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 insure acceptance to the University.

UMBC Undergraduate Admissions 

Audition for Music Faculty

Video Pre-Screen

Auditions for the Department of Music are by invitation based upon the submission of pre-screen materials uploaded onto Acceptd, the web-based music application service. The application fee on Accept’d is $30. Follow directions to upload your pre-screen materials here:





On-Campus Auditions

In person auditions are strongly encouraged.   We are currently planning to hold in person auditions but are watching the progress of Omicron carefully.   If you are not comfortable auditioning in person, please reach out to Tanja George (  to set up a zoom audition.  Please check in with our website on Monday, January 24 for updated information. 

Auditions on campus last 10-15 minutes and are conducted privately with a panel of music faculty. You may re-perform your pre-screen audition pieces at your on-campus audition or replace one or both with other works at your discretion. 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 6, 2021 (Linehan and Departmental Scholarship and Regular Audition)
Pre-screen deadline: October 8, 2021
Friday, January 28 and Saturday, January 29, 2022 (Linehan and Departmental Scholarship and Regular Audition, Snow Date: February 11 & 12)
Pre-screen deadline: January 10, 2022
Saturday, April 9, 2022 (Departmental Scholarship and Regular Audition)
Pre-screen deadline: March 18, 2022
Thursday, June 2, 2022 (Transfer Students and Late Auditions)
Pre-screen deadline: May 6, 2022

Campus Visits:

To schedule a tour of the Performing Arts and Humanities Building, please fill out the form at this link.

For more information on visiting UMBC, please the university’s admissions page.

Department of Music Visits

To schedule a visit with the Department of Music, please fill out the form at this link.  Departmental visits should be scheduled at least 7 days in advance.  If you have further questions, please contact Lisa Cella at