Classical Guitar

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

If you are planning to apply to the Artist Diploma program please follow the audition requirements on the Artist Diploma page.

Note: This information applies only to classical guitar applicants. For Studio Guitar, please refer to the Studio Guitar requirements.

Applicants to Classical Guitar must submit an audition recording to be evaluated by the faculty. The results of the first round of consideration will determine whether an applicant will advance to the second round of consideration. Audition recordings must include video. Audio only recordings will not be accepted.

Note: Video recordings will not be accepted via mail or email for this program. Video recordings must be submitted online through the “Fall SlideRoom portal” by the December 1st deadline. Any application not complete by December 1 may be removed from consideration.

  • UNDERGRADUATE APPLICANTS– For instructions on how to access the SlideRoom portal to submit your recording click HERE
  • GRADUATE APPLICANTS– For instructions on how to access the SlideRoom portal to submit your recording click HERE

Please note: Current Thornton Classical Guitar students applying for a graduate program are not required to submit an audition recording for the first round of consideration, however they must indicate on the application that they are a current Thornton student or they will not automatically advance to the second round of consideration. For the second round of consideration they may use a recently recorded recital, schedule a Zoom conference, or both. Current Thornton students should review the application requirements for current Thornton Students and are encouraged to contact Kit Bellamy (keb@usc.edu) in the Thornton Admission office with any questions or concerns regarding advancing to the second round of consideration.

First Round of Consideration

The audition video recording should include the following:

BM applicants:

A video of at least 20 minutes of standard solo pieces from the classical guitar literature. Transcriptions and arrangements are allowed. The video must include two pieces of contrasting character and those pieces must be from different stylistic periods. Ideally, one piece should be composed before 1900 and the other should be composed after 1900. If any of the selections are taken from a multi-movement sonata or concerto, applicants need only submit one movement of the piece, should they wish. The video may contain separate videos of works, or one complete live performance. Each piece must be unedited. Material from a recent video of a live recital may be used, provided the video is no older than one year.

MM, GC, and DMA applicants:

A video of at least 30 minutes of standard solo pieces from the classical guitar literature. Transcriptions and arrangements are allowed. The video must include two pieces of contrasting character and those pieces must be from different stylistic periods. Ideally, one piece should be composed before 1900 and the other should be composed after 1900. If any of the selections are taken from a multi-movement sonata or concerto, applicants need only submit one movement of the piece, should they wish. The video may contain separate videos of works, or one complete live performance. Each piece must be unedited. Material from a recent video of a live recital may be used, provided the video is no older than one year.

Second Round of Consideration

Details regarding the second round of consideration for this program will be sent in late December via email to applicants who are advanced from the first round of consideration. No additional repertoire will be required for the second round of consideration, but may include interactive activities such as an online performance audition and/or interview.

Important notes:

  • DMA applicants are required to submit a “Doctoral Introductory Video” as part of their SlideRoom Portfolio. For detailed instructions click here.
  • Undergraduate applications are not accepted for Spring admission to this program unless the applicant is already enrolled at USC. All applicants for spring admission are also required to submit a video recording for the first round of consideration. Spring applicants will be notified via email regarding their decision from the first round.