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Incoming music majors need to apply both to SVSU and to the department. Audition dates and information are below along with specific information related to auditions for select ensembles. Minors do not need to audition, but must take a music theory assessment. Non-music degree students may participate in ensembles at SVSU.

Audition Information

Auditioning for Entrance into the Department of Music (BA in Music or BA in Music Education)


Audition dates for entrance in Fall 2024 will be held on the following dates:

January 19, 2024
February 2, 2024
February 16, 2024
March 1, 2024
March 22, 2024
June 14, 2024
Please call Kelly McQuarter at 989-964-4159 to set your audition date.

Adding Music as a Minor

Potential music minors must take a musicianship assessment for admittance into the music minor program. Contact Dr. Norman Wika if you wish to become a minor.

Ensembles (available to all students on campus)

  • Wind Ensemble*
  • Concert Band
  • Marching Band
  • Concert Choir
  • Cardinal Singers*
  • Jazz Ensemble*
  • Percussion Ensemble
  • Jazz Combo*
  • Guitar Ensemble
  • Pit Orchestra


Though not all groups are auditioned for entrance, directors may ask to hear you play individually to ensure that you are placed properly in the ensemble.

Additional Advice

If you would like to be a major or minor but cannot read music (or pass the theory assessment) you should take MUS 117D in the Winter (or alternate Spring) semester, then re-audition or take the theory test late in that Winter semester.  Music 117D is Musical Experience: The Piano, which includes learning to read music and some music theory, and at the same time meets a gen. ed. requirement for category 2.

Be A Music Major For A Day


If you are interested in becoming a music major at SVSU, please consider coming to campus and visiting a class, sitting in on a rehearsal, observing a private lesson, taking a private lesson, meeting with a music student, and/or visiting with faculty. Please contact Dr. Norman Wika at (989) 964-4389 or for more information.

Contact Us
(989) 964-4159(989) 964-4159

Department Chair

Norman Wika


Arbury Fine Arts Center 226