Auditions: Frequently Asked Questions
Before the Audition
All applicants to the School of Music are required to pass a classical audition on their primary instrument regardless of their intended major. Please make sure you review and satisfy the audition requirements for your specific instrument. Please see the Audition Guidelines section of the Auditions page for detailed information on the audition guidelines for your instrument.
Applicants and their families have the opportunity to meet with a music admissions counselor during an information session every audition day. No advance registration is required. We offer weekday information sessions during audition season which are available through the university's Office of Admissions.
The Stetson University School of Music provides student-led campus tours every audition day. No advance registration is required. Additionally, the university's Office of Admission provides campus tours. Campus tours are offered every weekday at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. and every Saturday at 10 a.m. You may register for campus tours online.
The Stetson University School of Music is located at:
421 N. Woodland Blvd.
Deland, FL 32723
If you're driving, directions can be found on the university's Directions and Parking page. Campus maps are available in two versions: an interactive, mobile-friendly online version and a ready-to-print version.
If you are auditioning on a weekend you may park in the School of Music lot, which is located directly in front of McMahan and Presser Halls, which are located at the corner of Woodland Boulevard and Michigan Avenue, across from the university's Lynn Business Center. Additional parking is also available across Michigan Avenue in the Lynn Business Center's parking lot. If you are auditioning on a weekday please pick up a parking voucher at the School of Music front office, where you will also be directed where to park.
The university maintains a list of several hotels close to the DeLand campus, but many other options are available as well.
When to Arrive
Please plan to arrive at the Stetson University School of Music at least 30 minutes ahead of your scheduled audition or rehearsal time. If you are unsure of your audition time, please call or email our office to confirm. Our phone number is 386-822-8975, and our email address is email@example.com. We are open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
The check-in table will be on the ground floor of Presser Hall. You will be directed to practice rooms upon check-in.
The Music Theory Test
All undergraduate applicants will take a short music theory test immediately following the audition. The exam time will be indicated in your audition schedule. This is a basic assessment and is used to compliment the audition. Please know that a lack of background in music theory is not prohibitive to your admission into the School of Music. The faculty recognizes there are differences in applicants' backgrounds and prior opportunities.
If you intend to major in composition or music technology, you must schedule an interview separate from your audition. Please contact our office to schedule your interview if you have not already done so. We require portfolio submission for composition applicants, which is to be turned in at the time of the interview.
Instrumental auditions are unaccompanied. Vocal auditions are accompanied; we will provide an accompanist, or you may bring in your own. You will have approximately ten minutes of warm-up time with the accompanist. If you use our accompanist, please bring your sheet music with you on the day of your audition.
You are allowed to reschedule your audition time once, based on availability. If you need to cancel or reschedule your audition, please contact our office. Please note that if you cancel your audition and do not reschedule it, your application to the School of Music will be withdrawn.