Music Admissions

Accepting Applications for Fall 2016!

Please follow the steps below to complete your application to the Department of Music.


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  • Apply for admission to Gordon College.

    Before applying to the Department of Music, you must first apply to Gordon College.
    Gordon College admission application >>

  • Schedule an audition and apply for admission to the Department of Music.

    Complete the online application and register for your preferred audition date using the link below. The application must be submitted at least two weeks prior to the requested audition date. You will receive a confirmation email from the Department of Music within three business days of your submission.  

    Remaining Auditions Dates for Fall 2016 Enrollment:
    Please note that these audition dates are recently updated.
    Schedule subject to change.
    Monday, February 8, 2016

    Auditions 9–10:20 a.m. 
    Chapel 10:30–11:15 a.m.
    Auditions 11:15 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
    Other events to attend:
    one on one meetings with various music faculty 1–3 p.m.
    Musicianship Class 3:20–4:20 p.m.
    In addition to your Department of Music audition and events, you can schedule your Gordon College admissions interview for the same day. Twenty-minute appointments with admissions officers are available throughout the day, as are campus tours.

    Sunday, February 14, 2016

    Auditions 6–9 p.m.
    Other events to attend:
    Catacombs 9 p.m. 

    If you have already been accepted to Gordon College we invite you to stay overnight and participate in Accepted Student Day on Monday, February 15.  In addition to events scheduled by the College Admissions Office you'll have opportunities to attend Musicianship class, and meet one-on-one with music faculty.

    Saturday, March 19

    Auditions 9 a.m.–noon
    If you have already been accepted to Gordon College we invite you to spend two days in a row on campusfor Accepted Student Day on Friday, March 18, and Music Department events and auditions on Saturday, March 19.


    For recorded auditions, please see step 4.

  • Send us your music reference(s).

    Download the Music Reference Form using the link below and provide it to a current or recent music teacher (this may be a private studio teacher, classroom instructor, or ensemble director). After your reference completes the form, please have him or her return it to the Department of Music via e-mail, fax, or standard mail:


    Mailing Address:
    Attn: Music Admissions
    Department of Music
    Gordon College
    255 Grapevine Road
    Wenham, MA 01984-9971



  • Audition

    For the audition, students are asked to prepare two or three classical selections which best demonstrate current performance level on their major instrument. These selections should be contrasting in style and/or period. For recommendations on appropriate audition repertoire, please consult this list or contact the . At the time of the audition, the audition committee will also conduct informal interviews with all prospective music students.

Recorded Auditions:

For all applicants live auditions are strongly recommended. However, in cases where distance prohibits a visit to the campus (students who live more than 200 miles from campus), recorded auditions are acceptable. Recorded auditions are also accepted from students who are unable to attend any of the live audition dates.

Students who plan to submit a recorded audition should follow the procedure outlined in the document below and submit their recording through

Note to all students

All applicants accepted into the Music Education degree program will be accepted on a provisional basis. These students must apply for full acceptance to the Music Education program following the completion of MU117 Introduction to Music Education (first-year course). Full acceptance into the Music Education program is contingent upon successful completion of all application requirements and the approval of the Music Education faculty.

Students who are not accepted into any of the Department of Music's degree programs may choose to study applied music for no credit or take entry-level music courses open to all students. Students may re-audition for admission into the Department after one semester.