Scholarships & Auditions


All Auditions need to be scheduled through Teresa Gray 406-243-6882 or email



Apply for admission to the University of Montana at any point and earn academic and leadership scholarships based on GPA/Test score combo.

Audition Dates:

November 11-13, 2016; All-Star Ensemble
February 3-4, 2017; All-Star Honor Choir 
February 25, 2017; Audition Day
  • All applicants who audition prior to March 1, 2017 will be considered for Music Merit Scholarships.
  • Live auditions are highly recommended especially for scholarships.  CD/DVD auditions are accepted (March 1 deadline)
  • If alternative dates are necessary, please contact Teresa Gray at 406-243-6882 or

Undergraduate Admission

Apply for admission to the University of Montana at any point and earn academic and leadership scholarships based on GPA/Test score combo.

Graduate Admissions

Graduate Program Description
The graduate programs at the School of Music offer individualized, focused musical training with options in music education, musical theater, vocal performance, instrumental performance, and composition. Seminar-style, intimate classroom experiences and on-line courses combine with traditional one-on-one teaching to provide the graduate student a flexible, personalized learning environment.
More than two dozen resident full-time faculty members, representing a diverse background of musical experiences, are directly involved in the teaching and mentoring of graduate students.  Visiting faculty members and guest artists and clinicians offer additional unique learning opportunities.  Missoula's abundant cultural and artistic community organizations and activities serve to further enhance learning and experiential opportunities for personal, academic and musical growth.
School of Music facilities include the Music Recital Hall, computer and recording lab facilities, smart classrooms, rehearsal spaces, and a suite of practice rooms all housed in the Music Building, a building that has been placed on the historic registry for its unique architecture.  Students and faculty members perform in other campus and community venues such as the UM Dennison Theater, the UM Montana Theatre, and the Missoula Community Theater, among others.

Degree Offered
Music (Composition emphasis)
Master of Music (MM)
Music (Music Education emphasis)
Master of Music (MM)
Music (Music Education online/summer emphasis)
Master of Music (MM)
Music (Musical Theater emphasis)
Master of Music (MM)
Music (Performance emphasis)
Master of Music (MM)

(Link to Catalog

Application Materials and Deadlines
The deadlines for fall, spring, and summer terms are open.  The academic calendar is accessible via this link (

Instructions for applying to the Graduate School are in the Apply section on this web site ( for Admission.php#Apply).

In addition to the application materials required by the Graduate School, the School of Music also requires:

  • A cover letter stating the applicant’s background, qualifications, and objectives in pursuing graduate study sent directly to the School of Music Director
  • Three letters of recommendation (electronic submission through the Admission Application preferred)
  • Official transcripts sent directly to the School of Music Director
  • Performance Emphasis: Live or recorded audition of solo musical performance
  • Composition Emphasis: Examples of original compositions (scores, required; live recordings strongly suggested)
  • Musical Theater Emphasis: Live or recorded audition of solo or ensemble musical performance
  • Music Education Emphasis: Teaching philosophy statement
  • Performance students interested in Graduate Teaching Assistantships and Fellowships are strongly encouraged to schedule an in-person audition/interview

Applicants should carefully review the audition information posted on the School of Music website Program Requirements for Admission:

  •     Completed undergraduate degree in major area or approved equivalent
  •     Demonstrated knowledge and/or skills, through audition or exam at the discretion of the faculty, at a level suitable for acceptance into a faculty studio or other area of study

Assistantship Application and Deadline:
Applications must be postmarked by March 1 when applying for a teaching assistantship or fellowship. However, entrance auditions must be completed in advance of March 1.  Incoming and current students requesting a teaching assistantship/fellowship should submit a letter of application (cover letter) and resume to:

Dr. Maxine Ramey, Director
School of Music
University of Montana
32 Campus Dr., 7992
Missoula, MT 59812-7992

International Students (link to

Financial Assistance/Teaching Assistantships

The School of Music offers a limited number of competitive graduate teaching assistantships (GTAs), available during the normal academic year. Graduate students in these positions assist faculty with course instruction and grading of assignments and exams as well as important programmatic needs. Service in these positions can be used to enhance professional resumes and often result in strong job references. Graduate teaching assistants are selected by the School of Music according to their suitability of background and the School's needs. Appointments are made annually and GTAs work approximately 20 hours per week. Usually, only applicants admitted under full status to the Graduate School are eligible for teaching assistantships. In addition to their salaries, teaching assistants receive a tuition waiver.  Additional fees charged by the University are not included in the TA waiver package. Teaching assistants are required to register for a minimum of 6 credits each semester, and the waiver covers a maximum of 9 credits each semester.

Teaching Fellowships and Talent Scholarships may also be available to qualified applicants.

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