Monday, March 5, 2012

UW-Whitewater Junior Music Audition Clinic

I got an email today from the Music Department at UW-Whitewater and it reminded me how intimidating it is to audition not only for any musical organization, but especially for the first one that most music students encounter: a music scholarship at a college or university.  To help high school music students prepare for such an audition, many colleges, universities, and schools of music are offering a day to teach incoming Freshmen how to prepare for a successful music audition.  Here's the information from UW-Whitewater:

Dear Music Colleagues and Friends,

The University of Wisconsin-Whitewater Music Department would like to announce a special event for high school juniors—Junior Audition Clinic—to be held on Friday April 13, 2012.   As you know, colleges and universities require music students to perform an audition for admission as a music major. This day is designed to help students prepare for a successful audition.
During this event, students will have an opportunity to audition for our faculty, all of whom are active performers and teachers.  The faculty will provide feedback and advice about audition repertory and what is expected at an audition. 

The events begin at 8:30 a.m. and include:
·         Gathering and registration
·         A warm-up time for auditionees
·         Individually-scheduled auditions with UW-W Faculty members
·         A presentation on preparing for the music major
·         A breakout session to discuss audition procedures in specific performance areas
·         A financial aid information session for parents
·         A masterclass or lesson with faculty in the student’s performance area
·         A tour of the music facilities and a campus tour
Students who have participated in the Junior Audition Clinic in previous years have told us that this event helped them to more confidently prepare for college admission/scholarship auditions and for pursuing a major in music. 

Your students can register for the Junior Audition Clinic by filling out the registration form on the music department website at:  Please encourage your students to register by April 6, 2012.

I hope to meet you and your students at this event! 

J. Michael Allsen
Chair, Department of Music
University of Wisconsin-Whitewater
Whitewater, WI  53190
800-621-8744 or 262-472-1310
262-472-2808 (fax)

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