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Tuesday, January 13; 7 to 8:30 p.m. – OPEN HOUSE: See what our music program is all about! For high school students, directors, music teachers, parents.
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Tuesday, January 13; 7 to 8:30 p.m. – OPEN HOUSE: See what our music program is all about!
For high school students, directors, music teachers, parents. RSVP for the open house.
Learn about the audition process, requirements, financial aid, what it means to study music in college and much, much more!
Music Department Admission and Scholarship Auditions
- Friday, January 16; 1 to 4 p.m. & Friday, February 13; 1 to 4 p.m.
COME EARLY! We have opportunities available to visit our classes and ensembles: music theory lab, music appreciation, accompanying or concert band rehearsal
- Thursday, January 29; 6 to 9 p.m.
COME EARLY! We have opportunities available to visit our classes and ensembles: music history, composition and concert choir rehearsal
Music Department Admission Auditions
- Saturday, February 21; 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
- Friday, May 8; 1 to 4 p.m.
WOODWINDS, BRASS, AND STRINGS
- Play two contrasting pieces. Use the WSMA Class A solo lists (or equivalent) or the WSMA State Honors Audition etudes as a guideline. The pieces do not have to be performed with accompaniment, and they do not need to be memorized. If you would like to play accompanied for your audition, you must bring your own accompanist. If you play unaccompanied or without accompaniment there is no penalty. Pieces should not be more than 5 to 7 minutes each, make cuts as appropriate in larger works. In the event of multi-movement works, please select one movement.
- Scales, please be prepared to play major and chromatic scales from memory to demonstrate range, intonation and technique.
- There may be sightreading as part of your audition.
- Play two contrasting pieces or etudes, using different implements. You may choose from snare/parade drum, timpani, or mallets (marimba or xylophone). Use the WSMA Class A solo lists (or equivalent) or the WSMA State Honors Audition etudes as a guideline. In the event of multi-movement works, please select one movement.
- Scales, please be prepared to play major and chromatic scales from memory on the marimba to demonstrate technique.
- There may be sightreading as part of your audition.
- OPTIONAL: If you are considering playing in the pep band, jazz ensemble or being a part of the pit orchestras for musicals, you can (in addition to steps 1, 2 and 3) audition on drum set – please be prepared to play at least 16 measures of "time" in at least two different styles (basic swing in four, heavy rock in four, slow jazz waltz in three, Latin groove clave 3-2, etc.).
- Three contrasting pieces, performed by memory:
- A sonata movement by Haydn, Mozart, or Beethoven
A Baroque-era work for solo piano (examples: Scarlatti Sonata; Bach Prelude and Fugue)
- Two works from among the following
- A major Romantic work for solo piano
- A major work for solo piano by Debussy or Ravel
- A work for solo piano written by a twentieth-century composer
- A jazz piano piece
- A solo improvisation
- Sing two memorized contrasting classical art songs (one may be in a foreign language). Solos may be taken from the WSMA Solo/Ensemble List or equivalent.
- The audition may include testing of range, vocal timbre, flexibility, and sight-reading.
- All voice auditions MUST be accompanied. PLEASE CLICK HERE FOR ACCOMPANIST INFORMATION. Please bring three copies of your prepared music.
- A Baroque organ piece such as a J.S. Bach Prelude and Fugue
- A contrasting 19th or 20th century work.
- A hymn
Vocal auditions require an accompanist. Pre-recorded accompaniments are not allowed. Students are advised to bring their own accompanist for their vocal audition. However, in the event the student does not have an accompanist, the Department of Music will provide one upon request, at no charge. Students who require an accompanist must mail or email legible copies of their music to the Department of Music. Music must arrive no later than the deadlines listed below (two weeks prior to each audition date). If the deadline is not met, the accompanist may not play for the audition.
Audition Dates and Sheet Music Deadlines
January 16, 2015 - sheet music due by January 2, 2015
January 29, 2015 - sheet music due by January 15, 2015
February 13, 2015 - sheet music due by January 30, 2015
February 21, 2015 - sheet music due by February 6, 2015
May 8, 2015 – sheet music due by April 24, 2015
Students who have requested an accompanist will be assigned a brief rehearsal time with the accompanist prior to the audition.
