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Audition and Admission Information

All students who seek admission to Ohio University with a major in Music must audition. The audition is for both admission and talent-based scholarship decisions.

Audition dates are scheduled for:

  • Saturday, December 8, 2018
  • Saturday, January 26, 2019
  • Saturday, February 16, 2019
  • Monday, February 18, 2019
  • Saturday, February 23, 2019


Students should apply to Ohio University, after which they will receive an email asking them to choose one of the above audition dates.  Students will also be asked to complete an information form asking for: their applied instrument; expected major area of study (Performance – Music Education – Music Therapy – Composition – Bachelor of Arts); home address and home/cell number; high school; and date of high school graduation.

Students who desire to audition but cannot attend one of the above-listed audition dates should call the School of Music (740.593.4244) to determine whether the division faculty will be able to accommodate a different audition date for you. Please know that while an audition other than the dates above will be considered for admission, students may not be considered for talent based scholarships.


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


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.




Frequently Asked Questions About Becoming a Music Major

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

Theory Exam

Students who are admitted into a music program will complete a music theory exam when they attend summer orientation.  How can I prepare for the theory exam?

Music Education: Meeting        

The informational meeting with Music Education faculty describes the degree program, and Music Education faculty are available to answer any questions that students or parents may have about Music Education at Ohio University.

Music Therapy: Interview        

An interview for prospective Music Therapy students with faculty 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 electronically in PDF format. Please do not send original notation files such as those from Finale, Sibelius, etc. Please also include recordings of the submitted scores. MIDI renderings are acceptable though live performance recordings are preferred. Applicants may send a link to an online portfolio through a streaming service such as Soundcloud, Bandcamp, Youtube, etc. 

Composition (Undergraduate)

It is recommended, especially for students seeking financial aid, that a composition interview be scheduled as past of the undergraduate audition day activities.

Composition (Graduate)

Applicants for the Master of Music in Composition must also submit, in addition to the scores/recordings, a document containing a short bio or CV, list of works (including duration, instrumentation, title, and performance history), and a short essay in which they discuss their career goals as a composer and why they are interested in pursuing a master's degree in composition. Graduate applicants will be contacted for a short skype interview if an on-campus interview cannot be scheduled.

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.