You will be able to select your first and second preferences of audition/interview dates available for your program on the Common Application. We strongly encourage applicants to audition in Ann Arbor, but regional and recorded auditions are sometimes available.
Once we have all your materials, our admissions counselors will review your application. This initial review process can take time, so apply early. Please do not make travel arrangements until you have received an email confirmation of your audition/interview date.
Plan to be available the whole day. If you have any prior commitments for the day, please let our Auditions Coordinator know as early as possible. We'll try to work with you, if faculty schedules allow. About two weeks before your audition, you'll receive the details of appointment times and room locations.
If you have questions about your audition schedule, please contact your department's Auditions Coordinator:
We strongly recommend auditioning or interviewing in Ann Arbor. If this is not possible, regional auditions and recorded auditions are alternate methods of completing the audition/interview process.
We hold regional auditions in various cities in January and February. Please visit the audition dates page to see specific dates and locations. For the Theatre and Musical Theatre programs, a subset of our faculty travel to these cities to review the regional auditions. For our music programs, regional auditions will be recorded by a member of our Admissions staff for distribution to the appropriate faculty. Specific information about the regional audition venues will be sent via email after your audition date is scheduled.
For many of our music programs, uploaded recorded auditions are also a possibility. The repertoire requirements for recorded auditions are the same as for in-person auditions. Please visit the appropriate departmental page to see the audition requirements for your program. Please upload your audition recording using the link below.
Depending on your program, your audition could last anywhere from ten minutes to a full day. You may audition for a panel of faculty, or just for one individual faculty member. Whatever the circumstances, remember to stay relaxed and focused on the performance you will give or the questions you will answer in your interview. Dress appropriately, remembering that your appearance affects the way others perceive you.
The auditions in Ann Arbor are generally on Fridays, so you will have the opportunity to meet current students, sit in on classes, and observe rehearsals. There will also be general information sessions to answer your questions about the admissions process, financial aid, and what happens next.
In general, auditioning students will not be asked to take written placement exams. These placement exams are administered to admitted students during Orientation or at the beginning of classes.
The School of Music, Theatre & Dance has a policy of rolling admission, and qualified applicants may be offered admission after each audition day. However, since our programs are competitive and we receive an ample number of applications, we will often choose to defer our decision until we have seen more of the auditions and interviews. As a result, many admissions decisions are made in mid-March.
Although a late March or April audition date is published for some programs and instruments, typically few openings remain in those programs and consideration will be for admission only.
Applicants who wish to be considered for School of Music, Theatre & Dance merit based scholarships MUST audition on or before February 15, 2013.
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