Entrance Auditions - Information for Prospective Music Majors

Welcome to the 2017-2018 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!

Before you go too far, we want you to know a couple of important details about auditions at UWRF.  

  • First, two types of music auditions take place each year: (a) Entrance Auditions for prospective music majors and (b) Ensemble Auditions for students who are already enrolled at UWRF, which occur at the beginning of each semester.  The information on this page pertains to Entrance Auditions.  For information about Ensemble Auditions, please see the the Ensembles page or contact the associated ensemble director.
  • Second, the process for admittance into the UWRF Department of Music requires distinct two steps.  In addition to performing an Entrance Audition (don't forget to register), all prospective music majors must apply and be accepted into the University of Wisconsin-River Falls.  Be sure to take care of both components of the application process.

With that, it's time to move on to information about the audition process for the 2016-2017 academic year.

Audition Requirements

All prospective music majors are required to perform an Entrance Audition for admittance into the music program at UWRF.  As a part of the audition, candidates must perform musical selections and take a music-theory placement exam.  In addition, Music Education majors must complete an interview and piano placement exam.  

NEW THIS YEAR: On regularly-scheduled audition dates (see the Audition Application page), all students 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.  In addition, students wishing to pursue Music Education will be required to complete an Interview and Piano Placement Exam (see below); both of these components are scheduled individually (and typically take 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:

  • 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.  

Interview and Piano Placement Exam (Music-Education students only)

All prospective Music Education majors will additionally be asked to discuss their music education goals and demonstrate their piano skills as a part of the audition process, including two major scales of their 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 placement exam, then show us what you can do at this point.  That said, there is no time like the present to get started on piano!

Music-Major Scholarships 

There is not a separate process for prospective music majors regarding music scholarships at UWRF.  With that in mind:

  • All prospective music majors who audition by March 24, 2017 will be considered for scholarships; applicants who audition after March 24, 2017 will not be eligible for scholarship consideration.
  • Prospective music majors who are awarded a scholarship will receive notification along with their letter of admittance into the music program (see Entrance Audition - Application).
  • 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.  

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.

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

Still Have Questions?

For additional questions about audition repertoire, please contact the Applied Instructor in your area of study.  For general questions about auditions, send us a note at

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