Undergraduate Admissions

Happy music students.

Applying for an Undergraduate Program in Music

Follow these important steps to apply:

Get Your NSHE ID

Apply to the University, including the application for University scholarships which is a part of the admission application. You will be assigned a Nevada System of Higher Education (NSHE) ID. This is a system-wide ID issued to students applying to schools within NSHE. Once you apply, the ID is e-mailed to you.

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What is a NSHE ID?

The NSHE ID is a system-wide ID issued to students applying to the Nevada System of Higher Education. Once you apply, the NSHE ID is sent to you by email or postal letter, or both. You will use your NSHE ID to access the MyNEVADA Web site for accessing information and tools for your enrollment. You need this ID to be considered for scholarships and financial aid from the Departmenty of Music.

Live Audition Dates in Nevada

Call the Department of Music Office after November 1, 2019 to reserve an audition time.

Phone: (775) 784-6145

Las Vegas Auditions:
All students except Jazz

Thursday, January 23, 2020: 3:30 PM - 8:00 PM
Friday, January 24, 2020: 3:30 PM - 8:00 PM
Ed. W. Clark High School

Reno Auditions:
All Students

Saturday, January 25, 2020: 11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
University of Nevada, Reno
University Arts Building

Jazz students

Reno area students may audition on January 25, 2020 or in case of a conflict with the Folsom Jazz Festival, may audition at UNR on Saturday, January 18, 2020.

Vegas area students, please contact Adam Benjamin directly to arrange a live audition adambenjamin@unr.edu

Live Audition Date in California

All students except Jazz
Sunday, January 12, 2020: 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Tim's Music Sacramento
6818 Fair Oaks Blvd
Carmichael, CA

For questions regarding the Northern California audition only please contact Dr. Natalie Brooke Higgins at nhiggins@unr.edu.

Video Submissions

If you are unable to attend an audition in person but wish to be considered for program admission and scholarship consideration, you may email a video audition to mvmiller@unr.edu You can attach a video to your email, or include a YouTube link. Write 2020-2021 Program and Scholarship Audition in the Subject line of the email. In the text of the email, please include your name, instrument or voice type, school currently attending, and intended major. This must be received by February 1, 2020. It is important to follow all other steps on this page in order to be considered for admission.

Audition Preparation

Your audition selections should not be "works in progress" - make every effort to achieve a level of mastery appropriate to a recital or concert performance.


In general, instrumentalists should prepare a single work or two contrasting movements, totaling no more than eight minutes, which demonstrate technical proficiency, sound and phrasing. Candidates should also be prepared to perform major scales with common articulations. Piano accompaniment is not required. However, you may bring an accompanist with you if you wish.

Detailed information for specific instrumentalists:




Download, fill out, and mail the Scholarship Application Form:

The deadline for returning students is December 1, 2019. The deadline for new undergraduate, transfer, and graduate students is February 1, 2020.

Mail to:

University of Nevada, Reno
Department of Music Scholarships / 0226
Reno, NV 89557-0226

Important Notice

To be considered for any institutional scholarship, including Department of Music scholarships, all students must complete the Graduate and Undergraduate Scholarship Application in MyNEVADA. Select Student Center, Supplemental Forms, then Graduate and Undergraduate Scholarship Application. The deadline for this is February 1 annually.

To be eligible for consideration for scholarships which require or prefer financial need, students must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) at fafsa.ed.gov and include federal school code 002568-00; University of Nevada, Reno, Reno, NV. This must be done between October 1 and February 1 annually. Students not eligible to complete the FAFSA (such as international students or students with DACA status), may complete the Institutional Methodology for Non-FAFSA Eligible Students Form and submit it between October 1 and February 1 annually.

The Department of Music accepts music scholarship applications from incoming freshman, transfer students, continuing students, and graduate students . To be eligible for consideration, students must apply for admission to the University (including submission of official transcripts and, for new first year students, official ACT or SAT test scores) prior to application for any departmental scholarship.