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If you're an admitted Blugold interested in a major or minor in music and theatre arts, we want to help you in the audition process so that you land in exactly the right spot for you. Once you're accepted at UW-Eau Claire, you may declare a major or minor in theatre with no additional requirements. To be a music major or minor, you need to audition on your primary instrument and be accepted into a studio, which is a group of musicians who study under one professor. Auditions take place in the year or semester before your first semester here. Please check out the audition information below and let us know if you have questions.

Music majors you've got this

It may feel like a big hurdle, but the good news is that the program audition hits three birds with one stone. It includes your admission acceptance as a major or minor, your keyboard placement and scholarship eligibility. Once you're in, it will just be a question of which ensembles interest you most, and all the fun begins. Auditions for the many ensembles are handled by those directors, and details can be found at their Ensembles home page.

But first things first. To begin your application process to declare a major or minor in music, please complete these steps:

If you have not done so already, you will need to activate your account. To do so, you will need the following information:

  • Your username and campus ID (which were sent in an email when you applied or are on your admit letter)
  • Birth date
  • Last four digits of your social security number (if you provided UW-Eau Claire with that information) or your UWEC PIN that you were sent in a separate email
After activating your account, apply online for your audition. Sign in using your UW-Eau Claire username and password. And don't worry - the page you'll get to says "scholarships," but you're in the right place. The audition process also determines your eligibility for music scholarships, so the electronic form is all-in-one.

The big day

Dates for acceptance in 2017-18

  • Saturday, Nov. 5, 2016, instrumental only
  • Saturday, Nov. 12, 2016, vocal only
  • Thursday, Jan. 19, 2017
  • Saturday, Feb. 25, 2017
  • Saturday, March 11, 2017

 

Schedule for the day

  • 9:00 a.m. - Register and check-in, Haas Fine Arts Center lobby
  • 9:30 a.m. - Information session for applicants and parents
  • 10:00 a.m. - Warm-up/piano placement
  • 10:30 a.m. - Auditions begin and Admissions information session
  • Noon - campus tours available from HFA

All auditions are held in Haas Fine Arts Center. Your letter of recommendation from a high school director or other appropriate music instructor should be presented at your audition, if it was not previously sent to the music department by mail. You will find out your acceptance status and placement by mail within a month, based on your performance in the audition and studio space availability. We encourage early applications, which will help ensure your space in a studio.

Program audition requirements

Specific audition requirements for each instrument and area varies, so check the appropriate section below. You will find suggested repertoires included with the requirements for each area as well.

Requirements for incoming freshmen:

  • Scales
    • Auditioning student may be asked to play all major scales and arpeggios on the xylophone or marimba.
  • TWO prepared solos (memorization optional) demonstrating the student's musical and technical abilities on concert/orchestral snare drum (NOT marching/rudimental), and keyboard/mallet percussion (4-mallet technique encouraged but not required). An additional solo/etude on timpani and/or multiple percussion is fine, but not a requirement. Entrance auditions on percussion should, at minimum, be equal to or exceed the performance proficiency required for Class A solos on the Wisconsin School Music Association's State Contest list. See www.wsmamusic.com under Festival Music List for possible repertoire suggestions.

Requirements for transfer students:

  • Scales
    • All major scales and arpeggios on the xylophone or marimba.
  • THREE prepared solos (memorization optional) demonstrating the student's musical and technical abilities on concert/orchestral snare drum (NOT marching/rudimental), keyboard/mallet percussion (4-mallet technique encouraged but not required), and timpani. An additional solo/etude on multiple percussion is fine, but not a requirement. Transfer auditions on percussion should exceed the performance proficiency required for Class A solos on the Wisconsin School Music Association's State Contest list. If repertoire suggestions are needed please contact Dr. Crowell.

Shared requirements for all applicants:

  • Sight-reading required in all areas of percussion performance.

  • Students are required to bring CONCERT size snare drum sticks, one pair medium mallets, and one pair timpani sticks. Concert snare drum, mallet instruments, small percussion, and timpani will be furnished at the audition site if needed. Please contact Dr. Crowell at least 5 days before the audition with any equipment requests so as to have the correct instruments in place for your audition time.

Incoming freshmen and transfer requirements are the same:

1. Three prepared solos (at least two from memory) representing three of the four musical eras (Baroque, Classical, Romantic and Twentieth Century). Entrance auditions on piano should be equal to the performance proficiency required for Class A solos on the Wisconsin School Music Association's State Contest list. See sample repertoire below.

