Scholarship Auditions

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Scholarship Auditions

Application Deadline: February 6, 2023

Through the generous financial support of our donors, the Conservatory annually awards merit scholarships to new and current students. These merit scholarships are meant to reward accomplishment, effort, and to encourage our talented students to further their skills. The Conservatory’s scholarship auditions provide a wonderful opportunity for students to have a professional assessment of their abilities within a positive and supportive environment.

Applications are due by 7:00pm on February 6, 2023.  Auditions will take place on March 5, 2023. 

* Current students should speak with their WCM instructor for instructions on how to apply.

 

New Students: AUDITION REQUIREMENTS Current Students: AUDITION REQUIREMENTs New & current students: ADVANCED CHAMBER MUSIC INSTITUTE


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New Student Applications

New student applicants can participate in the audition process on any instrument or voice offered at the Wisconsin Conservatory of Music. We encourage highly motivated students at any level of accomplishment to apply, including those at the early stages of their musical study.

Complete new student applications will include:

  1. Completed Scholarship Audition Application, available online.
  2. Brief Letter of Recommendation from a music teacher. Letters should be submitted to Teresa Drews, Director of Education at tdrews@wcmusic.org.
  3. Registration Fee | Payment is accepted upon submission of the online application.

Questions? Contact Student Services at 414-276-5760 or info@wcmusic.org.

 

AUDITION REQUIREMENTS FOR NEW STUDENTS

ONLINE APPLICATION FOR NEW STUDENTS


Current Students: Audition Requirements by Department

Piano

Entry Level | All students must enter and audition in the appropriate age category based on year in school at the time of the audition. Age categories are:

  • Early Elementary – Grades 2 and under
  • Late Elementary – Grades 3 – 5
  • Middle School – Grades 6 – 8
  • High School – Grades 9 – 11
  • Adult – Grade 12 and Post High School

Audition Material | Students will be asked to prepare and perform two compositions from two of the three categories listed under age level requirements. All repertoire and scales must be memorized. Exception to this requirement is indicated in the adult category.

Evaluation – Auditions will be judged on the following elements of musical performance: precision, expression, tone, technique, presentation including memorization, and technical difficulty. All judges’ decisions are final.

Day of Audition | Students must provide judges with clean, published editions of their compositions with measures numbered. Judges reserve the right to stop students for the sake of time. Students should arrive no later than 30 minutes prior to their scheduled audition time and report to the audition site 10 minutes prior to their scheduled time. Only performers, adjudicators, and proctors may be present in the audition.

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Guitar & Electric Bass

Entry Level | All students must enter and audition in the appropriate age category based on year in school at the time of the audition. Age categories are:

  • Early Elementary – Grades 2 and under
  • Late Elementary – Grades 3 – 5
  • Middle School – Grades 6 – 8
  • High School – Grades 9 – 11
  • Adult – Grade 12 and Post High School

Audition Material | Students will perform two contrasting compositions representative of their current level of achievement, and the techniques outlined per the guidelines below. Scales and arpeggios must be memorized as well as the repertoire unless otherwise noted below. Students who require a pre-recorded backing track must provide their own.

Evaluation | Auditions will be scored on the following elements of musical performance: precision, expression, tone, intonation, technique, interpretation, and technical difficulty. All judges’ decisions are final.

Day of Audition | At the beginning of your audition, first announce your name, then announce which scale(s) and arpeggios you are going to play per the level indicated below then proceed to announce and perform your repertoire. If indicated in the level below that the judge will choose from one of the following scales, you are to choose a scale from the scale options presented.

Students must provide judges with a clean, published copy of their selections with measures numbered. Judges reserve the right to ask students to skip sections for the sake of time.

