How to Apply

To become a music major at UMBC, you must apply to the University AND audition for the music faculty.

Apply to UMBC

Admission to UMBC does not guarantee acceptance as a music major, as acceptance into the music major is contingent upon a performance audition. Similarly, a successful audition does not ensure acceptance to the University.

UMBC Undergraduate Admissions 

Audition for Music Faculty

Departmental Audition

To schedule an audition, please upload your application using our Acceptd software. Composition and technology majors will also use the application to upload samples of their work for faculty review. The application fee on Acceptd is $35. Follow the link below to complete your departmental application.





On-Campus Auditions

Auditions on campus last 10-15 minutes and are conducted privately with a panel of music faculty. On-campus audition results will be mailed within 14 days of your visit.

Applicants interested in early acceptance to UMBC should audition in November. Applicants interested in auditioning for the Linehan Artist Scholars program, or other talent-based scholarships, are required to audition in November or January.

Saturday, November 4, 2023 (Linehan and Departmental Scholarship and Regular Audition)
Departmental Application deadline through Acceptd: October 22, 2023
Saturday, January 27, 2024 (Departmental Scholarship and Regular Audition, Snow Date: February 3)
Departmental Application deadline through Acceptd: January 10, 2024
Saturday, April 6, 2024 (Departmental Scholarship and Regular Audition)
Departmental Application deadline through Acceptd: March 24, 2024
Thursday, June 6, 2024 (Transfer Students and Late Applicants ONLY)
Departmental Application deadline through Acceptd: May 19, 2024


Pre-screens are no longer required but composition and technology majors must upload portfolios.