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Department of Music

The University of Mississippi


Music Major Advantage

Join us and see what Ole Miss Music has to offer — on display the weekend of April 3rd through 5th via the internet. This is the last chance for prospective students to be considered for our new scholarship initiative, Music Major Advantage, through which the department will award full-tuition packages up to $9000 to students intending to major in music.  Smaller scholarships will also be available.

Sign up for the Advantage by completing the Scholarship Application Form here.

All students must be admitted to the University of Mississippi to be considered for scholarships.


Email Assistant Chair Dr. Andy Paney ( with questions or links to the Zoom sessions.


Schedule of Online Activities

Take a Virtual Ole Miss Campus Tour!


Friday, April 3

10-10:50 am – Music History with Dr. Thomas Peattie (ZOOM Link)

11:00 am-noon – Mini-lessons via Zoom available on trumpet, violin, viola, oboe, low brass, horn, cello, clarinet, piano, and voice (RSVP to by April 2)

1:15-2:00 pm – Virtual Information Session with the Office of Admissions (REGISTER)


Saturday, April 4

10-10:45 am – Effective Practicing for Instrumentalists with Dr. Christine Kralik, Dr. Michael Rowlett, and Dr. John Schuesselin (ZOOM Link).

10-10:45 am – Vocal Area Highlights: Meet, Explore, & Chat! with Prof. Julia Aubrey, Prof. Amanda Johnston, Dr. Jos Milton, Ms. Jennifer Robinson, and Dr. Brad Robinson (ZOOM link).

11-11:25 am – Teaching Young Children Music with Dr. Andy Paney (ZOOM Link)

11-11:25 am – Jazz Improvisation (welcome to bring an instrument, but not required) with Dr. Michael Worthy (ZOOM Link)

11:30 am-11:55 am – Yoga for Performers (casual attire and have a chair nearby) with Ms. Jennifer Robinson (ZOOM Link)

1-1:45 pm – Q&A with Ensemble Directors with Prof. Julia Aubrey/UM Opera Theatre, Dr. Selim Giray/LOU Symphony Orchestra, Dr. Don Trott/Ole Miss Choir, Prof. David Willson and Randy Dale/Ole Miss Band, and Dr. Michael Worthy/Ole Miss Jazz (ZOOM Link)

2-2:45 pm – Q&A with Current Music Majors (ZOOM Link)

3-4:00 pm – Music Highlights Watch Party on Facebook (@OleMissMusic)

4:15-5:00 pm – Q&A with the Interim Chair Nancy Maria Balach (ZOOM Link)


Sunday, April 5: MMA Scholarship Applications and Materials Due

11:59 pm – Deadline* to submit MMA Video Auditions to

  • Video submission should be one take (no editing) or from a live performance
  • State your full name and the title of your selections
  • Follow the guidelines for your instrument below
  • Use Google Drive, YouTube, or other comparable platforms
  • Submit via email to
  • Deadline: 11:59 pm Sunday, April 5th

(* This deadline is for students wishing to be considered for a Music Major Advantage scholarship through the Department of Music, and is available to students wishing to major in music. Nonmajors who want to participate in band, orchestra, or choral ensembles and hope for a scholarship through one of those will continue to communicate directly with the appropriate ensemble.)



First year prospective music majors – Prepared piece(s) – solo literature, excerpts, audition music from honor bands or all-state band of your choice (8-10 minutes).

Transfer students who will be music majors – Prepared piece(s) – solo literature is recommended (8-10 minutes). Email a cumulative repertoire list to Dr. Michael Rowlett (



First year prospective music majors – Prepared pieces in contrasting styles from memory. Choose from three of the categories below (10-15 minutes total):

  1. Baroque composition such as J.S. Bach Prelude and Fugue from The Well-Tempered Clavier, an Invention or Sinfonia, contrasting movements from a Baroque suite; or a Scarlatti Sonata.
  2. The first movement of a sonata by Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven, or Schubert.
  3. A composition from the Romantic period.
  4. One work from the Impressionist or Contemporary style periods.

Transfer students who will be non-performance track music majors – choose from two categories. Email a cumulative repertoire list to Dr. Ian Hominick



First year prospective music majors – Prepared piece(s) – solo literature or excerpts of  your choice (10-15 minutes)

Transfer students who will be music majors – Prepared piece(s) – solo literature is recommended (10-15 minutes). Email a cumulative repertoire list to Dr. Selim Giray (



First year prospective music majors – Two solo vocal selections of contrasting character/style

Transfer students who will be music majors – Two solo vocal selections of contrasting character/style with one in a language other than English. Email a cumulative repertoire list to Professor Bradley Robinson (

Note: While selections with accompaniment (piano or track) are encouraged, a cappella submissions will be accepted.