Music Auditions & Scholarships

Music Department Admission and Scholarship Auditions

  • Saturday, February 29, 2020
  • Saturday, April 4, 2020

Audition Requirements


  1. Play two short pieces, or one long piece. Use the WSMA solo lists as a guideline.
  2. Scales: please be prepared to play major and chromatic scales from memory to demonstrate range, intonation and technique.
  3. There may be sight-reading as part of your audition.


  1. 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 solo lists as a guideline.
  2. Scales: please be prepared to play major and chromatic scales from memory on the marimba to demonstrate technique.
  3. There may be sight-reading as part of your audition.
  4. OPTIONAL: If you are considering playing in the 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.).


  1. Play two contrasting pieces (preferably from two different musical eras: Baroque, Classical, Romantic, 20th Century). Use the WSMA solo lists as a guideline.
  2. All pieces should be memorized.
  3. Be prepared to play scales and arpeggios and to do some sight-reading as part of the audition.


  1. Sing two contrasting classical art songs, arias, or musical theatre selections (one must be in English). Solos may be taken from the WSMA Solo/Ensemble List or equivalent.
  2. All pieces should be memorized.
  3. All voice auditions MUST be accompanied. Please bring three copies of your prepared music.

Accompanist Requirements

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:

Mailing address:
Attn: Dr. Evan Chancellor
Assistant Professor of Music
Lakeland University
W3718 South Drive
Plymouth, WI 53073


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.

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.


Contact our Music Department Staff

Apply for Music Department Scholarships and select an audition time at your Future Muskie Portal.

Please contact our staff with any and all questions:
Instrumental: Evan Chancellor,
Vocal: Emily Davis,

    Music at Lakeland University

    Frequently Asked Questions

    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.