Graduate and Adult Admissions

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

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There is no fee to apply. Students may apply anytime with classes starting in January and August.

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In addition to the application please upload the following:

  1. Two recommendations
  2. Personal statement
  3. Resume (including repertoire studied)
  4. Official transcripts

Transcripts from each school you have attended may be uploaded in the application portal, emailed to Erin Matonte, or mailed to:
Office of Graduate Admissions
North Park University
Attn: Erin Matonte
3225 W. Foster Ave., Box 19
Chicago, IL 60625

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

Audition and Interview

Saturday, February 11, 2023
Saturday, February 25, 2023

Wednesday, March 1, 2023 (recorded auditions due)

Deadline: Monday, May 1, 2023

Individual audition appointments may be scheduled with our recruiter, Erin Matonte. The use of prerecorded accompaniment tracks is permitted.

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

Singers are required to perform three pieces as follows:

  1. One art song of your choice

  2. One aria either from an opera or an oratorio

  3. A vocal piece of your choice, such as a piece composed after 1900 or a legit musical theatre piece that can be sung in classical style.

    Selections should be sung in English and at least one additional language.

Collaborative Piano Audition Requirements

Pianists need to prepare 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)

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.