Conservatory Orientation Schedule

The orientation schedule for students who are music majors and minors is slightly different than the orientation schedule for undeclared students. It is important that music majors (all degrees) and minors attend the Conservatory orientation events below.

If you get conflicting information from your student orientation leader, please refer them to this page or contact the Conservatory office for clarification.

Thursday, August 22

10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Conservatory Auditions for the Major/Minor (Schmucker Hall Rm. 222, Paul Recital Hall)

Auditions for students who have not previously auditioned and who are interested in a music major or minor. Students planning to audition must email Teresa Bowers at to schedule an audition. In addition, student should prepare their audition by following the Conservatory’s audition requirements.

1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Non–music Academic Advising

Music major students with a double major meet with advisor in the other major. Note: Music Majors and minors will meet with their music advisors on Friday, August 23. See schedule below.

3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Theory Placement Testing (Schmucker Hall, Rm. 215)

Most students have already taken these assessments on the day of their on–campus interview and will not need to attend this session. If you have not yet taken this exam, or if you have been asked to re–take all of or a portion of the exam, you should arrive at 3:00 p.m. for instructions.

Entering students with a significant theory background who are interested in bypassing the first and second semesters of music theory will have the opportunity to take another placement exam at this time. While you may have gained a great deal of experience in AP Music Theory, your credits from that exam will not transfer. If you plan to take this second placement exam and attempt to bypass Music Theory 1 and 2, contact Dr. William O’Hara at

Learn more about music theory placement testing.

Friday, August 23

10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

Conservatory Welcome and Information Meeting for all Music Majors and Minors (Schmucker Hall Rm 222)

Required for all music majors and minors

11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Conservatory breakout meetings by degree track for Music Majors and Minors (various locations, announced at 10am meeting)

1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Students meet with music advisors (various locations, see faculty directory)