Undergraduate Classical Degrees

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First: Check out our audition requirements.
Second: Apply to William Paterson University HERE.
Third: Receive email with instructions for Music Department Application.

Upon submission of the University Application, you will receive an email with your Student ID (a 9-digit code that begins with 855) and instructions for submitting Music Department application materials online.

Fourth: Log into Decision Desk to complete the Music Application.

Here you will complete your music department application and upload your recorded audition and other materials:

  • An essay, approximately 300 words, describing your personal, artistic, and career goals (Word or PDF only).
  • A list of major solo material and repertoire studied during the past three years (Word or PDF only).
  • Names and email addresses of two references who can speak to your character and abilities. One reference must be a music educator or studio teacher. They will then be contacted by the Music Department.
    • Fifth: Come to campus for a live audition and placement tests.

      INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS: Please go to the website for the Office of International Students and Scholars for additional requirements. Please send all completed documentation to the Office of International Students and Scholars.

Dates To Remember:

For all classical degree programs the deadlines for submission of Music Department applications are:
April 1, 2015 for admittance into Fall semester
October 27, 2015 for admittance into Spring semester

For Jazz Studies and the B.A. with Popular Music Emphasis the deadlines for submission of Music Department applications is February 1. There is no spring matriculation for these programs. There are no live auditions for these degree programs; only audio and video recordings are accepted.

Upcoming Live audition dates (Classical candidates only):
November 7, 2014 (For admittance into Spring semester only)
January 30, 2015
February 13, 2015
February 27, 2015
March 13, 2015
April 10, 2015

All application materials must be submitted by February 1, 2015 for priority academic, Cotsakos awards and music talent scholarship consideration.

Audition Information

For all Jazz degrees the deadline for submission of music department applications is February 1st, 2015.

For the Bachelor of Arts in Music with Popular Music Emphasis degree the deadline for submission of music department applications is February 1st, 2015. For the Bachelor of Arts in Music degree, the deadline for submission of music department applications is May 1st, 2015.

Please click here to see the audition requirements for the Bachelor of Arts in Music.

Parking is available in Visitor Lot 2.

Voice majors: Rehearsals with an accompanist will start at 9 AM.

Live auditions run from 10 AM to 2 PM.

Please see the classical auditions page for more information.

2011-2012 graduate music education auditions TBA

Please see the graduate auditions pages for more information.