Bachelor of Music (BM) or Bachelor of Arts (BA)
Master of Music (MM) or Graduate Certificate (GCRT)
Doctor of Musical Arts (DMA)
Applicants to Organ must submit a recording to be pre-screened by the faculty. The results of this pre-screen will determine whether an applicant will be invited to perform a live audition on the USC campus in Los Angeles.
Note: Recordings will not be accepted via mail or email for this program. Recordings must be submitted online through the “Fall SlideRoom portal.” Any applicant that does not submit a pre-screen recording by the December 1 deadline may be removed from consideration.
Prescreen Audition Information
- Two selections, in contrasting styles, from the standard solo repertoire.
- Audio or video recordings accepted
Live Audition Information
Based on the result of the pre-screen recording, the faculty will invite a select group of applicants to the USC campus in Los Angeles for a live audition. 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, that pass the pre-screen round, 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. Final audition recordings will not be accepted via mail or email for this program. Final audition recordings must be submitted online through the “Fall SlideRoom portal”. All applicants choosing to use a recording in lieu of a live audition should contact the Thornton Admission Office after receiving your prescreen decision for further instructions on how to submit your Final Audition Recording through SlideRoom. Any application not complete by December 1 may be removed from consideration.
- DMA applicants are required to submit a “Personal Introductory Video” as part of their SlideRoom Portfolio. For detailed instructions click here.