Graduate Auditions/Interviews

Steps to becoming a Graduate Student in Music at Wayne State

1. Apply to Wayne State University - Apply and be accepted to the University through Graduate AdmissionsProspective students should complete WSU application (all application materials submitted) at least one month prior to Department of Music audition date. 

2. Submit an Audition/Interview Request Form by the deadline for the semester you wish to begin.

3. Submit a recorded audition (if applicable for your program). Upon approval of your Audition Request Form you will be notified (usually within 48 hours) of your approval and provided instructions for submitting a recorded audition. All auditioning students will submit a recorded audition on a principal instrument or voice. For audition requirements for the various programs please visit our Online Audition Requirements page. 

4. Participate in an online interview. In addition to your recorded audition students will meet virtually with faculty for an interview to discuss your goals, review your submitted audition materials and possible live playing of audition material.

Students will be asked to attend a group meeting with the faculty to discuss the school, the curriculum, performance opportunities, and more.

Audition dates for 2020-2021

Due to COVID-19 response policies we are currently holding auditions virtually through video submissions, online interviews (if applicable to the program) and supplemental document uploads (portfolio, essay, resume, ect.).

Winter 2021 Admission and Deadlines

Audition Request Form Due for Winter 2021 Consideration October 19, 2020
Audition Recording and Supplemental Materials Due November 2, 2020
Live Online Interviews November 3-12, 2020


Fall 2021 Admission and Deadlines 

Audition Request Form Due for Fall 2021 Consideration January 18, 2021
Audition Recording and Supplemental Materials Due February 1, 2021
Live Online Interviews February 2-11, 2021

Master of Music and Master of Arts Online Audition Requirements

  • Master of Arts in Music
  • Composition/Theory
  • Conducting
  • Performance (Instrumental and Vocal) 
  • Performance (Jazz)

*The Master of Music in Music Education program is not currently accepting applications

General Admissions Requirements and Program Information
For general admission requirements and program information, please contact Professor Joshua S. Duchan, the Department of Music Graduate Officer at You may also consult the Wayne State University Graduate Bulletin or the Department of Music's General Information about Graduate Programs.

Funding Your Graduate Degree
Support for graduate studies is available from both institutional and non-institutional sources. The Department of Music offers a limited number of talent-based scholarships to graduate students as well as the Gretchen Valade Graduate Teaching Assistantship in Jazz. Students may also be offered Activity Award Scholarships on a semester-by-semester basis. More information about Department of Music scholarships is available under the "Scholarships" tab and on the Graduate Programs page. Additional information about financial support for graduate study is also available from the Wayne State University Graduate School and the Office of Student Financial Aid.