2023 Audition Information
2023 Audition DatesPlease note certain instrument/music areas are not offered all four days. Refer to the Auditions FAQ below.
Step-By-StepHow to Audition for the Greenwood School of Music
Apply to OSU
All prospective Undergraduate and Graduate students must apply to the University before they can schedule an audition with the Greenwood School of Music.
Complete an Audition Form
Once you have applied & been accepted to OSU, it's time to schedule an audition!
All incoming students will need to complete the Greenwood School of Music Audition Form.
Prepare for your Audition
We recommend starting early by taking the audition requirements to your music teacher. Prepare for your audition by bringing musical selections from our Audition Repertoire list that best showcases what you do well. It is better to beautifully perform a piece that requires moderate skill, as opposed to giving a mediocre performance of a very difficult piece.
If submitting a video audition, it is not necessary to produce audition recordings in a professional studio. The most important aspect is that the sound quality of your recording is excellent, so find a good microphone and play your recording for multiple people before you submit it.
Study for your Theory Placement Exam
Undergraduate students will take a theory placement exam the day of your audition. Students who are auditioning via video submission will take their placement exam via a proctored Zoom link. The exam will determine which theory course will best fit your skill level and does not affect your acceptance into the Greenwood School of Music.
You can take the test up to two times during your audition day. You will also be allowed to retake the test in May if you are not satisfied with your original scores.
- What if I can't attend any of the four in-person audition dates?
If you are unable to attend any of the four in-person audition dates, please email us at email@example.com as soon as possible. We will try to work with you to schedule an audition at a later time with your applied area faculty. Please be aware that your audition must be completed by March 1 to be considered for a scholarship.
- Which instrument/music area has specific audition dates?
For spring 2023 auditions, the following instrument/music areas have limited audition dates:
Flute auditions will only occur on Friday, February 17 and Saturday, February 18.
Piano auditions will only occur on Saturday, February 11 after the High School Piano Competition and Friday, February 17.
Jazz Auditions will only occur on Friday, January 27 and Saturday, January 28. If you cannot attend one of those dates, please contact Dr. Tommy Poole to schedule a an alternative date.
Non-major/minor Percussion Auditions for OSU Drumline, please click here.
- Will you offer Zoom auditions this year?
The Greenwood School of Music will only offer on-campus auditions for fall 2023 admission. This modality is subject to change based on the trajectory of the COVID-19 pandemic or inclement weather. For those unable to audition on campus, all instrument areas will offer a video audition option.
- What are the requirements for video audition submissions?
Music Majors and Minors
Videos must be at least 5 minutes for music major or music minor consideration. Please be sure to include full takes of pieces, as detailed in the repertoire list. If you have questions about the video audition, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Cowboy Marching Band
Videos should be 3-5 minutes in length for those auditioning only for the Cowboy Marching Band. Your audition should demonstrate both lyrical and technical abilities as a player. Some appropriate suggestions, but not requirements, may include regional or state audition music, études, band music, or solo and ensemble repertoire.
Please use the following format to create a file name for your video: yourfullname.instrument.date (example: PistolPete.clarinet.01.23.22)
When you begin your video, please state:
- Your full name
- Where you are from (example - Pistol Pete High School, Stillwater, Oklahoma)
- Why you are interested in music and/or the Cowboy Marching Band
- What piece(s) you will be playing
Please be sure to set the visibility to “Unlisted” on your videos when you upload it to YouTube. If they are set to private, we will not be able to view your audition videos.
- I'm auditioning for piano... Can my competition performance count as an in-person
Yes! High school seniors participating in the Greenwood School of Music Piano Competition may elect to have their competition performance serve as their college audition. Students interested auditioning at GSM on February 11, 2023 must also fill out an audition request form listed above in the How to Audition for the Greenwood School of Music Step-By-Step section. More information about the GSM Piano Competition can be found here:
- What is a Music Theory Placement Exam?
This exam has been designed to meet the needs of music students at several levels, from entering freshmen music majors to transfer students and graduate students. It is in the student’s best interest to be placed into the appropriate level of music theory studies.
It is our goal that you succeed at your music studies at Greenwood School of Music. We want you to be placed into the classes that will benefit you the most. There is no advantage to being placed into a class that is too advanced, if you fail and fall behind in your degree plan. There is also no advantage to being placed into a class that you do not need.
This is a “placement exam.” It is designed to measure your knowledge and skills on a typical day. You should not cram for this exam. If you don’t know the answer to a question, skip it and move on to the next one. The more that can be determined about what you know and what you don’t know, the better the recommendation that can be made to your advisor.
After the exam, a recommendation will be sent to all music advisors, regarding which courses a student should enroll. Students will meet with an advisor to discuss their degree plan and begin scheduling their classes for the upcoming semester.
- Can I study for the Music Theory Placement Exam?
We highly recommend studying and not cramming for the Music Theory Placement Exam. Students can study for their exam by signing up for a free account on uTheory.com. Greenwood School of Music uses uTheory for the exam taken on audition days.
- Where can I find information about scholarships and grants?
For priority scholarship consideration, undergraduate students must complete their audition by March 1. This includes in-person and video auditions. Scholarship and grant information can be found here:
- Where can I find more information about ensemble auditions?
Ensembles are open to ALL OSU students regardless of major. Each ensemble is made of music and non-music majors. The ensembles are solely decided upon ability and auditions are required. More information can be found here:
- I have questions that aren't answered on this page...
No worries! Email us or give us a call at (405) 744-8998. We'd love to help you out!