Audition Dates for Fall 2024

  • Friday, Jan. 19, 2024
  • Saturday, Feb. 10, 2024
  • Monday, Feb. 19, 2024
  • Saturday, March 23, 2024
  • Saturday, April 6, 2024
  • Saturday, April 20, 2024

If these dates don't work for you, contact Joe Lewis at or 419-289-5132 for an appointment.

Music Auditions

To enroll as a Music major or Music minor, each applicant must apply and be admitted to Ashland University and successfully complete an audition with the Music Department.

Auditions for prospective Music majors and minors are available in person (preferred) or by video upload. Music Education majors must also interview with the faculty. Auditioning students should contact the Music Department directly to set up a date and time.

Auditions may be scheduled throughout the year but preference for scholarship awards will be given to students auditioning by April.

Tom Reed giving a saxaphone lesson

Music auditions consist of three parts:

Performance Audition

Prepare selections on your major instrument(s). Vocalists must mail or email the accompaniment at least one week before the audition. Sight-reading and scales will be included for instrumentalists.

Submit accompaniments by email to or mail to:
Ashland University Department of Music
401 College Ave.
Ashland, OH 44805

Musicianship Screening

Students will be asked to perform simple music reading exercises, match pitch with their voice, sing simple melodic patterns and execute basic rhythms. To successfully complete the audition, you must demonstrate the ability to read music in any one clef and with understanding of rhythms.


The faculty will ask each student questions about their training, background and goals. You will also have an opportunity to ask questions.

Performance Audition Requirements



Music Ensemble Participant Auditions

All music ensembles are open to all Ashland University students. Most ensembles require an audition. For music majors and minors, the admission audition usually fulfills this requirement. Some students who are not music majors or minors are eligible to receive a scholarship called a Participation Grant as a member of an ensemble. The audition requirements for Band and Choir participants include the following:

Symphonic Band

Students must play a prepared piece that is not a part from their band music, as well as scales of the student’s choice, including a chromatic scale (except trombone).

University Choir

You may sing a prepared song in full or part, such as a contest solo, show tune or folk song. Please bring the sheet music to your audition.

Most auditions consist of vocal warm-ups, rhythmic and melodic echoes and sight-singing. Students may use solfege, numbers or no system at all.

Schedule Your Audition

Both membership and scholarship auditions for participants in choral or instrumental ensembles are scheduled by appointment. Contact the appropriate director to schedule your audition:

Choral Auditions 

Ron Blackley, D.M.A.
Ron Blackley, DMA
Chair, Music and Theatre Departments
Director, Choral Activities
Professor of Music
209 Center for the Arts

Band Auditions

Placement Testing Information

Music placement testing typically takes place during the summer after admission to the program, but before the start of classes. These placement tests do not affect admission decisions.

To schedule a placement exam or inquire about testing out of a course not listed above, contact the Music Department at or 419-289-5132.