2. Sight-reading, demonstration of technical facility via scales and arpeggi, pitch recognition and aural memory.

Suggested repertoire:
  • Bach, J.S.
    • Inventions and Sinfonias
    • The Well-Tempered Clavier, Books I &II
  • Mozart
    • Rondo in D major, K. 485 
    • Fantasy in d minor, K. 397
    • Sonatas
  • Haydn
    • Sonatas
  • Beethoven
    • Bagatelles
    • Sonatas
 
  • Chopin
    • Preludes, Op. 28
    • Nocturnes
  • Mendelssohn
    • Songs Without Words
  • Debussy
    • Children's Corner
    • Pour le Piano
  • Ginastera
    • Twelve American Preludes
    • Rondo on Argentine Children's Folk Tunes, Op. 19
  • Kennan
    • Three Preludes

 

Cello

Requirements for incoming freshmen and transfer students are the same:

1. Scales: Major and minor scales with various bowings; three octaves

2. Three prepared solos including an etude or technical study and contrasting movements. Entrance auditions on cello should be equal to the performance proficiency required for Class A solos on the Wisconsin School Music Association's State Contest list. See suggested repertoire below.

3. Sight-reading

Suggested repertoire for cello:

  • Faure Elegie
  • Bruch Kol Nidrei
  • Saint-Saens Swan
  • Popper Tarentella
  • Schroeder Etudes from170 Foundation Studies Vol. I
  • Vivaldi Sonata No. 5 in E minor
  • Bach Sonatas
  • Handel Sonatas
  • Sammartini Sonatas
  • Brahms No. 1 Sonata in E minor
  • Brevel Sonatas
  • Romberg Sonatas
  • Boccherini Sonatas
  • Haydn C Major Concerto
  • Lalo Concerto in D minor
  • Boccherini Concerto
  • Saint-Saens Concerto


String Bass

Requirements for incoming freshmen and transfers are the same:

1. Major scales

2. Three prepared solos. Entrance auditions on double bass should be equal to the performance proficiency required for Class A solos on the Wisconsin School Music Association's State Contest list. See suggested repertoire below.

3. Sight-reading

Suggested repertoire for string bass:

  • Johnson, H. Lento & Zapateado
  • Capuzzi, A. Concerto in F
  • Marcello Sonatas
  • Corelli Sonatas
Viola

Requirements for incoming freshmen and transfers are the same:

1. Three scales of your choice, to include major and minor

2. Three prepared solos including an etude or technical study and contrasting movements. Entrance auditions on viola should be equal to the performance proficiency required for Class A solos on the Wisconsin School Music Association's State Contest list. See suggested repertoire below.

3. Sight-reading

Suggested repertoire for viola:

  • Bach, J.C. Concerto in C minor
  • Bach Solo Suites
  • Bach Partitas and Sonatas for Solo Violin, transcribed for viola
  • Bach Viola de Gamba Sonatas
  • Bloch Suite Hebraique
  • Brahms Sonatas
  • Eccles Sonata in G minor
  • Faure After a Dream, Elegy, Sicilienne
  • Glinka Sonata
  • Handel Concerto in B minor
  • Haydn Divertimento


  • Hindemith Sonatas, Trauermusik
  • Hoffmeister Concerto
  • Kalliwoda Nocturnes
  • Marais Old French Dances
  • Marcello Sonatas
  • Reger Solo Suites
  • Schubert "Arpeggione" Sonata
  • Schumann Märchenbilder
  • Telemann 12 Fantasias, Concerto in G major
  • Williams, Vaughn Suites, Fantasia on Greensleeves


Violin

Requirements for incoming freshmen and transfers are the same:

1. Major scales

2. Three prepared solos.  Entrance auditions on violin should be equal to the performance proficiency required for Class A solos on the Wisconsin School Music Association's State Contest list.  See suggested repertoire below.

