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Practice Audition Day

Wednesday, October 16, 2024

9 a.m. – 4 p.m.  •  Timashev Family Music Building


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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 students, observe ensemble rehearsals, tour the new Timashev Family Music Building and have a practice audition evaluated by faculty. Other topics will include:

  • The Ohio State and School of Music admissions process
  • Financial aid and scholarships
  • Tips on auditioning and playing in public
  • Ensembles, including The Ohio State University Marching Band
  • The Music Education program at Ohio State

This is a free event, but registration is required. For inquiries email Tanya Sparks.

Registration opens here in July.

DEADLINE: Wednesday, October 9

Tentative Schedule

8:30–9 a.m. — Check-in

9–11:30 a.m. — Morning Session

  • Music Admissions overview
  • Audition tips
  • Performances
  • Meet the School of Music Ambassadors

11:30 a.m.–12:25 p.m. — Meet the Professor/Studio

12:30–1:30 p.m. — Lunch break (on your own)

1:30–4 p.m. — Afternoon opportunities

  • Practice audition appointments with faculty
  • Building tours
  • Academic Advisor office hours
  • Ensemble rehearsals

3:30–5 p.m. — Optional Campus Tour Experience

Students and parents who have not visited The Ohio State University campus previously are encouraged to register for this optional walking tour of campus. Led by University Ambassadors, the tour showcases living and eating options, academic resources, and involvement opportunities. This tour will start at 3:30 p.m. and will conclude by 5 p.m. Please consider your schedule for the late afternoon, travel time and other personal activities (band/sports practice, appointments, etc.). A limited number of tour spots will be available; you will be asked to indicate your interest on the registration form.

Practice Auditions

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

Vocalists will be provided an accompanist and should bring their piano scores. Instrumentalists should be prepared to perform without an accompanist.

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Contact Tanya Sparks, School of Music Admissions Coordinator, at sparks.348@osu.edu or 614-688-0372.