Music Department Admission and Scholarship Auditions
- Saturday, September 15, 2018
- Saturday, November 3, 2018
- Saturday, April 13, 2019
- Saturday, March 30, 2019
- Saturday, May 18, 2019
WOODWINDS, BRASS, AND STRINGS
- Play two contrasting pieces. Use the WSMA Class A solo lists (or equivalent) or the WSMA State Honors Audition etudes as a guideline. The pieces do not have to be performed with accompaniment, and they do not need to be memorized. If you would like to play accompanied for your audition, you must bring your own accompanist. If you play unaccompanied or without accompaniment there is no penalty. Pieces should not be more than 5 to 7 minutes each, make cuts as appropriate in larger works. In the event of multi-movement works, please select one movement.
- Scales, please be prepared to play major and chromatic scales from memory to demonstrate range, intonation and technique.
- There may be sight-reading as part of your audition.
- Play two contrasting pieces or etudes, using different implements. You may choose from snare/parade drum, timpani, or mallets (marimba or xylophone). Use the WSMA Class A solo lists (or equivalent) or the WSMA State Honors Audition etudes as a guideline. In the event of multi-movement works, please select one movement.
- Scales, please be prepared to play major and chromatic scales from memory on the marimba to demonstrate technique.
- There may be sight-reading as part of your audition.
- OPTIONAL: If you are considering playing in the pep band, jazz ensemble or being a part of the pit orchestras for musicals, you can (in addition to steps 1, 2 and 3) audition on drum set – please be prepared to play at least 16 measures of "time" in at least two different styles (basic swing in four, heavy rock in four, slow jazz waltz in three, Latin groove clave 3-2, etc.).
- Baroque: Play an invention or a more difficult work by J.S. Bach.
- Classical: Play a sonata-allegro or a first movement from any sonata by Haydn, Mozart, or Beethoven.
- Romantic/20th century: Play any work of at least WSMA class A difficulty.
All pieces should be memorized.
- Be prepared to play scales and arpeggios and to do some sight-reading as part of the audition.
- Sing two memorized contrasting classical art songs (one may be in a foreign language). Solos may be taken from the WSMA Solo/Ensemble List or equivalent.
- The audition may include testing of range, vocal timbre, flexibility, and sight-reading.
- All voice auditions MUST be accompanied. . Please bring three copies of your prepared music.
Vocal auditions require an accompanist. Pre-recorded accompaniments are not allowed. Students are advised to bring their own accompanist for their vocal audition. However, in the event the student does not have an accompanist, the Department of Music will provide one upon request, at no charge. Students who require an accompanist must mail or email legible copies of their music to the Department of Music. Music must arrive two weeks prior to each audition date. If the deadline is not met, the accompanist may not play for the audition.
Students who have requested an accompanist will be assigned a brief rehearsal time with the accompanist prior to the audition.
Please send your audition music (must be legible copies) to the address below:
- Application to Lakeland for admission to the University. (lakeland.edu/apply or call 1-920-565-1000)
- Application to the Music Department for Audition and Acceptance as a music major/minor and/or music scholarships (lakeland.edu/auditions)
- Audition on campus for the music major/minor (November 5, February 25, March 18, April 8 and/or May 20)
- Register for courses via Blue and Gold Days in the summer
- Attend Lakeland University, this coming Fall of 2017! Welcome!
Q: Are scholarship auditions the same as entrance (music major/minor) auditions?
A: Yes, they are. Scholarship money is competitive.
Q: I don't plan to major in music at Lakeland, do I have to audition if I just want to play in band or choir?
A: No. If you want to play in band or choir as a non-music major/minor, we have a spot for you, and placement auditions/hearings for ensembles typically take place the first few days of classes. However, if you want to be considered for a scholarship (even available to non-music majors/minors) you MUST audition.
Q: What should I prepare for my audition?
A: Take a look at the tab for "Audition Requirements" – typically if you have participated in solo/ensemble in your high school experience, you will have the materials and repertoire necessary for a successful audition.
Q: How long are auditions?
A: Auditions are about 20 minutes in length, you'll want to arrive early to Lakeland and the Verhulst Music Building to warm-up and be comfortable. We'll have you play/sing/perform for the faculty, and there will be time after your audition performance to ask questions.
- Andras Viski Piano Scholarship
Awards $2,000 per year to a selected, accomplished pianist who serves as accompanist to choral students. Open to new, full-time freshmen or transfer students. Audition required. Renewable with continued performance and annual audition. For priority consideration, audition by February 27. Information regarding required audition dates.
- Helen Boatwright Music Scholarship
Awards vary between $500 - $3,000 per year to selected, qualified music students. Annual audition required, along with participation in a band or choral group at Lakeland. Open to new, full-time freshmen or transfer students. Renewable. For priority consideration, audition by February 27. Information regarding required audition dates.