Admission Requirements: Auditions and Process

  • Students rehearse on marimbas

    How do I enroll in the Department of Music?

    1. Apply to IUP first

    Department of Music admission is contingent upon successful admission to the university. Once you are admitted to IUP, you will receive a letter from the Admissions office about your acceptance, which also includes instructions for registering for an Experience IUP: Fine Arts audition day. You will receive a follow-up letter or e-mail in ten days to two weeks after your acceptance letter is mailed if you have not yet registered for an audition date.

    Experience IUP: Fine Arts audition days for Fall 2019 admission

    * For best consideration for music scholarships, please audition by March 4, 2019.

    December 3, 2018

    February 9, 2019 (Saturday) 

    February 11, 2019

    February 18, 2019

    March 4, 2019

    March 25, 2019

    April 8, 2019

    April 15, 2019

    2. Schedule an audition, and return your information forms promptly.

    You will also need to fill out and submit the Audition Information Form and Voice Repertoire Form (where applicable) at least two weeks in advance to ensure confirmation of your preferred audition date. If you have any questions regarding scheduling an audition, please contact Vickie Morganti at 724-357-2391 or e-mail

    3. Attend your scheduled Experience IUP: Fine Arts audition day.

    Once you have scheduled an audition date online, you will receive a confirmation which includes an agenda, parking permit, and campus map.

    What are the general audition requirements?

    See audition general requirements for details. At minimum, all prospective music majors and minors must:

    • Demonstrate sufficient proficiency in an instrument, voice, or composition
    • Earn a score of 70 percent or higher on the Undergraduate Diagnostic Exam
      • The Undergraduate Diagnostic Exam measures the applicant's readiness to begin Theory I. Failure to earn a 70 percent does not exclude applicants from entry to the Department of Music.
    • Prepare and play a Piano Proficiency Entrance Exam
      • The Piano Proficiency Entrance Exam is used to determine whether the applicant's piano skills are more suited for Applied Piano or Class Piano.
      • This is optional for students with one or more years of piano experience.