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Audition Information

In order to be admitted to the Department of Music, and to be considered for scholarship awards as a Music major, Music minor, or non-major participant, we invite all prospective students to audition for Drake Music faculty. 

Audition Days

  • November 10, 2017 (closed)
  • February 2, 2018 (closed)
  • February 16, 2018 (closed)
  • Music Individual Audition & Recorded Audition Submission (closed)

Priority Music Auditions are now closed. If you are still interested in a Music Audition, please contact Venita Svaldi, Drake Music Administrative Assistant, 515-271-3975 or


Audition Requirements

Required Recommendation Forms

Teacher Recommendation Form

Principal/Counselor Recommendation Form

Acceptd Portal

Applicants are not required to use the Acceptd portal to apply and audition for our department. We strongly prefer on-campus auditions. However, there are two circumstances in which you may submit your audition materials via Acceptd.  (There is a $30 fee to use the Acceptd portal.)

For those students who live beyond a 250-mile radius from our campus, or who are prevented from attending one of the Audition Days due to scheduling or financial constraints, we will accept the audition via Acceptd.

Also, students who are planning to attend an on-campus Audition Day may submit an optional preliminary audition in advance of their on-campus audition. This is a great way to get onto our "radar screen," and to begin to connect with your prospective studio teacher. They may opt to provide you with feedback that you can use to refine your upcoming on-campus audition to a higher level, potentially improving your chances in the acceptance and scholarship process.

Whether online or in person, your audition for the Drake University Department of Music serves both as your audition for entrance to the department (whether as a major, minor, or non-major participant), and as your audition for scholarship awards.

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