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To study the humanities is to study humans. Every time we learn a piece of music, we're trying on a new worldview, gaining understanding of the shifting needs, anxieties, and interests of its authors and listeners, which is what makes studying music so critical. It gives students rigorous and tangible frameworks for evaluating the health of a community and the skills, discipline, and cooperation to serve it.

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1845 Fairmount St.
Wichita, KS 67260

Phone: (316) 978-3103

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Apply to Wichita State

If you're a high school student or a community member with a high school degree, you can click here to apply to Wichita State!

If you're about to graduate from college, or you're a community member with a college degree, you can click here to apply to Wichita State's graduate school!

Whether you're joining us as an undergraduate or graduate student, you'll need to audition. Check out our next section for more information!

Audition for the School of Music

Undergrad Auditions

Thank you for your interest in the School of Music at Wichita State University! We currently plan to hold in-person audition days (see below for dates) but might need to adjust our plans based on Wichita State's Covid response. Feel free to contact us with any questions or if you have concerns about audition in-person due to the pandemic.

These are our planned, in-person audition dates for a Fall 2023 start:

  • November 19, 2022
  • February 4, 2023
  • April 15, 2023

Scholarships are awarded after each audition date, but priority will be given to those auditioning on the first two audition dates.

Undergrad Audition Form

The audition form is the first step in the process to becoming a music major at Wichita State. Finishing the form - it takes around 5 minutes - gets you into our system and allows us to schedule a time on your chosen audition date. It also helps our faculty members reach out to you to make your audition experience even more tailored to your needs!

Non-music majors do not need to audition before Fall 2022. You are absolutely welcome to play in an ensemble and/or take private lessons! Please contact the appropriate faculty member for further information.

Please follow this link to fill out our audition form and reserve your spot today!

Undergrad Audition Requirements by Area

Please note, students interested in studying Music Education and Music Composition need to be accepted on a primary instrument.

Jazz (includes Guitar, Jazz Piano, and Jazz Drums)
Music Composition
Music Education (General Info)
Piano and Organ
Voice and Opera

Graduate Auditions

After applying to the graduate school, we recommend Graduate Students contact their respective music faculty member for more information and to schedule an audition on their instrument.

Please see our graduate student page for more information about our available assistantships.

Graduate Audition Requirements by Area

Conducting (Catalog link)
Music Composition
Music Education (General Info)
Voice and Opera



Every student who auditions with the WSU School of Music will be considered for one of our general scholarships. Please see the above section for audition information. We give out half a million dollars in scholarship money every year. A prospective student must major in music in order to be considered.

Supplemental scholarships are available for current students after the fourth week of classes each semester. Students may also consider applying for an award from the Sam Ramey Professional Development Fund. For more information about our additional scholarship competition, the Konrad Wolff-Isle Bing Chamber Music Scholarship, please follow the link at the bottom of this section.

The College of Fine Arts offers Buck Scholarships for students meeting the following requirements:

  • Demonstrates financial need
  • Is enrolled full time and employed at least eight hours off campus
  • Has a GPA between 2.5 and 3.5 at the time of first award

Learn more about the Buck Scholarships here.  The link will take you to ScholarshipUniverse.

We also highly recommend potential students make sure their FAFSA information is as up-to-date as possible.

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Interested in joining us for the upcoming semester or school year? Want to learn more about what we offer? Click here! You can also follow this link to schedule an audition or learn more about our scholarship process.
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Looking for a form? Need to find out when ensemble auditions are coming or the requested musical selections? That - and more - is here!
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Head here to see our faculty organized by area. If you're a faculty member looking for a particular form, you'll find those here.
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Looking for Calendar information? Want to find out how to support the School of Music or purchase WSU School of Music merchandise? We've also have a form so Alumni can keep us in the loop regarding their successes and Shocker Sounds, our yearly school magazine!

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