Choral Auditions

Ensemble Update for Autumn 2020


The Ohio State choral program will be online for Autumn Semester 2020. Our choral faculty, in conversation with Ohio State administrators and the university's COVID-19 Transition Task Force, have determined that this is the best decision to ensure the health of all involved in the choral program. Acknowledging that nothing can replace in-person rehearsals and concerts, the choral faculty are committed to providing meaningful educational and performance experiences amidst the COVID-19 pandemic.

Consult the Course and Rehearsal Details page for more information on Chorale (formerly Symphonic Choir), University Chorus, Women's Glee Club and Men's Glee Club.


The Ohio State University choral program is comprised of four choirs; all choirs are open to both music majors and non-music majors. Placement in a choir is by audition only.

Choirs meet at the following times:

  • Chorale — MW, 1:50–2:45 p.m.
  • Women's Glee Club — MW, 3–3:55 p.m.
  • Men's Glee Club  — MW, 4:10–5:05 p.m.
    • Statesmen — Sundays, 8–10 p.m.
  • University Chorus — M, 5:20–6:10 p.m.

How to Audition

 

Chorale

View a Welcome from the conductor, Dr. Robert Bode

To audition for Chorale, please email the following information to Dr. Robert Bode (bode.58@osu.edu).
DEADLINE: August 22, 2020

  1. Name
  2. Your major
  3. Year in school
  4. Preferred voice part
  5. Brief history of your choral experience (1 or 2 sentences)
  6. Why would you like to sing with the Ohio State Chorale?
  7. How would you rate your sight-reading ability (strong, average, weak)?
  8. In the same email, submit a link to a YouTube video containing the following three components:
  • Perform this vocalise, starting mid-range and ascending by half step.
    Chorale vocalise 1, NOH
  • Perform this vocalise, starting mid-range and descending by half step.
    Chorale vocalise 2, VEE
  • Perform a classical solo, sung in English or a foreign language, art song or aria, unaccompanied or with accompaniment.

Women's Glee Club

Conductor, Prof. Jordan Saul

All students are welcome and encouraged to audition for Women's Glee Club.

  • Students who were enrolled in Women's Glee Club during the 2019–2020 academic year may sign up for the course without re-auditioning.
  • NEW STUDENTS, or students who wish to return to an ensemble after a hiatus, must audition following the instructions below.

To audition for Women's Glee Club, please email the following information to Prof. Jordan Saul (saul.52@osu.edu).
DEADLINE: August 24, 2020

  1. Name
  2. Your major
  3. Year in school
  4. Preferred voice part
  5. Brief history of your choral experience (1 or 2 sentences)
  6. Why would you like to sing with the Women's Glee Club?
  7. How would you rate your sight-reading ability (strong, average, weak)?
  8. In the same email, submit a link to a YouTube video containing the following three components:
  • Perform this vocalise, starting mid-range and ascending by half step.
    WGC vocalise AH
  • Perform this vocalise, starting mid-range and descending by half step.
    WGC vocalise VA
  • Perform a classical solo, sung in English or a foreign language, art song or aria, unaccompanied or with accompaniment. If you do not have a solo like this available, you may sing "Happy Birthday" or "The Star Spangled Banner."

NEW MEMBERS ONLY

Contact Prof. Jordan Saul (saul.52@osu.edu) to schedule a Zoom appointment.
DEADLINE: August 28, 2020

  • You will need to screen-share and have both video and audio connections.
  • You will be asked to sight-read, perhaps sing a vocalise, and participate in aural recall exercises.

Men's Glee Club   |   University Chorus

Conductor, Dr. Robert J. Ward

All students are welcome and encouraged to audition for Men's Glee Club or University Chorus. Auditions will be held August 2428, 2020 (during the first week of autumn semester) via Zoom.

  • Students who were enrolled in Men's Glee Club or University Chorus during the 2019–2020 academic year may sign up for the course without re-auditioning.
  • New students, or students who wish to return to an ensemble after a hiatus, should visit SignUpGenius to schedule a Zoom audition with Dr. Ward.

WHAT TO EXPECT

Be prepared to perform the following:

  • Scales and short melodies — to test range and demonstrate voice quality
  • Sing an unaccompanied melody — a patriotic tune or hymn tune (words provided)
  • Melodic retention exercise — sing back short melodic patterns
  • Rhythmic exercise — clap or sing rhythmic patterns in common meters
  • Sight reading — both rhythms and pitches

 


For more information about choral studies and ensembles, please email Dr. Robert Ward or call 614-292-4622.

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