• 2015-2016 AUDITION DATES

  • The two Open Auditon Dates for the Performing Arts Major* for the 2015-2016 academic year will be held on:

  • Saturday, January 17, 2015

  • Saturday, January 31, 2015

  • Please read the following information for more detailed information about the audition process.
  • *These auditions are strictly for students interested in pursuing the Production Studies in Performing Arts Bachelor of Arts Degree.

  • No audition is required for the Music or Theatre Minor.

Step 1 – Applying to Clemson


Complete and submit an official Clemson University application form, and provide SAT scores, high school class rank, and high school GPA to the University Admissions Office.

College Transfer Students

Apply through the University Admissions Office.  All required information – including college transcripts – must be submitted to the Transfer Admissions Office.

Please visit the Admissions Office web site for complete application procedures for Freshmen and/or College Transfer students.

Step 2 - Auditioning

An audition/interview is required for all students interested in pursuing an audio technology, music, or theatre concentration.

Upon completion of your Clemson University Application, the Admissions Office will forward your contact information to the Performing Arts Department, indicating your interest in Audio Technology, Music, or Theatre. Soon after, you should receive a Department of Performing Arts AUDITION APPLICATION FOR MAJORS form in the mail from the Department of Performing Arts. To request an audition, complete the form and mail it to the address listed on the form.

Change of Majors Students

Current Clemson University students interested in changing their major to the Production Studies in Performing Arts major (Audio Technology, Music, or Theatre), should contact the Department of Performing Arts to obtain an Audition Application Form. Please note that a minimum of a 2.8 GPA is required for students who want to change to the Performing Arts major.


• Complete and return the audition application form before your audition date.

• Be prepared.

• Dress appropriately.

• Be in the lobby of the Brooks Theatre before 10 a.m. on your audition day. (Doors will open at 9 a.m.)

• Bring a resumé which details your performing arts experiences and background.

• Provide at least two letters of recommendation. (Letters of recommendation should be mailed to the department 2 weeks prior to the audition date. If time does not allow, the student should bring the letters to the audition.)


Click on the specific concentration below to view more information on each audition.

FOR MUSIC STUDENTS requiring an accompanist – send or fax your music ahead of your audition to

Department of Performing Arts
221 Brooks Center for the Performing Arts
Clemson University
Clemson, SC 29634-0525
864-656-1013 (fax)


FOR AUDIO TECHNOLOGY STUDENTS, bring samples of your work on a CD or DVD.


FOR THEATRE STUDENTS, bring a portfolio of your work.

Students in all three areas of concetration may be asked the following questions during their audition/interview and should be prepared to answer them.

• What attracted you to this degree program?

• What are your career aspirations?

• What are your experiences and background in the arts?

• What other (non-arts) activities were you involved with in your school and/or community during your high school career?

• Understanding that this degree requires collaborative teamwork with students of varying performing arts backgrounds,

 • How do you see yourself fitting into this curriculum?

 • What previous collaborative experiences have you had?

Auditioning Tips

- adapted from Teaching Music

- Be confident, but not arrogant.

- Prepare your repertoire several months in advance of your audition.

- Open with your strongest piece.

- Play in tune - nothing will hurt an audition more than playing out-of-tune.

- Don't panic if you're asked to stop before the end of a piece.

- Have your scales down cold.

- Play in front of an audience (friends and family are OK too) as much as possible.

- Accept constructive criticism.

- Use a cassette or video recorder to self-evaluate your selections.

- Be so comfortable with your selections that your nerves heighten your performance.

- Dress appropriately.

- Don't stop during your performance.

- Bring copies of your music and a resumé to your audition.

- Smile, make eye contact, and engage in conversation with the committee.

- Be professional.

- Be courteous.

- Use good posture and stand (if appropriate) for your audition.

- Arrive early and warm up.

- Don't chew gum.

- Don't rush through the audition.

- Don't make excuses for something that doesn't go well (the committee has heard it all).

- Have fun!


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