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Audition and Admission Information

ENTRANCE AUDITIONS


Auditions are required of all new undergraduate students (freshman or transfer) who wish to declare a major in music. The audition process also serves to determine scholarship consideration. There is no separate application for students who want to be considered for talent-based scholarships recommended by the School of Music.
 

Campus audition dates for students planning to enter in the Fall of 2015 are:

  • Saturday, January 24, 2015
  • Saturday, February 14, 2015
  • Monday, February 16, 2015
  • Saturday, February 21, 2015


You may contact the School of Music by email or telephone (740-593-4244) to set up an audition.

If making your request by email, please provide all of the following information:
 

  • Your first and second choice for audition date
  • Instrument
  • Degree interest – Performance – Music Education – Music Therapy – Composition
  • Email address
  • Home address
  • City, State, Zip code
  • Home Phone – Cell Phone if applicable
  • High School
  • Date of graduation
If none of the listed audition dates are possible, please call the School of Music to determine whether the division faculty will be able to accommodate a different audition date for you.
 


Undergraduate Audition Requirements
 

Requirements for auditions vary by performance division. Click the following links for more specific criteria.



Graduate Audition Requirements
 

Requirements for auditions vary by performance division. Click the following links for more specific criteria.



ADDITIONAL ADMISSION INFORMATION    


Frequently Asked Questions About Becoming a Music Major

This page provides answers to many common questions about becoming a music major.


Theory Exam

All prospective freshmen music majors will take a theory examination on the audition day. The results will become part of the student's profile in making final decisions about admission and scholarships. How can I prepare for the theory exam?


Music Education & Therapy: Interview        

An interview for prospective Music Education and Music Therapy students with faculty from the professional studies area will be scheduled on the audition day. The results will become part of the student's profile in making final decisions about admission and scholarships.


Music Education: Keyboard Students

Students with piano as the major instrument must also audition on voice (choral emphasis) or a band or orchestra instrument (instrumental emphasis).


Composition Portfolio Review and Interview

All prospective music composition majors should submit a portfolio containing recent examples of their best creative work. Scores of original compositions and arrangements may be submitted on paper — or as computer files on a data CD. Acceptable formats include files made with Sibelius or any of the Finale family of software. Files from other programs that have been converted to Acrobat Reader-compatible PDF format are also acceptable. If possible, you should also include recordings of the scores you submit. Recommended formats include audio CD, mp3 format on data CD, or audio cassette. It is recommended, especially for students seeking financial aid. that a composition interview be scheduled as part of the audition day activities. If you are mailing in your portfolio, please include a stamped, self-addressed envelope if you wish to have materials returned after the review process.


B.A. Degree: Writing Sample

All prospective B.A. in music majors should submit a sample essay as part of their application. The essay need not be on a music-related topic, but should reflect your best writing and critical thinking skills.

For more details regarding specific undergraduate degree programs in music, please contact:

Dr. Matthew James
Associate Director for Academic Affairs
School of Music
jamesm1@ohio.edu
740-593-4244



Undergraduate Major in Music

All undergraduates, whether prospective freshmen or transfer students, are required to audition for admission to the degree programs offered by the School of Music. In general, students may not pursue coursework in the major until they have successfully auditioned and been admitted to a music degree program.

Students who are currently attending Ohio University, but who wish to declare a major in music (BA or any of the BM degrees) are required to audition for admission to the School of Music before they may declare the major.

         

Graduate Degree Programs and the Graduate Performance Certificate Program

Graduate students who wish to pursue a Master of Music degree should check the specific degree program pages for information regarding application and audition requirements. All performance programs and the non-degree Performance Certificate program require an audition. Graduate students must be admitted to Ohio University and the School of Music in order to be eligible for graduate funding support such as Graduate Associateships.


Music Minor and Minor in Jazz Studies

The School of Music also offers a Music Minor, and the Minor in Jazz Studies, for interested students. For information on declaring a music minor, please contact the Associate Director.