College of Visual and Performing Arts

Auditions for Acceptance / Scholarship

In order to be accepted into any Department of Music degree program, including the conditional admission status of pre-music, all students must pass an audition in his/her performance area for a faculty committee. While many core music courses may be taken as electives for other university degree programs and therefore may be taken without official acceptance as a music major, any student considering the pursuit of a music degree must audition within the first two semesters of study in core music courses.

The Bachelor of Music Education, Bachelor of Science in Music Therapy, and the Bachelor of Science in Music and an Outside Field degree require acceptance at the 300, or concentration level (e.g., Flute W310).  These levels of study lead to preparation of juries at the conclusion of each semester, the Upper Division Performance Examination at degree mid-point and the concentration recital.

The Bachelor of Music Performance degree requires acceptance on the 400, or major level of study (e.g., Piano P400). This level of study leads to preparation of juries at the conclusion of each semester, the Upper Division Performance Examination at degree mid-point and the junior and senior recitals.

Performance Standards

To gain unconditional acceptance into any degree program, applicants must demonstrate the ability to:

  • readily match pitch
  • demonstrate a functional music reading level appropriate to the applied area
  • percussion and guitar students must demonstrate ability to read pitch notation
  • meet performance standards appropriate for their degree area (300/400 level)
  • demonstrate appropriate abilities in tonal and rhythmic memory

Performance Benchmarks

Expectations for the difficulty of literature expected at each admission level are described here.  Performance Benchmarks[PDF]

Audition Procedures

Specific audition dates will be set for the spring and summer months.  For those who cannot attend auditions on these dates, auditions may be arranged by contacting Jamie Gregory at 260-481-6714 or  A minimum of two faculty members will adjudicate all auditions. Please click on the links below for audition requirement for the coordinating areas.


Performance scholarships awarded by the Department of Music are competitive and based upon demonstrated talent and musical promise. Scholarship consideration requires an audition, and an interview.  Also taken into consideration is the student’s academic history, as well as performance on standardized tests such as the SAT and/or the ACT.

Pre-College Music Theory class

Students must be able to read music! Sessions are focused on preparing students for successful entry into the college music theory curriculum for music majors. This class will include instruction on major and minor scales and key signatures, intervals, and chords with inversions. Please note that students will be expected to register for online software prior to the start of class at an additional cost of $40-$45; please sign up early so that the link can be sent to you in a timely manner.
Available Sessions
June 22, 2016 to July 22, 2016, Rhinehart Music Center Room 164

Link to register for the class -

Registration fee - $129.00

Auditions  2016-2017

For acceptance into the music program and scholarship consideration. High School sophomores and juniors are welcome to audition for comments only. Earlier auditions increase opportunities for scholarship awards.

Please contact Jamie Gregory at 260-481-6714 or for additional information or to schedule an audition time.

Accompanists -

You may bring your own accompanist for your audition, or you may perform with an IPFW pianist. An IPFW accompanist will be available for a $20.00 fee, payable directly to the accompanist at the time of your audition.