Audition Information

Application Deadlines

For Fall 2019

Application Deadline = November 1, 2018 (undergraduate applicants)

                                       December 1, 2018 (graduate applicants)

* January (Spring) admission is limited and is dependent upon space availability in individual departments. For optimal merit-based financial aid consideration, fall admission is encouraged. Please contact our office if interested in January admission.

Audition and Interview Weekends

  • January 11-12, 2019

  • February 1-2, 2019

  • March 1-2, 2019

Use the Right Navigation Menu for specific audition requirements for each instrument or area.

Most programs in the IU Jacobs School of Music require an audition, and in some cases an interview is required. Auditions and interviews are held on three weekends each year: one in January, one in February, and one in March. All auditions and interviews are held on the Bloomington campus. The Indiana University Jacobs School of Music does not offer regional auditions. Audition and interview dates are scheduled only after students have completed both the IU Application for Admission and the IU Jacobs School of Music Application.

You will indicate your preferred audition weekend on your Jacobs School of Music application, and we will make every effort to honor the specific date you request. However, it is possible that you will be assigned an alternate date. A confirmation e-mail will be your official notification.

On the weekend of your audition, you will be scheduled for an audition or interview between 8 a.m. Friday and 7 p.m. Saturday. Please make your travel plans after you receive official confirmation of your audition/interview date and time. Because of faculty availability and the large number of applicants, it may not be possible to honor special requests for particular days or times during an audition weekend.

Only those applications received by the deadlines noted above will be guaranteed an opportunity to audition. Each request to reschedule any portion of your interview/audition will result in a $90 rescheduling fee. If you have received your audition or interview confirmation by email and you are considering a change, please contact the Office of Music Admissions, (812) 855-7998, to receive detailed information about the reschedule and payment procedures. The deadline to request a change is one week prior to your scheduled audition.  Please note that not all change requests can be accommodated.

Ad Hoc Auditions and Recorded Auditions

(All auditions must be completed by the final audition weekend March 1-2, 2019).

If you are unable to attend one of the official audition dates sponsored by the Office of Music Admissions, but wish to have an audition in person, it may be possible to arrange an ad hoc audition.

To schedule an ad hoc audition, you must contact the chair of the department for your instrument area or where your desired academic program is housed. For a listing of faculty telephone numbers and e-mail addresses, contact the Office of Music Admissions or see the online personnel directory. Once the department chair has granted the ad hoc audition, send an email to, and indicate the ad hoc audition date and the name of the person who granted it. Note that faculty members are not obligated to grant ad hoc auditions.

Recorded auditions are acceptable; however, we strongly encourage applicants come in-person to the Jacobs School of Music for an on-campus audition. It is important to note that in some areas of study, screening auditions are required in order to be invited to campus for a full audition. If you are auditioning via a recording, please find detailed instructions for submitting your recorded audition online here. Recordings will be processed only when all application materials have been received and reviewed. The repertoire on the recording must adhere to the established audition requirements. Please see the audition requirements by instrument and degree.  Also note that BME applicants must attend a live interview here on the Bloomington campus.

Your audition recording must be submitted online directly to the Office of Music Admissions, not to individual faculty members or to other admission offices (international or university). The Jacobs School of Music Office of Admissions is not responsible for recordings or other application materials that are sent to other offices in error.