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All students who wish to major or minor in music must audition before being accepted to the College of Musical Arts. Please read the following information carefully and make sure to complete each step.

For audition questions, call (419) 372-8577, or email musicadmissions@bgsu.edu.

Step 1:

Apply to the University. Prospective students must apply to Bowling Green State University in addition to auditioning for the College of Musical Arts. Apply online or call toll free (866) 246-6732 (866-CHOOSE BGSU) or local (419) 372-2478 to request an application.

Step 2:

Select your degree/major

Step 3:

Reserve your audition date by completing the online Audition Reservation Form. Choose from the following audition dates:

  • Saturday, December 6, 2014
    (audition form deadline: November 22)
  • Saturday, January 17, 2015
    (audition form deadline: January 3)
  • Saturday, January 31, 2015
    (audition form deadline: January 17)
  • Friday, February 27, 2015 (Limited to vocalists only)
    (audition form deadline: February 13)
  • Saturday, February 28, 2014 (Music Talent Award Deadline)
    (audition form deadline: February 14)
  • Saturday, April 11, 2014
    (audition form deadline: April 4)

*If you are a vocal student interested in a major in Musical Theatre, please view the Musical Theatre audition information. There is a separate audition process for musical theatre students. For questions, please contact the Department of Theatre and Film (419) 372-2222.

Step 4: Prepare for your audition

Audition Day Schedule

Friday Audition Day Schedule (subject to change)

Noon: Check in—Kobacker Lobby of the Moore Musical Arts Center

  • Receive audition packet and individual audition time
  • Music Education students: sign up for an individual information session with Music Education faculty.

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)

9am: Check in—Kobacker Lobby of the Moore Musical Arts Center

  • Receive audition packet and individual audition time
  • Music Education students: sign up for an individual information session with Music Education faculty.

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.

 

ACADEMIC REQUIREMENTS

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).

SCHOLARSHIP INFORMATION

At Bowling Green State University, music scholarships are called Music Talent Awards. Music Talent Awards are fee waivers awarded in varying amounts to be applied towards tuition and/or on-campus housing and meals. Approximately 40 percent of the students approved in the College of Musical Arts will receive a Music Talent Award.

For further information about Music Talent awards and other music scholarship opportunities, visit our Scholarships page.

RECORDED AUDITIONS

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 A CD or DVD audition in lieu of an in-person performance. Recorded auditions will be considered for both entrance and scholarships. Students may also submit their audition recordings through our Acceptd page. To ensure scholarship consideration, recorded auditions must be mailed to arrive at the College of Musical Arts by Friday, February 27.

The recorded audition should consist of selections as described under Undergraduate Audition Requirements. The CD or DVD 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. Students may also submit their audition recordings through our Acceptd page.

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.