FAQs: Applying to Dickinson as a Musician
Please be sure to visit the Prospective Students page to find important application information before turning to the Q and A below.
To ensure that we learn of your talents and interests in studying music at Dickinson, and in order for your musical interests and experiences to be considered in the application process, you must complete the Common Application for Dickinson College and upload your music materials to SlideRoom (linked through the Common Application) or schedule a live audition/interview. See repertoire guidelines for performers and composers and/or music manuscript guidelines for composers.
What purpose do music auditions/interviews at Dickinson College serve?
Will participating in Music Auditions/interviews affect my admission to Dickinson College?
Will auditions/interviews serve as official scholarship auditions?
Auditions and interviews are strongly encouraged and provide the Admissions Office with a more nuanced picture of the candidate. Live auditions/interviews are required for consideration for scholarships awarded by Admissions and Financial Aid upon recommendation of the Music Department. Some scholarships to waive the Performance Studies Fee are also available to enrolled students who audition at the annual Music Audition Night. These lesson-fee scholarships are awarded to students after enrollment, and are not automatically renewable.
If I audition or interview, will I receive immediate feedback?
What if I can’t make it to audition in person?
If you are unable to schedule a live audition, you may follow the guidelines for submitting additional materials (complete the Common Application for Dickinson College and upload your music materials to SlideRoom (linked through the Common Application)). Please follow the repertory guidelines specific to your instrument.
If I happen to be on campus, can I just drop by and audition/interview informally?
What is the best way for me to communicate with a specific faculty member?