Admissions & Auditions

Enrollment in the undergraduate and graduate programs in music is contigent on a successful admissions process. Director of Admissions, Dr. Justin R. Hunter ( can answer questions regarding this process and is ready to help guide you through. Students wishing to visit the Department of Music to learn about music study can contact Dr. Hunter at anytime.

All applicants follow this basic process:

Step 1: Apply to the University of Arkansas

All students apply to the University of Arkansas for admission into undergraduate programs. The U of A only allows one major for your application, but if you want to be considered for music as a second major, please contact Dr. Hunter.


Step 2: Apply to the Department of Music

All students seeking degrees in music must apply to the Department of Music for entry. The processes for undergraduate and graduate studies are slightly different, please see below.

Once students are admitted to the University of Arkansas, the Department of Music application will be added to the student's applicant portal. This supplemental application informs our faculty of specific information important to music study.

Students can fill out the application in the UA portal or request an audition below in Step 3.

Once students complete their application with the Graduate School, the Department of Music will contact applicants to request additional information. Graduate applicants should prepare the following based on their chosen area of study:

  • Performance and Collaborative Piano applicants should submit pre-screening recordings of at least two pieces in contrasting style. Most applicants also come to campus for an in-person audition.
  • Music Education applicants should have an undergraduate degree in music education, and at least one year of  teaching experience is preferred. A video of recent classroom teaching experience is required. An interview will be schedule for applicants.
  • Music History and Music Theory applicants must submit a writing sample representative of their work, as well as scores for the Graduate Record Exam.
  • Composition applicants must submit scores to three original compositions.
  • Instrumental Conducting and Choral Conducting applicants must submit a video recording of the applicant conducting two contrasting pieces. Performance footage is preferred, but rehearsal footage will be accepted. Select applicants may be invited to an on-campus audition.

Step 3: On-Campus Audition

All undergraduate music major applicants must audition into the Department of Music. As part of the Department of Music application on your student portal, you will be asked to select from one of the Audition Dates below. However, If you wish to audition BEFORE applying to the university, use this link: MUSIC MAJOR AUDITIONS

ON-CAMPUS Audition Dates for 2020 Admission:

  • November 18 (early acceptance)
  • January 27
  • February 10
  • February 24
  • March 6

TOUR Audition Dates

  • EL DORADO - January 9
  • STUTTGART - January 10
  • WEST MEMPHIS - January 11

Applicants to the graduate programs in performance and conducting must audition for the Department or submit videos to screening. Start by applying to the Graduate School (button above) and Dr. Hunter will contact you for supplemental material and to arrange auditions.

Specific reperatory details and contacts:

Exceptions to On-Campus Auditions
Candidates who live a great distance from campus may submit a recording of the audition repertoire. Please contact the appropriate area (follow the links above) for more information.