Music Auditions are open to all first-year applicants – intended music majors and non-music majors, alike. Recommended music scholarship recipients and amounts are determined both by the quality of the audition and the core needs of the music program.
There will be 4 in-person audition weekends in 2023-2024 for the 2024-2025 academic year. To register for one of the audition weekends, you must first apply to the university. After submitting your admissions application, you will receive a confirmation email with a link to access your Online Status Page, where you will find the audition registration form.
Audition weekend dates:
- Friday, December 1
- Friday, January 26 – Saturday, January 27
- Friday, February 23 – Saturday, February 24
- Friday, March 1
As a part of your Audition Day experience, the Music Department is excited to offer you and your family an opportunity to tour campus, attend a performance, and eat lunch or at a catered reception with members of the music faculty.
In the event you are no longer able to attend a live audition, you may follow the steps below to submit a recorded audition. Recorded auditions will be reviewed with equal weight as live auditions. Faculty may schedule live, virtual elements for select students. If requested by the faculty, you will be contacted by the department.
In order to submit your recorded audition for consideration, you must submit an audition registration form, as well as your recorded audition media. Registration steps, audition criteria, and additional information are outlined below.
- February 1, 2024 – Deadline to Submit Your Recorded Audition Registration Form
- February 1, 2024 – Deadline to Submit Your Recorded Audition Media Files
- February 1, 2024 – Deadline for Recommender(s) to Submit Your Music Letter(s) of Recommendation (optional)
You must gain access to your Online Status Page in order to submit either an in-person or recorded audition registration form. After submitting your admissions application, you will receive a confirmation email with a link to access your Online Status Page, where you will be able to submit your preferred music audition registration form and your recorded audition media, if selecting a recorded audition.
Log into your Online Status Page, to which you gained access after submitting your Admissions Application. There you will find the in-person audition day registration form and the recorded audition registration form. Select which method you prefer and submit the appropriate audition registration form.
If you selected the recorded audition method, Music Recorded Audition Media must be submitted via your Online Status Page. After submitting the Music Recorded Audition Registration, a section titled “Music Portfolio” will appear towards the bottom of your Online Status Page. In that section, select “Edit” and then “Upload Media.”
Though not required for admission to the university, Furman Music encourages students to submit at least one letter of recommendation from a current or recent music instructor. Recommendation(s) may be submitted online or by email.
Via the Common Application or Coalition Application
- Ask early and share your college goals with your recommenders.
- Communicate the deadline to submit their letter of recommendation.
- Supply your recommender with the contact information listed above. They may wish to submit their recommendation to the Furman Music Department directly.
- Don’t forget to thank them!
Recommendations are due by February 1, 2023.
Audition outcomes will be communicated to students in early March.
As a result of your audition, you may be selected to receive either a Furman Music Scholarship or a Presidential Music Scholarship. If this is the case, your audition outcome will include a revised Financial Aid Package outlining your recently awarded music scholarship.
Furman Music Scholars
Any high school senior applying for admission to Furman is eligible to submit their recorded audition or audition in person for consideration. Furman Music Scholars may major in any discipline.
Furman Music Scholars are given priority consideration for music class registration, applied music instruction and ensemble participation. Furman Music Scholars are also awarded a $5,000 or $10,000 Furman Music Scholarship, which is renewable for up to four years, and awarded in addition to Bell Tower Scholarships (merit-based scholarship) and Financial Aid (need-based aid). These awards are determined by both quality of audition and the core needs of the music program.
Presidential Music Scholars
Furman University is proud to offer the Presidential Music Scholarship, Furman’s most prestigious talent-based award. Thanks to the generosity of Gordon Herring ’65 and Sarah Herring ’66, the Presidential Music Scholarship is funded by the Herring Music Fellowship Fund, established to support exceptionally high-achieving and talented student scholar-musicians at Furman, building on generations of excellence in musical and academic instruction.
Any high school senior applying for admission to Furman is eligible to submit their recorded audition or audition in person for consideration. Presidential Music Scholars may major in any discipline.
Ten exceptionally high-achieving and talented student scholar-musicians are selected as Presidential Music Scholars annually. Each are given priority consideration for music class registration, applied music instruction and ensemble participation; and are awarded a $25,000 Presidential Music Scholarship, which is renewable for up to four years.
Presidential Music Scholarships are awarded in addition to Bell Tower Scholarships (merit-based scholarship) and Financial Aid (need-based aid). These awards are determined by both quality of audition and the core needs of the music program.