Audition Requirements

General Audition Requirements for the Degree Program in Music: 

Admission to the Department of Music is dependent upon the successful completion of an audition in piano, organ, or voice, and a diagnostic test in music theory. A successful audition will consist of the performance of a challenging work from the classical repertoire that demonstrates technical and musical maturity, and the potential for advanced study in music. A sight-reading/sight-singing and music theory evaluation, as well as an interview with the faculty in music, will also be conducted. 

On-site auditions are highly recommended. Campus visits for auditions should be scheduled through the Admissions Office. If a recorded audition is the only means by which a candidate can complete this admissions requirement, preference is given to video recordings. 


Audition Process: 

  1. Apply to AMU, and indicate interest in the music degree on the application form. Before the entry process to the Department of Music can begin, all prospective students must first apply to Ave Maria University. Please follow this link to our online application form on the Admissions website. 
  2. Be sure that you meet the requirements for audition eligibility. For a piano audition, the requirement is at least 4 years of piano lessons, with at least one year immediately prior to the audition. For a voice audition, one year of lessons prior to the audition is required for eligibility. Auditioners should be seniors in high school, or otherwise prepared to enter the university the fall following the audition. Exceptions to eligibility requirements are made only with the permission of the Department of Music. 
  3. Submit the online audition application form (hard copy available upon request). The deadline for this application is 2 weeks prior to the intended audition date. The audition date would normally be on one of the Music Audition Weekends. If it is not possible to come on an audition weekend, please inform the Department of Music so that an exceptional audition can be arranged. Exceptional auditions, including auditions by video, may negatively impact scholarship decisions. All auditions for entry in Fall 2014 must be completed by April 30, 2014. 
  4. Schedule a campus visit (through admissions) for the date(s) of the audition, to ensure a campus tour and housing accommodations. 
  5. Prepare the following for the audition: 1-3 works from the classical repertoire (broadway and popular styles are not acceptable), which demonstrate the auditioner’s highest level of achievement and potential for further study. The works should show contrast in musical style and tempo. Vocalists must perform from memory. It is strongly recommended that pianists perform from memory. Organists need not perform from memory. An accompanist is provided for vocal auditions. 
  6. Complete the audition. The audition consists of the audition performance as above, a diagnostic musicianship test, sight reading, and an interview with the music faculty. 
  7. Await admission decisions. Students must be accepted by both the university and the Department of Music to pursue a degree in music.  
For further information about auditions and entry into the music program, contact Professor Rebecca Ostermann at or 239-280-2439.


Auditions for the Minor in Music: 

Admission to the music minor is by audition only. Auditions for prospective music minors normally take place at the start of the semester in which the student intends to begin the coursework for the minor, though they may be completed at an earlier date. The requirements of the audition for the minor are the same as those for the major as listed above.  


Auditions for the Choral Scholarship:

Incoming students not intending to major in music may complete the audition for the Choral Scholarship during a campus visit or Open House.  Please contact Prof. Rebecca Ostermann at for additional information, or to schedule an audition.