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Fall 2023

Music Theatre Admissions

A triple-threat program preparing students for a career on the stage.

Music Theatre

Key Admission Dates

Fall 2023

  • Early Action Deadline (Florida resident Freshmen only) October 15
  • Final Application and Prescreening Deadline December 1
  • Prescreen Results Released December 15
  • Zoom Callback Round January
  • Final Callbacks (on campus) February 25, March 3
  • Decisions Released March
Music Theatre

Application Requirements

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1 Apply to Florida State University

Complete the Florida State University Application and pay the $30 application fee.

Early Action

Florida resident Freshman applicants who apply by October 15 may be considered for an Early Action decision on December 15 based on their academic profile. However, all students must successfully pass an audition in February/March in order to gain admission to the College of Music.

International Students

Applicants whose native language is not English are required to demonstrate spoken and written proficiency by providing examination results. Additionally, all applicants must submit SAT or ACT scores. Please see the full instructions for Freshman applicants or transfer applicants.


2 Apply to Music Theatre

Complete the Music Theatre Supplemental Application and any additional materials required for your major. The Supplemental Application allows you to select your preferred audition date, and will be added to your Application Checklist within 1-2 hours of submitting your application to FSU.

Submit your Pre-Screen Materials via the Application Status Check:

  • Theatrical Resume
  • Headshot
  • Music Theatre Future/Career Goals: A short statement describing your professional goals and your desire to major in Music Theatre (650 words max.)
  • Letters of Recommendation (3 required): You will enter your recommenders’ contact information and they will be contacted via email and prompted to upload their letter.
  • Pre Screen Videos (Uploaded to the Portfolio section – see full description of Audition Requirements):
    • Two contrasting song selections
    • One contemporary monologue
    • Two contrasting dance pieces (one ballet and one jazz or contemporary)
    • Wildcard (optional)

Submissions will be reviewed on a rolling basis beginning November 1. Final Deadline is December 1.


3 Complete your audition

For those who progress beyond the prescreen round, initial callbacks will be conducted via Zoom in January. Students will be emailed a dance combination to record and upload prior to the audition. Students under final consideration will be invited to campus for a live audition.

Be sure to review the audition requirements below.

Music Theatre

Audition Requirements

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Select your instrument from the list below to view audition requirements

Voice Music Theatre
Prescreening Requirements:

Florida State University has adopted the 2023-24 Musical Theatre Common Prescreen Guideline. Each piece should be filmed/uploaded as a separate piece of media. No continuous videos. Students are encouraged to use standard technology/recording devices that are available to them (i.e. smartphones, tablets, etc.). Tips for creating your prescreening videos

Slate: There should not be a separate “slate” video. Instead, slates are to appear at the beginning of each piece and included as part of the time allotment.

  • The proper slate for a song is to share your name, the song title, and show in which it appears.
  • The proper slate for a monologue is to share your name, the title of the play, and the playwright.
  • The proper slate for a piece of dance is to share your name, the title of the song you are dancing to, and the name of the choreographer. If the piece is self-choreographed, you should share your own name as choreographer.

Songs: Students should prepare two contrasting pieces:

  • One song should be a ballad (where the piece has longer, sustained vocal lines) and one song should be an uptempo (where the vocal line moves at a conversational pace) so as to contrast style. One song should be written before 1970. This song can be either the uptempo or the ballad. The second song should be written after 1970 and contrast the style of the first.
  • Each song file should be 60-90 seconds (this time limit includes the slate at the beginning of the piece and is strictly adhered to; please do not upload media files longer than 90 seconds)
  • Students must sing to musical accompaniment, which could include live or pre-recorded accompaniment. No “a cappella” singing (meaning singing without music).
  • One of the two songs (student’s choice) should be filmed in a full frame shot to see your full range of expression, and
    the other one in a close-up shot (top of the head to the chest should be visible in the frame).

Monologue: Students should prepare one monologue:

  • One 60-90 second contemporary monologue (typically written after 1950) from a published play. (This time limit includes the slate at the beginning of the piece and is strictly adhered to; please do not upload media files longer than 90 seconds.)
  • The contemporary monologue should be filmed in a “close-up” shot which means the top of the head to the chest should be visible in the frame.
  • Monologues cannot be from musicals.