3. Sight-reading

Suggested repertoire for violin:

  • Accolay, Concerto No. 1 in A minor
  • Bach, J.S., Concerto No. 1 in A minor
  • Bach, J.S., Concerto No. 2 in E major
  • Beethoven, Romance in G major, Op. 40
  • Beethoven, Romance in F major, Op. 50
  • Beriot, Concerto No. 7 in G major, Op. 76
  • Beriot, Scene de Ballet, Op. 100
  • Bruch, Concerto No. 1 in G minor, Op. 26
  • Fiocco, Allegro
  • Handel, 6 Sonatas
  • Haydn, J., Concerto No. 1 in C major
  • Kabalevsky, Concerto in C major, Op. 48
  • Kreisler, Praeludium and Allegro
  • Lalo, Symphonie Espagnole, Op. 21
  • Mendelssohn, Concerto in E minor, Op. 64
  • Monti, Csardas
  • Mozart, Concerto No. 2 in D major, K.211
  • Mozart, Concerto No. 3 in G major, K.216
  • Mozart, Concerto No. 4 in D major, K.218
  • Mozart, Concerto No. 5 in A major, K.219

The audition will consist of two songs sung from memory and a sight-singing example which will be provided during the audition. One memorized song must be in English and one song must be in a foreign language. Folk songs, spirituals, popular songs, or music theatre selections are not allowed.  No a cappella or recorded accompaniments are permitted.

The voice faculty suggests that appropriate literature for high school auditionees may be found in the Twenty-six Italian Songs & Arias published by Alfred Publishing, the Joan Boytim/Hal Leonard series, the Boosey & Hawkes Imperial Edition series, or the Oxford series.  Songs from the Class A State Music Festival lists are recommended.

Accompanist Services:
Your own accompanist is strongly recommended, but if you are unable to bring an accompanist, you may request one. A photocopy of each song with your name and date of your audition printed on the top of each piece of music must be received two weeks in advance of your audition date. You may also fax in your music or send it as full-size PDFs, also two weeks in advance. NOTE: You must bring the original copyrighted music with you to the audition.

Send the music to:

Department of Music & Theatre Arts
ATTN: Coordinator of Voice
University of Wisconsin -Eau Claire
Eau Claire, WI 54702-4004

Or Fax:  715-836-3952
Email:  akrighnr@uwec.edu

Questions? Call: 715-836-4954 (Dept. of Music & Theatre Arts) or  715-836-3711 (Coordinator of Voice & Choral Area)

General requirements:

  • One prepared solo (memorization optional)
  • Major scales
  • Sightreading
Bassoon

Requirements for incoming freshmen and transfer students are the same:

1. Scales
  a) Chromatic: low B-flat to top of student's range
  b) Major scales: two or more octaves, through four sharps/flats including C major

2. Prepared solo, preferably with accompaniment. Entrance auditions on bassoon should be equal to the performance proficiency required for Class A solos on the Wisconsin School Music Association's State Contest list. See suggested repertoire below.

3. Sight-reading

Suggested repertoire:

  • Galliard, J.E. Sonatas
  • Hindemith, Paul Sonata
  • Merci, Luidgi Sonata in G minor
  • Mozart, W.A. Concerto, K. 191: any movement
  • Philips, Burrill Concertpiece
  • Stevens, Halsey 3 Pieces: any movement
  • Telemann, G.P. Sonata in F minor
  • Weber, C.M. von Concerto: any movement
  • Weissenborn, J. Capriccio
Clarinet

Requirements for incoming freshmen:

1. Scales
   a) Chromatic: low E to high G above staff
   b) All major scales: two or more octaves

2. Prepared solo, preferably with accompaniment. Entrance auditions on clarinet should be equal to the performance proficiency required for Class A solos on the Wisconsin School Music Association's State Contest list. See suggested repertoire below.

3. Sight-reading

Requirements for transfer students:

1. Scales
   a) Chromatic: low E to high G above staff
   b) All scales 2 octaves, except E, F, F#, and G, which should be prepared 3 octaves
   c) The ability to perform minor scales in the audition will be considered an asset to the student's audition
   d) Major scales should be prepared at a minimum of quarter note = 120 (eighth notes)
   e) If performing minor scales, they should be prepared at a minimum of quarter note = 80 (eighth notes)

2. Prepared solo, preferably with accompaniment. Entrance auditions on clarinet should be equal to or surpass the performance proficiency required for Class A solos on the Wisconsin School Music Association's State Contest list. See suggested repertoire below.
3. Sight-reading

4. Bass clarinet applicants should ideally audition on Bb clarinet, but if this is not an option, please prepare a solo equal to the performance proficiency required for Class A solos on the Wisconsin School Music Association's State Contest bass clarinet list.

5. If you're interested in auditioning for the UWEC clarinet studio, please contact Dr. Koprowski via email to set up a complimentary trial lesson.

