• Chapman University students playing brass instruments
Hall-Musco Conservatory of Music

How to Apply

» Applying to Undergraduate Music Programs

Students seeking admission to one of our music programs must follow University guidelines to apply. In addition to program-specific materials (see drop-down menus below), applicants are required to submit:

  • Creative Supplement—Your artistic portfolio helps us review artistic talent and program readiness. Please also be prepared to answer a few departmental questions.
  • Pre-Screening Audition Video—After submitting the Creative Supplement you will be prompted to your Application Status Page where you will upload your pre-screening audition video. (See Pre-Screening Audition Video Guidelines below for more information about creating your video.)
    • Applicants to the BA in Music, BM in Composition and BM (Pre-Music Education Certification) programs must audition on their primary instrument (guitar, percussion, piano, strings, vocal, or woodwinds & brass).
  • Departmental Letter of RecommendationIf you are invited to audition in person, you will be prompted to request this letter through your Application Status Page. The letter should come from your most recent music instructor or a professional with whom you studied. Your recommender will receive an email with a prompt to submit a recommendation on your behalf. ​This recommendation letter is specific to the Conservatory of Music and is separate from the letter(s) required by the Office of Admission.

Pre-screening Audition Video Guidelines

Pre-screening video auditions should include:

  • An introduction of yourself and a brief discussion of your performing experience.
  • A brief statement about why you want to attend Chapman University.
  • Two classical pieces of contrasting nature following the specific audition repertoire requirements for in-person auditions for your instrument or voice (see Guidelines for In-Person Auditions).
  • The video should be approximately five to six minutes in length. Please announce the title of your piece and the name of the composer before you begin your performance.
  • Check your recording before uploading to make sure both audio and video are present.
  • For Voice: music must be memorized. Be sure to record yourself in a standing, full-length body shot. Use a microphone only for recording, not amplification. You must use a pre-recorded piano accompaniment; find one on YouTube, or purchase a music minus-one version; do not accompany yourself on the piano, guitar, or any other instrument. Memorized classical selections only—no popular, commercial, jazz, or musical theater selections. 

Preference for talent scholarships will be given to those who apply by the Regular Decision deadline.

See below for specific materials needed to apply to each program.


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BA in Music

In addition to the University Application, Creative Supplement, Letter of Recommendation and Audition Video on your primary instrument, the following items must be submitted to be considered for admission:

  • Research paper or scholarly essay: Please submit a research paper or a scholarly essay from a previous institution (high school or college).
  • Goal Statement: Describe your long-term personal and professional goals and discuss how the degree program and area of study you wish to pursue at Chapman will help you meet those goals.

After all material has been submitted, select applicants to the program will be invited to audition in person. If you are selected for an in-person audition but cannot attend, your pre-screening audition video can be used as the primary audition.


Visit the BA in Music webpage to learn more about the program.

BM in Composition

In addition to the University Application, Creative Supplement, Letter of Recommendation and Audition Video on your primary instrument, the following items must be submitted to be considered for admission:

  • Notated scores and recordings: Please submit notated scores and audio recordings of three to five original works.
    • You will upload your notated scores and recordings once you have submitted your Creative Supplement. Following submission, you will be prompted to your Application Status Page where you can upload these materials.
  • Goal Statement: Describe your long-term personal and professional goals and discuss how the degree program and area of study you wish to pursue at Chapman will help you meet those goals.

After all material has been submitted, select applicants to the program will be invited to audition in person. If you are selected for an in-person audition but cannot attend, your pre-screening audition video can be used as the primary audition.

Visit the BM in Composition webpage to learn more about the program.

BM in Performance—Conducting

In addition to the University Application, Creative Supplement, Letter of Recommendation and Audition Video on your primary instrument, the following items must be submitted to be considered for admission:

  • Goal Statement: Describe your long-term personal and professional goals and discuss how the degree program and area of study you wish to pursue at Chapman will help you meet those goals.

