School of Music

Updated Audition Policy & Scholarship Information

In an effort to keep everyone as safe as possible, all ON-CAMPUS auditions for the School of Music have been suspended for the foreseeable future. Instead, all auditions MUST BE SUBMITTED BY VIDEO.

Dear fellow musicians, we get it! These are extraordinary circumstances which may not lend themselves to optimally showcasing your talent. Please don’t worry. At the end of the day, we just want to hear you and get an idea of your abilities.

We realize you may not have access to the music you had planned to perform, and in some cases, an accompanist. That’s alright! We know you will not be recording in a concert hall or have access to professional video equipment. No matter! As long as you have your instrument/voice and your cell phone, you’re all set. Pick a room -- living room maybe, or even in your bathroom (don’t we all love the acoustics in the bathroom?) and start recording. Introduce yourself and tell us what you’re going to play or sing, and then let ‘er rip. If we need additional video, we will let you know.   

Once your video is completed, upload it to your Application Status Portal, and we’ll take it from there. Please note:  you will be considered for the full range of talent scholarships!   If you have any questions at all, I am here to guide you through this process. Contact me anytime.

We’ll get through this together! 
Laura Dolan:







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If you wish to major in composition, in addition to your audition on a primary instrument, please bring some of your recent compositions (scores and/or recordings) with you. If possible, please bring hard copies of scores, especially of any large-ensemble pieces, to the review. Students who have a strong interest but no experience in composing can be admitted as composition majors if their musical background and talents are strong. The decision as to whether to admit such students is based primarily on the results of the applied audition and the interview with the Head of the Composition Department.


For those who can't do an in-person visit:

  1. Apply to IWU. You can not upload a video until you have submitted your application. 
  2. Review the audition requirements per instrument (above).
  3. Upload your audition video. Log in to your   student status portal       (this is where the checklist is located).     Clicking the edit portfolio link at the bottom of the page, will take you to instructions for uploading your audition video.  Don't  worry if your video is sideways when you drop it in the upload section, it will appear in the proper orientation on our end.  Need help?  Contact Laura Dolan at

Scholarships & Financial Aid

Renewable scholarships (ranging from $10,000-$25,000 per year) are awarded to candidates seeking admission and are based on auditions and academic backgrounds. A limited number of $40,000-plus awards are available to musicians who demonstrate exceptional ability. Because these awards are based on auditions, it is unnecessary to submit a separate scholarship application. Learn more about financial aid at IWU.