Music Audition Procedures

To enroll as a Music major or Music minor, the student must successfully complete an audition, as well as apply and be accepted to Ashland University.

Music major and minor auditions consist of three parts: the performance audition, musicianship screening and an interview.

  1. The performance audition: prepare selections on your major instrument(s). Vocalists please mail or email the accompaniment one week before the audition. Sight-reading and scales will be included for instrumentalists.
  2. Musicianship screening: each student will be asked to perform simple music reading exercises, match pitch with their voice, sing simple melodic patterns and execute simple rhythms. To successfully complete the audition, the student must demonstrate the ability to read music in any one clef and with understanding of rhythms.
  3. The interview: the faculty will ask each student questions about their training, background and goals. Students may ask the faculty questions as well.

Forms:  In addition to the audition, the student should submit the necessary forms via

Placement testing: Music placement testing takes place after admission to the music program, but before the start of classes. Placement testing is typically completed during summer. The placement tests do not affect admissions decisions.

Choral ensembles: The Music major/minor audition normally serves as the audition for the various choral groups (except Chamber Singers).

Joining Music Ensembles

All music ensembles are open to all Ashland University students. Most ensembles require an audition. Some students receive a scholarship called a Participation Grant to be a member of an ensemble. See the Audition Dates page and the Audition Repertoire page for more information.