Auditions for Fall 2016 Admission

The Department of Music at Southeast offers both a variety of performing and learning experiences usually found at a large university, and the individual attention and relaxed atmosphere expected of a small college. Among the benefits of attending Southeast as a music major are the following:

Our talented faculty offer instruction in all areas of musical study, including music education, performance, composition, electronic composition and world music. This outstanding group of educators has performed both nationally and abroad, with recognition in Canada, China, Czech Republic, England, Ireland, Japan, Scotland and the Ukraine. We have numerous performances of university ensembles, faculty and student recitals, and guest recitals at the River Campus. Tickets can be purchased for all events at the River Campus Box Office by calling 573-651-2265.

Auditions for Fall 2016 Admission

Formal on-campus auditions will be held on the following dates at the River Campus.

  • Music Major Day - Monday, November 16, 2015
  • Auditions Only - Saturday, February 6, 2016
  • Music Major Day - Monday, February 22, 2016
  • Auditions Only - Saturday, March 12, 2016

If you would like to audition on a different date, please indicate your choice when you fill out our online application (see link below).

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