Information for Prospective Students

Students interested in pursuing undergraduate or graduate studies at Ohio University should contact Jason Smith as early as possible. The following information provided below is helpful in getting started with your application and most importantly, preparing for your audition. Students are recommended to arrange a lesson prior to your audition date. This allows the student to be better acquainted with applied study concepts as well as provide additional information useful for auditioning.
Repertoire Suggestions
The Ohio University School of Music has the following general audition requirements. Additionally, the following information is simply recommended and required. If you have any questions about the repertoire you plan to perform, please contact Dr. Smith. In general, there are no limitations with regard to what you want perform, so judgement should be based on what sounds your best!

Undergraduates should prepare all major scales two octaves with tonic arpeggios. Minor scales are not required, but suggested if comfortable. Graduate applicants should prepare all major and minor scales with tonic arpeggios.

Two contrasting etudes illustrating lyrical and technical styles should be a minimum. Also applicants do not have to limit their etude study to collections for tuba. Many books for trombone, horn, and trumpet are also highly effective. For tuba, such etude books as Blazhevich 70 Studies (Volume I), Tyrrell (Tyrell) 40 Advanced Studies, Bordogni/Roberts Melodious Etudes (or Bordogni/Rochut 8va lower), or Fink Studies in Legato for Bass Trombone or Tuba are good examples of books containing etudes appropriate for auditions. For euphonium, depending on bass or treble clef background, appropriate books include Tyrrell 40 Advanced Studies for Trombone, Fink Advanced Studies, Bordogni/Rochut Vocalises (Volume I, II, or III), Gale Jazz Studies, or Fink Studies in Legato are also good examples.Again, there are many possibilities for appropriate etude study, so if you have questions please contact Dr. Smith.

Usually, solos selected from your state contest list (Class A) are appropriate. Also, required repertoire lists for solo competitions (high school, college, Young Artist, or Artist level) are appropriate as well. In the end, you simply want to select a solo that is highly familiar and demonstrates your finest qualities. The difficulty level of the solo should not be the primary focus for your selection.

Excerpt preparation is highly suggested for graduate school applicants. Selections can be based on current auditions or competition lists.

Audition Dates
For dates and more information, follow To schedule an audition on one of these dates, please call Martha Parish in the School of Music main office (740.593.4244).

In order to be considered for a music scholarship, students should audition on one of these dates. If none of these dates work with your schedule, please contact Dr. Smith to arrange a separate audition date.

Application Process
One of the easiest ways to apply to Ohio University is now online. Simply go to the Ohio University homepage and follow the links to making application online. Students are encouraged to make application as soon as possible and most importantly before their audition date. Online application for undergraduates and graduates can be found using the following links.Undergraduate:
Graduate: If you have questions or special concerns, please contact either the admissions department or Jason Smith.