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Be prepared for your audition at Shepherd University by reading the requirements below.

Acceptance into the Shepherd University School of Music is a dual application process. Students planning to major in any of Shepherd University’s Music Degree Programs—the Bachelor of Arts with concentration in performance, composition or general music, or the Bachelor in Music Education leading to teacher certification—must apply and be accepted into the university, and must audition for acceptance into the music program. You do not have to be admitted to Shepherd University before scheduling your audition. Although the university has a rolling admission policy, the School of Music audition dates are fixed and you cannot matriculate as a music major without an audition. Admission has become increasingly competitive and early application is advised. The application is available online here, or call the admissions office at 304-876-5212 or email for information.

Click here to apply online and schedule your Audition and apply for Scholarship consideration for the School of Music.
To download and print out a fillable application (pdf) for Audition and Scholarship consideration for the School of Music, click here.

Audition dates

For entrance Fall 2024:
Audition dates have passed. Please email to make arrangements for an individual audition.

For entrance Fall 2025:
Saturday, January 25, 2025
Saturday, February 15, 2025
Saturday, March 1, 2025

Audition Day

Campus tours: To make an appointment for a campus tour for a different day, contact the Office of Admissions at Shepherd University at 304/876-5212 or 800/344-5231, extension 5212, or e-mail your visit request to

Scholarships and other forms of assistance awarded by the School of Music are granted on the basis of talent as demonstrated by the student during the audition. Need-based financial aid packages and academic scholarships should be sought through the Office of Financial Aid, phone 304-876-5470 or email

Music Theory Placement Exam
All undergraduate transfer applicants will complete a brief theory placement exam. The test is used for diagnostic purposes only and will have no bearing on whether or not a student is admitted to the program.

General Audition Information
Please make sure you review and satisfy the audition requirements for your specific instrument. Students are welcome and encouraged to contact our faculty for guidance or questions about their specific area of study and the audition requirements.

For the audition, the applicant should perform two works in contrasting styles. The repertoire should demonstrate the applicant’s technical ability and overall musicianship. Memorization is required for all piano and vocal students, and is optional for guitar. In addition, the student may be asked to play an etude as well as various scales and arpeggios on an instrument. Students with a jazz emphasis may be asked to demonstrate different styles and to improvise over a blues pattern.

Download a printable version of the Audition Information here.

Specific Requirements for each instrument




Instrumentalists are not expected to be accompanied for their audition.












French Horn

Tenor Trombone

Bass Trombone




Percussionists should demonstrate abilities on more than one instrument [snare, set, marimba].