Music Programs

Prospective Students


Two types of scholarships are available: for Majors and for Non-Majors

Admission & Audition

Admission to the Music programs is competitive. In addition to the documents required to be considered for admission to the university, prospective majors must submit the Music Program Audition Application and one Music Teacher Recommendation as well as complete an audition. As part of the audition application, prospective students select an audition date and enter the recommender's contact information (the recommendation form will be e-mailed directly to the chosen advocate).

Applicants begin the process by submitting the Xavier Online Application or the Common Application. To access the Music Program Audition Application prospective students must log in with their e-mail address and password. Those who used the Common Application or forgot their password should use the “forgot password” option.

Audition Requirements

All auditioning students should prepare two pieces in contrasting styles on their primary instrument. Students with a strong secondary instrument or original material may choose to demonstrate those areas.

    • Vocalists: Perform two pieces in contrasting styles. Sing at least one piece in a language other than English and be prepared to sight-sing.
    • Instrumentalists: Perform two pieces in contrasting styles. Prepare all two-octave major and minor scales, full-range chromatic scale, and be prepared to sight-read.
    • PercussionistsPerform material that represents training strengths in various areas. This may include snare drum, timpani, mallets, auxiliary instruments, drum set, and/or marching percussion. Drum set specialists should demonstrate mastery of pop, rock, jazz, and latin styles. 
    • Music Production: Submit two production samples or perform two selections, or do a combination (no prior experience is required for the program, but the sample can replace the performance audition if you have done production already).

On-Campus Auditions

Auditions will be held on two Saturdays, February 10 and 17, 2024. When you submit your Music Program Audition Application as part of the admissions process (see above), you will be able to select your preferred date. Auditions consist of an interview, brief aural skills assessment, and performance. In addition, parents will have the option to meet with program leaders.

Recorded Auditions

Applicants who are unable to complete the on-campus audition due to travel distance may complete a Zoom interview and submit a recorded audition by sending a YouTube link (with the video set to Public or Unlisted) to by February 18, 2024.


 Dr. Benjamin Chamberlain

Chair and Director of Instrumental Activities, Department of Music & Theatre