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Undergraduate Admissions

General Admission Requirements
Audition Dates   Audition Requirements page
Music Application / Audition Request Form
Areas of Concentration/Departmental Contacts
Undergraduate Handbook
Come and Visit Us
Scholarships and Financial Aid Services
Dance Program Admissions
Video about the Music Program

General Admission Requirements

Acceptance into the Music Department requires both a successful audition and academic acceptance by the University.
Link to Audition Requirements page, link to Audition Request Form

Applications for admission to the University are available at the Admissions web page or by contacting the UMass Amherst Admissions Center:

Undergraduate Admissions Office
University of Massachusetts Amherst
37 Mather Drive
Amherst, MA 01003-9291
Tel: (413) 545-0222

UMass Amherst applications must be received by the appropriate deadline: October 1 for spring semester; January 15 for fall semester. For transfer students, the application deadline is April 15.

High school seniors and college transfer students who satisfy the University's admission standards, and current UMass Amherst students, are accepted into the music program on the basis of auditions. Auditions are held on campus on announced dates throughout the school year.

The University of Massachusetts Amherst prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, creed, sex, sexual orientation, age, marital status, national origin, mental or physical disability, or veteran status, in any aspect of the admission or treatment of students or in employment.


Audition Dates

UMass Amherst Audition dates for 2015-16: (for graduate or undergrad applicants)

All Instruments & Voice (EXCEPT Strings - violin, viola, cello, double bass):
Saturday, November 21, 2015 (Suggested date for "Early Action" applicants)
Saturday, January 30, 2016 (Including Strings)
Saturday, February 13, 2016 (Excluding Strings as well as Jazz Auditions)
Saturday, February 27, 2016 (Excluding Strings)

Violin, viola, cello, double bass only:
Monday, December 7, 2015 (Suggested date for "Early Action" applicants)
Saturday, January 30, 2016 (with ALL Instruments)
Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Students should schedule an audition as early as possible, and may do so even before submitting the application for academic acceptance. Auditions may take place prior to academic acceptance to the University; however, Music Department faculty cannot hear an audition unless a University application has been submitted.


Music Application / Audition Request Form

The form is available online (submitted electronically). Alternatively, the Department can mail you the appropriate forms to fill out and mail back; contact the Admissions Director (413-545-6048) to request forms.

To access online forms:

Please see AUDITION REQUIREMENTS for specific requirements for your instrument or voice, for general audition guidelines, and for studio professor contact information.


Areas of Concentration

All undergraduate music majors pursue a common core of course work in theory, aural skills, and history, receive private voice or instrumental lessons, and perform in an appropriate large ensemble. In addition, each area of concentration requires specific courses for graduation.

All undergraduate degree programs require an audition or its equivalent for admission.

For specific course requirements for each area of concentration, please see the Music Programs & Degrees page or the Undergraduate Handbook, or contact the appropriate Area of Concentration Program Director.

Area-of-Concentration Program Directors:

Jazz and African-American Music: Professor Jeffrey Holmes,, 413-545-6046
Music Education: Professor Lisa Lehmberg,, 413-545-0612
Music History: Professor Ernest May,, 413-545-0624
Performance: Contact the appropriate instrumental or voice professor (See Music Faculty by Discipline/Instrument)
Theory/Composition: Professor Gary Karpinski,, 413-545-4229 (Theory);
Professor Salvatore Macchia,, 413-545-6053 (Composition)
Click for Composition Admissions Requirements (pdf file)

Additional information or mailed forms may be obtained from the Music & Dance Department Director of Admissions:

John Huling, Director of Admissions/Recruiting
(413) 545-6048
Fine Arts Center Room 271
UMass Amherst
Amherst, MA 01003-9300


Undergraduate Handbook

Please note: Degree SUBPLANS (Lists of required courses/timeline) are available at the Music Programs & Degrees - Undergraduate page

Come and Visit Us

We welcome visits by prospective students and their families and can arrange meetings with faculty and students, attendance at classes and rehearsals, and tours. Please contact the Department (Admissions Director,, 413-545-6048) in advance to schedule an appointment.

Useful links:
Music Department Travel Directions & Map (pdf)
UMass Amherst Robsham Visitors Center
Parking Information
UMass Amherst Travel Directions
Campus Map
Area Lodging
Campus Tours


Scholarships and Financial Aid

Click here for a list and descriptions of Music & Dance Department scholarships and awards.

UMass Amherst Financial Aid Services
255 Whitmore Building
Box 38230
Amherst, MA 01003-8230
(413) 545-0801


About the Music Program at UMass Amherst


Student Interview: Uriah Rodriguez


Student Interview: Peace Twesigye


Student Interview: Kevin Martins


Student Interview: John Mange


Student Interview: Gabrielle Zimbardo


Dance Department