Begin your Adventure in Music or Theatre

The Department of Music and Theatre offers both majors and minors for those that wish to study music or theatre. Our comprehensive programs prepare students for their future careers, no matter which path they take. 

Kalliopi Katsiris
My favorite thing about my experience at Iowa State is the numerous opportunities that were made available to me throughout my time here outside of just classes. I have been able to teach, research, perform as a soloist, and travel the world with the Wind Ensemble, the list goes on!
Kalliopi Katsiris, Flute Performance
Orchestra Rehearsal

Study Music

Students interested in majoring in Music must complete a music application and audition.
Studying music at Iowa State

ISU Theatre's Head Over Heels

Study Performing Arts

No audition is required to be a Performing Arts/Theatre major. 

Studying performing arts at Iowa State


Our departments offers a variety of ways to get involved beyond the classroom. Check out a music ensemble or audition for a role in the next production!

Greg Oaks with Lydia both holding clarinets

Student Support

Our department's focus on undergraduate education allows our faculty and staff to be completely dedicated to your success. 

Alexa Gibbs writing on music board


Whether you decide to educate, perform, or create, we have resources for you to get on the right track for success after graduation.

Ben Carlson

Student Focus Stories

Explore stories from students who have come before you in music and theatre.


Come see what we have to offer

While you are touring our beautiful campus, we would love it if you stopped by the Music and Theatre Department. You will be given a first-hand experience of what it will be like to be a part of our artistic community.

You will be provided with:

  • information about our department, ensembles, classes, and becoming a music or performing arts major or minor.
  • a tour of the building.
  • an opportunity to sit in on your choice of rehearsal. 
  • an opportunity to meet with faculty. 

Please email with any questions. 

Plan your visit to Iowa State University


We are so excited that you are interested in applying to the Department of Music and Theatre!

Steps to apply to be a Music major

  1. Apply for admission to Iowa State University.
  2. Apply for admission to the Department of Music and Theatre and for music scholarships. 
  3. Complete the OneApp application to be eligible for Music and other University scholarships.


To be accepted as a music major, students are required to audition for the applied faculty in their performance area (piano, organ, woodwinds, strings, percussion, brass, or voice) and successfully demonstrate performance skills appropriate for college level instruction. Upon being accepted diagnostic examinations in music theory may also be required. 

Audition repertoire and sign up information:

Audition Results

Contact Music Administrative and Ensembles Assistant, Becki Burrell at with questions.

Steps to apply to be a Performing Arts major

  1. Apply for admission to Iowa State University.
  2. There is no audition/interview requirement to be a Performing Arts major. However, auditions/interviews are required to be considered for scholarships. 
    Performing Arts scholarships
  3. Complete the OneApp application to be eligible for Music and other University scholarships.


Ready to join the Department of Music and Theatre?

Take the next step!