UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN River Falls
Welcome to the Entrance Auditions - Information page for the University of Wisconsin-River Falls. We're excited that you are interested in our program and look forward to meeting you soon!
Keep in mind that a Entrance Auditions are different than Ensemble Auditions, which are for students who are already enrolled at UWRF. For information about Ensemble Auditions (which occur at the beginning of each semester), please see the the Ensembles page or contact the associated ensemble director.
With that, it's time to move on to information about Entrance Auditions for the Music Department at UWRF.
All prospective music majors are required to perform an Entrance Audition for admittance into the music program at UWRF (see the Audition Application page to register for an entrance audition). As a part of the audition, candidates must perform musical selections and take a music-theory placement exam (2 PM). Please check in at the Music Office (Kleinpell Fine Arts B46) by 1:50 PM.
In addition, students wishing to pursue Music Education will be required to complete an interview (see below), which typically takes place prior to the 2 PM music-theory placement exam.
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:
Here are some additional guidelines to consider:
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 (e.g., etude, song). If you don't have strong piano chops, don't panic - simply let us know that at your interview. That said, there is no time like the present to get started on piano!
There is not a separate process for prospective music majors regarding music scholarships at UWRF. With that in mind:
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 look forward to seeing you on campus in the near future!