How to Apply

Student Application

The student application consists of three parts: 

  1. Performance Discipline selection: 
    • Academic Area of Interest in College
    • Performance Discipline
    • Performance Instrument/Medium
  1. Applicant Information
  2. Terms & Conditions
Cost to submit an application begins at $29.00 which includes a three-month subscription to the official review platform of Performers National Signing Day.
Click here to begin a new application. 

Audition Requirements

The audition requirements are a collaboration between Performers National Signing Day and colleges, universities, conservatories of music from around the nation. This ensures that applicants are preparing the correct repertoire for their audition that meets the expectations of the higher education community. Click here to view the audition requirements.

Standard vs. Premier Audition

Applicants have the option to choose from two different audition types: STANDARD or PREMIER. Both audition types will provide Performers National Signing Day invitees the same unparalleled access to colleges and universities, as well as scholarship opportunities. Additionally, the overall application requirements of two required videos and two references are the same. The specific differences between Standard and Premier audition types are in the repertoire and video essay questions.


How are the repertoire requirements different between Standard and Premier?

While both audition types require the highest levels of performance excellence, the Premier path details repertoire titles that the applicant must include on their video submission.  Depending on the performance area, some applicants must also include excerpts (two) from standard orchestral and/or wind band repertoire specific to their instrument.  Premier requirements are designed to address the unique audition application requirements found at many of the top-tier higher education performing arts schools around the country.

Specific information regarding audition requirements can be found by clicking here.

Acceptance Commitment

By applying for a coveted spot at Performers National Signing Day we are reserving a place for you to showcase your performing abilities to college, universities, and conservatories of music from around the nation. Because of this we expect that if you are applying to be selected you will accept an invitation is you meet the performance standards required. Learn more about the acceptance commitment by clicking here.

Audition Tech Tips

Since you will be responsible for recording and uploading your performance videos for review by our world-class panel of adjudicators, we want to give you an ‘edge’ at making sure you have the best shot possible at being accepted. Review our Tech Tips here to ensure your video recordings are professional level.


As with a visit to a college campus, the cost to travel and apply can be daunting. Our fee of $170 per applying student also offers a year’s subscription to Scholarship Auditions. If a student is selected, there is an additional $260 fee for invited participants. 

For more information on cost, please click here.


Citizenship: Performers National Signing Day is open to US citizens or permanent residents (green card holders) from all backgrounds.


Age Limit: Applicants must be between the ages of 15 and 19 at the start of the event on January 16, 2021 (birthdate must be between January 20, 2001 and January 16, 2006, without exception). If the applicant is under the age of 18 at the time of application, the consent of parent or guardian will be required.


Grade Level: Participation in Performers National Signing Day is limited to high school students* within the age range above. Applicants must be enrolled in high school or the equivalent level of homeschooling during the 2020–2021 academic year to be eligible. Gap-year students who graduated from high school in 2020 (or earlier) are not eligible.

*High School Students” are defined as any student in a US Public High School, US Charter High School, US Military Dependent in a military base High School whether on US soil or abroad, US Private High School student whether independently based or religiously based, or a US homeschooled High School student. More on eligibility can be found here.



Stay up to date on submission deadlines and more by viewing the official Performers National Signing Day Schedule by clicking here.


The Performers National Signing Day selection process is rigorous and competitive. Student profile material posted on will be reviewed and given consideration by the collegiate adjudication panel. Invitations for participation will be announced according to dates indicated on Schedule. Only so many students will be selected for each instrument and academic area, so make sure to apply early. You cannot afford to miss your chance at earning a spot to showcase your talents at America’s Premier Performance and Scholarship Event. Click here to learn more about the selection process.