Music Certificate

Audition Dates for 2022-2023

Application and Audition/Interview Deadline: March 1

  • Saturday, January 21, 2023:
    In-Person Audition Day
    (reservation deadline January 6, 2023)
  • Saturday, February 18, 2023
    In-Person Audition Day
    (reservation deadline January 30, 2023)
  • Friday, February 24, 2023
    Virtual Audition Day
    (reservation deadline January 30, 2023)
  • Saturday, February 25, 2023
    In-Person Audition Day
    *deadline for assistantship consideration
    (reservation deadline January 30, 2023)
  • Saturday, April 15, 2023
    In-Person Audition Day
    (reservation deadline April 1, 2023)

Audition Requirements

The Music Certificate Program is a one-year course of instruction designed for advanced, non-degree students wishing to pursue intense and concentrated musical study in conducting, instrumental performance, vocal performance and composition at the pre-master’s or post-master’s level. Prerequisite for enrollment is a bachelor’s degree or an acceptable diploma in music or its equivalent.

Major programmatic emphasis is placed on the development of solo and ensemble skills. Minimum residency of two semesters (summers excluded) at Bowling Green State University is required with 12 hours of earned credit in music courses. Students must maintain a 3.0 grade point average and show satisfactory performance at semester examination juries. A solo recital or concerto performance with orchestra or major musical composition is required. A major operatic role may substitute for the recital at the discretion of the Program Coordinator.

Although the Music Certificate Program is open to all qualified students, the program attracts many international musicians. Past certificate candidates include musicians from all over the world, including China, Russia, Georgia, Armenia, Germany, Italy, Romania, Poland, South Korea, Taiwan, Thailand and Venezuela. International students may enroll in English courses in addition to the 12 credit-hour requirement. Although acceptance into the Certificate Program does not automatically constitute admission to the Graduate College, many certificate students have successfully continued their studies as graduate candidates at BGSU. A maximum of nine credits may be transferred upon petition to other graduate programs in the College of Musical Arts if the candidate is unconditionally admitted to a master’s degree program.

Materials concerning details about the Music Certificate Program at BGSU may be received upon request.

*Please check your spam/junk email folders for correspondence from BGSU. You will get several emails from the College of Musical Arts as well as the Graduate College in regards to auditions and your application and often our emails go directly into spam/junk folders. 


Students will be asked to submit three or four original scores of their best works for review by the composition faculty. An interview with the faculty is required for admission consideration.

Updated: 12/01/2017 11:21PM