Information for Prospective Students

The following is a plan of action for prospective saxophone students interested in auditioning for the School of Music. For information on scholarships and graduate assistantships, please click here.

 
 



1. In the fall of your senior year, speak with your band director, private teacher, and/or any other music professional about your interest in majoring in music.  These individuals will serve as excellent resources to determine if the music major might be right for you.  It’s vital to have their support in this process, since they can help you prepare for the audition.


2.  Phone the School of Music office at (740)593-4244 to set up an audition date. You will receive written confirmation of your audition time and date via mail. Audition dates can be found here.


3. Contact Dr. James at (740)593-0957 or via email at jamesm1@ohio.edu in order to set up a complimentary lesson, or to simply discuss the saxophone studio and your background and interests.  Complimentary lessons are provided to students wishing to major in music, who have received the support of their band director to audition.


4. Apply to Ohio University as soon as possible. Only students who have applied to the university will be considered for scholarships. Undergraduate applications can be made online by clicking here or by calling (740) 593-4100. Graduate application information can be found here or by calling (740) 593-2800.


5. Undergraduate auditions are 15 minutes.  Saxophonists are asked to prepare at least one classical solo, along with an etude that is contrasting in tempo and style. Advanced solos from state solo and ensemble contest lists are suggested, as are works from the saxophone repertoire list. You will also be asked to demonstrate knowledge of scales and arpeggios in your audition, sightread, and sing back simple melodies that are dictated from the piano, to check your ability to match pitch. While not a requirement, those saxophonists who play jazz are encouraged to prepare a jazz etude, transcription, or short improvised solo with CD/mp3 play-along accompaniment (Jamey Aebersold or other play-alongs are acceptable).


Graduate auditions are 30 minutes.  Please prepare contrasting lyrical and technical material, including at least one contemporary work, and one work standard to the repertoire. In addition, prepare at least two contrasting orchestra and/or band excerpts. You will also be asked to demonstrate knowledge of scales and arpeggios in your audition, sightread, and sing back simple melodies that are dictated from the piano, to check your ability to match pitch.  You may audition on more than one saxophone in addition to alto saxophone.  While not a requirement, those saxophonists who play jazz are encouraged to prepare a jazz etude, transcription, or short improvised solo with CD/mp3 play-along accompaniment (Jamey Aebersold or other play-alongs are acceptable). In-person auditions are preferred, however audio or video recordings of recent performances are acceptable for those students unable to travel to campus.


6. Complete the audition. Campus and parking maps can be found here. Your audition will be heard by at least three members of the woodwind faculty. A theory examination for all undergraduate students and an interview for prospective music education and music therapy students will be included on the audition day. The results of the theory examination and interview will become part of the student profile in making final decisions about admission and scholarships.


7. Please wait patiently - results won't be available until all audition dates have been completed. Notification of the results of your audition will be sent by mail. Scholarship information will also be sent by mail. GOOD LUCK!