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Music Admissions: Undergraduate

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(2018 Audition dates are below)

Acceptance into the Music Department requires both a successful audition and academic acceptance by the University. Music majors work towards either a Bachelor of Music degree (BMus) or a Bachelor of Arts in Music degree (BA). Students may also minor in music.

Applications for admission to the University are available at the Admissions web page or by contacting the Admissions Center, (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 (music major or minor) on the basis of auditions, which are held on campus on the dates listed below.

Music Audition dates for 2018: (for graduate or undergraduate applicants, Fall 2018 admission)

All Instruments & Voice (except Strings, see below):
Saturday, January 27, 2018   (except Jazz Bass, Bassoon)
Saturday, February 3, 2018   (except Flute)
Saturday, February 17, 2018   (except Flute, Clarinet, Saxophone, Piano, Percussion, Bassoon)
Saturday, March 3, 2018   (except Trombone, Clarinet, Horn)
(UPDATE: The Saxophone Studio cannot accept any more auditions on March 3. Please contact Music Admissions if you cannot make Jan. 27 or Feb. 3)

Violin, viola, cello, double bass only:
Tuesday, February 6, 2018
Wednesday, February 14, 2018
Monday, February 26, 2018

If you are unable to attend on any of the available dates, or for Spring semester entry, please contact the appropriate faculty member and the Music Admissions office to request a Special Arrangement date.

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; but not before a University application has been submitted.

For questions about the Music Audition process, or the Music Program in general, please contact our Music Admissions office, Nathaniel Gowen, director:, 413-545-6048.

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