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Graduate Music Auditions

College of Music & Performing Arts

Why Belmont?

Belmont's Master of Music programs offer its students the best of both worlds - a small community of elite musicians pursuing professional graduate degrees housed within a large, vibrant and diverse School of Music. Located at the end of historic Music Row near the heart of Nashville, Belmont's quiet, neighborhood campus provides a peaceful, inspiring environment for musicians to practice and learn.

Our nationally recognized faculty is here to offer personal support and guidance to each student in the program - this means that your seminars and classes are kept small to allow professors to work with you one on one. In addition, our mentoring committees work to nurture each musician in the program and guide them towards challenging and rewarding programs of study.

Belmont offers abundant performance and teaching opportunities to its graduate students. Of course, if you study at Belmont, you will be living in Nashville, Tennessee - a city with unparalleled opportunities for musicians of all kinds.

Many resources are available on Belmont's campus: a comprehensive music library with full-time staff; the Fisher Center for the Performing Arts, a 1,700 seated theatre with state-of-the-art equipment and acoustical technologies; the Massey Performing Arts Center, which contains the 1,000-seat Massey Concert Hall and the 100-seat Harton Recital Hall; the Wilson Music Building, with music technology labs, a vocal arts lab, numerous classrooms, studios and practice rooms; and a 876-seat venue for acoustic performances, McAfee Concert Hall. Read more about our School of Music Facilities.

Submit Supplemental Materials:

Once the application is submitted and the application fee is paid, an email will be sent with instructions for submitting the supplemental pieces of the application. Applicants will be required to provide the following:

  1. Two completed recommendation forms from individuals who know the applicant's musical abilities. At least one recommendation must be completed by an individual who can address the applicant's accomplishments and potential in the academic classroom setting.
  2. A list of repertory studied in the principal performing area, including undergraduate junior and senior recital repertory, if applicable.
  3. A writing sample from undergraduate academic course work.
  4. Statement of Purpose. This one-page essay should describe why you are interested in the desired degree program and Belmont University, and address your personal and professional career goals.
  5. Official transcripts of all previous college and masters level work. International applicants with college level coursework from foreign institutions must have their transcripts evaluated by a credential evaluation service such as World Education Services ( Applicants must have a minimum of a 3.0 cumulative GPA. Students who have earned below a 3.0 may be considered on a case-by-case basis.


All prospective students should apply as soon as possible to submit their application, including all supplemental materials, by the deadlines listed below.

Deadline for Spring 2024 entry: November 17th is the final audition date for Spring 2024 entry. All supplemental material must be submitted at least four weeks before the audition date.

Deadline for Fall 2024 entry: Four weeks before the desired audition date. See audition dates below.

Audition for the School of Music:

All applicants are required to audition for the School of Music. The audition day will consist of a live audition and interview with our performance faculty and an informational meeting. The information session will also allow time for questions from attendees.

2023-2024 Audition Dates:
  • Friday, November 17, 2023
  • Friday, February 9, 2024
  • Friday, February 23, 2024
  • Friday, March 15, 2024

*If you would still like to be considered for Fall 2024 entry, please contact our Graduate Admissions Coordinator.*

An audition registration email will be sent upon receipt of the application and all supplemental materials.


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College of Music and Performing Arts

1900 Belmont Boulevard
Nashville, TN 37212

Phone:  615.460.6408