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Application Procedures

If you wish to apply for admission to the BA program in Music or the BS program in Music Education, or if you wish to be considered for the Arts Achievement Award in Music, you must:

  1. Apply to the University (application deadlines listed here):
    Applicants should complete and submit their Common Application and respond “yes” to the question regarding the Arts Supplement on the CWRU member page.  Students applying to the music major should indicate music as one of their 1st or 2nd choices for majors within the academic section of the Common Application. 
  2. Complete the Case Western Reserve University Arts Supplement, which serves as your video audition: 

    Shortly after a student has submitted a complete application to the University, the Office of Undergraduate Admission will electronically deliver login credentials that the student will use to access their applicant portal. In addition to being the place where students can track the status of their application, this is also where the students will submit the audition/portfolio/arts supplement.

  • Early Action Application | Arts Supplement Submission Deadline: November 15
  • Regular Decision Application | Arts Supplement Submission Deadline: February 1

Detailed audition guidelines are listed on our Audition Information page.

The Arts Supplement portfolio requires a video audition submission (primary instrument).  Original compositions are not required and cannot be used as a substitution for the video audition, but applicants are welcome to include them.  The video itself should not be overly produced or edited.  The most important thing is that the applicant can be seen and heard clearly.  The system allows for multiple files, which may be easier to upload. 

Students applying to the BS program in Music Education will be invited to complete an additional live audition and interview, pending a successful screening of their video audition by faculty members.  Music Education faculty offer videoconference and on-campus options for this second audition and interview (see details below). Students applying to the Music Education program should submit their Common Application and corresponding Arts Supplement materials as soon as possible and well ahead of the posted deadlines to allow ample preparation time for a potential second audition and interview.  Eligible students will be contacted directly for scheduling.

  • Early Action Application | Music Education Live Audition and Interview Dates (videoconference option only)Saturday, November 18, 2017 (2:00-4:00pm)
  • Regular Decision Application | Music Education Live Audition and Interview Dates (on-campus and videoconference options): Saturday, February 3, 2018 (10:00am-3:00pm) or Saturday, February 17, 2018 (10:00am-3:00pm)

Once the admissions process is complete, the Office of Undergraduate Admission will notify students regarding their application to the university and any scholarships awarded. If a student is admitted to the university, they will receive separate notification regarding admission to the music major.

Students can declare a minor if music or participate in ensemble/lessons without passing an audition, however, all students wishing to be considered for scholarship and/or the music major must submit an Arts Supplement (audition).

If you have questions about the application and audition process for the Department of Music, please contact Ms. Jennifer Wright, Coordinator of Department Operations and Undergraduate Recruitment, at

Admitted students (fall 2016): application/audition deadlines have passed.  Students admitted to CWRU and arriving in fall 2016 with the intention of majoring in music can schedule a live audition during orientation week (late August), though there would then not be any music scholarships available.  Incoming students should contact Mr. Eric Charnofsky, Coordinator of Undergraduate Enrollment. 

Page last modified: August 1, 2017