Please send your audition music (must be legible copies) to the address below:
- Application to Lakeland for admission to the College. (lakeland.edu/apply or call 1-800-569-2166)
- Application to the Music Department for Audition and Acceptance as a music major/minor and/or music scholarships (lakeland.edu/auditions)
- Audition on campus for the music major/minor (January 16, January 29, February 13, February 21 or May 8) and/or music scholarships (January 16, January 29, February 13)
- Register for courses via SEED Days in the summer
- Attend Lakeland College, this coming Fall of 2015! Welcome!
Q: Are scholarship auditions the same as entrance (music major/minor) auditions?
A: Yes, they are. We have to hold scholarship auditions early (cut-off date is February 15) as our financial aid and scholarship department need to make decisions on awards by March 1. Scholarship money is competitive.
Q: I don't plan to major in music at Lakeland, do I have to audition if I just want to play in band or choir?
A: No. If you want to play in band or choir as a non-music major/minor, we have a spot for you, and placement auditions/hearings for ensembles typically take place the first few days of classes. However, if you want to be considered for a scholarship (even available to non-music majors/minors) you MUST audition.
Q: What should I prepare for my audition?
A: Take a look at the tab for "Audition Requirements" – typically if you have participated in solo/ensemble in your high school experience, you will have the materials and repertoire necessary for a successful audition.
Q: How long are auditions?
A: Auditions are about 20 minutes in length, you'll want to arrive early to Lakeland and the Verhulst Music Building to warm-up and be comfortable. We'll have you play/sing/perform for the faculty, and there will be time after your audition performance to ask questions.
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Singing in a Lakeland choral ensemble is an amazing way to make new friends, make beautiful music with others and make your Lakeland experience richer.
One of the best things about choir is that everyone can participate. Choir is a place where people training to sing opera to those who sing with the radio-and everyone in between-can come together and make something remarkable that no one could do alone.
At Lakeland, singing in a choir doesn't require an amazing voice, any prior experience (though we love experienced singers) or the ability to read music (we will teach you). We meet all of our singers where they are and, with the training we provide, everyone who participates will have the opportunity to make music at a high level.
If you’re interested, sign up for a choral placement (not an audition - everyone gets in), and read more about our three choirs and what to expect at your choral placement date!
About the Choral Placement
The choral placement will take place on August 23 or 24, for the 2014-2015 acedemic school year. Students will sign up for a six-minute time period in which they will demonstrate the things below. Remember, this is not an audition! Everyone who wants to sing in a choir at Lakeland will be placed in an ensemble.
- Sing something - Some voices are louder, some are softer. Some voices are brighter, some are darker. This is your time to demonstrate your singing so that we can hear the characteristics of your voice. You can sing anything you like (art song, aria, folk song, hymn, or musical theatre piece) but don’t worry if you don’t have any pieces prepared— we will have copies of “My Country ‘Tis of Thee” and “Hark! The Herald Angels Sing” in case you want to sing one of those. We will have a pianist to play sheet music for you but please bring a copy for him/her to play from and remember that he/she will be sightreading (don’t bring anything with a difficult piano part or don’t expect it to be played note-for-note!).
- Tonal Memory - The pianist will play a few notes on the piano, you sing them back on any syllable you like (e.g. “la,” “noo,” etc.), as accurately as possible. There will be a series of short passages and they will get a little more difficult each time.
- Sight-reading - Music literacy is important but not a prerequisite for singing in choir so don’t be scared if sight-reading is “not your thing.” In fact, we will work on literacy all year long but it’s helpful to know more about your reading level presently. We will have some examples of melodies for you to read in ascending order of difficulty. If you do well on one, we will move to the next one. All examples are very short.
- Range check - We will ask you to sing a few short vocal exercises that will slowly move higher and then lower so that we can find the end-points of your vocal range and the “sweet spot” (where your voice sounds the best, also known as a tessitura).
