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Audition FAQ

What will auditions look like for the 2020-21 audition season?
Due to COVID-19 precautions, admissions and scholarship auditions for Spring 2021 and Fall 2021 will not be conducted in person at the School of Music. Instead prospective undergraduate students should prepare to submit recorded audition materials via their UofSC application via School of Music application, available beginning September 15. The audition recordings should be prepared based on the audition requirements, which vary by area. In some areas, a follow-up interview and/or lesson appointment will be required to complete the audition process. The School of Music will contact applicatants who require an on-line follow-up meeting. 

Where can I get help planning my trip to UofSC?
The USC Visitor Center is a helpful resource for planning a trip to the university. The center has lists of hotels and restaurants and information on local sights. You can find this on the Visitor Center’s website or call 1-800-922-9755. The School of Music building is located at 813 Assembly Street, very close to the Visitor Center and next to the Koger Center for the Arts.

Directions to the School of Music, 813 Assembly Street, Columbia, SC 29208.

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How many students earn music scholarships? In what areas are music scholarships awarded?
About two-thirds of USC music students have been awarded a music scholarship from USC. USC music scholarships, which require terms of service to ensembles and additional course requirements, are awarded on the basis of merit only.

Out-of-state students who earn a scholarship of at least $250 a semester are eligible for a heavily reduced tuition rate as long as they meet minimum academic requirements.

Scholarships are offered in the areas of brass, composition, guitar, jazz, organ, percussion, piano, strings, voice and woodwinds. All students are automatically reviewed for scholarship funds as long as they audition on or before the last scheduled audition date of the audition cycle.

May I audition on more than one instrument? 
Music applicants may also complete a jazz audition and/or an audition on a strong secondary instrument – including voice – for additional music scholarship consideration. 

How do I get reviewed for admission to be a composition major?
Plan to audition for us on your primary instrument, as all music majors, including composition majors, must be admitted to the School of Music via audition. You’ll also have an interview scheduled with the composition faculty at which time your submitted portfolio will be reviewed.

How can I learn about other financial aid opportunities at UofSC?
Academic scholarship information.

The USC Alumni Association also offers several scholarships to incoming students. For more information check the website or call 803-777-4111.

Scholarships for children of Carolina Alumni Association members, call 803-777-4111 or check the website.

For financial aid information, contact the Office of Student Financial Aid and Scholarships at 803-777-8134 or email. Students applying for financial aid must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), which becomes available in January and may be obtained from most high school guidance counselors or on the website.

I have questions that I don’t see answered here. Who can address them for me?
Questions about the School of Music auditions and music admissions should be directed to: Jennifer Mitchell, assistant director of music admissions, by email or calling 803.777.4281 or Jennifer Jablonski, assistant dean of enrollment management, by email or by calling 803.777.6614.


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