Dance: Students should prepare two videos:

  • 30-60 seconds of dance in whatever dance discipline you feel most confident. This may include, but is not limited to
    jazz, ballet, modern, hip hop, lyrical, contemporary, or dance styles beyond American and Euro-western styles (no tap). Please use steps, movement, and physical vocabulary that you are familiar with and can execute well. To the best of your ability, move your body fully. Please include at least one turn, one jump and one kick (or other suitable rotation, elevation, and extension that works for your body). Dance media can be “self-choreographed”, but it must be a solo video of you. This can include a show, competition, or other performance so long as you are clearly featured on your own.
  • Ballet, no more than 60 seconds. Execute a brief series of plié, tendu and grande battement; execute pirouette en déhors (to both sides); execute one or more grand jeté across the floor.
  • All dance media should be filmed in a “full body” shot taking care to keep the student’s entire body in the frame at all times.

Wild card: FSU does not require a wildcard video, but wildcard videos are welcome.

  • Submissions should be no more than 60 seconds.
  • Applicants do not need to slate in any wild card media.
  • This media can be ANYTHING you want – a special skill, an interesting story about yourself, a passion speech, an instrument you play, etc.
Audition Guidelines:

After the prescreening round, a number of qualified applicants will be invited for a callback audition. First round callbacks will be held on Zoom in January. Final callbacks are held on campus in Tallahassee in late February and early March.

The audition should demonstrate that the student has a strong potential for developing the skills and artistry necessary for a professional career. Enrollment is small and highly selective.

Applicants who have questions about appropriate repertoire please contact Prof. Alisa Hauser.

Common Questions

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Who is required to audition, and how are auditions scheduled?

All undergraduate applicants must pass an audition to enter the College of Music. Auditions are scheduled via the Music Supplemental application, submitted on the Application Status Page.  Applicants who complete their supplemental application by December 1st are generally able to secure their first-choice audition date, but requests are honored on a first-come, first-served basis.

Is a prescreening recording required?

Prescreenings are required for the following instruments/degree programs:

  • BM or BFA in Music Theatre
  • BM in Piano Performance

Prescreening submissions are due by December 1 and results will be released by December 15. Applicants who are successful in this first round will be invited to campus for a full audition on one of the dates listed above. (Music Theatre will have a second round via Zoom, followed by a final round on campus).

How do I apply for the music minor?

Auditioning for the music minor also requires a successful audition. Repertoire requirements are generally identical to the requirements for music majors. Students who wish to apply for a music minor should contact for access to the application.

I am already enrolled at FSU but I would like to change my major or add a minor. How do I apply?

Current students who wish to apply to the College of Music should contact for access to the application.

Auditioning for the music minor also requires a successful audition. Repertoire requirements are generally identical to the requirements for music majors.

How do I apply for a scholarship?

Everyone who auditions as a music major is automatically considered for talent scholarships and assistantships, and no additional application is necessary.

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What are the guidelines for recorded auditions?

While all students are encouraged to audition on campus, most studios will accept a recorded video audition in lieu of a live audition. Students who wish to audition on campus but have scheduling conflicts may request an alternate on-campus audition date. Please note the following recorded audition guidelines:

  • CD/DVD submissions will not be accepted – upload your recording(s) to YouTube or Vimeo and attach to the application. YouTube videos may be Public or Unlisted, but not Private.
  • Recordings must include video (no audio-only recordings, please) and should be unedited. Video links are to be submitted on the Application Status Page.
  • Some areas prefer one continuous recording and others prefer individual recordings of each selection. See repertoire requirements for your instrument for clarification.
  • Begin each recording facing the camera and introduce yourself and the piece(s) you are about to present.
  • Please ensure that recordings are of the highest quality possible and that all audition requirements are uploaded. We do understand that most applicants will not have access to professional recording equipment – faculty will take this into account in their evaluation. Watch/listen to your recordings before you submit them!
  • Voice auditions must be accompanied – no a cappella singing, please. Instrumentalists should play unaccompanied.
  • Exceptions:
    • Applicants for Music Theatre will not submit recorded auditions. Auditions will be conducted live, via Zoom. Final callbacks will be on campus.
    • Percussion auditions must be completed on-campus except in extraordinary situations (e.g., international applicants). Please contact if you wish to request a recorded or remote audition.

Recorded Auditions must be submitted no later than midnight on February 1.

Is an accompanist provided?

An accompanist is provided, free of charge, for all voice and music theatre auditions on campus. Rehearsal time is not provided, however, and scores should not be submitted in advance. Please bring neat copies, in a book or organized in a binder, in the appropriate key(s). Students may bring their own accompanist to the audition if they wish.

Instrumental auditions will be unaccompanied.

How many times may I audition?

Students are allowed a maximum of three audition attempts per instrument/voice, per degree level (bachelors, master’s, doctoral). Applicants are allowed one audition per application.