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Frequently Asked Questions about Music Scholarships and Auditions

When are scholarship auditions?

Our scholarship auditions will be held on Thursday, March 6th, 2014, with a snow date of March 13th (we will follow University closures, 301-687-4000). In the event of a delayed opening, auditions will still take place.

Who is eligible to receive a Music Department Scholarship?

Music Department Scholarships are awarded exclusively to declared music majors. Students who are awarded music scholarships then subsequently change their major should be aware that their scholarship will be revoked.

Who should I contact if I want to audition on March 6th?

If you plan to audition on March 6th, please email Dr. Mark Gallagher ( the following information as soon as possible: Your name, address, home and cell phone numbers, email address, and primary instrument/voice.

Are there other dates I may audition for entrance to the Department of Music?

While you may audition for the music program at any time, you will only be considered for a music scholarship on March 6th, 2014. IT IS IMPERATIVE that you apply to and are accepted by FSU prior to this date. We can consider you for a music scholarship only if you have been accepted to FSU.

Can I find the application for scholarship auditions online?

The music scholarship application can be found online at: Please submit all materials (including transcripts, letters of recommendation, etc.) by February 28th at 5 pm to ensure that you receive an audition time.

When will I receive notification of a specific audition time?

We will schedule your audition time only after we receive your completed applications and materials:

What kind of repertoire do you recommend I prepare for the audition?

  • Instrumentalists will be asked to perform two works differing in style and tempo.
  • Vocalists are recommended, but not required, to perform selections in two different languages.
  • 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

I’m a percussionist: what should I expect?

Percussionists should prepare three selections: snare, timpani and mallets.

I’m a guitarist: what should I expect?

Prospective guitar majors 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.


Am I required to memorize my audition repertoire?

Memorization of audition repertoire is encouraged, but not required.


Do I have to provide my own accompanist?

Accompanists will be provided for vocal auditions. Accompanists for instrumental auditions are optional. If you require an accompanist, please send a copy of your music to the Chair of the department along with your application materials.

What will the audition day be like?

The following should give you an idea of the day's schedule. Please plan to stay and participate in the University Chorale (vocalists) and Wind Ensemble (band) rehearsals. (Piano and guitar students may choose which ensemble to attend).

Vocalists and Pianists with Choral Emphasis

8:30  Arrive at Performing Arts Center (PAC); receive parking pass

8:45-9:15   Music Theory Placement Test, PAC 102 (come and go as needed for rehearsal with accompanist in PAC room 216 until 9:50)

10:00-11:30   Vocal Auditions, Recital Hall

11:30-12:30PM   Lunch at Chesapeake Dining Hall, compliments of FSU Admissions Office

12:30-1:45PM   Students attend University Chorale rehearsal, PAC 216

Instrumentalists and Pianists with Instrumental Emphasis

12:15 PM  Arrive at Performing Arts Center (PAC); get parking pass

12:30-1:30  Lunch at Chesapeake Dining Hall, compliments of FSU Admissions Office

1:30-2:00 Music Theory Placement Test, PAC 102

2:00-3:30 Auditions, PAC Recital Hall

3:30-5:30 Students attend FSU Wind Ensemble rehearsal, PAC 213

What will my parents be doing while I’m involved in these activities?

Parents are welcome to partake of refreshments and relax in the Green Room (PAC 210) while waiting for auditions. They may also accompany their son or daughter to a complimentary lunch with FSU music students and faculty.

Where should I park?

An FSU parking permit will be issued upon check-in at the Music Department Office, Performing Arts Center room 202.

We look forward to welcoming you to the 'Burg!