Audition Day Information


Welcome to Audition Day


Audition Day

We are glad you have taken steps to apply and audition for The Ohio State School of Music. We welcome you, and wish to make this day as educational and enjoyable as possible. Below you will find audition dates and information that will assist you with your visit to camp

Visit Undergraduates—How to Apply for detailed instructions. Once you apply to the university (deadline: February 1), you will also complete an application for the School of Music via Acceptd®. On that application, you will select your audition date. 

Applications for both the university and the School of Music will open on AUGUST 1.

Undergraduate Audition Dates

Please check dates carefully when selecting your audition date. Audition dates occur in the same months as OMEA Solo and Ensemble contests. Your college audition is an all-day commitment. Please do not plan to participate in both activities on the same day.

Audition dates for the 20222023 academic year:

  • Saturday, December 4, 2021 * — on campus (no cello on this date)
  • Saturday, January 22, 2022 — LIVE VIRTUAL AUDITION (details below; no percussion or jazz drum set)
  • Saturday, February 12, 2022 — on campus

*Apply by November 1 if you wish to be considered for most university merit scholarships. If you apply to the university by the November 1 early action deadline, we strongly encourage you to choose the December audition date on your School of Music application so that your university admissions decision is not delayed.

Live Virtual Audition — To offer increased flexibility to our prospective students, we have dedicated Saturday, Jan. 22 as a live virtual audition day. For this date only, all auditions will be held via AuditionRoom®, a live virtual platform hosted by Acceptd® where students will experience and engaging "Zoom-style" one-on-one interaction with faculty. Details will be provided to each applicant approximately one week before their audition date.

Percussion or Jazz Drum Set applicants — Virtual auditions are not available for your instrument. If you are unable to attend one of the in-person audition dates, you may submit a video audition via Acceptd® or contact Tanya Sparks at to request an alternate audition date — on weekdays only.

To prepare for your audition, consult the School of Music Audition Requirements.

Audition Day Schedule for Dec. 4 and Feb. 12
(On campus)

  • 8 a.m. — Check-in at Stillman Hall
  • 8:45 a.m. — Welcome/overview
  • 10 a.m. — Music Theory Placement Exam (TPE); time subject to change
  • 11 a.m. — Lunch/warm-up
  • 12 p.m. — Auditions begin

General Information

  • Dress for audition day can range from business casual to formal. You should look professional, yet feel comfortable.
  • Coffee, tea and bagels are provided during check-in. 
  • Lunch is on your own.
  • Bring two sharpened #2 pencils for the Theory Placement Exam.
  • In case of inclement weather or unavoidable travel delay, please take all the time that you need to arrive safely. If you miss the theory exam, we will make other arrangements. If a level 3 or above snow emergency is declared, audition day will be canceled and rescheduled. Travel safely!

Directions, Parking and Accommodations

Audition Day Schedule for Jan. 22

  • 9 a.m. — Zoom Welcome and School of Music information session
  • 10:30 — Music Theory Placement Exam (TPE)
  • 11:30 — Lunch/warm-up
  • 12 p.m. — Auditions begin

General Information

  • We will use Acceptd®'s AuditionRoom platform for the audition portion of the event. Specific technical instructions will be sent to you in advance of your audition date.
  • Be sure to update Zoom to the latest version
  • Plan to use a laptop or desktop, as some features needed for virtual events are not compatible with tablets or smartphones.
  • A superior internet connection is essential. If your home WiFi is not strong, consider participating from another location — the home of a friend, relative, teacher, or perhaps your school.
  • Even for a virtual audition, you should dress professionally, yet feel comfortable.

Are you a transfer student?

On audition day, transfer students will have a scheduled academic advising meeting to discuss how credits from your previous institution will transfer to Ohio State.