School of Music


USM School of Music Percussionist playing a marimba

Undergraduate Admissions & Audition Information

Welcome! We  invite you to audition for the University of Southern Maine (USM) School of Music, New England's only public university school of music. Located in and supported by the vibrant arts community of Southern Maine, we offer an engaging learning environment featuring seven tracks of study.

Learn more about the solo audition in your major performance medium. Please note: An audition is required for admission to all degrees or the minor in music. Applicants to the School of Music must also be accepted by the University’s Office of Admissions.

There are two ways to audition at USM. If at all possible, it is best to audition on campus.

Interested in auditioning and applying for admission to an Undergraduate program? Here's how:

  1. Apply to USM through the Office of Admissions

  2. Submit an audition request by one of the following methods:

If you're interested in the composition degree, you must also submit a portfolio for review. Electronic submission is required for both scores and audio (PDF of scores, mp3 of audio).

To be considered for music scholarships, you must audition no later than February 23, 2018.

Have questions?

See our FAQs, request more detailed information, or contact us at or (207) 780-5265 .

2017 - 2018 Audition Schedule

Auditions are held in Corthell Hall, University of Southern Maine, Gorham Campus unless otherwise stated.

  • November 17, 2017*

  • January 26, 2018* MT

  • February 2, 2018*

  • February 9, 2018*

  • February 16, 2018* MT

  • February 23, 2018*

  • March 23, 2018

  • April 13, 2018 MT



*Music Talent Scholarship Audition Dates

MT: Musical Theatre Concentration audition included