Register for Your Audition

Complete the graduate application here

Each year, Bienen School faculty will listen to thousands of the nation’s most promising musicians to determine who will be selected for admission to Northwestern University. All graduate degree programs require either a performance audition or an interview in order to be considered for admission. Many programs also require that prescreening materials be submitted with the application, which will determine whether you are invited for an on-campus audition or interview.

To review the requirements for your intended program of study, and to determine whether you are required to submit prescreening materials, download the 2017-2018 Audition and Program Requirements.

Within the Graduate Application, you will answer questions about your musical background and upload your resume and personal statement.  After you have submitted your application (and following a review of any required prescreening materials) you will receive information on how to schedule your audition.

Master of Music Performance Auditions

  • February 8-18, 2018

Master of Music in Music Education Interviews

  • Early February, by phone or in person

Doctor of Musical Arts Performance Auditions and Composition Interviews

  • February 8-18, 2018


  • Choral Conducting: February 26 (DMA), February 27 (MM)
  • Orchestral Conducting: February 26 (DMA), February 27 (MM)
  • Wind Conducting: February 26 (DMA), February 27 (MM)


Please contact the Office of Music Admission, Financial Aid & Enrollment at or (847) 491-3141.

Request information from the Bienen School of Music.