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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: This is your artistic portfolio that will help us review artistic talent and program readiness. Please also be prepared to answer a few departmental questions.
  • Audition Video: All applicants must upload an audition video on their primary instrument. See Audition Video Guidelines below for more information about creating your video.
    • You will upload your video once you have submitted your Creative Supplement, at which point you will be prompted to your Application Status Page, where you can upload the video.
    • Applicants to the B.A. in Music, B.M. in Composition and B.M. (Pre-Music Education Certification) programs should audition on their primary instrument (guitar, percussion, piano, strings, vocal or woodwinds & brass).
  • Departmental Letter of Recommendation (only if invited to audition): You can request this through your Application Status Page after you’ve been invited for an in-person audition. 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. ​Keep in mind this letter of recommendation is specific to the Conservatory of Music and is separate from the letter(s) required by the Office of Admission.

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.
  • One or two pieces (if two they must be of contrasting nature) for a total of approx. 5-6 minutes. Please announce the title of your piece and the name of the composer before you begin your performance. For guidance on the repertory, you can look at the guidelines for in-person auditions for your instrument.

Select applicants will be invited to audition in person. If you are selected for an in-person audition but cannot attend, your video can be used as the primary audition.

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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+ - B.A. in Music

In addition to the 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.

Visit the B.A. in Music webpage to learn more about the program.

+ - B.M. in Composition

In addition to the 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.
Visit the B.M. in Composition webpage to learn more about the program.

+ - B.M. (Pre-Music Education Certification)

In addition to the 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.

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

+ - B.M. in Performance - Conducting

In addition to the 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.

Visit the B.M. in Performance - Conducting webpage to learn more about the program.

+ - B.M. 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 video can be used as the primary audition.

Visit the B.M. in Performance - Guitar webpage to learn more about the program.

+ - B.M. in Performance - Keyboard Collaborative Arts

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 video can be used as the primary audition.

Visit the B.M. in Performance - Keyboard Collaborative Arts webpage to learn more about the program.

+ - B.M. 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 video can be used as the primary audition.

Visit the B.M. in Performance - Percussion Performance webpage to learn more about the program.

+ - B.M. in Performance - 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 video can be used as the primary audition.

Visit the B.M. in Performance - Piano webpage to learn more about the program.

+ - B.M. 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 video can be used as the primary audition.

Visit the B.M. in Performance - Strings webpage to learn more about the program.

+ - B.M. in Performance - Vocal

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

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

Visit the B.M. in Performance - Vocal webpage to learn more about the program.

+ - B.M. in Performance - Woodwinds & Brass

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

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

Visit the B.M. in Performance - Woodwinds & Brass webpage to learn more about the program.