Music Audition Frequently Asked Questions


To qualify for acceptance as a B.A. in music major, you must be admitted to Rhode Island College (follow the general admission procedure described on the Office of Admissions website) and successfully complete an audition. You DO NOT need to be admitted to audition, but we recommend that you have your admissions application at least completed by your audition date. 

Auditions are required for entrance into all music programs at RIC because we care about your success. Our programs are demanding, and it would be wrong to accept students into a program for which they do not show potential for success. An audition clearly reveals this.

No. Please schedule your audition as soon as you can. However, it is to your advantage to also apply for admission as early as possible.

Yes. The B.M. in performance has the highest expectations, followed by the B.M. in music education and the B.A. in music.

We sometimes hear students audition for the music education or the performance programs who, though they show potential, are not quite ready to be accepted into these majors. They may be accepted as music majors into the B.A music program and have the opportunity to re-audition for the program of choice after one or two semesters at RIC. Fortunately, most music classes are the same for all incoming freshmen music majors.

RIC is an excellent college, and we are proud of our programs in all areas. Students who do not pass the audition are encouraged to find an academic major which is more suited to their strengths.

You can schedule your audition HERE.

Piano accompaniment is required for all vocalists and will be provided if requested. Accompaniment for instrumentalists is not required.

A committee of the music faculty will hear each audition.

To qualify for admission as a freshman or transfer student, all applicants must follow the general admission procedure of the college, which includes submitting a complete application to the Admissions Office. Visit the undergraduate admissions website to learn more.