Practice Audition Day


Friday, Oct. 8, 2021 (on campus) or

Saturday, Oct. 9, 2021 (via Zoom)

Practice Audition Day

Program Overview

Each October, the School of Music invites high school juniors and seniors to take part in a special “Practice Audition Day.” Students considering music as a major in college are encouraged to take this opportunity to meet Ohio State faculty and administrators, participate in studio classes, and have a practice audition evaluated by faculty. Other topics covered during Practice Audition Day will include the following:

  • The Ohio State and School of Music admissions process
  • Financial aid and scholarships
  • Tips on auditioning and playing in public
  • Preparing for college music theory
  • The Music Education program at Ohio State

NEW for 2021 — Two options are available for participation!

IN PERSON Friday, Oct. 8  •  8 a.m.4 p.m.
A visit to campus is the best way to experience the School of Music at Ohio State. This in-person event will allow participants to view our facilities and observe classes or rehearsals, in addition to attending informational sessions.

VIRTUAL Saturday, Oct. 9  •  10 a.m. Eastern Time
For students who are unable to miss school or who live far from Columbus, Ohio, we have planned a virtual experience. Students (and parents) will learn about the School of Music, meet faculty and current students, and will have a live virtual practice audition with studio faculty via Zoom.

Tentative Schedule

In PersonFriday

  • 8–9 a.m. — Check-in
  • 9–10 a.m. — Welcome/Admissions and Financial Aid presentation
  • 10:10–11:15 — Q & A for parents/audition tips for students
  • 11:30–12:30 — Meet the faculty
  • 12:30–1:30 — Lunch and warm-up
  • 1:30–3 p.m. Practice auditions
  • Optional Activities
    • 1:50–5 p.m. — Observe ensembles (schedule and locations will be provided)
    • 3 p.m. — Preparing for college music theory; Music Education session


  • 10–10:20 a.m. — School of Music and Admissions overview
  • 10:20–10:30 — Music Education overview
  • 10:30–10:40 — How to Prepare for Music Theory
  • 10:45–11 a.m. — Studio faculty breakout rooms
  • 11–11:15 — Ensembles overview
  • 11:15–11:30 — Q&A session
  • 11:30–12 noon — BREAK
  • 12–2 p.m. — Practice auditions


Students should prepare 5–10 minutes of music for their practice audition. Refer to Audition Requirements.

Vocalists attending in person on Friday, Oct. 8 will be provided an accompanist and should bring their piano scores. Vocalists who are participating virtually on Saturday, Oct. 9 will need to sing in real time with a pre-recorded accompaniment as detailed in the Audition Requirements for virtual auditions. Instrumentalists should be prepared to perform without an accompanist.


Practice Audition Day is a free event, but registration is required.

Registration will open here in July.

Deadline Friday, October 1

Please note — we are unable to accommodate school ensembles or field trips. This day is designed for individual students considering majoring in music in college.

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For questions or further information, please contact Tanya Sparks, School of Music Admissions Coordinator, at or 614-688-0372.