Admission to Dana

This page contains important information about Undergraduate Admission to the Dana School of Music, including YSU and Dana Admissions Procedures, Audition Requirements, and Scholarships, and Financial Aid.

It is expected that students be proficient in one or more areas of applied music. Proficiency levels are determined by auditions and interviews. Students not qualifying for the standard course of study in a major area of applied music may take preparatory work until sufficiently prepared.


  1. Prospective students must apply to Youngstown State University in addition to auditioning for the Dana School of Music. Apply online or call our Admissions Office toll free at (877) 468-6978 (877-GO-TO-YSU) or local (330) 941-2000 to request an application.
  2. Send an official high school transcript to the YSU Admissions Office.

Spring 2024 Audition Dates

  • Saturday, January 27, 2024 |  8:30 AM
  • Saturday, February 17, 2024 |  8:30 AM
  • Saturday, February 24, 2024 |  8:30 AM

Once you complete your YSU Application and are admitted to the University, follow the directions below to schedule your audition.

To schedule an audition, click the link below. To be eligible for music scholarship consideration, all forms and information must be completed prior to acceptance into the Dana School of Music.

schedule an audition date

If you are unable to audition on one of the days listed above, or to schedule a virtual audition, contact the Cliffe College Program Coordinator of Admissions and Recruitment at or 330-941-2346 to schedule an alternative date or receive information about the virtual audition process.


The audition should include a performance of material that illustrates your ability. An accompanist is desirable but not required. Within two weeks of the audition date, students will be notified of the results of their audition. Audition materials vary according to the performance area, but the following has been prepared as a guide to candidates planning to audition.

  • Digital Audio Workstation

    Please submit links to 2-3 samples of your musical productions or recordings to Dr. Joseph Carucci at Include a short description of each musical work as well as a summary of your professional goals. During the Audition Day, candidates will have the opportunity to meet with the audio engineering faculty.

  • Piano

    Approximately 10 minutes of solo piano literature that demonstrates your best technical and lyrical playing.

  • Organ

    A work by Bach, a movement from a classic sonata, a 19th or 20th century work. An organ selection may be performed, but the piano audition is required including scales and arpeggios.

  • Voice

    All songs must be performed from memory with the live accompaniment (no pre-recorded music will be allowed). Candidates should provide their own accompanist if possible.

    • Vocal Performance and Vocal Music Education
      Two contrasting classical songs (folk song arrangements are also acceptable); one in English and the other in Italian, German, Spanish or French.
    • Music Minor
      One classical song in English, Italian, German, Spanish or French.
  • Woodwind and Brass

    Approximately 10 minutes of solo and/or etude literature that demonstrates your best technical and lyrical playing (piano accompaniment is not required)

  • Strings

    Applicants should prepare major and minor scales and arpeggios using a standard method of the applicant's choice and two works of contrasting styles.

  • Percussion

    See audition requirements posted on the Percussion Page.

  • Guitar
  • Composition

    Please submit written examples of compositions to Dr. Morgan, Recordings of performances of original works may be submitted. Composition students must also audition on an instrument or as a vocalist. Candidates should consult suggested audition material in their performance medium.

  • Jazz

    View audition requirements.  Students auditioning for any jazz programs will still need to schedule an audition for their primary instrument.


Performance-based scholarships are granted on a competitive basis. Auditions for entrance into the Dana School of Music and for scholarship purposes occur at the same time (one audition suffices for program admission and scholarship consideration). If you wish to be considered for a scholarship, you must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), which may be found on the YSU Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships website. In addition to Dana School of Music scholarships, YSU offers awards based on academic achievement and financial need.


The University participates in a variety of loan programs. Those needing financial aid should seek assistance from the Financial Aid Office.