Application Process and Auditions


Whether you want to major in music, minor in music, or simply audition for a music scholarship to perform in one of our concert ensembles, there is one process to follow. All prospective students, both new and transfer, must complete the steps listed below.

Step 1: Complete an application to Lamar University

Step 2: Once admitted to LU, fill out your "MyScholarship" Application.

Step 3: Submit the Audition Request Form. (Auditions are currently closed for 2017)

Step 4: Complete and PRINT the Music Department Application(Auditions are currently closed for 2017)

Step 5: Attend your chosen audition date. Bring the Music Department Application with you!

Prospective graduate students should also contact the applied faculty member directly via e-mail. Dr. Eric Shannon coordinates the auditions. Please contact him if you have questions.


Note: No student can be admitted to the music program or receive a music scholarship until they audition.

Remaining 2017 Audition Days:

  Audition Days for 2017 are past.
(Auditions are currently closed for 2017).

Audition Requirements:

Become familiar with the specific requirements for auditioning in your given area:

Winds, Strings, Piano        Vocal           Percussion       Composition   

Audition Day Information:


Registration --> Welcome Meeting --> Theory Placement test --> Piano Placement test (if applicable) --> Audition 

Audition Days are held in the Rothwell Recital Hall and Wiley Rehearsal Hall in the James M. Simmons Music Building on the Lamar University campus. 

Registration is from 9:00 to 9:30 a.m. The Welcome Meeting will take place at 9:30 a.m. in the Rothwell Recital Hall.

Note: We do not assign audition times. Students audition after they take the theory placement exam, and different students will finish at different times. 

Audition Days - More Helpful Information

Theory and Piano Placement Tests:

In addition to the audition, all prospective majors and minors will be given a theory placement exam and piano proficiency exam. This is to determine the student's appropriate class level in music theory and class piano. Neither of these exams has an affect on scholarships or admission to the music department. These tests merely determine which class section the student will be placed in during the first semester.

Music Theory Placement Exam Study Tools:

Theory Placement Information Sheet

Theory Placement Practice Exam

Answer Key

Piano Proficiency Exam Study Tools:

Piano Proficiency Exam Information Sheet

Audition Results

How you will find out the results of your audition:

After all applications have been accepted and the audition is over, each student will receive a letter in the mail within a month stating acceptance or denial of admission to the department, and/or a scholarship offer. Acceptance will be either full or probationary. Please be sure to sign and return the admission letter as soon as possible to secure the scholarship amount.

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