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Audition & Admission

Thank you for your interest in our department and programs. Below you will find information regarding admission to FSU as well as to the Music department.

FSU Admissions



You will work with the Admissions Office to be officially admitted to Frostburg State University.

You may find the Financial Aid web site useful as well.

Music Program Admissions


In addition to being officially accepted by the University, you must perform an audition to be accepted as a Major in the Department of Music.

While you may audition for admission to the Music program at any time, you will only be considered for music scholarships by auditioning on the scholarship audition day:  Thursday, March 10, 2016.  The Music Scholarship audition will also count as the audition for acceptance into the Music Major, you will not have to do a separate audition.  See the Scholarships page for more information.


Entering freshmen and transfer students are required to pass an audition in their chosen performing area before being accepted as Majors to the Department of Music.  At that time they will also need to declare their area of study:  Education, Performance, Management, or General Studies.  (Students may be required to re-audition if they decide to change their area of study.)

Audition Repertoire

  • All applicants are expected to be able to vocally match a single pitch and a short series of pitches.
  • We recommend two contrasting pieces for your audition (not more than 10 minutes total). If your selections are longer than 10 minutes, please select a portion that best displays your abilities. If we are not able to hear your audition repertoire in its entirety, this is not reflective of your ability; it is only because of time constraints.
  • Vocalists are recommended, but not required, to perform selections in two different languages.
  • Instrumentalists will be asked to perform two works differing in style and tempo.
  • Percussionists should prepare three selections:  snare, timpani and mallets.
  • Guitarists who wish to perform electric guitar selections will be provided with a Fender guitar amp.  Please bring your own 1/4-inch jack adaptor cord.
  • Memorization of audition repertoire is encouraged, but not required.


  • Accompanists will be provided for vocal auditions.
  • Accompanists for instrumental auditions is optional.
  • If you require an accompanist, please send a copy of the music to the Department Chair at least 1 week before your audition.

Placement exam
A brief Music Theory placement exam will be administered prior to the audition.

Conditional Status
Based on proficiency, students may be granted conditional status while pursuing their music major curriculum and may be given full music major standing at a later date.

To arrange an audition, please contact:

Dr. Philip Klickman, Chair
Department of Music
Frostburg State University
101 Braddock Road
Frostburg, Maryland 21532

Phone: 301/687-7452
Fax: 301/687-4784

You must audition on Thursday, March 10, 2016 to be considered for any music scholarships.