Undergraduate Admission

Admission to the University

All applicants to the Department of Music must apply to the University and satisfy Howard University academic requirements before being admitted to the Department. Prospective students are encouraged to read and comply with the University admission process and deadlines as set forth by the University Office of Admission.

Admission to the Department of Music by Audition

All new applicants to the Department of Music must present a successful audition in order to be admitted to the Department. Former students who have not been enrolled in the Department for two or more consecutive semesters must re-audition.

Generally, auditions are held on campus according to a published schedule, but special appointments may be arranged when necessary. When an in-person audition is not feasible, an applicant may request permission to submit a recorded audition.

On-campus auditions for admission in Spring 2020 and Fall 2020 are scheduled as follows:

Saturday, October 26, 2019 – for admission in Spring 2020 and early decision for admission in Fall 2020

Saturday, January 25, 2020 – for admission in Fall 2020

Saturday, February 1, 2020 (alternate in case of inclement weather on January 25)

Saturday, March 7, 2020 – for admission in Fall 2020

Performance Area Coordinator Email
Classical - Instrumental Fred Irby, III firby@howard.edu
Classical - Organ Mickey Thomas Terry mickey.terry@howard.edu
Classical - Piano Karen Walwyn kwalwyn@howard.edu
Classical - Voice Liana Valente liana.valente@howard.edu
Jazz - Instrumental Charlie Young, III cyoung@howard.edu
Jazz - Vocal Connaitre Miller conmiller@howard.edu

Audition Requirements

All auditions should include technical exercises, scales and arpeggii, and at least three compositions of different periods and in different styles.

Additionally, please note the specific audition requirements in the following areas:

Jazz Studies

Performance Majors

String Studies

Please download an audition form, complete the appropriate sections, and bring the form with you to your audition.

Audition Form