Incoming music majors need to apply both to SVSU and to the department. Audition dates and information are below along with specific information related to auditions for select ensembles. Minors do not need to audition, but must take a music theory assessment. Non-music degree students may participate in ensembles at SVSU.

Audition Information

Auditioning for Entrance into the Department of Music (BA in Music or BA in Music Education)

Auditions for entrance in the Fall 2016 will be held on the following dates:

  • June 17, 2016

For your audition you are required to play two contrasting pieces or movements by different composers. 

Additionally, a musicianship and written assessment as well as an interview will occur during your audition. Please be prepared to allow time after you perform to complete these assessments.

Appointments can be made by either calling or emailing our office: 
Phone: 989-964-4159


Adding Music as a Minor

Potential music minors must take a musicianship assessment for admittance into the music minor program.


Ensembles (available to all students on campus)

  • Concert Band
  • Marching Band
  • Concert Choir
  • Cardinal Singers
  • Jazz Ensemble
  • Percussion Ensemble

Though not all groups are auditioned for entrance, directors may ask to hear you play individually to ensure that you are placed properly in the ensemble.


Additional Advice

If you would like to be a major or minor but cannot read music (or pass the theory assessment) you should take MUS 117D in the Winter (or alternate Spring) semester, then re-audition or take the theory test late in that Winter semester.  Music 117D is Musical Experience: The Piano, which includes learning to read music and some music theory, and at the same time meets a gen. ed. requirement for category 2.

Be A Music Major For A Day


If you are interested in becoming a music major at SVSU, please consider coming to campus and visiting a class, sitting in on a rehearsal, observing a private lesson, taking a private lesson, meeting with a music student, and/or visiting with faculty. Please contact Dr. Brandon Haskett (at 989)964-2768 or for more information.