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).

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.

Recommended Days to Visit:

October 8, 2018 – Music Preview Day – Admissions Open House and a special Music Information Session (3-5 pm) for students interested in applying to Dickinson under any of our application programs (EDI, EA, EDII or RD). This is an opportunity to meet a member or two of the music faculty and learn in person of our audition/application process.

November 5-9 – Classroom, studio and rehearsal visits. Contact Admissions Office to arrange your Day Visit.

Audition Dates:

Between November 5-9, 2018 – Early Auditions for merit scholarships

(only for candidates invited to audition)

If you are invited to audition for a merit scholarship, your visit will include the audition, lunch with current students, a classroom visitation (or lesson or rehearsal or a master class, depending on what is offered on a given day) in addition to tour of our facilities and campus at large and an interview with Admissions. Invited candidates will be sent an invitation letter and will be asked to register with Admissions for their visit/audition.

Invitation to our Early Auditions between November 5-9 will only be extended to ED applicants who submit a complete Common Application to the college, and music video materials onto SlideRoom by October 15, and meet the full criteria for an official audition for scholarships. Note: this deadline precedes the ED deadline of November 15.


Invitation to our audition day on January 23 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 and SlideRoom video materials – by December 1, 2018 (Dickinson deadline for EA).
  • EDII and RD applicants for this audition date must have submitted required materials – a complete Common Application to the college and SlideRoom video materials – by January 4, 2019.
    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.