» Frequently Asked Questions

Do I need to submit a Creative Supplement even if I am auditioning in-person?
Yes.  Any student who wants to be a Music major (whether auditioning in-person or via audition upload) must submit the Creative Supplement, go.chapman.edu/apply. Students will be asked general questions, answer a music questionnaire and add supplemental documents (writing sample, letter of recommendation, etc.) as required per academic program. Please refer to the individual “Apply” page for detailed admission requirements for the Hall-Musco Conservatory of Music.

What are the fees to apply?
There is no fee to audition for the William D. Hall and Marybelle and Sebastian P. Musco Conservatory of Music.  There is an application fee associated with applying to Chapman University (The Common Application).  Please visit Admission Info & our "Apply" pages for more information on each degree program.

Will an accompanist be provided for the audition?
Yes. Instrumentalists – When you select your instrument, an option will be available for you to indicate if you will need an accompanist or not.
Vocalists – An accompanist will be provided for all vocal auditions.  Please bring sheet music (in the correct key) for the accompanist.

Can I schedule practice time with an accompanist before my audition?
No.  Accompanists are typically not provided for rehearsal before auditions however practice rooms will be available for your use on each audition day.  All of our accompanists are professional collaborative artists and will be capable of sight-reading your music.

How do I schedule an audition appointment?  What if I need to reschedule/cancel?
Please visit Admission Info & our "Apply" pages for each program to access the Creative Supplement.   If you need to reschedule and/or cancel your appointment for any reason, students will be able to access their information up to two (2) days prior to the audition date.

Is an audition required for multiple degrees/majors (theatre, music, etc.)?
Yes.  You will need to sign up for a separate audition for each major you are applying to.

Are there practice rooms available?
Yes.  On conservatory audition days, practice rooms will be left unlocked and available for warm-up, practice, etc.  Practice rooms are available on a first-come, first-served based, and you will be directed to the practice rooms upon check-in.

Should the audition material be memorized?
Vocalists - Yes.
Instrumentalists – Depends.  You may wish to check with the Area Director (Woodwind and Brass Studies, Percussion Studies, Keyboard Studies, or Guitar Studies) to verify prior to your audition.

What is “Early Action”?
Please refer to the individual "Apply" pages on our website for specific audition and/or upload deadlines.  For more information on Early Action deadlines and/or requirements, please refer to the application checklist within the Office of Undergraduate Admission.

What is a “studio teacher assignment audition”?
Students who are accepted into the conservatory will perform an audition at the beginning of the school year to determine which private studio they will be placed in.

Can I schedule lessons with a studio teacher before the audition?
Yes.  We encourage prospective students to come to campus and enjoy a free ½ hour private lesson with one of our instructors. In addition, there are classes and rehearsals that you may “shadow” for the day.

When are students notified of the audition outcome?
You will receive notification of acceptance to the William D. Hall and Marybelle and Sebastian P. Musco Conservatory of Music in your admissions packet from Chapman University.

What should I bring to the audition?
You are encouraged to only bring what you require for your performance (i.e. your instrument(s), music for the accompanist, etc.)  All other application materials should be submitted through the Common Application and/or the Creative Supplement.

Is an SAT required to audition?
SAT scores are required for the Chapman University application.

What is the dress code for the audition?
Prospective students are encouraged to dress professionally for any/all auditions.

Are there talent awards for non-majors?
No.  At this time, music scholarships are awarded to music majors and to some music minors only. You will be considered for a scholarship during your audition and there is no need to submit any additional paperwork.

Can I minor in Music?  If so, how?
Yes.  You can minor in one of our three music minors however a minor can only be declared once enrolled as a student.  When you begin classes at Chapman University, please consult Dr. Graziano for information on adding a minor.