Ensemble Update for Academic Year 2020–2021

The Ohio State University orchestras, choirs and bands are committed to providing meaningful educational and performance experiences amidst the COVID-19 pandemic. Whether instruction is online, in person/socially distanced, or a hybrid, the conducting and studio faculty continue to creatively plan instruction following state and university guidelines for student safety, while simultaneously preparing students for their professional life in music.

The School of Music invites all university students to participate in its ensembles. Some ensembles have open enrollment (no audition required) and...

... you don't have to be a music major to be involved!

Our ensembles include large bands, orchestras, jazz bands and combos, and choirs at every level of ability. There are also a number of smaller chamber opportunities for vocalists, instrumentalists and composers. In addition to the Ohio State Marching band, which is open to brass and percussion musicians by audition, the athletic bands have open enrollment and welcome woodwind players. Whether you are an experienced performer or a hobbyist, we have a group for you!


Most ensembles have variable credit hours between 0.5 and 2, which allows you to participate without exceeding 18 hours per semester.

Download Ensemble Courses 2020-2021 [pdf]

Audition Information

For information about our ensembles, browse the links below.

Auditions are open for bands, choirs and Symphony Orchestra. For Autumn 2020, some auditions will take the form of uploaded video recordings. Read the instructions for you ensemble(s) carefully and note some have early August deadlines.

Open Enrollment

The School of Music also offers several ensembles that do not require an audition. Browse the ensemble links to discover opportunities such as University Band and others.

NOTE: University Chorus does require a voice-placement audition to ensure that each singer possess the skills needed for ensemble participation.

Questions? Contact the ensemble director, attend the first class or consult with your academic advisor regarding scheduling.


[pdf] — Some links on this page are to PDF files requiring Adobe Reader. If you need them in a more accessible format, please contact us.