Prospective Music Major Students

The School of Music provides a comprehensive, rigorous, and innovative academic program consistent with the mission of NDSU. The school serves the pursuit of high-quality teaching, artistic performance, dedicated service, and professional and scholarly excellence through experiences of lasting value.

The School of Music is fully accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM).

Admission Checklist

Step 1: Apply for admission to NDSU.
Step 2: Schedule a campus visit to meet with the Challey School of Music faculty.
Step 3: Audition for placement.

Instrumental Entrance Auditions:
  • Please refer to specific guidelines listed by each instrument:
  • Clarinet | Saxophone | Flute | Oboe | Bassoon | Trumpet | Horn | Low Brass | Percussion
  • The audition panel may only hear 2-5 minutes of selected repertoire, but please prepare individual selections in their entirety ((i.e.) complete study/movement) unless specifically requested by the instructor of your discipline.
  • Piano accompaniment is optional.
  • Please provide your own sheet music.
  • Voice Auditions:

  • Two pieces, both memorized, are required for the voice audition. Both can be in English and one may be in a foreign language if you choose.  If auditioning with classical repertoire, try to select materials that show both MUSICALITY (usually SLOW) and TECHNIQUE (usually FAST). If your selection does not show both, choose a second piece or excerpt to perform within the ten-minute time limit.
  • Choral Auditions:

    • NDSU Concert Choir, Madrigal Singers and the University Chamber Singers are auditioned choirs.  Auditions are typically held at the end of each semester and/or during the summer.  To schedule an audition for the choirs above, please email Dr. Jo Ann Miller at
    • Statesmen (a men’s choir) and cantemus (a women’s choir) are non-auditioned.  You may register online.
    • Auditions for Concert Choir, Madrigal Singers and University Chamber Singers require one prepared solo.  An accompanist will be provided.  If you don’t have a prepared solo, you will be asked to sing America the Beautiful.  Please prepare your part for Never Weather-beaten Sail by Thomas Campion, ed. Steve Jones. There will also be some vocalizing; ear-training and sight singing exercises. 

    Students of any other major:

    Step 4: Apply for Challey School of Music scholarships.

    Please contact Bill Law, Assistant Director of NDSU Performing Arts, at 701-231-7420 for additional information or complete the online student contact card.


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