The University of St. Thomas


Auditions and Scholarships

Auditions and Scholarships

Undergraduate Music Auditions

   Prospective UST Students

Audition Days
Feb. 22 & March 1, 2014
9 a.m.-4 p.m.

Brady Educational Center

The University of St. Thomas Department of Music announces its annual music major and scholarship auditions. Auditions will be held in the Brady Educational Center on the University's St. Paul campus. Prospective University of St. Thomas students who are considering majors in music, liturgical music, music performance, music business or music education should attend an Undergraduate Music Audition Day; recorded auditions will not be accepted.

Audition days at St. Thomas consist of the following: a performance audition; an interview; an evaluation of piano and vocal skills; and a brief music theory and ear training assessment.


The audition should consist of ten minutes of your finest performing. The committee is interested in hearing at least two compositions or movements in contrasting styles and time periods. A UST accompanist will be provided for students unable to bring their own accompanist. Music for the UST accompanist should be sent to the office. Time will be provided for rehearsal with your accompanist.

Pianists please note:  Although memorization is not required for admittance, it is strongly encouraged and will be required for music scholarship consideration.


Audition applications are due no later than Feb. 10*.  Students must be accepted by the university before auditioning for entry into the music major.

*The Music Department will continue accepting applications until both dates are full.  Please contact for more information.

Please send two music-related letters of recommendation to:
Music Admissions
2115 Summit Ave; BEC 09
St. Paul, MN 55105

Still Have Questions?
Questions regarding music admissions can be directed to
Kara Bradshaw at (651) 962-5874, (800) 328-6819, Ext. 2-5874 or


   Current UST Students

Performance Level Auditions
Oct. 4, 2013 & May 19, 2014

Current students may audition for music major status at any time during the academic year.  Please follow the guidelines outlined in the rolling audition procedures handout and contact Kara Bradshaw ( to review admissions procedures.


Current UST students interested in pursuing a music major must complete a performance level audition.  Performance level auditions allow the faculty to assess a student's musical skills and consider the student's potential for growth.  At least three pieces of music that vary in style period, tempo and character are to be prepared.  Following succesful completion of the performance level assessments, a student will be granted permission to register for applied level (MUSP 200 & 300) lessons.

In addition to the performance level audition, an interview with selected faculty members, an evaluation of piano skills, an evaluation of vocal skills, and a brief music theory and ear training assessment must be completed before a student will be considered for music major status.  Assessment completion should be tracked using the rolling audition assessment checklist

For more information regarding these requirements please contact:

Music Education - Dr. Douglas Orzolek
Liturgical Music - Dr. Angela Broeker
Music Business - Dr. Christopher Kachian
Instrumental Music (Woodwind/Brass/Orchestral String) - Dr. Matthew George
Instrumental Music (Guitar) - Dr. Christopher Kachian
Vocal Music - Dr. Alan Bryan

   Ensemble Auditions

Auditions are required for most large ensembles.  Auditions are held the first week of fall semester, beginning Labor Day Monday. 

For information on band or orchestra auditions, please contact Dr. Matthew George
For information on choir auditions, please contact Dr. Angela Broeker
For information on guitar auditions, please contact Dr. Christopher Kachian
For information on piano ensemble auditions, please contact Dr. Vanessa Cornett-Murtada