Prospective Students

Application | Audition Dates | Audition Procedures | Scholarships | Tours | F.A.Q.


Application for Entrance to Music Major

In addition to completing application materials for admission to Elon University, prospective majors in Music Production & Recording Arts, Music Performance, and Music Education must complete an application for acceptance into the their degree program. Late applications will not be accepted. Click on the Apply Now link below to begin the online application process.


Auditions are required of all incoming students desiring to major in Music Education or Music Performance. Prospective Music Production & Recording Arts majors have the option of auditioning on a scheduled department audition day or they may submit an online portfolio of materials demonstrating skill in composition and/or music production, such as composed scores, recordings of music they have written, produced, or engineered, etc. The portfolio materials are uploaded as part of the online music application process. MPRA applicants that audition can also supplement their application with the additional portfolio materials. 

No audition is required for entrance to the B.A. in Music in Liberal Arts degree program, but is required to be considered for scholarship awards. No audition is required to minor in music. Auditions for choral and instrumental ensembles are held during the first few days of each semester for students in attendance at Elon University. Incoming or prospective students are not auditioned for any music ensembles before arriving in the fall semester.

If you have any questions, you can contact Ms. Rippy, the Auditions Coordinator, at or 336-278-5600.


Audition Dates

All audition dates are on Fridays, beginning at 9:00 AM until about 5:00 PM. 

Fall 2016:
November 11

Spring 2017:
January 13
February 17
March 3
(Portfolios can be submitted until March 15 with scholarship consideration, and by April 1 for acceptance only)


Audition Procedures & Requirements

B.A. in Music
B.A. in Music Performance
B.S. in Music Education

Vocal Auditions

Prepare two contrasting selections from standard classical vocal literature. These should be accompanied solos, not choral parts. The selections should be performed from memory. An accompanist will be provided upon request. A short sightsinging excerpt will be requested after the prepared selections.

Instrumental Auditions

Prepare two contrasting pieces, one lyrical and one to demonstrate technical skill. You can also choose music from contrasting style periods. An accompanist will be provided upon request. A short sightreading excerpt will be requested after the prepared selections.

Percussion Auditions

Perform three etudes or pieces, one each for snare drum, mallets, and timpani.


B.S. in Music Production & Recording Arts

Performance Auditions

Applicants who desire to audition for the Music Production & Recording Arts degree program should prepare two pieces of contrasting style, drawn from Classical literature, folk music, or popular/jazz song literature from the early to mid 20th Century, or a singer/songwriter can perform an original song. Those who have a classical music background can follow the guidelines given above in the B.A., Performance, and Music Ed requirements.

Portfolio Option for Composition, Songwriting, or Music Production

In lieu of or in addition to an on-campus audition, Music Production & Recording Arts applicants may also submit an electronic portfolio consisting of scores and/or recordings for three original musical works or arrangements by uploading files as part of the online application process.

The portfolio option is primarily for students who compose their own music. This includes singer-songwriters, composers of classical music, jazz, film music, or electronic music in any genre. You may upload examples of your work that demonstrate quality of musical thought, artistic merit, and may also demonstrate technical skills in the music production process itself through good mix/balance, freedom from digital clipping, appropriate use of effects plug-ins, etc.

Please limit your file types to .pdf or .mp3 only and file sizes to a maximum of 10 MB per file.


Scholarships and Work-Study

All First-Year and Transfer Students:  Please contact the Financial Planning Office (336-278-7640) for information about campus-wide scholarships.

First-Year Music Majors:  One Elon Music Scholar is selected each year as well as one runner-up.  The Elon Music Scholar award is $9,000 each year for four years ($36,000 total).  The runner-up award is between $3,000 and $4,000 each year for four years.  All completed Music Department applications are considered for these awards.  Notification of these awards will be by April 30. 

Marching Band and Choral Activities have small scholarships available.  For more information on these, please contact Director of Bands, Dr. Adam Kehl ( or Director of Choral Activities, Dr. Stephen Futrell (

All other Music Department scholarships are awarded each year to returning music majors based upon outstanding progress in the department. These scholarships are substantial and competitive, ranging from $1,000 to $5,000 each year.

