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Scholarship and Audition Information|Department of Music

Music Scholarship and Audition 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.

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).

Audition Requirements

How to Apply for a Music Scholarship:

1. Complete a Department of Music Scholarship Application.

Applications are due on or before March 1, 2014. Please follow all instructions carefully to ensure your application is complete and accurate.

2. Sign up for a Scholarship Audition.

Audition dates are November 8, 2013, or February 7, 14, 21, or 28, 2014.

Audition Day Information

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.

3. Request Scholarship Recommendations- Three (3) letters of recommendation are required for each scholarship application and must be completed by teachers, music educators, or others familiar with scholarship applicant's musical abilities. Recommendations can be completed online as follows:

Brass Scholarship Recommendation - Dr. Scott Meredith, Coordinator
Keyboard Scholarship Recommendation - Dr. Theresa Bogard, Coordinator
Percussion Scholarship Recommendation - Dr. Steve Barnhart, Coordinator
String Scholarship Recommendation - Prof. Jim Przygocki, Coordinator
Vocal Arts Scholarship Recommendation - Dr. Larry Hensel, Coordinator
Woodwinds Scholarship Recommendation - Dr. J. Scott Turpen, Coordinator

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Other Scholarship/Aid Opportunities

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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. Scholarship may be awarded for up to full tuition and fees.  Live auditions are strongly encouraged.

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
  • 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.

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Vocal Area Auditions/Scholarships

Contact Dr. Larry Hensel, (307) 766-6376

Live auditions are strongly encouraged.  Students should be prepared to sing two selections from memory.  Both may be in English.  Your selections should be "classical" vocal repertoire.  Carefully choose repertoire that displays your current vocal abilities.

An accompanist will be provided for the audition.  Once you have completed the on-line scholarship application, you will be contacted regarding an audition time and a rehearsal time with the assigned accompanist.

There will also be a sight-reading and ear-training component of this audition, which will be administered by Dr. Nicole Lamartine, Director of Choral Activities.

In lieu of a live audition, candidates should submit a high-quality CD or DVD (DVD preferred) of their audition material.

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Instrumental Area Auditions/Scholarships

Brass

Contact Dr. Scott Meredith, (307) 766-3339.

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.

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Percussion

Contact Dr. Steve Barnhart, (307) 766-5030.

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).

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Strings

Contact Prof. James Przygocki, (307) 766-3335.

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.

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Woodwinds

Contact Dr. J. Scott Turpen, (307) 766-4252.

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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