Audition Process and Application

Acceptance into all of our degree programs is by application and live audition only.  Our application is separate from that of the college.  First and foremost, you should apply for general acceptance to the college.  Then, you should apply to the music program.  To apply and schedule your music audition, please click here.

What should I perform at my music audition?
The Division of Music at York College of PA is dedicated to developing strong, well-rounded musicians, and an audition should demonstrate a student's aptitude, training and commitment to the discipline.  All YCP music degrees, including Music with studies in Industry and Recording Technology (MIRT), require an audition to demonstrate skilled musicianship on an instrument or voice.  Please refer to our list of Audition Requirements .  

Audition Requirements
You are required to perform two to three contrasting pieces from the standard repertoire of your primary instryment or voice classification.  Auditioning students are expected to demonstate a wide range of musical ability, including general musicianship, phrasing, tone production and stage presence.  Students are encourage to consult with their private instructor or high school band or choir director when preparing for the audition.  Professional dress is strongly encouraged.  You must audition in person - audition recordings will not be accepted.  

What happens after my audition?
You will be notified of the results of your audition by formal letter, within approximately two weeks.  In order to be accepted into the music program, candidates must pass their audition AND meet all requirments for acceptance into the college as determined by the York College Admissions Office.  It should be noted that acceptance by the college does not guarantee accepatance into the music program.  If you demonstrate that you are a truly exceptional musician via your audition and application materials, you may qualify for a music scholarship award.  Decision on scholarship awards are typically made by mid-March.  

Scholarships
The York College Music Division awards various scholarships to outstanding music majors. Awards are determind on performing ability and availability of funds, and are assigned on a one-time basis with possibility of renewal each school year.  Scholarships are awarded on the basis of evaluations at entrance auditions.  A live audition is necessary for scholarship consideration.  Students auditioning after March 14, 2015 will not be considered for scholarship funds.  

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