Bachelor of Music (BM) or Bachelor of Arts (BA)
Master of Music (MM) or Graduate Certificate (GCRT)
Doctor of Musical Arts (DMA)

Audition Information

A performance audition is required of applicants to all programs in organ performance. Three or more selections from various stylistic periods of the standard organ literature should be prepared for the audition. Organ auditions are generally not held on the scheduled Los Angeles audition dates. All organ applicants are urged to contact Dr. Ladd Thomas, chair of the department of organ studies, at (213) 740-7703 to further discuss audition requirements and arrangements for an audition appointment.

Generally, live auditions are preferred. In the event that a student is not able to perform the live audition at USC, s/he may request that a recording be considered in lieu of the live audition. Recordings will not be accepted via mail or email for this program. Recordings must be submitted online through the “Fall DecisionDesk portal” by the December 1st deadline. Any application not complete by December 1 may be removed from consideration.

To access the Fall portal to submit your recording click on the following link:

USC Thornton Fall Portal (Available Sept 1)