After all material has been submitted, select applicants to the program will be invited to audition in person. If you are selected for an in-person audition but cannot attend, your pre-screening audition video can be used as the primary audition. Part of the selected audition process is an interview with the Conducting Program Director, Professor Daniel Alfred Wachs. He will also advise whether you need to submit additional video uploads. 

Visit the BM in Performance—Conducting web page to learn more about the program.

BM in Performance—Guitar

After submitting the University Application, Creative Supplement, Letter of Recommendation and Audition Video, select applicants to the program will be invited to audition in person.

If you are selected for an in-person audition but cannot attend, your pre-screening audition video can be used as the primary audition.

Visit the BM in Performance—Guitar webpage to learn more about the program.

BM in Performance—Keyboard Collaborative Arts (Collaborative Piano)

After submitting the University Application, Creative Supplement, Letter of Recommendation and Audition Video, select applicants will be invited to audition in person.

If you are selected for an in-person audition but cannot attend, your pre-screening audition video can be used as the primary audition.

Visit the BM in Performance—Keyboard Collaborative Arts (Collaborative Piano) webpage to learn more about the program.

BM in Performance—Percussion

After submitting the University Application, Creative Supplement, Letter of Recommendation and Audition Video, select applicants will be invited to audition in person.

If you are selected for an in-person audition but cannot attend, your pre-screening audition video can be used as the primary audition. The Director of Percussion Studies, Dr. Nicholas Terry, may request additional uploads featuring contrasting percussion instruments and/or repertoire.

Visit the BM in Performance—Percussion webpage to learn more about the program.

BM in Performance—Piano (Solo Piano)

After submitting the University application, Creative Supplement, Letter of Recommendation and Audition Video, select applicants to the program will be invited to audition in person.

If you are selected for an in-person audition but cannot attend, your pre-screening audition video can be used as the primary audition.

Visit the BM in Performance—Piano (Solo Piano) webpage to learn more about the program.

BM in Performance—Strings

After submitting the University Application, Creative Supplement, Letter of Recommendation and Audition Video, select applicants will be invited to audition in person.

If you are selected for an in-person audition but cannot attend, your pre-screening audition video can be used as the primary audition.

Visit the BM in Performance—Strings webpage to learn more about the program.

BM in Performance—Vocal

After submitting the University application, Creative Supplement, Letter of Recommendation, and Audition Video, select applicants will be invited to audition in person.

If you are selected for an in-person audition but cannot attend, your pre-screening audition video can be used as the primary audition. In addition, the Director of Vocal Studies, Dr. Rebecca Sherburn, will notify you about a separate musicianship test via Zoom.

Visit the BM in Performance—Vocal webpage to learn more about the program.

BM in Performance—Woodwinds & Brass

After submitting the University Application, Creative Supplement, Letter of Recommendation, and Audition Video, select applicants will be invited to audition in person.

If you are selected for an in-person audition but cannot attend, your pre-screening audition video can be used as the primary audition. In addition, the Woodwinds & Brass studies, Professor Tim Hall, will notify you about a separate musicianship test via Zoom.

Visit the BM in Performance—Woodwinds & Brass webpage to learn more about the program.

BM (Pre-Music Education Certification)

In addition to the University Application, Creative Supplement, Letter of Recommendation and Audition Video on your primary instrument, the following items must be submitted to be considered for admission:

  • Research paper or scholarly essay: Please submit a research paper or a scholarly essay from a previous institution (high school or college).
  • Goal Statement: Describe your long-term personal and professional goals and discuss how the degree program and area of study you wish to pursue at Chapman will help you meet those goals.

After all material has been submitted, select applicants to the program will be invited to audition in person. If you are selected for an in-person audition but cannot attend, your pre-screening audition video can be used as the primary audition.

Visit the BM (Pre-Music Education Certification) webpage to learn more about the program.

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