Application Materials

USC Application for Admission

All music applicants are required to submit an application for admission to USC, as well as all supporting documents required by the University (e.g. academic transcripts, standardized test scores, etc.). Applicants are urged to contact the USC Office of Admission or visit the USC Admission Website for specific information regarding University admission requirements.

Pre-screen Evaluation 

Many programs at the USC Thornton School of Music require a prescreen recording to be reviewed by the faculty, followed by an invitation to a select group of applicants to perform a live audition on the USC campus in Los Angeles. Applicants must carefully review the specific requirements for their chosen program to be sure these requirements are met.


Most programs in the USC Thornton School of Music require a performance audition. Undergraduate applicants who wish to be considered for an academic scholarship MUST perform a live audition by the first audition weekend held in January.

Résumé – to be submitted with online application

The résumé should list musical, professional and academic experience.

Repertoire List – to be submitted with online application

This list should include works studied and performed. Etudes, scale studies, arias, art songs, chamber music and solo pieces are all examples of what could be included in this list.

Statement of Purpose – to be submitted with online application

If required for your major, applicants are encouraged to prepare a brief statement of their professional goals, as well as their purpose in applying for the particular program. (All applicants to the Historical Musicology department please see the Historical Musicology Application Requirements page for specific instructions on the Statement of Objectives.)


Transcripts are required from all applicants, and unless otherwise instructed, should be submitted directly to the USC Admission Office. Please visit the USC Admission website for specific information on how to submit official transcripts.

Letters of Recommendation

Undergraduate Applicants- Letters of Recommendation from music recommenders are not required but applicants are welcome to submit 1-3 letters of Recommendation. These letters can be mailed to the USC Main Office of Admission or submitted as “Supporting Documents” through the SlideRoom Portfolio.

Graduate Applicants- Applicants to some graduate level programs are required to submit one to three letters of recommendation from persons familiar with the applicant’s academic and professional background. These letters should be submitted through the USC Graduate Application. Please see the USC online application for instructions on how to submit them.