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Department of Music

1000 E. University Avenue, Dept. 3037

Laramie, WY 82071

Phone: (307) 766-5242

Fax: (307) 766-5326

Email: musicdpt@uwyo.edu

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Audition & Scholarship Information

The University of Wyoming Department of Music is led by a faculty of nationally-recognized educators, performers, and scholars engaging some of the nation's most promising young artists in a collaboration that explores what is possible within the field of music today.

All Music majors and Music minors must audition in order to be admitted to the Music program.

Priority for scholarships is given to high performing new and transfer students who declare a music major. Talented non-majors are also encouraged to apply for a scholarship. Scholarship awards may be up to full tuition and lesson fees.

The FAFSA is required for any named scholarships that list "need" as a requirement.

General information on financial assistance is available through University of Wyoming Financial Aid.

Scholarship recipients are expected to perform in two designated music department ensembles every semester, and must enroll for private lessons in the music department.

Live auditions are strongly encouraged.  In lieu of a live audition, students may submit a high-quality video (DVD, VHS) or sound recording (CD, audiocassette tape) for consideration (video is preferred).

First Time Recipients

Audition and Scholarship Application

Prospective students must apply to the University of Wyoming in order to audition and be considered for scholarships.

Applications are due by February 27, 2017. Please follow all instructions carefully to ensure your application is complete and accurate.

Three (3) letters of recommendation are required for each application and must be completed by teachers, music educators, or others familiar with the applicant's musical abilities.

If these letters have already been written, they can be uploaded through the following surveys; if not, they can be completed within the survey.

Brass Area Scholarship Recommendation - Area Coordinator: Dr. Scott Meredith
Jazz Area Scholarship Recommendation - Area Coordinator: Dr. Ben Markley
Keyboard Area Scholarship Recommendation - Area Coordinator: Dr. Theresa Bogard
Percussion Area Scholarship Recommendation - Area Coordinator: Ed Breazeale
String Area Scholarship Recommendation - Area Coordinator: Dr. Michael Griffith
Vocal Arts Area Scholarship Recommendation - Area Coordinator: Dr. Holly Dalrymple
Woodwind Area Scholarship Recommendation - Area Coordinator: Dr. Blake McGee

Renewing Recipients

Audition and Scholarship Application

Applications are due by February 27, 2018. Please follow all instructions carefully to ensure your application is complete and accurate.

Three (3) letters of recommendation are required for each application and must be completed by teachers, music educators, or others familiar with the applicant's musical abilities. Letters of recommendation are handled from within the above survey.

Audition Day Schedule

Schedule TBA

Auditions will take place the following days:

Friday, November 10, 2017
Friday, January 26, 2018
Friday, February 2, 2018
Friday, February 9, 2018
Friday, February 16, 2018

Audition Day Parking Information: the lots surrounding the Buchanan Center for the Performing Arts building require a parking permit.  There are also a few parking meters located on the north and the west sides of the building.  For complete parking information and to find maps of campus parking, please visit the Transit and Parking Services site.

Areas of Emphasis Audition Requirements

Keyboard Area Auditions/Scholarships

Contact Dr. Theresa Bogard, (307) 766-3894

Priority for keyboard scholarships is given to students who declare a music major; exceptions are given to non-majors who display exceptional talent. Scholarships may be awarded for up to full tuition and fees. Live auditions are strongly encouraged. All audition repertoire must be performed from memory.

Undergraduate auditions

  • One composition by Bach
  • A sonata-allegro movement of a classical sonata (Mozart, Haydn, Beethoven, or Schubert)
  • One substantial Romantic work (e.g., music by Chopin, Schumann, Brahms, Liszt, or others)

Graduate auditions

  • One composition by Bach
  • A complete classical sonata (Mozart, Haydn, Beethoven, or Schubert)
  • One étude of virtuosity
  • One substantial Romantic work (e.g., music by Chopin, Schumann, Brahms, Liszt, or others)

Performer's Certificate

  • One composition by Bach
  • A complete classical sonata (Mozart, Haydn, Beethoven, or Schubert)
  • One étude of virtuosity
  • Plus one of the two categories below:
    • One substantial Romantic work (e.g., music by Chopin, Schumann, Brahms, Liszt, or others)
    • One composition by a 20th or 21st century composer

Scholarship recipients are expected to perform in two designated Music Department ensembles every semester, and must enroll in private piano or organ lessons. Accompanying is the primary ensemble required for keyboard scholarship recipients.

All keyboard scholarship applicants must demonstrate accompanying skills and will be asked to sight read an art song and an instrumental accompaniment.  Fluent performance of all major and minor scales is expected.

Vocal Area Auditions/Scholarships

Contact Dr. Holly Dalrymple, (307) 766-5242

Live auditions are strongly encouraged. Students will perform two selections from memory. Both may be in English. Selections should be from the classical vocal repertory and can include aria, art song, folk song, and other classifications that are not of a "pop" style. Singers are encouraged to choose repertoire that most accurately shows the beauty and potential of the voice.

After the online audition application is completed, singers will be contacted to schedule an audition time. An accompanist will be provided.

Vocal auditions will include a musical skills assessment. Singers will read both rhythm and melody at sight. Rhythms may include simple or compound meters, dotted and syncopated figures and ties. Melodies may include simple or compound meter, leaps from the tonic triad, IV, and V chords, syncopated figures, and may be in major or minor tonalities. Use of the solfeg system is preferred. (If you would like help to prepare these skills, please contact Dr. Dalrymple – hdalrymp@uwyo.edu)

If a live audition is not possible, links to YouTube videos may be accepted. The musical skills assessment will be arranged and completed via Skype.

Instrumental Area Auditions/Scholarships

Brass

Contact Dr. Scott Meredith(307) 223-2001

Students who are interested in brass scholarships should be prepared to perform major scales in addition to two selections of contrasting style. One selection should be in a lyric style, and the other should be more technical. It is recommended for the student to present live auditions but a CD or DVD may be accepted. If you have questions about audition literature please contact Dr. Scott Meredith.

Percussion

Contact Ed Breazeale, (307) 766-5242

Students should prepare solos on snare drum, marimba or xylophone (2 or 4 mallets), timpani (two or four drums, with or without tuning changes), and drumset (demonstrate various styles).

Strings

Contact Dr. Michael Griffith(307) 766-5242

Live auditions and campus visits are strongly encouraged. Students should be prepared to play two contrasting works or movements of the same work. Students are encouraged to prepare scales to demonstrate technical proficiency, though this not a requirement. Accompaniment is not required for auditions. If a student is submitting a recorded audition, the requirements are the same as those described above. High quality audio recordings are acceptable, but video recordings are preferred.

Woodwinds

Contact Dr. Blake McGee, (307) 314-9062

Incoming students will be asked to perform major scales and two short pieces in a contrasting style.  Students should choose one piece that is slow and lyrical and one that is faster and more technical.  If students are unsure if their selections are appropriate they may contact the woodwind area coordinator or the applied teacher.


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1000 E. University Avenue, Dept. 3037

Laramie, WY 82071

Phone: (307) 766-5242

Fax: (307) 766-5326

Email: musicdpt@uwyo.edu

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