Choral Auditions

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Update for the 2021–2022 Academic Year

The Ohio State University orchestras, choirs and bands are committed to providing meaningful and educational performance experiences.

Current information indicates that all ensembles will return to in-person instruction. The health and safety of our community remains our highest priority. As updates to rehearsal and performance practices for Autumn 2021 are received, we will provide updates here. We encourage all student musicians to consider participation in one of our ensembles. For those ensembles that require auditions, details will be posted mid- to late-July. We are excited to make music together again!


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.

Chorale

Conductor, Dr. Robert Bode

All students are welcome and encouraged to audition for Chorale.

  • Students enrolled in Chorale during spring 2021 will re-audition for Autumn 2021.
  • New students, or students who wish to return to an ensemble after a hiatus, please contact Dr. Robert Bode (bode.58@osu.edu) for audition information, including the following with your request.
  1. Name
  2. Your major
  3. Year in school
  4. Preferred voice part

Women's Glee Club

Conductor, Prof. Jordan Saul

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

  • Students enrolled in Women's Glee Club during Autumn 2020 may sign up for the course without re-auditioning.
  • New students, or students who wish to return to an ensemble after a hiatus, please email the following to Prof. Jordan Saul (saul.52@osu.edu).
  1. Name
  2. Your major
  3. Year in school
  4. Preferred voice part
  5. Please send a recording of yourself performing a solo (1 or 2 minutes), sung in English or a foreign language, art song or aria, unaccompanied or with accompaniment. If you do not have a prepared solo, you may sing "Happy Birthday" or "The Star Spangled Banner."

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.

  • Students enrolled in Men's Glee Club or University Chorus during Autumn 2020 may sign up for the course without re-auditioning.
  • New students, or students who wish to return to an ensemble after a hiatus, should contact Dr. Ward (ward.539@osu.edu) to schedule a Zoom audition.

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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