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Admissions and Auditions

Start off on the right note by applying and auditioning to our music program.

Your music career starts here with your application for admission to Adelphi. The Office of University Admissions, encourages you to learn about financial aid and scholarships and complete and submit an application. The music program has additional admissions requirements.

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Your admission to our highly selective music program is by audition. All auditions are by appointment only. On-campus auditions consist of three core sections: performance, music tests and an interview. Auditions are not required for a minor in music.

If you are applying for Early Action admission, you must attend the November 9 audition or submit a request for a special appointment before the December 1 application deadline.

For further information about the audition process, please contact Susan DelGiorno at 516.877.4074 or

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Upcoming audition dates for admission into the Music Department for the Fall 2020 semester are:

  • Saturday, November 9: all applicants
  • Saturday, December 14: all applicants
  • Saturday, January 18: vocalists only
  • Saturday, January 25: instrumentalists only
  • Saturday, February 29: all applicants (DATE FULL)
  • Saturday, March 14: all applicants

Audition Requirements

If you live further than 250 miles from campus, you may submit a CD or DVD of your work, satisfying all of the requirements listed in section 1 below:

  1. Presentation of Performance or Compositions

    Singers and instrumentalists will be asked to present two contrasting prepared works. 

    • You must notify in writing (by fax or letter) your proposed audition repertoire choices a minimum of two weeks prior to your scheduled audition date.

      Student playing a violin

    • All singers and instrumentalists (except solo pianists) must bring a piano accompaniment part for any accompanied works they perform. (Because of copyright provisions, students should be aware that a photocopy of the original published copy is acceptable only if they also own and show possession of the original.)
    • Candidates auditioning on more than one instrument, or as singer and instrumentalist, should offer one prepared work in each medium
  2. Composers 

    You will be asked to present and discuss a small portfolio of printed or manuscript scores of their works (preferably with a recording of at least one of those works). Composers may also offer to perform one of their own works, of which a score must be available. 

  3. Music Tests

    Three brief tests are used to help faculty understand students’ skill level in key areas of musicianship and to appropriately place students within the sequence of theory and musicianship courses. The three music tests cover:

    • Sight reading test: the ability to read and perform musical notation at sight
    • Pitch and interval recognition test: the ability to discern rhythm, harmony and melody from a recorded or performed musical excerpt
    • Theory advisory test: core knowledge of the basic materials of music, including scales, intervals and elementary knowledge of harmony. The test result may allow advanced placement in the freshman theory course.
  4. Interview

    A brief interview gives faculty the chance to learn more about your background, current work and career plans. You are highly encouraged to bring any supportive material that can help provide further insight into your past and recent music experience (e.g., a high school transcript with a record of music classes taken to date, copies of recent concert programs, etc.).

Financial Aid and Scholarships

Institutional talent scholarships are available for music students.


For further information, please contact:

Office of University Admissions
p – 800.ADELPHI
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