Music major candidates must complete an audition to be accepted into the Department of Music, and to be considered for a talent award. Students living further than 200 miles from Otterbein's campus in Westerville, OH are required to submit a digital audition via www.getacceptd.com, an online audition forum. The first day to submit online auditions for acceptance for the entering class of 2016 is October 1, 2015. Students interested in the Music Participation Award must also complete an audition.
You must be accepted to Otterbein University before scheduling your audition or before your digital audition will be reviewed.
Audition dates for 2016 are listed below. You will be on campus from approximately 8:30 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. You will have the opportunity to meet faculty and students.
- Saturday, January 23
- Saturday, February 13 (Participation Awards - Participation info)
- Tuesday, February 23
- Saturday, March 19
See Theatre and Dance for 2016 Musical Theatre Audition Dates
If you live too far from campus to audition in person, a video or audio-taped audition will be given careful consideration. By request, students may audition on Campus Visitation Days.
An accompanist will be provided when appropriate, or auditionees may bring their own accompanist.
Strings: Perform two contrasting selections demonstrating technical aspects (left hand accuracy, shifting and bowing skills) and expressive playing (bow control and vibrato) as well as general musicianship. String players should be prepared to perform major scales up to four sharps and four flats in two or three octaves. There may be sight reading. Additional information regarding the audition will be mailed with the audition confirmation letter.
Jazz Double Bass/Electric Bass: Select a major scale (up to four sharps or four flats) in two or three octaves. Demonstrate your ability to walk a bass line to the 12 bar blues in Bb; improvise over the same. Perform one jazz tune walking to the changes and then perform an improvised solo. Suggested tunes: Autumn Leaves, Blue Bossa, Blue Monk, Nowʼs the Time, Take the A Train, Body and Soul, Anthropology. Accompaniment by combo or CD is recommended but not required.
Guitar: Click here for guitar audition requirements.
Woodwinds and Brass: Prepare two pieces (either two solos, or a solo and an etude.) in contrasting styles. All major scales and a two-octave chromatic scale, as well as sight-reading, will be part of the audition. Playing from memory is not required. At least one piece with accompaniment is encouraged, but not required. Additional information regarding auditions will be mailed with the audition confirmation letter.
Percussion: Prepare your materials in three areas of percussion; one solo should be from the OMEA Solo and Ensemble Class A contest list or the equivalent. Playing from memory is not required.
Keyboard: Two pieces, preferably memorized, in contrasting styles (for example, a Bach Prelude and Fugue and a movement of a classical sonata). A third contrasting piece is optional. All major and harmonic minor scales. Sightreading will be included in the audition. Please bring music resume and repertoire list.
Keyboard (Jazz Studies Concentration): Choose 2 Major and 2 harmonic minor scales: four octaves, hands together. Perform two prepared Jazz selections in contrasting styles (swing, Latin, ballad), which demonstrate the ability to play jazz melodies in the right hand and provide a jazz style accompaniment in the left hand (chord voicings, walking or stride bass). These selections must be memorized. Examples would be: Satin Doll, Take The "A" Train, Autumn Leaves, or other compositions from published jazz "fake" books. Additionally, please be prepared to perform a memorized blues composition that demonstrates the ability to improvise and a classical piano composition played form memory.
Musical Theatre: See Theatre and Dance. An audition for musical theatre will also qualify the auditionee for consideration as a music major. However, students interested in being considered for the Bachelor of Music in Performance degree track must complete a separate music audition presenting classical repertory exclusively.
Voice: Prepare two memorized pieces in contrasting styles. One piece should be performed in a foreign language. Selections from the art song and operatic repertoires should be emphasized, although one folk song arrangement or musical theatre piece may be included. Students auditioning for the Bachelor of Music in Performance degree must present classical repertory.
Additional considerations for all auditionees:
- In order to get as complete a musical profile as possible, auditionees also may be asked to sight read during the audition, and will also complete music theory and piano placement tests, as well as a music aptitude test.
- Auditionees are strongly encouraged to provide original music for their accompanists at the audition. If originals are not available, please bring very clear, readable copies in correct page order in a 3-ring binder
- There are special talent awards available for string players and participation awards for non-majors.
To arrange your audition, contact Claire Brock in the Department of Music at cbrock@Otterbein.edu or (614) 823-1504.
The Department will notify students of their acceptance as music majors within two weeks of their audition date.