Suggested repertoire:

  • Brahms Sonata No. 1 or 2: any movement
  • Hindemith Sonata: Mvts. 1 and 2
  • Lefebvre Fantaisie Caprice
  • Mozart Concerto: Mvt. 1 or 3
  • Osborne Rhapsody
  • Rabaud Solo de Concours
  • Weber Concertino
  • Concerto No. 1: Mvt. 1 or 3
  • Concerto No. 2: Mvt. 1 or 3
Flute

Requirements the same for incoming freshmen and transfer students:

  1. Major scales up to four sharps or flats
  2. Two contrasting works or movements, contrasting both in tempo and in style, i.e., a slow legato work in the "singing style," and a faster technical work. Entrance auditions on flute should be equal to the performance proficiency required for Class A solos on the Wisconsin School Music Association's State Contest list. See suggested repertoire below.
  3. Sight-reading

Suggested repertoire:

  • Fauré, Gabriel Morceau de Concours
  • Handel, G.F. Seven Sonatas
  • From Flute Music by French Composers-Schirmer:
  • Enesco, George Cantabile
  • Ganne, Louis Andante
  • Gaubert, Phillipe Nocturne
  • Taffanel, Paul Andante Pastoral
Oboe

Requirements the same for incoming freshmen and transfer students:

1. All major and natural minor scales: at least one octave, memorized

2. Prepared solo or two contrasting movements. Entrance auditions on oboe should be equal to the performance proficiency required for Class A solos on the Wisconsin School Music Association's State Contest list. See suggested repertoire below.

3. Sight-reading

Suggested repertoire: 

  • Albinoni Concerto
  • Handel Concerto
  • Vivaldi Concerto
  • Schumann Three Romances
  • Hindemith Sonata
Saxophone
Transfer students have one additional requirement over incoming freshmen:

1.Scales

      a) Chromatic: low B-flat to high F

      b) All major scales: two octaves when possible

      c) TRANSFERS: also prepare minor scales: through four sharps/flats including a minor

2. Prepared solo, preferably with accompaniment. Entrance auditions on saxophone should be equal to the performance proficiency required for Class A solos on the Wisconsin School Music Association's State Contest list. See suggested repertoire below.

3. Sight-reading

Suggested repertoire:

Alto Saxophone:

  • Creston: Sonata
  • Eccles: Sonata
  • Frackenpohl: Dorian Elegy
  • Handel-Rascher: Sonata No. 3
  • Jacobi: Sonata
  • Rueff: Chanson et Passepied

Tenor Saxophone:

  • Bach-Ramsey: Sicilienne & Allegro from Sonata No. 2
  • Telemann-Voxman: Sonata in C Minor
  • Vivaldi-Marx: Sonata in G Minor
  • Villa-Lobos: Fantasia for Tenor Saxophone

 

French Horn

Requirements the same for incoming freshmen and transfer students:

  1. Major and minor scales up through four sharps and flats
  2. Prepared solo representing both lyrical and technical ability, or two works/movements that represent those areas. Entrance auditions on French horn should be equal to the performance proficiency required for Class A solos on the Wisconsin School Music Association's State Contest list. See suggested repertoire below.
  3. Sight-reading

Suggested repertoire:

  • Mozart Any of the four Concerti and Concert Rondo
  • Strauss, R. Concerto Op. 11 (No. 1)
  • Strauss, Fr. Concerto
  • Hindemith Sonate
  • Heiden Sonata
Trombone

Transfer students have additional requirement over incoming freshmen: 

1. Scales
 a) Major scales ascending-descending in two octaves (where possible)
 b) Chromatic scales in two octaves ascending &descending from any pitch
    transfers only add:

 c) Minor scales through four flats/sharps including a minor

2. Prepared solo or two contrasting movements. Entrance auditions on trombone should be equal to or surpass the performance proficiency required for Class A solos or movements from the Sonata Category on the Wisconsin School Music Association's State Contest list. See suggested repertoire below.

