Jordan College of Fine Arts
School of Music

Audition Information

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8:45am registration in the east Lobby of Lilly Hall. Audition times will be distributed at registration. We strongly encourage you to audition for Butler University's Jordan College of the Arts School of Music. Each audition day is filled with activities and information designed to give you a glimpse inside the School of Music at Butler. The audition day includes the following:

  • Message from the Jordan College of the Arts associate dean.
  • Conversation with the School of Music chair and students.
  • Music theory placement test.
  • Tours of the Music facilities, Schrott Center for the Arts, Eidson-Duckwall Recital Hall, Clowes Memorial Hall and the Butler University campus.
  • Financial aid session.
  • Observation of classes and rehearsals.
  • Interest session for Music Education.


We believe this experience will give you an inside look at what we mean by Music at Butler, and will ultimately help you make an informed college decision.

Exact audition times are subject to change, so audition schedules are distributed at registration on your audition day.

Audition Day Side-by-Side Opportunities

We encourage you to select a music audition date which includes a side-by-side (s/s) opportunity, in which you are able to participate alongside current Butler University students in an ensemble rehearsal.  Two audition dates with side by side options are scheduled for each of the following ensembles:  Butler Symphony Orchestra (strings), University Chorale (vocalists), Wind Ensemble (wind/brass/percussion) and Jazz Ensemble jam.

Your participation in these s/s ensembles will not be considered part of your audition but will help you gain a better "feel" for music at Butler. Music will be provided at the side-by-side rehearsal, rather than in advance.

Music Audition Dates, including side-by-side options are:

Fall 2013

November 18 (M)     Music (strings only) with Butler Symphony Orchestra side-by-side

December 6             Music

Spring 2014

January 31             Music with Wind Ensemble & Chorale side-by-side, Piano master class

February 3 (M)        Music (strings only) with Butler Symphony Orchestra side-by-side

February 14            Musicwith Wind Ensemble side-by-side

February 21            Music with Jazz Jam side-by-side,Piano master class

February 28            Music with Chorale side-by-side

String players may audition on any of the seven audition dates;November 18 and February 3 are designated as string-only audition dates  and s/s option with the Butler Symphony Orchestra from 2-3 pm. This s/s opportunity is limited to string players only.  Come take a seat under Maestro Richard Auldon Clark.

Vocalists may audition on any of the five general audition dates; January 31 and February 28 are designated as s/s dates for the Butler University Chorale from 12:30-1:30 pm.  Sing with the top choral ensemble under the direction of Dr. Eric Stark, alongside current Butler vocalists.

Wind/brass players and percussionists may audition on any of the five general audition dates; January 31 and February 14 are designated as s/s dates for the Butler University Wind Ensemble from 3-4 pm.  Play alongside a current Butler instrumentalist and see what it would be like to rehearse under Dr. Robert Grechesky.

Auditioning jazz musicians can jam with current Butler jazz ensemble members on February 21. The Jazz jam is led by Dr. Matt Pivec, director of jazz studies. Specific times will vary by date.

Pianists may audition on any of the five general audition dates: January 31 and February 21 are designated as piano master class dates so pianists have an opportunity to work with the faculty and meet current Butler piano students.

To schedule your audition, complete the JCA supplemental application that you will be prompted to finish after you submit your Butler University application.