Application and Audition Process

Remaining Audition Dates for 2022:

Audition Dates have concluded. Now auditions are primarily by Audition Video Submission. Prospective students can still apply to the Music Department through July 1, 2022. Follow all steps below! 



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

Prospective graduate students should fill out the Music Department Application below (Step 2), but also contact the applied faculty member directly via e-mail.

Prospective Music Majors, Minors, and Non-Major Scholarship Applicants should complete these steps:

Step 1: Complete your application to Lamar University and be accepted. Start here!

Step 2: Once admitted to LU, apply to the Music Department by completing the Music Department Application (Online). In this application you'll select your audition date/method.

Step 3: Once admitted to LU, go to the LU Scholarship page and fill out these two scholarship applications in the MyScholarships portal:

  1. General Scholarship Application (for 2022-2023).
  2. Music Department Application (for 2022-2023).

Step 4: Submit your Audition Video link to

Dr. Eric Shannon coordinates the auditions. Please contact him if you have questions.


Audition Days

Audition Day Explanation and General Information Sheet


Audition Requirements

Instrumental & Piano Vocal Area Percussion


Audition Days take place on the LU Campus in the James "Jimmy" Simmons Music Building. They begin in the lobby with check-in at 9:00 a.m. Audition Days usually conclude by 12:30 p.m.

Note: We do not assign audition times. The reason is because we administer the music theory and piano assessments first (non-major scholarship applicants do not take these assessments). Because different students finish their assessments at different times, it creates a natural flow of who is ready to audition next. This flexibility allows us to be maximally efficient with applicants' time.

Spring 2022 Entrance:

Admission for Spring 2022 is closed.

Fall 2022 Entrance:

Our in-person Audition Days have concluded. Now auditions are primarily by Audition Video Submission. In-person auditions can take place if your area coordinator /. applied faculty prefers this. All videos must be submitted by or on July 1 to enter as a music major or add a music minor for Fall 2022.

Video Audition Submission Instructions / Requirements



  • Students must be accepted to Lamar University before they can apply to the LU Music Department. 
  • Students must be accepted to Lamar University before they can perform an audition.
  • Students cannot be admitted to the music program or receive a music scholarship offer until they have auditioned.


Admission Results

How you will find out the results of your application/audition?

After your application has been received and you have auditioned, you will receive an e-mail from "" This e-mail will let you know whether you were admitted to the Music Department or not. There will be three outcomes:

  1. Accepted with Scholarship Offer Forthcoming
  2. Accepted but with No Scholarship Offer
  3. Not Accepted

Each e-mail will have instructions for what to do next. Depending on the outcome, they will also contain options for other ways to participate in our music ensembles if admission to the Department is not granted.

How will you receive a Scholarship Offer?

If you receive a Department Acceptance E-mail stating that you are "Accepted with Scholarship Offer Forthcoming" you will receive a second e-mail with the scholarship offer from the MyScholarship portal. It will be sent to your "" e-mail address. This is why it is so important for you to setup your MyScholarship profile. 

When will you receive a Scholarship Offer?

Acceptance E-mails will be sent within 10-14 days of your audition.

No admission results or scholarship offers will be made in-person or on the day you audition.


Music Theory and Piano Placement Exam Study Guides:

In addition to the audition, all prospective majors and minors will be given a theory placement exam and possibly a 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 Guides:

Theory Placement Information Sheet

Theory Placement Practice Exam

Answer Key

Piano Proficiency Exam Study Guide:

Piano Proficiency Exam Information Sheet


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