A tour group in front of the Weiss Center for the Arts

Prospective Students

In order to see for yourself what sets music at Dickinson apart from other music programs within liberal arts settings, the music department strongly encourages you to schedule a campus visit through the website or by emailing admissions@dickinson.edu. During your visit, you may sit in on classes or studio lessons and attend a concert or a rehearsal. Note below deadlines for applications and two Audition Days.

Admission to Dickinson is based on academic excellence. As the college values excellence in all artistic and intellectual pursuits, you may also elect to have your musical experiences and talents considered in the application process.

Application/Audition Process

For your musical interests and experiences to be considered in the application process, you must: Complete the Common Application for Dickinson College where you will follow the links (in the Common Application) to SlideRoom.

Applicants are considered for live auditions/interviews and the following merit scholarships on recommendation of the Music Department:

  • John Dickinson Scholarship ($20,000 + lesson fee waiver, up to full hour lesson)
  • Benjamin Rush Scholarship ($15,000 + lesson fee waiver, up to full hour lesson)
  • John Mongtomery Scholarship ($10,000 + lesson fee waiver, up to full hour lesson)
  • Bullard Music Scholarship ($1,000 + lesson fee waiver, up to full hour lesson)

Please note: In order to be eligible for a Merit Scholarship applicants are required to submit video recording(s) and complete the writing supplement.

Your SlideRoom submissions:

  1. must be in video format, unedited, with no artificial enhancement or corrective software used.
  2. will serve as the preliminary criteria for being invited to a live audition/interview.
  3. *Singers: please attach PDF files of scores needed for live auditions/interviews to your initial SlideRoom submission.
  4. Should you be invited to audition live, the scores will be given to faculty pianists who will accompany you in your audition. Please follow the audition repertoire and material submission guidelines.
  5. You do not need to intend to major or minor in music to be eligible to submit your materials or be considered for scholarships/live auditions.

Live auditions and interviews at Dickinson are by invitation only, based on your SlideRoom submission.

Invitations to Live Auditions/Interviews are extended to serious musicians based either on their advanced level of music performance, their composition portfolio (composers), or their writing on music (theory and music history). Regardless of whether you major or minor in music, or participate in the music program as a non-music major, we expect scholarship candidates to understand that, should a scholarship be awarded, active participation in the music department through large, faculty-led ensembles (Choir, Orchestra, Jazz Ensemble) and lessons or classes is expected during all semesters in residence at Dickinson.

Live auditions/interviews (in performance, music history, theory and composition) give our faculty the opportunity to meet each candidate and to assess his/her musical abilities, potential to be a scholarship recipient, and aptitude for success as a musician at Dickinson as a music major, minor, or non-major. Likewise, an audition/interview is an important opportunity for you to meet our faculty, see our facilities, and determine how studying music at Dickinson matches your educational goals. Auditions and interviews are approximately 10 minutes long. Besides an audition/interview, your day will include visits to classes, a tour, and other activities on campus.

Application deadlines, Audition notification dates and deadlines:

We encourage you to submit your application as early as possible in order to make appropriate travel arrangements should you be selected to audition. See audition information below.

All applicants will be notified whether they are invited to an audition no later than 7-10 days before the audition day. The Admissions Office will work in conjunction with the Music Department to schedule your specific live audition/ interview time on the audition date.

Audition Dates:

November 11, 2017 | Music Open House Day/Audition Day

with an opportunity to attend Music classes on Friday, Nov. 10

All interested applicants (ED, EA, EDII or RD) are welcome to attend our Music Department open house days on November 10-11. On November 10, visitors will be able to meet faculty and attend music theory class(es) at 9:30-10:20 am and/or 10:30-11:20 am in Weiss 212, and/or a Voice Master Class at 5 pm in Rubendall Recital Hall. To attend these classes on the 10th, please register with the music department by emailing Stacy Rohrer (rohrers@dickinson.edu) ahead of your visit. On November 11, visitors will be able to tour our facilities and campus at large, attend a special music class with Professor Ellen Gray (1:30 pm, Weiss 235) and an information session about the music program with Professor Bednarz (2 pm). Please register with Admissions for your visit on November 11.

On November 11, we will also hold live auditions for merit scholarships—only for those applicants who receive invitations to audition for the merit scholarships.

Invitation to our audition day on November 11 will only be extended to applicants who submit a complete the Common Application to the college, the written supplement and music video materials onto SlideRoom, and meet the full criteria for an official audition for scholarships (preference given to ED and EA applicants – see note about ED II and RD below).

All applicants for this audition/interview date must have submitted required materials by October 15. Note: this deadline precedes the ED deadline of November 15 and the EA deadline of December 1.

Note also that if ED II or RD applicants submit a complete application, written supplement, and SlideRoom video materials by October 15 and meet the full criteria for the merit scholarship audition/interview, they may also be invited to audition on November 11.

January 24, 2018 | Audition Day

Invitation to our audition day on January 24 will only be extended to applicants who meet the full criteria for an official audition for scholarships (EA/EDII and RD only).

  • EA applicants for this audition date must have submitted required materials – a complete Common Application to the college, the written supplement and SlideRoom video materials – by December 1, 2017 (Dickinson deadline for EA).
  • EDII and RD applicants for this audition date must have submitted required materials – a complete Common Application to the college, the written supplement and SlideRoom video materials – by January 3, 2018.
    Note: the application deadline for merit scholarship audition/interview consideration precedes the official ED II and RD (January 15) application deadline.

Music faculty are not available for unscheduled auditions or interviews.

Live auditions/interviews ARE required for consideration for scholarships but not for admission to the college.

If an audition/interview invitation is not extended, your talent submission will still factor into your overall admission decision. Priority for scholarship consideration is given to candidates who come for the live audition/interview.

Students who wish to be considered for a scholarship but are not able to travel to Dickinson for a live audition/interview should submit a request for special consideration and explain the circumstances via e-mail to Angela Barone (baronea@dickinson.edu), director of admissions communications.

What to prepare for SlideRoom submission/live audition-interview

Please follow the audition repertoire and material submission guidelines.

Audition Results

All music faculty assessments are confidential. Those assessments are communicated directly to the college admissions office for consideration with your entire application to Dickinson. The admissions office makes final decisions with regard to acceptance to the college and scholarship awards.

For further information on admission or scholarships, please contact the Office of Admissions at 800-644-1773 or admissions@dickinson.edu.

Questions for music faculty?

Please contact the appropriate music faculty member with any questions regarding the music program or auditions and interviews.