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About the Department

The Department of Music is housed in the Conservatory of Music – an effective environment for study, practice, and performance. The Department offers professional degree programs in a liberal arts setting. Our music programs are accredited nationally by the National Association of Schools of Music (since 1940), the National Council on Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE), and the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS). Winthrop University has identified the arts as one of its areas of excellence.

35th Annual Invitational Band Clinic - Nov. 19-21, 2015

Through a challenging curriculum and an excellent faculty, Winthrop offers four undergraduate and three graduate music degree programs, as well as extensive opportunities for performance in one of our many and varied ensembles. Additionally, we sponsor over 100 performances annually, most of which are free of charge and open to the general public. If you would like information about music scholarships, please check the link to the left of this page.

Entrance Auditions

All entering music majors must perform an entrance audition to be accepted into a music degree program. An audition for a music scholarship will also serve as the entrance audition. Auditions are scheduled at various times throughout each semester. New students also take the Basic Music Skills Exam which is scheduled during each of the entrance/music scholarship audition dates. All students must have performed an entrance audition and taken the Basic Music Skills Exam prior to summer orientation for fall enrollment, or prior to the beginning of the spring semester for spring enrollment.

Final audition date for new students entering in the Fall of 2015:

* Fri. August 21, 2015 - 11:30 a.m.

Entrance/Music Scholarship Auditions for the 2016-2017 academic year will be held according to the following schedule:

* Sat. November 21, 2015 - 10 a.m. - Instruments Only (Invitational Band Invitational Weekend)
* Sat. January 30, 2016 - 10 a.m. - All Instruments and Voice
* Sat. February 20, 2016 - 10 a.m. - Instruments Only
* Fri. March 4, 2016 - 12 noon - Voice Only (All-State Choral Weekend)
* Sat. April 2, 2016 - 10 a.m. - All Instruments and Voice - FINAL AUDITION DATE for music scholarship consideration

I encourage you to schedule a visit to Winthrop and the Department of Music to visit classes and speak with our students and faculty.  Please contact my office if you would like more information on being a part of our exciting music program!

Donald M. Rogers
Donald M. Rogers, Chair