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String Division ChairDr. Dawn Dongeun Wohn

The Ohio University string faculty is dedicated to training highly motivated string players to take their place with technical skill, musicianship, musicality, and confidence in today's highly competitive music profession. Regular master classes, visiting artists, solo competitions and performance laboratory opportunities are an integral part of the curriculum. Enrollment is limited to allow for the personal attention that is most beneficial to committed students.

Guitarists: Applied study on guitar will be offered to students majoring in the BA in Music. Interested guitarists should contact­­ John Horne­ to set up an entrance audition. ­

Contact the Associate Director for information regarding the BA in Music.



String Division Faculty


Dr. Dawn Dongeun Wohn
Assistant Professor, Violin and Viola
String Division Chair

Prof. Stephanie Price
Adjunct Professor, Viola

Dr. Gabriel Prynn
Visiting Assistant Professor, Cello
String Chamber Music Coordinator

Dr. Garry Wasserman
Adjunct Professor, Double Bass

Prof. John Horne
Adjunct Professor, Guitar

Prof. Steven Huang
Associate Professor
Director of Orchestral Activities



Stringed Instrument Audition Requirements: Undergraduate


String Instruments

For students auditioning into the Performance major: ­

  • Cello, Viola, or Violin -The first movement of a concerto, one movement of an unaccompanied work by Bach, and an etude.
  • Double Bass students should prepare a movement from a concerto and a movement from a sonata, or two contrasting movements of a sonata.­

For students auditioning for all other music major programs (Music Education, Music Therapy, B.A. in Music, and Honors Tutorial College):

  • Two contrasting pieces.­


All students, regardless of major, should be prepared to demonstrate knowledge of scales and arpeggios.


For students auditioning for the BA major on guitar:

Jazz guitar auditions should consist of playing two pieces in contrasting styles.

  • The first piece will be a bebop or swing tune. Be prepared to play the melody, comp through the chord changes and improvise for one chorus. Suggested pieces include Billie’s Bounce, Blue Bossa, Summertime, or Take the A Train. Guitarists are encouraged to bring a play-along track such as a Jamey Aebersold CD to play with. Guitarists may also perform solo. An amplifier and cable will be provided for electric guitarists.
  • The second piece will be a chord-melody piece, usually a ballad. Suggested repertoire for this includes anything from the Barry Galbraith Guitar Solos Volume 1 or 2, published by Mel Bay.
  • Guitarists should also be prepared to:
  • Play and improvise over a basic 12-bar blues.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of major and minor scales and any jazz scales or modes known.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of major 7, minor 7, dominant 7, and any other chord vocabulary.
  • Sight read a melody in the first position.
  • Sight read a chord chart.
  • Applicants are strongly encouraged to contact John Horne to review audition selections and receive feedback prior to the audition.

All students, regardless of major should be prepared to demonstrate knowledge of scales and arpeggios.



Stringed Instrument Audition Requirements: Graduate


After completing graduate school application forms, submitting transcripts of baccalaureate studies, and providing three (3) letters of recommendation, the master of music applicant will contact the chair of the string division or the School of Music office to determine an audition date at the School of Music in Athens, OH.­

Audition Repertoire

Violin, Viola, Cello:

  • A movement of a major concerto
  • Two movements of a solo
  • Sonata or Partita by Bach
  • 20th century work of your choice


  • A movement of a major concerto
  • Two movements of a work from the Baroque period
  • Third work of your choice

For additional information please contact:

Graduate Chair­

The Klinder Graduate String Quartet Assistantships: The School of Music offers a stipend ($11,070) and complete tuition waiver for four graduate students in the areas of violin (2), viola (1), and cello (1). In addition to performing throughout the region, members of the quartet also assist in teaching string methods and applied students. More information available here; or contact Dr. Dawn Dongeun Wohn, String Area Coordinator.


Dawn Dongeun Wohn

Assistant Professor of Strings; Chair of String Division

Garry Wasserman

Adjunct Professor of Bass
(317) 345-6151 (Cell)

John Horne

Adjunct Professor of Guitar/Jazz Studies
(740) 593-4244

Gabriel Prynn

Visiting Assistant Professor of Cello
(740) 593-4231