Summary: The Williams Music Supplement
As part of the admission process Williams encourages students in all the arts to submit a supplemental
form along with the regular application to provide information on the student's ability and experience in
the fine arts. It is possible for a student to submit a supplement in more than one area of the arts, Theatre
and Music for example. However, we recommend that these be done as separate and self-contained
submissions so they can be sent quickly to the proper programs and faculty for evaluation. Once the
evaluations are completed they are sent back to the Office of Admission for consideration during the
In the Music Department we take these supplements very seriously. Our faculty listen to each one of the
approximately 500 recordings we receive every year and then make our recommendations to the Office
of Admission. We do not make any admission decisions, which are primarily based upon academic
standing. However, we can and do advocate for strong music students who wish to be significantly
involved in our program as majors or non-majors.
We get a number of questions regarding the Arts Supplements and the recordings that students submit
along with them. We try to answer as many as possible below, but of course you can contact the
department chair or any of our faculty anytime if there are questions we have not anticipated.
1. If you wish to submit performances on different instruments, composition, jazz or classical style,
etc. it is very important that each instrument or activity be recorded on a separate CD and clearly
labeled. We have over 30 faculty that review the recordings in the various areas and it is not
possible for the CD to be efficiently passed along to two or more faculty.