3. Sight-reading - may be included with audition panel's discretion

Suggested repertoire:

  • "Andante et allegro J. Ed.", Barat, Southern Music Co.
  • Sonata No. 3 in a minor, B. Marcello, Kendor Music Co.
  • The Ballad of Enof Mort, David Uber, Southern Music Co.
  • Sonata in f minor Telemann,Ostrander, International Music Co.
  • Annie Laurie, A. Pryor, Ludwig Music Co.
  • Morceau Symphonique, A. Guilmant, Warner Brothers
  • Concertino, F. David, International Music Co.
  • (Mvts. I &II or II &III)
  • Hasse Suite, Hasse, Gower Rubank
  • Thoughts of Love, A. Pryor, Carl Fischer
Trumpet
Incoming Freshmen:
1.  Scales
 a)  Chromatic: low B-flat to top of student's range  
 b)  Major scales: two octaves - C, F, Bb, Eb, Ab, G, D, A, E
2.  Prepared work(s) exhibiting flexibility, lyrical and technical qualities. Genres of prepared works should include contrasting styles from the baroque, classical, and 20th century musical periods. Entrance auditions on trumpet should be equal to the performance proficiency required for Class A solos on the Wisconsin School Music Association's State Contest list. See suggested repertoire below.
3.  Possible sight-reading
Transfer Students:
1.  Scales
   a)  Chromatic: low G to top of student's range
   b)  All major scales: two octaves
     c)  Natural and harmonic minor: two octaves
2.  Prepared work(s) exhibiting flexibility, lyrical and technical qualities. Genres of prepared works should include contrasting styles from the baroque, classical, and 20th century musical periods. Entrance auditions on trumpet should be equal to the performance proficiency required for Class A solos on the Wisconsin School Music Association's State Contest list. See suggested repertoire below.
3.  Possible sight-reading

Suggested Solo Repertoire:

  • Hummel, Concerto for Trumpet
  • Haydn, Concerto for Trumpet
  • Enesco, Legend
  • Neruda, Concerto in E-flat
  • Arban, Carnival of Venice
  • Kennan, Kent, Sonata for Trumpet
  • Handel, Aria
  • Damase, Hymn for Trumpet
  • Handel, G.F., Aria and Variations
  • Goedicke, Concert Etude
  • Clarke, Herbert L., Any solo
Euphonium or tuba
  1. Major and minor scales up through four sharps and flats
  2. Prepared solo representing both lyrical and technical ability, or two works/movements that represent those areas. Entrance auditions on euphonium or tuba should be equal to the performance proficiency required for Class A solos on the Wisconsin School Music Association's State Contest list. See suggested repertoire below.
  3. Sight-reading

Suggested Repertoire:

Euphonium:

  • Guilmant Morceau Symphonique
  • Barat, J.E. Introduction and Dance
  • Mozart Concerto for Bassoon, K. 191, Mvmt. I or Mvmt. III

Tuba:

  • Haddad, Don Suite for Tuba, Mvmt. I
  • Vaughan-Williams, R. Concerto in F minor, Mvmt. I
  • Gregson, Edward Tuba Concerto, Mvmt. I


Final nuggets to know

Keyboard placement

Applicants without a keyboard background will be placed into beginning class piano. Applicants with previous keyboard experience who feel a more advanced class may be appropriate will take a keyboard placement exam on the audition day. The placement will include sight-reading and an assessment of fundamental keyboard skills.
If you wish to test out of Beginning Class Piano (MUSI 106) and be placed into Advanced Class Piano (MUSI 108), you should demonstrate:

  •   the ability to sightread both clefs with hands together
  •   basic knowledge of scales and key signatures
  •   understanding of fundamental chord progressions (I, IV, V)

If you wish to test out of Advanced Class Piano (MUSI 108) and be placed into Applied Piano (one-on-one piano lessons, MUSI 151), you should demonstrate:

  •   advanced knowledge of scales and/or arpeggios
  •   performance of a prepared solo(s)
  •   intermediate sight reading skills
Transfer Students and Applicants with AP Music Theory Credits

 

 

Transfer students and applicants with AP music theory credits will take the standard Aural Perception Test for admission to the department as a music major or minor.  In addition, if you have completed the AP Exam in music theory with a score of 3 or better, or if you have had college level theory at another college or university, you will take a more rigorous written Theory and Musicianship Placement Exam at the beginning of your first UW-Eau Claire semester (either late August or late January).  This exam takes approximately one hour to complete.  Please call 715-836-4954 to sign up for the exam on the appropriate date.  You will be notified of the time and location of the exam when you call.  An outline of this exam is available as a PDF below.  For information on how to receive college credit for previous work in music theory and aural skills, please contact us through the form below.

Music Theory and Musicianship Placement Exam
Outline

 

 


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