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Music Auditions

Because the School of Music considers artistic talent in the review process, students must audition for consideration to the program. Please note that the audition for admission also serves as the audition for talent-based scholarships. For more information about the audition process, visit the School of Music website.

Audition Requirements

To prepare for their live audition, applicants should be prepared to perform any of the following audition requirements. Additionally, applicants should be prepared to demonstrate other skills as instructed during their live audition, which could include sight-reading or simple aural skills exercises as directed by the faculty. The School of Music highly encourages students to choose repertoire from diverse composers for their auditions, including underrepresented composers. For questions about how to prepare for your live audition, please contact the faculty listed below for your instrument or email the School of Music.

Brass

  • Perform at least one solo of major length. Solo movements and/or etudes contrasting in tempo and style are desirable. Advanced solos from state solo and ensemble contest lists are suggested.

Digital instruments

  • Perform approximately 10 minutes of live performed (not pre-recorded) music. Audition material should demonstrate musicality through performance. Students may use any instrument(s) of their choosing, traditional, digital, or a combination of both.

Organ

  • Perform a work by JS Bach (can include one of the “Eight Little Preludes and Fugues”)
  • Perform a work from the 19th-21st centuries

Percussion

  • Prepare solos or etudes that demonstrate your experience in the following areas of percussion:
    • Snare drum
    • Mallets 
    • Timpani

Piano

Performance/pedagogy majors - Perform from memory one composition from each of the following categories.

  • Baroque: A prelude and fugue or other major work by J.S. Bach
  • Classical: The first movement of a sonata by Haydn, Mozart, or Beethoven (excluding Mozart Sonata, K. 545, Beethoven Sonatas, Op. 49, Nos. 1 and 2, and Op. 79)
  • Romantic, impressionistic, or contemporary

Non-performance majors (music education, music therapy, BA in music, composition) - Perform one composition from two of the following categories. Memorization is optional, but preferred.

  • Baroque
  • Classical: The first movement of a sonata by Haydn, Mozart, or Beethoven
  • Contrasting selection from the 19th, 20th, or 21st century

Strings

Performance majors (BMus degrees)

Double bass - Perform one composition from each of the following categories. Memorization is optional, but preferred.
  • One movement of a concerto
  • One movement of a sonata (two contrasting movements of a sonata may be prepared in place of a concerto movement)
Cello, Viola, Violin - Perform one composition from each of the following categories. Memorization is optional, but preferred.
  • One movement of a concerto with cadenza (if applicable)
  • One movement of an unaccompanied work by Bach
  • Etude

Non-performance majors (music education, music therapy, BA in music, composition)

Double bass, Cello, Viola, Violin - Perform one composition from each of the following categories. Memorization is optional.
  • Two pieces from contrasting musical styles (choose from Baroque, Classical, Romantic, Impressionistic, or Contemporary)

Guitar (contemporary music and digital instruments, music therapy, BA in music)

Prepare two pieces in contrasting styles.
  • Piece 1: Standard bebop of swing tune: Play the melody, comp through the chord changes, and improvise or play a transcribed solo for one chorus. Suggested repertoire: Billie's Bounce, Blue Bossa, Summertime, Take the A Train.
  • Piece 2: Fingerstyle or chord-melody piece (usually a ballad). Suggested repertoire: Barry Galbraith Guitar Solos Volume 1 and 2 (published by Mel Bay), fingerstyle arrangement a la Chet Atkins, or a short classical piece by Bach or Sor.

Voice

  • Perform one song in English from memory.

  • Perform one song in Italian, German or French from memory. Suggested repertoire for foreign language songs:
    • Italian: selections from 28 Italian Songs and Areas or selections by Donaudy or Handel
    • German: songs by Brahms, Schubert, Clara Schumann, or Robert Schumann
    • French: songs by Fauré or Hahn

Woodwinds

  • Prepare at least one solo of major length. Movements and/or etudes contrasting in tempo and style are desirable. Advanced solos from state solo and ensemble contest lists are suggested.

Audition Registration

To register for a School of Music virtual audition, email the School of Music at music@ohio.edu.

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Questions?

For questions about the School of Music audition process or audition requirements, please email the School of Music at music@ohio.edu. For questions about your OHIO application status, your OHIO ID, or other admissions-related information, please email Undergraduate Admissions at admissions@ohio.edu.