Admission and Audition Requirements

To begin course work in the field of music performance, you initially need to be admitted to Missouri State. Before completing 75 credit hours, you must also be admitted to a degree program.


Additional audition information

Audition dates are announced in the fall of each academic year. At that time you will have an opportunity to do all of the following: audition with the faculty of your interest area(s), audition with the ensemble director(s) of your interest area(s), take a theory placement exam, take a campus tour arranged with the admissions office, and observe a concert chorale rehearsal, if you are a vocalist.

The audition with the area faculty is for acceptance as a music major, placement into an applied studio, and consideration for any area scholarships that might be available. The audition with the ensemble director(s) is for acceptance into one or more ensembles and consideration for talent awards and/or band grants. To request more information, contact the music department office, at 417-836-5649 or

In addition, entrance auditions are required of anyone wishing to pursue the Bachelor of Music with a focus on jazz performance. Please mark your interest in jazz studies on the audition request form so an additional 10-15 minute audition can be scheduled for you. Contact Jazz Studies Director Randy Hamm at 417-836-6739 or for additional information.

The admission process

To gain full admittance into the music performance program, follow the steps below:

  1. Declare or change your major to music performance by visiting the Academic Advising and Transfer Center, University Hall 109
  2. Meet with your assigned advisor to discuss admission requirements and to develop a plan of study
  3. Complete the program’s admission requirements
  4. Work with the music performance department to complete the Application to a Degree Program form to update your record

When you declare your major, you will be listed as a pre-major until you satisfy all admission requirements.

For those times when you are unable to attend an audition in person, follow these professional tips to prepare and record your vocal or instrumental audition video.