Talentship Award

Arendt Family, UW-Foundation/LWEA Talentships

Announcing the 2015-16 winners:

2015 Talentship award recipients with Prof. AckleyEmily Curran – clarinet, freshman, music major

Matthew Huber – French horn, sophomore

David Krause – euphonium, sophomore

Christopher Shane Keith, Jr – percussion, freshman

Emily Shedal – oboe, freshman

Nicholas Allen Stone – trombone, freshman, music major

Jerod Zipp – percussion, freshman, music major 

Back row (l-r): Dr. Dan Ackley, Nick Allen Stone, Jerod Zipp, Matt Huber Front Row (l-r): Emily Shedal, Emily Curran, Christopher Shane Keith Jr., Not pictured: David Krause

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Established in March of 1988 through the University of Wisconsin-Manitowoc Foundation, Inc. and the Lakeshore Wind Ensemble Association, these cash awards are meant to recognize excellence in music performance on the part of individual students at the University of Wisconsin Manitowoc. There was a name change in 2014 from "Matthew and Beatrice Arendt Talentships" to "Arendt Family UW-Manitowoc Foundation LWEA Talentship."


In order to be eligible for these awards, an Individual must be a full time registered student at the University of Wisconsin Manitowoc during the semester in which the award is used. The award is divided equally between the fall and spring terms.

The student must be a “for-credit” member of the Lakeshore Wind Ensemble during the same period. A first semester freshman will be selected on the basis of demonstrated musical ability. A continuing student must, in addition, maintain a minimum grade point average of 2.5 in order to qualify for this award.

Financial need may be considered in instances where more than one candidate is felt to be otherwise equally qualified for the award. One's academic major is not a criterion for the award.

All standard band instruments from the brass, woodwind, and percussion families are included as audition vehicles. Special consideration may also be given to keyboard and string bass (contact the Conductor of the LWE for further information). Students may audition on multiple instruments to demonstrate depth of musical preparation.

Recipients will receive their awards In October at the first Lakeshore Wind Ensemble Subscription Concert. The recipients will also be recognized during the annual University of Wisconsin Manitowoc Spring Awards Convocation. Recipients will be notified by mid-September.


Candidates must audition before the Conductor of the Lakeshore Wind Ensemble after an application has been submitted.

  • Please fill out this application and submit it to the conductor.
  • Schedule an audition with the Conductor of the Lakeshore Wind Ensemble, Daniel Ackley, or send an e-mail for more information.

Candidates must prepare an etude or solo (no accompanist) of their choice. Selected memorized major scales and sight-reading will also be included in the audition. Percussionists must prepare studies on both snare drum and keyboard mallet instruments. The decision of the conductor is final!