Application Process / Auditions


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.

Note: Students wishing to join the marching band DO NOT need to follow this process. Go to our Marching Band page to fill out the Commitment Form and join! Students wishing only to perform in a Fall concert band or the Jazz Band also DO NOT need to follow this process. Go to our LU Bands page to read about the Ensemble Placement Audition that takes place on the first days of the Fall semester. The steps below are for Music Majors, Minors, or for a Music Scholarship... which non-majors can earn, but is not a requirement for joining our bands! 

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

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

Step 2: Once admitted to LU, submit the Music Department Application.

Step 3: Once admitted to LU, fill out your "MyScholarship" Application.

Step 4: Attend your chosen audition date!

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


  • 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.

Auditions for Fall 2018:

  • Auditions are closed for Fall 2018.

Audition Day for Spring 2019 Entrance:

  • December 1, 2018

Audition Days for Fall 2019 Entrance:

  • December 1, 2018
  • February 2, 2019
  • March 2, 2019
  • April 6, 2019


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 Assessment --> Piano Placement Assessment (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



Admission Results

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

After your application has been received and you have performed your audition, 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. This second e-mail will come from the MyScholarship portal. 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 a few days after each audition day, however, Scholarship Offer E-mails will only be sent out two times. 

Auditions performed on December 2 will receive scholarship offers by mid-December.

For auditions performed March 10, March 24, and April 7, all Scholarship offers will come by mid-April. 


Theory and Piano Placement Assessments:

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


Learn More About Us