» Frequently Asked Questions

We know there is a lot of information to process and questions that arise when applying to a college program. To help you, we've listed answers to some of the most frequently asked questions about the Music programs at Chapman.

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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 are the fees to apply?

There is no fee to audition, however there is an application fee associated with applying to Chapman University.

Do I have to submit a Creative Supplement if I am auditioning in person?

Yes. Any student applying to a music major (whether auditioning in-person or virtually via audition upload) must submit the Creative Supplement. There are a few general questions to answer, a music questionnaire, and supplemental documents to upload, such as a writing sample or letter of recommendation, depending on the program.

How do I schedule an audition appointment? What if I need to reschedule/cancel?

Invited applicants are sent instructions through the Creative Supplement to schedule their in-person or virtual audition. If a date needs to be rescheduled or cancelled, applicants will be able to access their information in the Creative Supplement up to two days before the original audition date to request changes.


Is an accompanist provided for in-person auditions?

Yes. Instrumental applicants invited to audition in person have the option of having an accompanist or not.

An accompanist is provided for all vocal auditions, and invited applicants should plan to bring sheet music in the correct key for the accompanist.

Can I schedule practice time with an accompanist before my audition?

No. Accompanists are not provided for rehearsal before auditions, however, practice rooms will be available for your use on each in-person audition day. All of our accompanists are professional collaborative artists and are adept at sight-reading music.

Are practice rooms available?

Yes. On in-person audition days, practice rooms will be left unlocked and available for prepare for your audition. These rooms are available on a first-come, first-served based, and you will be directed to them upon check-in.


Should audition material be memorized?

All vocal performance applicants invited to audtion must memorize their material.

Instrumental performance applicants invited to audition should contact the program director for their specific area of interest to verify audition requirements.

Do I have to audition separately for other performance majors?

Yes. You must schedule a separate audition for each performance major you are applying to. This includes the Departments of Dance and Theatre.


What is a “studio teacher assignment audition”?

Students who are admitted to the conservatory perform an audition at the beginning of the academic year to determine appropriate placement for private lessons.


Can I schedule lessons with a studio teacher before the audition?

Yes. We encourage prospective students to come to campus and enjoy a free half-hour private lesson with one of our instructors. In addition, there are classes and rehearsals that you may “shadow” for the day.


What should I bring to the audition?

Only bring what you require for your performance to the audition (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.


What should I wear to an audition?

Prospective students are encouraged to dress professionally for auditions, both in-person and virutal.


When will I find out the outcome of my audition?

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.


Are talent awards given to 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? 

Yes. Once you are enrolled, you can choose from one of our four music minors.  When you begin classes at Chapman University, please consult Dr. Graziano for information on adding a minor.
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