In order to apply for admission to the School of the Arts, undergraduate students must apply to Samford University through the Office of Admission and have declared a major within the School of the Arts.

Admission to the Division of Music and consideration for School of the Arts Scholarship requires a music application, an interview/audition and in some areas, supplemental materials. Your audition can be completed in person or by video submission.

Admission Process

  • Submit The Common Application or Samford University Application declaring a major within the Division of Music.
  • Review Audition Guidelines for your instrument and declared major
  • Request an audition for admission which will appear on your Application Status Page checklist once you have declared a major in the Division of Music. You will be required to submit the Music application in order complete your audition request. Confirmation of your audition/interview is received in approximately two weeks after submitting the Music Application.

2020-2021 Audition Weekends

The Division of Music is currently planning to host virtual audition weekend information sessions on scheduled audition dates. Options for video or live auditions are determined by instrument. Please request an audition for admission to see the live, virtual and video options for your instrument and area of study.

Nov. 20-21, 2020 December Decision (receive your admission decision to the Division of Music by Christmas)
Jan. 30-31, 2021
Feb. 5-6, 2021
Feb. 26-27, 2021

Live Auditions

Bachelor of Music, Bachelor of Science (premedicine), Bachelor of Arts in Music and Bachelor of Music Education 

Live Music Auditions

  • Audition performance on your primary instrument. All in-person auditions may be recorded and must be completed from memory unless specifically noted. Review Audition Guidelines for specific instruments.
  • An interview with faculty representing your degree. For Performance majors, this interview will happen during the audition on your primary instrument. For Composition, Music and Worship, and Music Education majors, this interview will happen in a separate setting before or after your audition. 
  • Piano placement assessment. Students are guided through a series of exercises to determine their level of entry into piano curriculum. Students with piano as their primary instrument are exempt from this requirement.

Live Accompaniment

  • Voice auditions require live accompaniment; recorded accompaniment is not permissible.
  • Instrumental auditions should be unaccompanied.
  • The Division of Music will provide an accompanist for your audition, unless you wish to supply your own accompanist. If using our accompanist, please submit sheet music in the correct key with appropriate markings as a pdf to arts@samford.edu no later than two weeks prior to your audition date.

Worship Leadership and Commercial Music

Live Auditions and Interview

  • Concentration and/or primary instrument assessment. Applicants are assessed by faculty according to supplemental concentration requirements. All auditions must be completed from memory. Review Audition Guidelines for each concentration.
  • An interview with faculty representing your degree and concentration.

Live Accompaniment

  • Auditions on piano, guitar, drums/percussion do not require further accompaniment.
  • Voice auditions require live accompaniment; recorded accompaniment is not permissible.
  • Self-accompanying is permissible on acoustic guitar or acoustic piano; Bring at least one copy of your sheet music or lead sheet for faculty review.
  • The Division of Music will provide an accompanist for your audition upon request unless you wish to supply your own accompanist. If using our accompanist, please submit sheet music or lead sheets in the correct key with appropriate markings as a pdf to arts@samford.edu no later than two weeks prior to your audition date. 

Video Auditions

Video Format

Video submissions must adhere to the following for admission and scholarship consideration:

  • Filmed in a horizontal shot, top of the head to the knees should be visible in the frame
  • Voice auditions should include live accompaniment in the frame
  • One video for each of the three components listed above is preferred instead of one continuous video.
  • Each video should be a continuous filming; no editing within a piece.
  • Audio should be high quality and instruments acoustic
  • Do not use auto-tune, reverb, compression, and sound boosters. Sound should be “raw” in quality in order to be considered for admission and scholarship.
  • Preferred formats are MP4 or MOV. Google drive submissions are not accepted.

Bachelor of Music, Bachelor of Science (premedicine), Bachelor of Arts in Music and Bachelor of Music Education Degrees

Video Auditions

  • State your first and last name at the beginning of the video and state the name and composer of each piece to be performed.
  • Audition performance on your primary instrument. Repertoire should be performed according to the audition requirements below and from memory unless specifically noted. Each piece should be between one and four minutes in length.
  • Spoken response. In addition to a virtual interview, respond to each of the following questions:
    • What is your background in music?
    • What are your goals in music after you graduate from a university setting?
    • Why would you like to study music at Samford?

Worship Leadership and Commercial Music

Video Auditions 

  • State your first and last name at the beginning of the video and state your concentration.
  • Concentration assessment.
    1. Where live performance is required (music, dance) please submit videos. Each piece should be between one and four minutes in length. All auditions must be completed from memory.
    2. Where digital media submissions are required, assessment is based off of digital submissions.
  • Spoken response. In addition to a virtual interview, respond to each of the following questions:
    • What is your background in music?
    • What are your goals after you graduate from a university setting?
    • Why would you like to study at Samford?

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