deadline.

More Information

If you have questions about the admission or application process, please contact Mary Ann Criss, Assistant to the Chairperson, at  or 410-704-2836.