String Ensemble (MUEN 1131): A performance ensemble specializing in music for small string groups. Violinists, violists, cellists, double bassists, and pianists are welcome to audition. Directed by Christoph Wagner.
Percussion Ensemble (MUEN 1134): This course involves the study and performance of music compositions for small percussion groups. Directed by Lamar Burkhalter.
Concert Choir (MUEN 1141): This ensemble exposes students to a wide variety of traditional choral repertoire ranging from the Renaissance to the present. Students in this ensemble learn to apply healthy vocalism, critical listening skills, and expressive musicianship in this immersive choral experience. Directed by Ryan Brown.
Pop Singers (MUEN 1154): This ensemble specializes in popular vocal styles and performs a variety of contemporary commercial music including jazz, pop, blues, country, folk, and rock. In addition to using a healthy vocal technique, students in this ensemble will also learn microphone techniques highly valued in the singing profession. Some choreography and staging may be involved. Directed by Ryan Brown
PRIVATE & GROUP LESSONS
Private Lessons (MUAP) in Voice, Instruments, or Composition
Class Piano II-IV Placement (MUSI 1182/2181/2182): Audition to be placed into a higher level of Class Piano.
No audition is required for Class Piano I, Class Guitar, Class Voice, or Percussion Class.
MUSIC INDUSTRY CLASS
Professional Development for Musicians (MUSC 1191): This course will assist students in developing the critical skills required to be successful musicians in the professional world. Students will learn how to write professional résumés, CVs, cover letters, and bios; effective audition, rehearsal, and performance technique; and the basics of music law and music business.
WHAT TO PREPARE
Please prepare two contrasting pieces to sing or play on your instrument. An accompanist will be provided if needed, so please be sure to bring your sheet music, unless it is an unaccompanied piece (vocalists MUST use an accompanist for their audition pieces). Please fill out the scholarship form through LoneStar.edu/UP-MusicScholarship prior to your audition as well.
Prepare two contrasting solos: A classical/folk song (any language) AND a contrasting song in a popular vocal style such as Musical Theatre, Jazz, Pop, Rock, or R&B. If you are auditioning in-person, please provide sheet music for the accompanist. If you are submitting an audition online, please perform with a karaoke track on video.
SINGERS: Prepare one solo: A song in a popular vocal style such as Musical Theatre, Jazz, Pop, Rock, or R&B. You may use the same song you will be auditioning with for the Concert Choir. If you are auditioning in-person, please provide sheet music for the accompanist. If you are submitting an audition online, please perform with a karaoke track on video.
INSTRUMENTALISTS: Prepare two contrasting solos of pop, rock, musical theatre, or R&B songs on your instruments. You can use a karaoke track for your in-person or online audition if needed.
Percussion Ensemble & Private Percussion Lessons
Prepare 1-2 pieces that demonstrate your current skill level.
Professional Development for Musicians
INSTRUMENTALISTS/SINGERS: Prepare 1-2 contrasting pieces. Perform these on video (singers, use accompaniment or karaoke tracks).
COMPOSERS/SONGWRITERS: Submit 2-3 contrasting compositions, fully notated and/or recorded (MIDI realizations are acceptable). E-mail them as pdf files to Aaron.Alon@lonestar.edu.
AUDIO ENGINEERS, PRODUCERS, etc.: Non-performers should schedule an interview with Professor Aaron Alon by sending him an e-mail at Aaron.Alon@lonestar.edu. If you have any samples of your work to share, you can also e-mail them to Professor Alon.
Private Voice Lessons
Prepare any song you would like. If you are auditioning in-person, please provide sheet music for the accompanist. If you are submitting an audition online, please perform these songs on video with an accompaniment. You can also use a karaoke track.
Class Piano/Private Piano Studio Placement
Prepare 1-2 contrasting pieces of your choice that demonstrate your proficiency and level of playing. Also, prepare 1-2 scales of your choice. If you are submitting an audition online, please perform these on video, making sure that we can clearly see your hands on the keys.
Private Lessons in Other Instruments
Prepare 1-2 contrasting pieces that demonstrate your current skill level. If you are submitting an audition online, please perform these works on video.
Scholarships are awarded to students for Performance and Design/Technical Theatre.
Performance: Students must be enrolled in Theatre Practicum and participate in the semester production. For the performance scholarship, you must present two contrasting monologues at the time of the semester production auditions. If you are a musical theatre performer, please also prepare 32 bars of a musical theatre work and provide an accompaniment track.
Design/Technical Theatre: You must be enrolled in Theatre Practicum and participate in the semester production. At time of the semester production auditions, you must present a history of design/technical theatre work and interview for the scholarship.