School of Music Admissions
Visit Stetson University and the School of Music
Hi-Notes Shadow Days are visit opportunities custom-made to meet your needs as a music student. You will have the opportunity to shadow a current music student, sit in on classes based on intended major, meet with a faculty member and have a mock lesson, meet with your admission counselor, partake in an ensemble rehearsal, eat lunch with current students and so much more. Through this program, students can become a Stetson Hatter for the day! This is a fantastic visit option for prospective music students.
For more information, please contact Music Admissions, at [email protected].
School of Music Admissions Staff
If you have any questions about the School of Music, please contact our Music Admissions Office at (386) 822-7192 or [email protected]
As you proceed throughout the application and audition process, your primary contact will be Aubrey Flink, Music Admissions Recruiter.
Meet the rest of the Music Admissions Team!
The Music Admissions Team consists of current School of Music students who assist with Hi-Notes Shadow Day Visitation, audition days and connecting with prospective students.
Peter Lorenzo - Vocal Performance '24
Peter is originally from Miami, FL, and loves that Stetson is a nurturing supportive environment. He is passionate about assisting prospective students to make the best decision for their college career be it at any university!
Jordan Bassett - Music with an Outside Field ‘25
Jordan is a Percussionist at Stetson going into her second year working for Admissions. Outside of Admissions, she holds the position of Percussion Assistant in her studio. She is passionate about meeting prospective students and all things music!
Trenton Wilks - Music Education ‘26
Trenton is an aspiring Choral Teacher who is entering his second year on the admissions team. Apart from admissions, He is also involved in Stetson's ACDA chapter as Vice President. Trenton enjoys the art of music and is always excited to meet new Hatters!
Early Action and Rolling Admission
Students interested in the School of Music must first complete the general application to Stetson University. Please be sure to select one of the music major or minor options on your application. Apply now!
Auditions will take place in Spring 2024. You MUST complete an application to Stetson University before scheduling an audition. Auditions will be held in person; however, accommodations can be made for students with extenuating circumstances- see Option B.
The School of Music believes that visiting campus for in-person auditions can provide many benefits to students who are making their college decisions. With an in-person audition, students can meet their prospective applied instructor, take a tour through campus, and visit the School of Music. Students who are within the state of Florida are required to complete an in-person audition. However, we understand that some students may have extenuating circumstances, and accommodations for a virtual audition may be made, especially if travel is not feasible. Students who live outside of Florida may choose to audition in person or virtually.
Virtual Audition Guidelines:
- To request a virtual audition, applicants must email Music Admissions at [email protected]
- Once the request has been received, your Hatter Portal Application Checklist will update with a link to the Virtual Music Form. The "Schedule Your Audition" checklist item will be waived.
- Applicants must complete the "Virtual Music Form" and submit recorded video links.
- It is highly preferred that students upload their audition videos under YouTube links. If a student would like to keep their videos private to only those who have their audition links, they can upload them to YouTube under "Unlisted".
- Auditions may be recorded by performing each piece separately, or students may record the audition all under one video.
- A Zoom meeting to complete the skills assessment portion will be scheduled after the audition review.
- Audition repertoire guidelines can be found at the bottom of this page.
For Fall 2024 School of Music admission and scholarship consideration, virtual auditions can be submitted at any time for review up until February 17, 2024. They will be reviewed on a rolling basis.
All auditions must follow the guidelines associated with your primary instrument or voice part. Please review the Audition Guidelines below and prepare accordingly.
If you are pursuing our Music Composition Program, you must complete both an audition and the portfolio and interview requirements for that program. Please be sure to review both guidelines accordingly.
You will receive your admissions decision to Stetson University underneath the application decision release dates via the Office of Admissions. Your School of Music decision will be sent out the week following your scheduled audition date. Lastly, financial aid packages (including your talent scholarship amount) will be sent out in March 2024.
Upon acceptance, May 1, 2024 is National Decision Day to commit to Stetson University!
Early Decision is an amazing choice for those who have always dreamed of joining the School of Music. Choosing an Early Decision is a commitment, and we highly encourage that you review the benefits and stipulations carefully before choosing this decision plan. Learn more about Early Decision.
Students interested in the School of Music must first complete the general application to Stetson University. Please be sure to select one of the music major or minor options on your application, as well as Early Decision, if you are choosing to pursue that decision plan. Apply now!
Early Decision students have the benefit of completing their auditions earlier. You must submit videos of your audition pieces via your Hatter Portal under the Virtual Music Form by November 1, 2023. Please review the guidelines for your primary instrument or voice part carefully before submitting your video auditions. You may review the Audition Guidelines below, and the Virtual Audition Guidelines in Step Two: Option B under Early Action and Rolling Admission.
If you are pursuing our Music Composition Program, you must complete both a virtual audition and the portfolio and interview requirements for that program. Please be sure to review both guidelines accordingly.
All students applying for Early Decision will schedule a meeting with our faculty, either virtually or in person. These meetings will take place in November. You will be contacted directly with the next steps regarding how to schedule these meetings.
You will receive your admissions decision to both Stetson University and the School of Music, as well as your entire financial aid package (including your talent scholarship amount) in December 2023. Students applying under Early Decision must commit by early January 2024.
As an Early Decision applicant, you have the option to audition again to compete for a higher talent scholarship amount during our spring audition dates. If you are interested in pursuing this option, please schedule an in-person audition.
