Audition for Music, Theatre, and Dance

Our Music and Dance programs require an audition for admission. Please see the sections below for more information on Music and Dance Program Admissions, as well as ensemble and production opportunities. 

Music Auditions

Students wishing to major or minor in Music at Grand Valley State University should complete an online application for the Music Program, where you will choose your audition date. Students are encouraged to audition early, as spaces and scholarships are limited.


Friday, August 21, 2020 (for Fall 2020 Entry)
Deadline to apply: July 21, 2020

Saturday, November 14, 2020
Deadline to apply: October 14, 2020

Friday, February 5, 2021
Deadline to apply: January 5, 2021

Saturday, February 20, 2021
Deadline to apply: January 20, 2021

Saturday, March 20, 2021 (last day for scholarship consideration)
Deadline to apply: February 20, 2021

Friday, April 9, 2021
Deadline to apply: March 9, 2021

More information about audition requirements can be found at this page: Music Audition Information

Please visit the GVSU Choral Ensembles page for detailed information about our ensembles. Please contact Professor Shirley Lemon at to schedule an audition.

Please contact Professor Tim Froncek ( to arrange an audition.

Audition information is available at

All brass, percussion, string and woodwind students enrolled in applied music lessons are required to participate in Wind Symphony (MUS 112, TR 2:30-4:20 pm), Orchestra (MUS 103, MWF 1:00-2:20 pm) or Concert Band (MUS 102, MWF 2:30-3:50 pm), except Bachelor of Arts majors who may elect other ensembles as indicated in the student handbook. You will play a single audition and will be placed in an ensemble based on the audition committee's decisions. Music majors and non-majors who are not enrolled in applied music lessons may elect to only audition for one ensemble, but will not be guaranteed placement in that ensemble.

Those students not enrolled in applied lessons who are only interested in auditioning for the Concert Band, please click here  for your music and information.

Auditions will be conducted behind a screen and require the preparation of a specific set of musical pieces which is available below. Audition results for wind, brass, and percussion will be posted by the end of the first day of classes.

If you have questions about the audition process, please contact Dr. Mark Williams at

Note:  Please show up 15 minutes prior to the designated audition time block for your instrument. You will need to fill out an audition form.  After submitting your form, you will be assigned a number and will then audition in numerical order behind a screen for the audition committee.

Please visit our Ensemble Audition Information page for more information.


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Theatre Auditions

Each year, our department presents four Mainstage productions, as well as many special events. All production roles are open to all GVSU students.

Actors: Audition notices will be posted here as they become available.

Technicians/Crew Members: Please email your interest to Chris Mahlmann at

We conduct scholarship auditions at Michigan Thespians Festival and our annual Theatre Day

The Grand Valley Shakespeare Festival is Michigan's oldest and largest Shakespeare Festival, having operated annually since 1993. More than 6,000 patrons attend our Festival activities each season, which include mainstage performances of the Bard's works, high school touring shows, workshops, new plays projects, symposia with visiting scholars, an all-campus student art competition, a Renaissance Festival, and other events. 

For more information, head over to the GVSF website at

ReACT! Anti-Violence Peer Education Group: ReACT! performs live scenes and uses interactive theatre methods, with GVSU student actors on the GVSU campus, which aim to help prevent incidents of dating and domestic violence, sexual assault, and stalking in a college-age population.  Audience members explore how they can engage in realistic, safe, and effective methods of preventing violence.  ReACT! is the product of a partnership between GVSU’s Women’s Center and the Department of Music, Theatre, and Dance, and is funded by the Office of Violence Against Women, U.S. Department of Justice. Since the group's premiere in 2010, ReACT!'s professional peer theatre educators have performed for thousands of college students and social service providers across the state of Michigan. Please contact Dr. Alli Metz about the process of becoming a ReACT! student actor.


In addition to our department's theatre season, there are always student-run projects on campus looking for actors, directors, writers, and theatre technicians. Please check back here often for new opportunities.

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Dance Auditions

Students wishing to major or minor in Dance at Grand Valley State University should complete an online application for the Dance Program, where you will choose your audition date.  Students are encouraged to audition early, as spaces and scholarships are limited.


Friday, October 4th, 2019
Friday, November 8th, 2019
Friday, January 24th, 2020
Friday, February 14th, 2020
Friday, March 13th, 2020

When considerable geographical distance prevents a personal audition, the applicant may, with the permission of the program, submit a DVD or link to online video containing ballet barre and center classroom work and modern or jazz center classroom work along with a resume. Scholarships are awarded on the basis of individual talent and potential, and are renewable annually if performance and academic standards are maintained. Auditions will consist of a ballet technique class, a modern technique class, performance of a short solo, and meeting with the faculty.

Please visit Dance Audition Information for schedules, attire, and solo information.


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