Audition Information

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Audition Information

In addition to submitting a completed application for admission to Westfield State University, all prospective music majors and minors must audition to be considered for admission to the music program. The application deadline is March 1st, 2019.

Audition dates for the current Academic Year:

  • December 15, 2018
  • February 19, 2019
  • February 23, 2019
  • March 23, 2019
  • April 6, 2019

To schedule an audition, please complete and submit an Audition Data Form.  

If you cannot make any of the dates listed and would still like an audition, please contact Karen Ducharme in the music office at  413-572-5356 or to make alternate arrangements.

Students interested in part-time, Post-Baccalaureate, or Second Bachelor's programs should contact Shelly Henrichon in the Division of Graduate and Continuing Education prior to scheduling an audition (

Available financial awards include the following:

  • Catherine A. Dower Performance Scholarships and Merit Awards
  • L. Kenneth Manzer Scholarship and Merit Awards

Classical instrument specific requirements 
Choose from the following:
Woodwinds (flute, clarinet, oboe, bassoon, saxophone)
Brass (trumpet, horn, trombone, tuba)
Classical Guitar
Strings (violin, viola, cello, double bass)

Jazz Studies requirements

All Instrument categories click here

What To Expect

The audition visit generally takes about two hours. First, you will take part in a short question and answer session where you will meet with faculty members and students, and have an opportunity to learn more about our programs. Next, you will take short placement exams in the areas of Music Theory and Music History. Finally, your performance - this is conducted much like a "mini-lesson," where you’ll perform for and interact with the faculty. You’ll also be asked to demonstrate your sightreading and sightsinging abilities.

Please understand that a successful audition does not guarantee admission to Westfield State University. You must also be accepted by the Office of Admissions at Westfield State University. 

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