Audition Information


Who needs to audition?

  • If you want to major or minor in music (undergraduate)
  • If you want to pursue a Master of Music degree
  • If you want to be considered for a music scholarship
  • If you are a non-music major who wants to participate in the OSU Symphony and qualify for a scholarship


Audition Schedule

You can register for an audition online.  Audition days will include a campus tour, meet and greet with OSU faculty, a Q&A session for students and parents, as well as an opportunity to shadow current OSU music students.

Students must be admitted by the University before they can be accepted into the Greenwood School of Music.  Begin the undergraduate application process online.

Prospective graduate students (both MM and PJW String Orchestral Fellowship candidates) must be admitted to both the Graduate College and the Greenwood School of Music.  Begin the graduate application process online.


Audition Repertoire Requirements

If you have questions about whether your repertoire meets the specified requirements, please contact the professor directly via email well in advance of your audition date. 

Violin

Undergraduate (Major/Minor)

  • Two contrasting standard solo works
    • One must be a movement from a solo concerto
    • One must be a movement from one of the Six Sonatas and Partitas for Solo Violin, BWV 1001-1006 by J.S. Bach

Graduate

  • Two contrasting movements of one of the Six Sonatas and Partitas for Solo Violin, BWV 1001-1006 by J.S. Bach
  • The first movement of a standard concerto (including cadenza, if applicable) or a work for violin and orchestra
  • A piece of your choice
  • Some portion of the audition must be played from memory

Viola

Undergraduate (Major/Minor)

  • Two contrasting standard solo works
    • One must be a movement from a solo concerto
    • One must be a movement from one of the Six Solo Cello Suites (arr. for viola), BWV 1007-1012, by J.S. Bach

Graduate

  • Two contrasting movements from the Six Solo Cello Suites (arr. for viola), BWV 1007-1012, by J.S. Bach or from the Six Sonatas and Partitas for Solo Violin (arr. for viola), BWV 1001-1006 by J.S. Bach
  • The first movement of a standard viola concerto (including cadenza, if applicable) or a work for viola and orchestra
  • A piece of your choice
  • Some portion of the audition must be played from memory


Cello

Undergraduate (Major/Minor)

  • A movement of a standard concerto, including the cadenza, if applicable
  • Two contrasting movements from the Six Solo Cello Suites, BWV 1007-1012 by J.S. Bach
  • One Popper etude of the applicant's choosing

Graduate

  • A movement of a standard concerto, including the cadenza, if applicable
  • Two contrasting movements from the Six Solo Cello Suites, BWV 1007-1012 by J.S. Bach
  • One etude of the applicant's choosing (examples: Popper, Piatti, Duport)


Bass

Undergraduate (Major/Minor)

  • The first movement of a standard concerto, such as Capuzzi, Dragonetti, or similar pieces OR two contrasting movements of a baroque sonata, such as Eccles, Marcello or Bach
  • All major and minor scales in two octaves
  • Orchestral excerpt: Beethoven Symphony No. 5, movement 3 (Trio; mm. 140-218)

Graduate

  • The first movement of a standard concerto, such as Bottesini, Koussevitzky or Vanhal, to be played from memory
  • Two contrasting orchestral excerpts from the standard orchestral literature


Non-Music Major (for scholarship consideration; all instruments)

  • Two contrasting solo works or one longer work with two contrasting sections