Admission & Auditions

  • Friday, November 22, 2019
  • Monday, January 20, 2020
  • Saturday, January 25, 2020
  • Saturday, February 8, 2020
  • Saturday, February 15, 2020

All applicants (new students and transfer students) must audition on their primary voice or instrument for admission into any degree program in the Department of Music. The audition is required: 1) to determine acceptance into a degree program and, 2) for consideration of talent scholarships.

Please print either of these forms and return by mail to: David Vroman, Chair Department of Music Bradley University Peoria, Illinois 61625 Phone: 309-677-2595 Email:

There are three parts to the music audition process at Bradley.

  1. Performance (8 to 15 minutes)
    The audition should consist of two or three contrasting selections which best demonstrate the student's performing ability. Vocalists and pianists should memorize their selections. Sight-reading and scales may also be required as part of the audition process.
  2. Interview (15 to 20 minutes)
    Each applicant will have the opportunity to meet faculty in an interview situation. This process not only allows the faculty to become more familiar with each student and his/her career objectives, but also allows the student the opportunity to ask questions of faculty.
  3. Basic Theory Exam (30 minutes)
    Each student will be required to take a basic music theory examination. Theory is an integral part of all music curricula, and results of this exam will give the faculty a better understanding of each student's knowledge of music in this area. Students are urged to apply for admission to the University and then arrange for an audition at the earliest convenient date. March 1st is the application deadline for those desiring a Fine Arts Scholarship.

    Entrance auditions may be done at any time, however, students who submit auditions by audio or videotape, and students who audition after March 1st will only be considered for admission to the music program - they will not qualify for music scholarship support.


Acceptance as a music major or minor is determined by the results of the audition. Students may be accepted, accepted with conditions, or not accepted into a music major or minor curriculum. Results of the audition are usually sent two or three weeks following the audition.


Bradley University and the Department of Music have a number of scholarships, grants and awards designated for incoming students who choose to major in music. Talent awards range from $100 to $4,000 and are allocated by the Department of Music through the audition process. Students who receive these awards must remain a music major, maintain a GPA of 2.5 or above, and participate in a major performing ensemble each semester. The financial aid office addresses other awards and grants as well as need-based awards. Students should see their high school or junior college counselor in order to complete the Financial Aid Form (FAFSA). To be assured of full funding from Bradley University, students should submit this form after October 1, 2019, and no later than March 1, 2020. Awards are limited. Early admission to the University and early auditions will enhance the student's chances of receiving music talent scholarships.

Music Minor & Non-Music Major Scholarships

Band, Choir, and Orchestra scholarships are available to all students at Bradley University, regardless of major. These awards range from $200 to $500 per year. Participation in an assigned ensemble is required. For further information concerning music scholarships, contact: David Vroman, Chair Department of Music Bradley University Peoria, Illinois 61625 Phone: 309-677-2595 Email: To contact Bradley Admissions, call 1-800-447-6460. The Office of Undergraduate Admissions will be happy to schedule a campus visit and meetings with admission counselors, financial aid counselors, and Bradley faculty.

The department of music at Bradley University is an accredited member of the National Association of Schools of Music.