Music Department

Entrance Auditions - Information for Prospective Music Majors

Welcome to the Entrance Auditions information page for the Music Department at the University of Wisconsin-River Falls! The information on this page pertains to prospective music majors who hope to begin their degree at UW-River Falls during the 2018-2019 academic year.

We are excited that you are interested in our program and look forward to meeting you!

University and Music Department Requirements

Prospective music majors must complete the following to qualify for acceptance into the Music Department:

  • Admission to UWRF: All prospective students must apply and be accepted into the University of Wisconsin-River Falls. Please direct any questions regarding applications for or admittance into UWRF to the Admissions Office
  • Admission to the Music Department: In addition, all prospective music majors must satisfactorily complete an Entrance Audition for the Music Department at UWRF (see details below).

Audition Dates

Entrance Auditions for the 2018-2019 academic year will be held on the following dates: 

  • Friday, December 1, 2017 (2-5 PM)
  • Friday, February 2, 2018 (2-5 PM)
  • Friday, March 23, 2018 (2-5 PM)
  • Friday, April 20, 2018 (2-5 PM) - entrance only (not for scholarship eligibility)

All prospective music majors must take the music-theory placement exam at 2 PM.  Please check in at the Music Office (Kleinpell Fine Arts B46) by 1:50 PM on audition dates.

Audition Requirements

All prospective music majors are required to perform solo literature and complete a music theory placement exam as part of their audition, regardless of the music track they intend to study. In addition, students wishing to pursue Music Education will be required to complete an interview to discuss their music education goals. See below for more information.

Individual schedules will be emailed approximately one week prior to scheduled audition dates.

Performance Repertoire - Instrumentalists and Vocalists

All prospective music majors (instrumentalists and vocalists) are required to perform musical selections for UWRF faculty.  Candidates are encouraged to perform two contrasting selections (e.g., etudes, solos, individual movements) for entrance auditions, including:

  • One slow selection to showcase phrasing, tone, intonation, etc.
  • One fast selection to showcase technical skill, instrumental or vocal ability, etc.

Here are some additional guidelines to consider:

  • Be sure to select music that will highlight your strengths as a musician. 
  • If your performance repertoire includes piano, you must perform with an accompanist.  Most prospective students bring their accompanist with them to the audition, which allows them to practice with that person in advance.  If you would prefer to hire a member of the UWRF faculty to accompany you at your audition, please contact us in advance ( to make the necessary arrangements for your audition day.  
  • Memorization is not a requirement for auditions at UWRF; you are welcome to use music for all performance components of the audition process.

Scales - Instrumentalists Only

In addition to the selections listed above, instrumentalists will be required to perform scales (chromatic and major).  Please plan to play scales using a tempo and range that showcase your abilities as an instrumentalist. 

Music-Theory Placement Exam

All prospective music majors will be required to take a music-theory exam as a part of the audition process.  Exams will take place at 2 PM on all scheduled audition dates and will include both written and aural components.  

Music-Education Interview (Music-Education Students Only)

All prospective Music Education majors will additionally be asked to share their music-education goals in a brief interview. There is nothing to prepare or submit for the interview - just be ready to talk about your dreams regarding a career in music education.

Please Note: as part of the interview process, we will ask questions about your experiences on piano, so that we can place you in the appropriate section of Class Piano. If you think you might be eligible to test out of Class Piano I, please plan to play for us, including two major scales of your choice and one brief musical selection.

Music Major Scholarships 

All prospective music majors who successfully complete an Entrance Audition AND are formally admitted to UW-River Falls will be considered for a music major scholarship, as specified below:

  • Scholarships for New Students: All prospective music majors who audition on official scholarship dates on or before March 23, 2018 will be considered for scholarships; applicants who audition after March 23, 2018 will not be eligible for scholarship consideration.
  • Scholarships for Returning Students: Once students are admitted into UWRF as a music major, they are eligible to apply for additional music scholarships (up to $4000.00 per semester), which make our already-reasonable tuition all the more affordable.  Keep your eyes open for more information each spring semester. 

Audition Sign-Ups

To sign up for an Entrance Audition for the Music Department at UW-River Falls, visit the Audition Application page.


Notifications regarding (a) admittance into the Music Department and (b) scholarship awards will be communicated with letters mailed via the US Postal Service, using these approximate timelines:

  • Admittance to the Music Department: Letters of admittance into the Music Department will be mailed approximately two weeks after each audition date.
  • Music Scholarships: Notifications for music scholarships will be mailed approximately two weeks after the final audition date.

If you have not heard from us in accordance with the timelines indicated above, please contact us at or 715-425-3183.

Additional Considerations

We hope you'll make the most of your visit to the University of Wisconsin-River Falls. With that in mind, here are some ideas to consider:

  • We would encourage you to come early to sit in on classes and/or rehearsals to get a feel for what our music program is all about.  Please contact our music faculty if you are interested in pursuing this option. 
  • Please explore our Events and Calendar page to see if any concerts are happening on your audition day - you are definitely invited to attend!
  • Don't forget to leave time in your day to explore our campus while you are here, including Kleinpell Fine Arts Center, the University Center, Chalmer Davee Library, and more.  You may also want to schedule a campus visit to get a feel for the University as a whole.

Still Have Questions?

For additional questions about audition repertoire, please contact the Applied Instructor in your area of study.  For general questions about auditions, contact us at or 715-425-3183. 

We look forward to seeing you on campus in the near future!