For guidelines specific to your instrument or category, choose from the following list
Brass candidates must prepare two selections. One selection should highlight technical facility and expertise while the contrasting selection should demonstrate lyrical playing. Both selections will be evaluated on the execution of fundamentals, preparation, and musical maturity. The audition will also consist of scales, sight-reading, an ear-training exercise, and an interview.
Candidates for classical guitar study should be able to play all major and minor scales (Segovia Edition); studies corresponding in difficulty to those of Sor, Carcassi and Brouwer; and perform two contrasting solo works from memory. Candidates will be asked to sight-read and demonstrate knowledge of the rudiments of music.
Organ: Candidates should be able to play works such as The Eight "Little" Preludes and Fugues of Bach, chorale preludes from Bach's Orgelbüchlein, the Chorale Preludes of Brahms, Op. 122, or works of comparable difficulty. Pianists with a desire to study Organ should demonstrate proficiency by performing Two-Part Inventions of Bach, Sonatas by Beethoven or Mozart, or works of comparable difficulty. Strong potential should be demonstrated in aural training.
Piano: Candidates should be able to play all major and minor scales and arpeggios, including dominant and diminished sevenths in a moderately rapid tempo. Repertoire should include a work from the Baroque style period (for example, from J.S. Bach a Two or Three-Part Invention, a dance/movement from a Suite or Partita, or a Prelude and Fugue); a movement from a Classical sonata (for example, Clementi, Haydn, Mozart or Beethoven); and a work from either the 19th or 20th century. Audition material must be performed from memory. Candidates may be asked to sight-read and/or demonstrate scales and arpeggios.
Candidates must submit examples of their compositions. Two completed scores, submitted as PDF files, with accompanying audio files if available (mp3/wav/aiff files of live or MIDI performances) may be uploaded on our Dropbox.
Composition candidates must also successfully complete a School of Music performance audition and a composition interview.
In Spring 2019, the music technology program was changed from a major to a minor-only program. The music technology major has been discontinued and will no longer be admitting students. Our new music technology minor can enhance other majors in music or any other degree program on campus but does not require an audition or portfolio for admission. Students who still desire a related major should consider degree programs in digital arts.
Candidates interested in the Music Theory major are still required to complete a successful audition on their respective instrument or voice part. Music Theory majors must have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 in all theory courses, make a C- or better in all aural training courses and in Introduction to Composition, in order to advance to the junior level.
Many of our music theory majors find it suitable to double major in composition or performance. If you would like to know more about the music theory program, please contact Dr. Alexander Martin at [email protected] or Dr. Peter Smucker at [email protected].
Candidates for percussion study should provide their own sticks, mallets and music. Candidates should know all major scales (minors preferred as well) and be prepared to sight read on mallets and snare drums. The music chosen and prepared for the audition should represent the candidate's current playing ability on mallets (two and/or four mallets), snare drum (a concert solo or étude is required, additional rudimental solo optional) and timpani (tuning required). Performance on any other instrument in the percussion family is welcomed, but not required.
Violin: Étude comparable in difficulty to Kreutzer, Mazas or Dont. A movement from J.S. Bach Solo Sonata or Partita. A movement from a concerto from the standard repertoire, such as Bach, Mozart, Mendelssohn, Saint-Saëns, Vieuxtemps, Dvorak, Bruch, Wieniawski, Paganini, Kabalevsky, Lalo or Barber. All string instrument candidates should be able to play all major and minor scales three octaves.
Viola: Studies comparable in difficulty to Fiorillo, Kreutzer or Bruni; concerti such as Hoffmeister, Stamitz or J.C. Bach and/or solo works of similar difficulty. All string instrument candidates should be able to play all major and minor scales three octaves.
Cello: Studies comparable in difficulty to Popper, Schroeder and Duport. Candidates should prepare a movement of a Bach Suite and a movement from a standard concerto such as Boccherini, Saint Saëns, Haydn C or Lalo. All string instrument candidates should be able to play all major and minor scales three octaves.
Double Bass: Étude comparable in difficulty to Simandl 30 Études or Bille 18 Études, and two contrasting movements from a standard sonata or concerto (candidate may substitute two contrasting short works from the standard repertoire). All string instrument candidates should be able to play all major and minor scales three octaves.
Candidates for voice study must prepare two contrasting selections. One selection will preferably be in English, while the contrasting selection may be in Italian, French, German, Latin, or Spanish. Both selections should be sung with classical technique including good diction, correct phrasing, and musical intelligence. Audition material must be performed from memory. The audition will also consist of sight-singing two or three brief lines of music, as well as demonstrating other musicianship skills through exercises in rhythm, ear training, and keyboard.
Woodwind candidates must prepare two selections. One selection should highlight technical facility and expertise while the contrasting selection should demonstrate lyrical playing. Both selections will be evaluated on the execution of fundamentals, preparation, and musical maturity. The audition will also consist of scales, sight-reading, an ear-training exercise, and an interview.
We invite you to plan a visit to our beautiful campus and explore historic Downtown Deland. However, the School of Music will be visiting you at the following public events and locations. Mark your calendars and we hope to see you there!
|Polk County College Fair||
6:00 -8:00 p.m.
|SMU Meadows Performing
and Visual Arts College Fair
7:00 -9:00 p.m.
and Visual Arts College Fair
7:00 -9:00 p.m.
|Straz Center Performing Arts
College and Career Fair
September 24, 2023
|Osceola County School
of the Arts College Fair
2:00 -3:30 p.m.
|Florida Music College Fair||
7:00 -9:00 p.m.
|Florida Music Education
|January 10-14, 2024||Tampa, FL|
|Texas Music Educators
|February 7-10, 2024||San Antonio, TX|