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Audition FAQ

WHAT HAPPENS THE DAY OF AN AUDITION?

Audition days begin with registration check-in, followed by a general welcome by the chair of the Department of Music. Auditions begin around 11 a.m. and run throughout the day. Practice rooms will be available for warming up. There will be an opportunity for you to meet with the department chair and ask questions about the university and music program.

When you register for an audition, you will receive an e-mail with a final schedule about your audition day’s events about 1 week prior to your selected audition date.

WHERE CAN I FIND HELP PLANNING MY VISIT?

Coastal Carolina University’s Office of Admissions is a great resource for planning a visit to CCU. You can find information on discounted hotels, restaurants and local attractions by visiting CCU's admission site. If you are interested in contacting admissions, you may do so by calling 800-277-7000 or by sending an email to admissions@coastal.edu. The Department of Music is located in the Thomas W. and Robin W. Edwards College of Humanities and Fine Arts Building, which is indicated as number 22 on the printable campus map key. 

WHAT IF I NEED A DIFFERENT AUDITION DATE THAN THOSE SCHEDULED?

We try to have everyone audition on one of the pre-arranged audition dates. We try to coordinate some of our audition days with the Office of Admission’s Discovery Days. If attendance at one of these dates is not possible due to extenuating circumstances, please contact Barbara Sheffield, administrative specialist, at bsheffiel@coastal.edu or by phone at 843-349-6480.

We prefer live auditions, but we do accepted pre-recorded auditions from students who cannot travel to our campus for a live audition. Please note that it is to the student’s advantage to audition in person if at all possible.

ARE THERE SCHOLARSHIPS THAT WAIVE OUT-OF-STATE TUITION?

There is no Music scholarship that waives all of the out-of-state tuition; however, the Visual and Performing Arts Scholarship for out-of-state students does greatly reduce the tuition rate, as long as the student meets the minimum academic requirements.

All students auditioning by May 1 are reviewed for scholarship funds, but priority is given to those students auditioning by March 1. 

MAY I AUDITION ON MORE THAN ONE INSTRUMENT?

Let us know of your interest in having two (or more) auditions when you register or email bsheffiel@coastal.edu with information about what additional auditions you would like to perform. 

HOW CAN I LEARN ABOUT OTHER FINANCIAL AID OPPORTUNITIES AT CCU?

For academic scholarship information, visit CCU Financial Aid.

WHAT IF I HAVE AN UNSUCCESSFUL AUDITION?

Students who do not meet our audition requirements will be placed on a probationary status for their first year and will be evaluated on their progress. At that time, they can re-audition for entry into the Department of Music as a music major.

WHAT IF I THINK OF MORE QUESTIONS?

Questions and concerns about auditions or the admissions process should be directed to Paula Gwaltney, administrative specialist, at pgwaltney@coastal.edu or call 843-349-2637.