Incoming students who wish to major in music (College of Musical Arts), minor in music (all other colleges at BGSU), be considered for a music talent award or enroll in private music lessons for credit are required to present an entrance audition with the College of Musical Arts faculty.
Music scholarship audition deadline is Saturday, February 23, 2013.
- Friday, November 30, 2012
(audition form deadline: November 16)
- Saturday, January 12, 2013
(audition form deadline: December 28)
- Saturday, February 2, 2013
(audition form deadline: January 18)
- Friday, February 22, 2013(voice only)
(audition form deadline: February 8)
- Saturday, February 23, 2013
(audition form deadline: February 8)
Scholarship Audition Deadline
- Saturday, April 20, 2013
(audition form deadline: April 5)
Please choose your audition date carefully; once your date is confirmed a change of date cannot be guaranteed.
For answers to your audition questions, call (419) 372-8577.
“Stay true to you. There will be times as a music major that time management is key to being successful and staying healthy. Although scheduling practice time and study time is important for your academic career, scheduling ‘you’ time (going to the Rec Center, reading a good book, hanging out with friends, etc.) is equally important.”—Dani Bash, music education
Students and their families should anticipate spending all day on campus for the audition program. Audition events and scheduling complexities of individual audition appointments may require students to be available for the whole day. A typical audition day program consists of the following and will differ in time depending on audition date:
Friday Audition Day Schedule (subject to change)
|Noon||Check in—Kobacker Lobby of the Moore Musical Arts Center |
|1 p.m.||Information/Welcome Meeting|
|1:45–3 p.m.||Music Theory Placement Exam (Students)|
|1:45–2:15 p.m.||Parents’ Session|
|3:30 p.m.||Individual auditions begin )Your audition time will be available to you when you check in.)|
Note: Scheduling complexities may require that you be available through the dinner hour.
Saturday Audition Day Schedule (subject to change)
|9 a.m.||Check in—Kobacker Lobby of the Moore Musical Arts Center |
|10 a.m.||Information/Welcome Meeting|
|10:45–11:45 a.m.||Music Theory Placement Exam (Students)|
|10:45– 11:15 a.m.||Parents’ Session|
|12:30 p.m.||Individual auditions begin (Your audition time will be available to you when you check in.)|
Note: Scheduling complexities may require that you be available through late afternoon.
Audition Repertoire Requirements
Students may be admitted as music majors or minors only after successfully passing an audition. The audition is also used to determine a student’s eligibility for a Music Talent Award. Audition repertoire requirements vary with each performing medium. For a complete list of requirements, see Undergraduate Audition Requirements.
We encourage all applicants to present an in-person campus audition to visit the Moore Musical Arts Center and meet our faculty. However, this may not always be possible.
Students who live more than 250 miles from campus may submit a CD or video (VHS format) audition in lieu of an in-person performance. Recorded auditions will be considered for both entrance and scholarships. To ensure scholarship consideration, recorded auditions must be mailed to arrive at the College of Musical Arts by Friday, February 22.
The recorded audition should consist of selections as described under Undergraduate Audition Requirements. The video or CD should be recorded in stereo utilizing the highest quality equipment available.
Students who submit a recorded audition will complete the required written music theory test at summer orientation and registration.
Please complete and submit the online Audition Reservation Form and mail your recorded audition to: Coordinator of Music Admissions, College of Musical Arts, Bowling Green State University, Bowling Green, Ohio 43403-0290.
For audition questions, call (419) 372-8577.
In the College of Musical Arts we believe that success is based on both musical and academic ability. While your audition is the primary consideration in your application for admission, your academic portfolio is also of great importance. This includes ACT or SAT scores, high school GPA, and your background and experiences in music.
Although the College of Musical Arts has no official test score requirements, we have found that students achieving less than a 22 ACT (1030 SAT) have difficulty in academic music classes, and students with scores below this could experience a delay or denial in admission to the College of Musical Arts. The average student ACT score in the College of Musical Arts is currently 26 (1190 SAT).
Audition Results Notification
Admission to Bowling Green State University as a music major or minor is competitive. Notification of an audition decision may occur at any time after the music audition has been evaluated. However, most applicants will be notified of their audition decision beginning the second week of March.
There are two possible audition decisions:
- Approved: The student meets minimum entrance criteria and is allowed to begin formal study as a music major or minor at Bowling Green State University contingent upon unconditional admission to the University. Notification to the College of Musicals Arts is required no later than May 1 to guarantee your space in the incoming class of music majors/minors.
- Not Approved: The student does not meet minimum criteria to be a music major/minor. Students that are “Not Approved” to major in music may attend BGSU if they declare a different major and have been admitted to the University. Students not approved to major or minor in music may re-audition beginning in the fall of the next academic year. If approved, students may declare music as their major beginning the semester following their audition.
Choosing a Major
Upon approval to major in music, every student will select a suitable major in consultation with an advisor. There may be additional requirements to be fully accepted into your major within music such as performance juries or satisfactory completion of coursework. A complete list of majors is available.
Choosing to Double Major
Students interested in a double major should consult the chairs of the departments involved for information pertaining to the requirements. Double majors must be approved by the chairs of the appropriate departments. Such programs ordinarily require more than eight semesters to complete.