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Graduate and Adult Admissions

How to Apply to and Audition for the School of Music, Art, and Theatre

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Create an account with our online admissions system so you can complete an application for our graduate music program—or start one and save your progress to finish it later. Graduate music students typically begin in the fall semester, after auditioning in the previous spring. We encourage you to begin your application early in the academic year before you plan to enroll, but we do accept applications for this program throughout the year.

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Along with this convenient online, no-fee application you will need to:

  1. Upload two recommendations, as well as a personal statement and resume, to your applicant dashboard.
  2. Request copies of official transcripts from all colleges and universities you have attended to be sent to:

Office of Graduate Admissions
North Park University
Attn: Erin Matonte
3225 W Foster Ave, Box 40
Chicago IL 60625

If you’ve already started an online application, you can log back into the system to complete it. You can also request more information if you’re not quite ready to apply.

Applicants should review the full entrance requirements, and pre-requisites and exam information, found in the Academic Catalog and our Music Student Handbook. 

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Audition and Interview

Graduate Music Auditions: Saturday, February 13, 2021

All graduate candidates are required to audition and interview for acceptance into the program.  One graduate audition day in the spring semester is scheduled each year, but you can also arrange individual audition appointments with our recruiter, Erin Matonte.

During the time of COVID-19, auditions will be held remotely.  Please email a list of audition repertoire along with accompanying video clips to Erin Matonte.

Graduate level classes are being held in a hybrid format for safety reasons.  Watch this video to learn about the many ways we are mitigating risk in the School of Music, Art, and Theatre.

Contact Erin Matonte for more information or to schedule an audition.

Vocal Performance Audition Requirements

Submit video recordings of five pieces covering a variety of styles, technical characteristics, and languages. Include at least one art song, one operatic aria, one English selection, and one piece composed after 1900.  Please include a list of your audition repertoire for reference.  The use of pre-recorded accompaniment tracks are permitted.

Collaborative Piano Audition Requirements

Submit video recordings of the following six art songs (each in the high key), aria, and one solo piano work of your choice, memorization optional, which demonstrates technique and musicianship.  When possible, please collaborate with a vocalist on a minimum of three pieces.

  • “Il pleure dans mon coeur” by Claude Debussy
  • “St. Ita’s Vision” by Samuel Barber
  • “Nichts” by Richard Strauss
  • “Meine Liebe ist grün” by Johannes Brahms
  • “Mi chiamano Mimi” from La Bohème by Giacomo Puccini
  • “Mandoline” by Claude Debussy
  • “Morgen” by Richard Strauss (measures 1 through the downbeat of measure 16)

In addition, the faculty may request a follow-up virtual conference, details of which will follow after review of the recordings.

Scholarships and Tuition

When you apply you should also complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). This, along with your audition, will allow us to consider you for any available graduate music scholarships.

Learn more about the School of Music, Art, and Theatre’s graduate tuition and payment options.


Contact Erin Matonte, Assistant Director of SMAT Recruitment.