Choral Policies and Expectations
Attendance and Grading
- Since choral ensembles are class-participation, performance-oriented courses, the expectation for each ensemble member is to attend all rehearsals and performances and become an expert on the semester’s repertoire.
- Courtesy dictates that the conductor be notified of all absences in advance by emailing or calling. Each ensemble member will be allowed a total of four absences during the semester. Each absence above four will lower the grade one full letter. Eight absences will cause dismissal from the Lakeland College ensemble with a failing grade.
- In order for choral ensembles to function at optimum levels and maximize each student’s experience, some regular individual practice outside of the normal rehearsal schedule will be expected. In order to assist students to focus attention on specific difficulties in the repertoire, assignments with performance exams may be made at the director’s discretion.
Apparel and Folders
- Each ensemble has its own requirement with regard to concert attire. Singers are required to obtain (purchase, rent, borrow) the specific concert attire.
- Singers in all choral ensembles will obtain a black folder as assigned by the conductor of the ensemble.
The Lakeland College Concert Choir is a large mixed-voice choir. Membership is open to all Lakeland students upon audition. The choir tours annually, presents three concerts on campus, several concerts off-campus at churches and schools, and performs with the Sheboygan Symphony Orchestra. Choral literature from the Renaissance to the twentieth century is performed. MUS 235 Lakeland College Concert Choir may be taken as often as desired for credit. Offered fall and spring.
The Frauenchor is open to all Lakeland women upon audition. The choir presents three concerts on campus each year. Treble vocal literature from the Renaissance to the twentieth century is studied and performed. Music written especially for female voices will be emphasized. MUS 236 Frauenchor may be taken as often as desired for credit. Offered fall and spring.
Lakeland Singers is an elite mixed-voice chamber choir chosen from among the most skilled singers in the Concert Choir. In addition to performing at the on-campus concerts throughout the year, the Lakeland Singers actively showcase the choral program at Lakeland by singing at local high schools and churches. The Lakeland Singers will also have a highly visible role in the 2014-15 choir tour. Every member of Lakeland Singers receives a fellowship in order to sing with the ensemble.
Family & Community Weekend
Join us Sept. 19-21 for three days of a variety of Lakeland activities, food and fun. Saturday, after enjoying some Muskies athletics, join us for dinner on the south lawn of the Campus Center as three bands will perform and the John Michael Kohler Arts Center Culinary Car will be on display.
Schedule of Events
Friday, Sept. 19
- 4 p.m. - Women's tennis vs. Mount Mary (at Sports Core, Kohler)
- 4 p.m. - Men's soccer JV vs. Concordia, Wis., soccer field
- 4:30 p.m. - Lakeland College Art Faculty Exhibit Opening Reception, Bradley Gallery
- 7:30 p.m. - Comedian Jay Harris, Campus Pub
Saturday, Sept. 20
- 11 a.m.-1 p.m. - Brunch available in Bossard Hall, Younger Family Campus Center. $8 per person (Lakeland students swipe your card).
- 1 p.m. - Football vs. Hope College, Taylor Field
- 1 p.m. - Men's soccer vs. Rockford College, soccer field
- 3 p.m. - Women soccer vs. UW-Superior, soccer field
- 4-7 p.m. – John Michael Kohler Arts Center and Lakeshore Technical College Culinary Art Car
- 4-7 p.m. - Dinner on Campus Center south lawn, with music by:
Dinner menu: All-you-can-eat taco bar, including seasoned beef, chicken fajitas with fresh peppers, refried and black beans, two kinds of rice, salsa, guacamole and all the fixings. $8.50 per person (Lakeland students swipe your card). Full cash bar will also be available.
Sunday, Sept. 21
- 10:30 a.m. - Chapel service, Ley Chapel
- 11 a.m. - Women's tennis vs. Lawrence (at Sports Core, Kohler)
- Noon - Packers vs. Detroit Lions Pub party with snacks