The University of Pittsburgh practices rolling admission, so there is no specific application deadline. To apply now, or for more information about applying to Pitt, carefully review the University's Office of Admissions and Financial Aid (OAFA) Web site. The sooner we receive your application, the sooner you will be informed of our decision. OAFA administers undergraduate financial aid packages, including need-based aid, loans, and scholarships.

An audition is not required in order for students admitted to the University of Pittsburgh to declare a Music major or minor. However, incoming freshmen interested in pursuing an undergraduate music program are encouraged to schedule an appointment with Prof. Roger Zahab, Director of Undergraduate Studies, or Dr. Susan Rice, Associate Director of Undergraduate Studies, during the first semester.

Another source of support for undergraduate students is the Office of Undergraduate Research, Scholarship, and Creative Activity. This office provides undergraduates with hands-on, experiential learning opportunities which take place outside the regular classroom environment, but are still tied to the students ongoing coursework.


The Music Department Merit Award Committee will accept applications for MUSIC SCHOLARSHIPS/AWARDS for the 2021-22 academic year through 11:59PM on FRIDAY, APRIL 23. Award funding can range from $500-$5,000. PLEASE READ THE AWARD DESCRIPTIONS on the application CAREFULLY to ensure that you qualify before submitting your application.

Required supporting materials:


2-Transcript (unofficial transcript is fine)

3-300-500 word essay (essay prompt can be found on the application)

4-Music department faculty reference name/email

Application with scholarship/award descriptions can be found at this link:

Department of Music Scholarships

The Department of Music awards several endowed scholarships on the basis of merit. These include:

A link to apply for these scholarships will be available in early April.

  • The Mildred Miller Posvar Scholarship, awarded to a student entering his or her senior year who is a resident of Pennsylvania, for outstanding performance in music, preferably studying piano or voice.
  • The Alfred d'Auberge Scholarship, awarded for achievement in music performance or scholarship.
  • The Anita J. Curka Scholarship, awarded to a student entering the junior or senior year who is a resident of Pennsylvania and preferably studying piano or voice, for outstanding performance in music.
  • The Gluck Student Assistance Fund, awarded in alternate years to support the educational efforts of worthy students (not available for Fall 2021). It can be used for undergraduate or graduate students who have demonstrated effort and proficiency. It can be used for books, instruments, fees, supplies, or any other beneficial purpose.
  • The Leonard S. and Mildred E. Gerlowski Student Award, awarded to a student who plays a musical instrument and participates in one or more local public performances during the school year. Preference shall be given to students who play the violin.

A link to apply for these scholarships will be available in early April.