Start off on the right note by applying and auditioning to our music program.

Your music career starts here with your application for admission to Adelphi. The Office of University Admissions encourages you to learn about financial aid and scholarships and to complete and submit an application. The music program has additional admissions requirements.

Your admission to our highly selective music program is by audition, which is by appointment only. Auditions will take place in person on our beautiful Garden City campus. Applicants living more than 250 miles from campus may choose to submit pre-recorded video auditions or schedule a real time video audition.

Audition dates for Fall 2021 Regular Decision applicants are as follows:

  • November 13, 2021 (Early Action and Spring 2022 applicants should choose this date)
  • December 11, 2021
  • January 15, 2022 (vocalists only)
  • January 22, 2022 (instrumentalists only)
  • February 26, 2022

If you are applying for Early Action admission, please register for the November 13, 2021 audition date.

Your audition will also determine whether you’ll receive one of our several talent scholarships. 

Auditions are not required for a minor in music.

Audition Requirements

  • You must notify in writing (by email) your proposed audition repertoire choices a minimum of two weeks prior to your scheduled audition date.
  • Candidates auditioning on more than one instrument, or as singer and instrumentalist, should offer one prepared work in each medium.

Applicants to the Composition Concentration will be asked to present and discuss a small portfolio of printed or manuscript scores of their works (preferably with a recording of at least one of those works). Composers may also offer to perform one of their own works, of which a score must be available. 

Three brief tests are used to help faculty understand students’ skill levels in key areas of musicianship and to appropriately place students within the sequence of theory and musicianship courses. The three music tests cover:

  • Sight-reading test: the ability to read and perform musical notation at sight
  • Pitch and interval recognition test: the ability to discern rhythm, harmony and melody from a recorded or performed musical excerpt
  • Theory advisory test: assesses core knowledge of the basic materials of music, including scales, intervals and elementary knowledge of harmony. The test result may allow advanced placement in the freshman theory course, but does not impact acceptance into music programs.

A brief interview gives faculty the chance to learn more about your background, current work and career plans. You are highly encouraged to bring any supporting material that can help provide further insight into your past and recent music experience (e.g., a high school transcript with a record of music classes taken to date, copies of recent concert programs, etc.).

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