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Strings

Entry Level | All students must enter and audition in the appropriate age category based on year in school at the time of the audition. Age categories are:

  • Early Elementary – Grades 2 and under
  • Late Elementary – Grades 3 – 5
  • Middle School – Grades 6 – 8
  • High School – Grades 9 – 11
  • Adult – Grade 12 and Post High School

Audition Material | Students will be asked to perform two compositions from contrasting musical periods and/or styles (two contrasting movements from a single work are also acceptable). Students will also be expected to perform two scales that judges select from the list in the student’s respective category. A collaborative pianist (accompanist) is REQUIRED. WCM will schedule each participant for a rehearsal time with the pianist. Students must provide WCM audition staff with the piano score upon registration of this event. Scales must be memorized. Memorization of repertoire is recommended, but not required.

Evaluation | Auditions will be judged on the following elements of musical performance: precision, expression, tone, intonation, technique, presentation, and technical difficulty. All judges’ decisions are final.

Day of Audition |Students must provide judges with a clean, published copy of their composition with measures numbered. Judges reserve the right to ask students to skip sections for the sake of time.

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Vocal Arts

Entry Level | All students must enter and audition in the appropriate age category based on year in school at the time of the audition. Age categories are:

  • Middle School – Grades 6 – 8
  • High School – Grades 9 – 11
  • Adult – Grade 12 and Post High School

Audition Material | Students will be expected to prepare all of the requirements as listed in the appropriate audition category and level. The judges will determine which and how much of each selection the student will be asked to perform during the audition time.

Evaluation | Auditions will be judged on the following elements of musical performance: precision, expression, tone, intonation, technique, presentation, interpretation, and technical difficulty. All judges’ decisions are final.

Day of Audition | Students must provide judges with a clean, published copy of their composition with measures numbered. Judges reserve the right to ask students to skip sections of selections for the sake of time. All audition repertoire must be memorized. Students are asked to introduce themselves and the collaborative pianist at the beginning of the audition and the title and composer prior to performing each selection.

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Woodwinds, Brass & Percussion

Entry Level | All students must enter and audition in the appropriate age category based on year in school at the time of the audition. Age categories are:

  • Late Elementary – Grades 3 – 5
  • Middle School – Grades 6 – 8
  • High School – Grades 9 – 11
  • Adult – Grade 12 and Post High School

Audition Material | Students will be expected to prepare all the requirements as listed in the appropriate audition category and level. Memorization is encouraged but not required.

Evaluation | Auditions will be scored on the following elements of musical performance: precision, expression, tone, intonation, technique, interpretation, and technical difficulty. All judges’ decisions are final.

Day of Audition | Students must provide judges with a clean, published copy of their composition with measures numbered. Judges reserve the right to ask students to skip sections of selections for the sake of time.

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Jazz & Contemporary Music

Entry Level | Auditions are open to current students in Jazz & Contemporary Music programs entering 5 th -12th grades in Fall 2023.

Audition Material | Students will be expected to prepare all the requirements as listed in the appropriate category. Time limit is 10 minutes.

Evaluation | Auditions will be judged on the following elements of musical performance: improvisation, accuracy, rhythm, time, technique, stylistic awareness, and harmonic skills. All judges’ decisions are final.

Day of Audition | Judges reserve the right to ask students to skip sections of selections for the sake of time. Live accompaniment will be provided.

Questions | Contact Jazz & Contemporary Music department chair Mitch Shiner at mshiner@wcmusic.org.

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Open To The Community By Audition

Advanced Chamber Music Institute

The Advanced Chamber Music Institute is an intensive program for high school musicians to rehearse and perform in small ensembles coached by musicians from the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra. Admittance into the program is by audition.

 

  • Eligibility | Auditions are open to woodwind, brass, percussion, strings, and piano students currently in grades 8 – 11.
  • Audition Material | Students are expected to prepare all the requirements as listed in the appropriate category.
  • Evaluation | Auditions will be judged on the following elements of musical performance: precision, expression, tone, technique, interpretation, and technical difficulty. All judges’ decisions are final.
  • Day of Audition | Students must provide judges with clean, published editions of their compositions with measures numbered. Judges reserve the right to ask students to skip sections of selections for the sake of time.
    Auditions for the 2023-2024 school year will take place on March 5, 2023. 

 

Online Application for New Students

ACMI SCHOLARSHIP AUDITION REQUIREMENTS

*Current Conservatory students should request a scholarship audition application from their private lesson instructor.