Step 1: Complete an online application.
Prospective music majors must complete a single application that serves both as your application to Xavier University and the Music program. The online application includes sections where you will upload three additional documents:
- a letter of recommendation from a music teacher
- a résumé of the student's musical experiences
- excerpts of two performances (each no longer than 2 minutes) in contrasting style demonstrating the student's performance capabilities. It is very important that the audio quality is excellent on the recordings.
Any supplementary materials that cannot be uploaded online must be postmarked on or before March 31.
Step 2: Upon acceptance by the university, the online music portfolio of the admitted student is reviewed by the full-time members of the music faculty. The faculty will recommend either:
- That the student is permitted to major in music based upon the strength of their application materials and will be encouraged to audition for a music scholarship; or,
- The student is permitted to minor in music. The department will outline a series of courses that the student should take their first year at Xavier to help them discern whether a major in music is possible given their level of training and knowledge.
Musical background and proficiency in an applied instrument/voice will determine placement within the department. Progress during the freshman and sophomore years will be closely evaluated.
To strengthen and broaden the students' background, a liberal arts core curriculum consisting of courses in history, literature, foreign language, mathematics, science, philosophy, social science and theology is also required. Xavier music students receive a classical education and are prepared to meet the challenges of the contemporary music scene.
If you wish to schedule an audition at Xavier, please click on the desired page below. Please make sure to read all information prior to filling out an audition form. For other Scholarships and Grants, please visit Xavier Financial Aid.