Carnegie Mellon University

School of Music

Where artistry and innovation share center stage

Updated Information August 2, 2021Updated Visitor Protocol effective August 1, 2021: Visitors (both indoors and outdoors) for one-time visits and/or recurring meetings/events on campus are permitted. 

Those wishing to visit campus may schedule a self-guided walking tour through the Office of Undergraduate Admission or register for the limited in-person information sessions. The School of Music remains closed to guests until after the fall semester begins; you can check this website for an updated information session schedule and view our virtual tour

Our application is anticipated to open by September 1. We are waiting for the university to update policies surrounding visitors and events before we can finalize what the Fall 2022 application process will look like, but are sharing our anticipated expectations. When available, it will be updated on this site and time-stamped. 

Fall 2022 Information:

Please choose your desired program of study and carefully review the audition/portfolio requirements. You will complete an online application for the School of Music, due December 1. We are anticipating a hybrid audition schedule. Please review your desired program of study for specific details regarding your audition/portfolio.

December 1: School of Music application and pre-screening deadline (Flute, Piano, Tuba, Violin, Voice)
December 1: Portfolio Deadline (Composition, Electronic Music, Music Education, Musicology, Music & Technology)
January 10: Pre-screening decisions released
January 20: Audition schedule released
February 1:  Recorded auditions due
February 5-6, 12-13: Anticipated in-person on-campus auditions
February 19-20: Live virtual auditions
March 15: Graduate and AMSC decisions released
March 26: Undergraduate decisions released from the Office of Admission and School of Music
April 15: Graduate and AMSC decision deadline
May 1: Undergraduate decision deadline

Recorded audition and Pre-screening recording recommendations:

Applicants will submit a video recording. Please check your area for any specific recording requirements.

Applicants are encouraged to use the best recording equipment available to them, and to carefully select the best microphone placement and recording level to reduce distortion. Devices such as a Zoom Handy Recorder will yield good results, and if using a phone, laptop, or tablet, an external USB microphone or microphone attachment can greatly improve the audio. If you do not own or have access to a quality recording device, consider checking with a local or school library, ensemble director, or teacher about borrowing one. Experiment with the recording process in advance, so that your recordings represent you as well as possible.

Have additional questions? Check out our FAQ section first. If you don't find the answer you are looking for, feel free to contact the Office of Recruitment & Enrollment by email at

Please note: the Artist Diploma program remains on hold and not accepting applications for the 2021-2022 application cycle.