2024 Audition Information
2024 Audition DatesPlease note certain instrument/music areas may not be offered during official audition dates. 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. If you are interested in being a Music Education Major, make sure to take the writing portion of your ACT/SAT!
International students applicants may request an audition before receiving official acceptance notification from the University.
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.
Time to Audition
You will receive a personal phone call and/or text to schedule your audition and a confirmation email will be sent with your assigned audition date and time, as well as any other relevant information regarding your audition.
Make sure you show up on time and prepared! You got this!
- What if I can't attend any of the four in-person audition dates?
If you are unable to attend any of the in-person audition dates, please email us at GSMAuditions@okstate.edu 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 February 29 to be considered for a scholarship or out-of-state waivers.
- I'm applying as an international student... is there anything in particular I should
As with all other universities in the United States, for full acceptance to OSU, all international applicants must meet or exceed a minimum English language proficiency exam score. The minimum scores for undergraduate admission are a TOEFL IBT score of 61, an IELTS score of 5.5, or a PTE Academic Score of 46. Master of Music students must meet the OSU Graduate College minimum scores of 79 TOEFL or 6.5 IELTS.
International students are not only eligible for undergraduate scholarship funds or graduate assistantships, but may also be awarded generous Non-Resident Tuition Waivers that lower tuition costs by over 60 percent. The awarding of such financial aid is based primarily on the quality of each student’s live or video audition, assuming the auditioning student has been fully accepted through the university admissions process.
- Which instrument/music area has specific audition dates?
For spring 2024 auditions, the following instrument/music areas have limited audition dates:
Piano auditions will only occur on Saturday, February 3 and Saturday, February 10 after the High School Piano Competition.
Horn, Trombone, Tuba and Euphonium auditions will only occur on Saturday, February 17 or Friday, February 16 by appointment only.
Non-major/minor Percussion Auditions for OSU Drumline, please click here.
- What should I bring?
Instrumental performance auditionees must bring their own instrument to their audition, with the exception of the piano and drumset.
All vocal performance auditionees must bring their cleanly copied music, hole-punched and placed in a binder. More information from the vocal area can be found here.
Composition applicants should bring their portfolio of work and be prepared to leave a hard copy with Dr. Karâca or provide a link to view all work online.
Bring a relaxed and positive attitude! You got this!
- What should I expect?
You can check in anytime between 8:30am and 4:30pm.
There are practice rooms available on the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd floors to warm up.
Auditions are about 10 to 20 minutes long, depending on your instrument or area. Graduate auditions can be 30-45 minutes long.
Music Majors and Minors can take their Music Theory Placement Exam before or after your scheduled audition time. Allow yourself about 30 minutes to complete your exam.
Vocal auditionees will be expected to sight read after their audition.
We'll have music service organizations in our lobby for you to meet with.
If you'd like a campus tour, contact Campus Tours to schedule.
- Do you offer Zoom auditions?
The Greenwood School of Music primarily offers on-campus auditions for fall 2024 admission. This modality is subject to change based on inclement weather. For those unable to audition on campus, we offer a video submission option.
- What are the requirements for video audition submissions?
Music Majors and Minors
Please be sure to include full takes of pieces, as detailed in the repertoire list. Videos of all singers and instrumentalists must show a full-body frame that allows for clear views of woodwind and brass players’ embouchure, hands, and face, for the head, hands, and feet of pianists, etc. Videos should feature the performer alone in a room without a live audience. Musicians must show a full-body frame with close-up shots of embouchure, hands and face. You should also include information about the instrument you’re playing.
If you have questions about your video audition, please contact GSMAuditions@okstate.edu. For information regarding video submission for pianists, please contact the the piano area coordinator, Dr. Thomas Lanners at email@example.com.
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. OSU Drumline Auditions, please click here.
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 OSU High School Piano Competition performance
count as an in-person audition?
Yes! High school seniors participating in the OSU High School Piano Competition may elect to have their competition performance serve as their college audition. Students interested auditioning at GSM on Saturday, February 10, 2024 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 OSU High School Piano Competition can be found here:
- I'm interested in the OSU Drumline only... where can I find more information about
All first-round auditions for percussionists wanting to gain membership in the OSU Drumline will do their first audition via YouTube (or other video submission). Videos must be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org by April 1, 2024.
Audition material and helpful videos can be found here: http://percussion.okstate.edu/osup/Entrance_Auditions.html
After the first-round videos have been reviewed, live auditions will occur at the Oklahoma State University campus on April 27, 2024 from 9am to 4pm and May 4, 2024 from 9am to 4pm.
Questions? Reach out to Professor Wayne Bovenschen at email@example.com
- 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.
- Where can I find information about scholarships and grants?
For priority scholarship consideration, undergraduate students must complete their audition by February 29. This includes in-person and video auditions. Scholarship and grant information can be found here:
- I'm not planning to major or minor in music but want to participate in a music ensemble.
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. Auditions for ensembles (except for Cowboy Marching Band and OSU Drumline) are held the week before the fall and spring semester commences. More information can be found here:
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