Additionally, the music department provides opportunities for students to supplement their financial aid through the work-study program. Work opportunities include jobs such as keyboard lab staff, music technology lab staff, recording studio staff, music theory tutors, recital/event staff, and cultural programs staff.

The university also has the Odyssey Scholars program which is a scholarship that meets the documented financial need for students who are the first member of their family to attend college, or are in a difficult socioeconomic climate in their community, and will bring greater cultural diversity to the university. More information is available at the program website: Odyssey Scholars Program.


Music Department Tours

As part of audition day activities, you will be led on a brief tour of Music Department facilities. Students interested in Music Production and Recording Arts will also meet in the Recording Studio as part of the audition schedule to tour the facility and get more information about the program.

If you are planning on a campus visit on a date other than a scheduled audition day, you can make arrangements with our Admissions office to tour the campus, including a special tour of the Music Department facilities, led by students in our music service organization, Mu Phi Epsilon. Contact Admissions and be sure to mention that you want to include the Music Department tour as part of your visit.


Frequently Asked Questions

Q. Will an accompanist be provided for my audition?

A. Upon request, an accompanist will be provided for your audition.  For vocal auditions live accompaniment is required.  A tape/CD cannot be used.  Please bring clear, legible music for your accompanist.

Q. Can I audition by video tape?

A. You must audition on campus. We do not accept videos unless you live outside of the continental U.S. Recorded auditions are not eligible for scholarship consideration.

Q: Is there any additional paperwork for scholarship consideration?

A. No. All students who audition are automatically considered for talent based  scholarships within the department.

Q: When will I hear about my audition day schedule?

A. You will be contacted with your rehearsal and audition times by email one week prior to your audition.  If you have not heard from us one week before your audition date, please feel free to call. Please ensure that you have provided the correct email address in your online application so that we can send you confirmation.

Q: How long will the audition day last?

A. The audition day starts at 9:00 am and does not typically go past 5:00 p.m., depending on the size of the group auditioning. If you are flying, it is safest to book your departure the next day, since auditions may be scheduled at any point in the audition day.

Q: Are there any music theory tests as part of the audition?

A: Yes. You will be required to take a music theory placement exam that will take from 15-30 minutes, depending on your current abilities. The exam will test your basic music literacy and will be used to place you in the appropriate theory course. A sample version of the exam can be found here.

Q: Will there be any sight-reading or sight-singing on the audition?

A. Yes. All auditions include a brief sight-reading exercise to help the faculty assess your music reading ability. The theory placement exam includes brief exercises in pitch and rhythm matching.

Q: What happens during the audition day?

• 9:00 a.m. check-in
• Welcome recital
• Brief tour
• Information session with faculty
• Break out sessions for specific majors with Program Coordinator and current students
• Private/small group meetings with individual faculty, if scheduled
• Rehearsal with accompanist
• 1:00-5:00 p.m. auditions in 10 minute intervals, including prepared materials and brief sight-reading
• In the afternoon, a music theory placement exam is given between 1 and 3pm. You may take the test at whatever time is convenient given your assigned audition slot, but should allow 30 minutes to complete the test.

Q: Can I audition for more than one program (i.e. Music Theatre)?

A. Yes, but not at the same time. Music Theatre auditions are separate and you will be required to complete the audition process and pay a separate audition fee for that major as well. Please contact Kimberly Rippy at 336-278-5600 for more information.

Q: Do you provide transportation from the airport?

A. No. You may contact the airport to arrange local transportation. The most convenient airports are Raleigh-Durham International (RDU) or Greensboro (GSO). Both are approximately 45 minutes away.

Q: Do you arrange overnight accommodations with current students?

A. No, we are unable to meet these requests.

Q: Are there work study positions available?

A. Numerous positions are offered by the department in administrative and production areas such as stage workers, music technology lab staff, recording studio staff, piano lab staff, and ensemble assistants. Both Federal and Institutional work-study students are welcome to apply for these positions.

Q: What other financial aid is available?

A. Various forms of scholarship, grant, and loan assistance are available through the Elon University Office of Financial Planning.  Please contact for more information.