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, 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, placement tests, 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.

PROCEDURES

  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 (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 2023 Audition Dates:

  • Saturday, January 21, 2023 |  8:30 AM
  • Saturday, February 18, 2023  |  8:30 AM
  • Saturday, February 25, 2023 |  8:30 AM

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

  1. To schedule an audition, click the link below.  In order to be eligible for music scholarship consideration, all forms and information must be completed prior to acceptance into the Dana School of Music.
  2. Please email the Music Teacher’s Confidential Report to Stephanie Pavlovich at srpavlovich@ysu.edu prior to your scheduled audition date..

reserve an audition date

Note: : If you are unable to audition on one of the days listed here, please call 330-941-3636 to schedule an alternative date.

AUDITION REQUIREMENTS

The audition should include a performance of material that illustrates your ability. An accompanist is desirable but not required. Students will be notified of the results of their audition by the Dana School of Music shortly after the audition date. 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 jwcarucci@ysu.edu. 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 (an audition on piano to include):
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:
View guitar audition requirements.

Composition:
Please submit written examples of compositions to Dr. Morgan, dsmorgan@ysu.edu. 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.

SCHOLARSHIPS

A limited number of performance-based scholarships are granted on a competitive basis. Auditions for entrance into the Dana School of Music and for scholarship purposes are taken at the same time (one audition suffices for both). If you wish to apply for a scholarship, you must obtain financial aid forms from the Financial Aid Office. In addition to Dana School of Music scholarships, YSU offers awards based on academic achievement and financial need.

FINANCIAL AID

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