School of Fine and Performing Arts

Auditions for Admission

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Auditions and Interviews for Bachelor of Fine Arts Programs

Wright State University is a dynamic training ground for career success in the performing arts, focused exclusively on undergraduate students. The department conducts a selective admissions process, including auditions and interviews*, for its academic programs for the Bachelor of Fine Arts (B.F.A.). Prospective students must complete the department’s own admission application and audition/interview process, as well as the university’s undergraduate admission application.

To learn more about admissions, auditions, interviews, scholarships, and degree requirements, please visit our programs to find the one that suits your talents and interests.

Schedule an Audition

Candidates must schedule an audition and submit materials at least two weeks in advance on the B.F.A. Admission and Scholarship Application (PDF). Candidates scheduling an audition for Dance must complete the B.F.A. Dance Admission and Scholarship Application (PDF). Candidates scheduling an interview for Design/Technology/Stage Management must complete the B.F.A. Design/Technology Admission and Scholarship Application (PDF).

Any student auditioning/interviewing for a BFA program must pay an audition fee of $25.00. This includes all audition/interview locations. Payment is only available online.

Pay B.F.A. application fee online

Call Victoria Oleen at 937-775-3072 if you have any questions.

Pre-screening Option

Applicants may choose to be pre-screened for Acting, Musical Theatre and Dance via Accept’d. Design/Technology students can submit digital art and design portfolios there, as well.

Though we encourage you to consider pre-screening, the online audition is optional and intended to help prospective students avoid unnecessary travel and be most efficient in their college selection process. You may still choose to audition in person without this screening.

Direct Application Option

You can also apply directly to Wright State University. Please select an audition date directly through our department.

2023–24 Acting & Musical Theatre Auditions
  • Friday, November 18, 2022 (Master Class)
  • Sunday, January 22, 2023 (Audition)
  • Saturday, February 4, 2022 (Virtual Audition)
  • Friday, February 17, 2023 (Master Class)
  • Saturday, February 18, 2023 (Audition)
2023–24 Dance Auditions

2022-2023 Audition submissions for the Dance Program will be in-person for all that are able. Dance auditions will consist of one of the following: Friday Master Class of both ballet and modern, or Saturday audition of a ballet barre followed by learning a short combination from each of the three disciplines: ballet, modern and jazz. 

  • Friday, November 18, 2022 (Master Class and Audition)         
  • Friday, January 20, 2023 (Master Class and Audition)                  
  • Friday, February 17, 2023 (Master Class)                                                  
  • Saturday, February 18, 2022 (Audition)
2023–24 Design/Technology/Stage Management Admission Interviews

Sunday, January 22, 2023          

Design/Technology/Stage Management Interviews are also available by appointment if the pre-arranged dates are not possible for the applicant. Contact Victoria Oleen to schedule.

*No auditions or interviews are required for Motion Pictures and Theatre Studies programs.

Auditions for Admission to Music Programs

The path to becoming a music major is different than for other majors. The information below will guide you through the process of becoming a School of Music student. This process is necessary for all students who apply to the School of Music regardless of your desired degree program.

  1. To be a student of the School of Music, you must also apply and be accepted into Wright State University. Review the admission requirements and complete the admission application.
  2. Apply to the School of Music. To apply to the School of Music, fill out and submit the undergraduate application.
  3. Prepare for your audition. Review the audition requirements for your instrument and detailed information about your audition day.

Instructions and Dates

Please read this carefully in order to understand the School of Music admittance process.

Students may be admitted to the School of Music only after being admitted to Wright State and successfully completing an audition with the appropriate School of Music faculty. To apply for admission to the school, make an appointment for your audition, and get more information on the admission process.

Audition Dates for Fall 2021 and Spring 2022 Admission

Spring 2022 In-person audition dates

  • February 12, 2022
  • March 12, 2022
  • April 2, 2022

additional audition information

  • Please submit a recorded audition through the Acceptd site. A $30.00 fee will be charged by Acceptd for submitting a recorded audition.
  • If you are interested in auditioning in the Fall of 2021 for either admission in Spring of 2022 or Fall of 2022, you may request a special audition date, or submit a video audition on the Acceptd  platform.

Performance time for prepared literature may be no longer than 15 minutes. Questions regarding the choice of repertoire should be directed to the area coordinators, listed below.

Area Coordinators

Audition Requirements

Transfer students should provide a list of their complete repertoire. Applicants who are unable to visit Wright State may submit a professional quality recording in lieu of a live audition. This recording will be reviewed on the scheduled audition date for entrance into the School of Music.

Although every student will be asked to do an exercise in rhythm and pitch, audition requirements vary slightly with each performing area; please see below:


Instrumentalists are required to perform two movements of contrasting tempo and style or a single selection with contrasting sections. It is recommended that compositions written with accompaniment be performed with accompaniment, but this is not required. The applicant will also be asked to play major scales through four sharps and four flats, a chromatic scale, and to sight-read. These same requirements apply to music minors and those interested in elective study.


Vocalists auditioning to major in music are required to sing two solo selections. They must be in two different languages, from memory, and in the category of art songs, sacred songs, or arias. Those interested in the music minor, or elective study, need only to prepare one song. Vocalists are required to perform pieces with accompaniment and are encouraged to use their own accompanist. If they do not have access to an accompanist, one will be provided for them.


Pianists auditioning for a major or concentration in piano, are required to perform two compositions from different periods. Both compositions must be from the standard repertoire, and one must be performed from memory. Applicants will also be asked to play major and minor scales through four sharps and four flats and to sight-read. Students seeking admission to the Music Education program with a piano as the principal instrument must also pass and audition on a secondary band, orchestral instrument, or voice. Those interested in elective study need to only perform one work from memory and prepare major scales through four sharps and four flats.


Organists are required to perform two compositions from different periods. The selections must be from the standard organ repertoire. The applicant will also be asked to sight-read. Please indicate the number of years you have studied piano and attach a list of repertoire studied. Those interested in elective study need only prepare one piece.


Guitarists are required to perform two compositions of contrasting tempo and style or a single selection with contrasting sections. Applicants will be asked to play two-octave major scales in any key and to sight-read. Those interested in elective study need only prepare one piece.

Music Scholarships

In order to be eligible to receive a talent-based scholarship from the School of Music, you must audition on a special scholarship audition date or submit a recorded audition on or before March 15, 2022. After this date has passed, the remaining live auditions and recorded audition submissions will be for entrance only. Scholarship priority will be given to music majors.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • May I submit an audition by using a recording?

    Although we strongly encourage live, on-site auditions, all undergraduate applicants who live beyond a 250-mile radius of Dayton, Ohio may submit their entire audition online at the Acceptd site. This includes all instruments and voice types. If you meet this criteria and it is your intention to submit your entire audition online, please notify the music undergraduate admission office of your intent through email at or call (937) 775-2346.

  • What if I have a conflict with all the audition dates and live within the 250-mile radius?

    If you have a conflict with the scheduled audition days and live within 250 miles of the Wright State campus, please contact the applied teacher for your instrument or voice to discuss the possibility of submitting an online audition. To find the correct applied teacher, visit the People section of our website.


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