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Music Program Entry Auditions


VIRTUAL  |  In lieu of traditional in-person auditions, the Music Department is inviting prospective Music Majors (and Minors) to submit video auditions. When you click the "Submit Music Audition" button below, you will be able to provide some musical background information and upload your pre-recorded video audition.

IN-PERSON  |  Students who would prefer to audition live, in-person on the UW-Parkside campus may do so. Please contact Dr. Rexroth to schedule or if you have questions about how to prepare: rexroth@uwp.edu

step 1

Get accepted to UW-Parkside! 

We cannot audition or interview prospective students who have not been fully accepted to UW-Parkside prior to the audition. Proof of acceptance to Parkside is required prior to scheduling a program entry audition/interview . 

Apply here
 

step 2

Upload your virtual audition materials

The UW-Parkside Music Department is still accepting virtual auditions for program entry into the Major or Minor. Read the instructions below before you submit.

Submit music audition


OR audition in-person

If you would prefer to audition in-person, you may do so. Please contact Dr. Laura Rexroth to schedule your audition or if you have questions on how to prepare: rexroth@uwp.edu

VIDEO MUSIC AUDITION INSTRUCTIONS


WHAT TO PREPARE
You may prepare and submit up to 3 video clips, with a combined duration not to exceed 12 minutes. You may upload the video file(s) directly from your computer, or simply provide link(s) for your streaming video(s) (unlisted YouTube, for example). At the beginning of the video, please clearly state your name and the work you’re performing (title and composer). You may perform with piano accompaniment or a pre-recorded accompaniment (i.e. backing track). Instrumentalists may perform unaccompanied if appropriate or if no accompaniment is available.  Further guidance regarding specific audition repertoire can be be found below.

WHAT HAPPENS NEXT
After you’ve submitted your materials, you’ll receive a confirmation email and further information from the Music Department. Remember, you must already be accepted by the UW-Parkside Admissions Office before the Music Department can formally act upon your video audition submission. 

What some help preparing for your virtual audition?


Virtual auditions are different than in-person auditions, no doubt about that. The way you prepare is a little different, too. That's why we asked our faculty experts for their top tips to prepare.

Get tips to prepare

QUESTIONS?
Please contact our music admissions coordinator, Dr. Laura Rexroth: rexroth@uwp.edu  |  262-595-2438

 

SUBMIT MUSIC AUDITION

SAMPLE AUDITION REPERTOIRE

  • Two contrasting pieces or contrasting movements from a multi-movement work. (Compositions from the WSMA class A list may be used. Also for violin, viola and cello, ASTA repertoire level 5 or above may be used)  
  • Two three-octave major scales of your choice.  
  • Students who do plan to audition on electric bass will be asked to perform a piece demonstrating music reading skills. Students without upright bass skills will be placed in the preparatory level of string bass instruction.  
  • Guitar players without classical guitar experience should demonstrate music reading skills and expect to be placed in the preparatory level of classical guitar instruction.  
  • A solo with contrasting Styles and Tempi, or a slow and fast movement from a multi-movement work, or two selections from different historical style periods.  
  • Play a two octave chromatic scale 
  • One solo for timpani, snare drum or multiple percussion AND one mallet keyboard work. 
  • Candidates for Jazz Studies should demonstrate idiomatic time keeping in swing, latin, and rock styles.
  • A work of at least six minutes in duration, or a slow and fast movement from a multi-movement work, or two selections from different historical style periods.
  • Vocalists are required to perform two selections by memory with piano accompaniment from the art song, operatic, sacred music, or music theater repertoire, with at least one of the selections from the art song repertoire.
  • For voice students auditioning specifically for the contemporary commercial music track, prepare two contrasting selections from different genres, e.g.:
  • Classical
  • Musical theater
  • Pop
  • Rock
  • Country
  • Folk
  • The selections should display who you are as a singer. You can use a karaoke track or piano accompaniment. If you also play acoustic guitar or piano, you may accompany yourself on one of these instruments.

MUSIC AUDITION CONTACT

Dr. Laura Rexroth  |  rexroth@uwp.edu

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