An audition is required of all students who wish to pursue a music major or minor and for all students seeking a music scholarship.

Prospective students to Valparaiso University begin the audition process by submitting materials as part of the online music audition application. The application requires:

  1. Basic information about yourself and your musical education
  2. Contact information for a music teacher or director who can provide a letter of recommendation
  3. A short, five-minute pre-screening video or audio clip that demonstrates your performing ability in one or two musical selections, chosen from the standard published classical repertoire.

You will receive a username and password for your online application, so you can save your progress and return to it as often as you would like before submitting it for review.

Once your application is complete, the music faculty will review your submissions. Upon acceptance of your Valpo music online application, the music office will contact you to set up your on-campus audition appointment.

Your visit will include:

  • Check-in at a welcome table in the lobby of the Valparaiso University Center for the Arts
  • Conversation with Valpo music students and faculty
  • Time to warm up
  • A private audition with members of the music faculty
  • A brief assessment exam in general music knowledge and music fundamentals

We will use the limited time available to get acquainted with you. Feel free to ask for a campus tour as part of your audition visit.

Prepare music to demonstrate your current level of technical ability, musical understanding, and expression. Consult with your music teacher or director for guidance on selections. Your selections should be from the standard published classical repertoire.  Repertoire from state solo music competition lists (such as ISSMA) are generally well-suited to the auditions.

  • Instrumental auditions should include two to three prepared works in contrasting styles.
  • Organ auditions should include two to three prepared selections in contrasting styles. Organists should also prepare a hymn.
  • Percussion auditions should include at least two of the following three areas: mallets, snare, and timpani.
  • Piano auditions should include two to three prepared works in contrasting styles; performance majors should play from memory.
  • Vocal auditions, for those intending to pursue a performance major, should include three memorized selections, at least one in a foreign language.
  • Vocal auditions, for those not intending to pursue a performance major, will include two memorized selections. Both may be in English.

For the audition, each student will be heard in only one performance area. Scholarships are linked to specific performance areas, and music majors are accepted in terms of their principal performance area. Audition in the area of your greatest strength and interest.

Accompanists are available for vocal auditions. The department must receive your request for an accompanist at least two weeks prior to your audition date. Instrumentalists generally choose to present their audition without accompaniment.

If you are unable to make a campus visit to audition, you may submit a full video audition instead. To be considered for a music scholarship based on an electronic submission alone, you must upload a video file to your online application. Your video audition should be 10-12 minutes in length and include the repertoire appropriate for an on-campus audition in your performance area. Music majors and minors auditioning by video alone will take the assessment exam in the first week of classes in the fall, or at FOCUS, our new-student orientation/registration in June.

Please note that for a Signature Artist Scholarship, which awards up to full tuition, candidates must participate in the November or February on-campus audition days. A full video audition is not acceptable as a substitute in this case. Full video auditions are considered in the awarding of Forte and Vivace scholarships, which typically range from $1,000 to $5,000 per year.tion, notifying you whether you have been accepted as a music student and whether you are being offered a music scholarship.


  • Consideration for music awards and entrance into the music major is contingent upon a student’s successful application and admittance to Valparaiso University.
  • Any music scholarship award may be only a part of a larger financial aid package.

Your teacher or director should receive an email from Acceptd once you enter their contact information.  If they want to send in a letter but cannot access your online application, have them email their letter to and we can add it to your application.

A short, five-minute pre-screening video or audio clip that demonstrates your performing ability in one or two musical selections, chosen from the standard published classical repertoire. This video can include repertoire that you plan to perform at a live audition.

For information on financial aid, call Admissions and Financial Aid at 219.464.5015 or (toll free) 888.GO.VALPO and ask to speak with a financial aid counselor.

For more information on the music department and music scholarships, call 219.464.5454. Send email inquiries directly to the music office at

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Audition Dates for 2019-20:

Monday, November 11
Friday, February 7
Saturday, February 8
Saturday, February 15
Monday, February 17

Deadline for November pre-screening video and music application: Wednesday, October 23.
Deadline for February pre-screening video and music application: Friday, January 17.

Ensemble Auditions

Membership in selective ensembles is based on auditions held at the beginning of each school year. Students will have the opportunity to schedule auditions during "Welcome Week" in August.