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 .5 and 2, which allows you to participate without exceeding 18 hours per semester.

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Audition Information

Auditions for most ensembles are held during the first week of autumn semester classes; some, the days before classes begin. Rehearsals begin the following week.

For information about our ensembles, browse the links below.

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, Community Orchestra and others.  (NOTE: auditions are required for University Chorus). Questions? Contact the ensemble director, attend the first class or consult with your academic advisor regarding scheduling.


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