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.
Audition Dates for Fall 2023
- Friday, Jan. 20
- Saturday, Feb. 11
- Monday, Feb. 20 (President's Day)
- Saturday, March 18, 1-5 p.m.
- Saturday, April 1
- Saturday, April 22 (Final date for scholarship priority)
If these dates don't work for you, contact Joe Lewis at firstname.lastname@example.org or 419-289-5132 for an appointment.
Music auditions consist of three parts: the performance audition, musicianship screening and an interview.
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 to:
Email - email@example.com
Joanna Riffle, Department of Music
401 College Ave.
Ashland, OH 44805
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 requirements for MUSIC MAJORS
Performance requirements for MUSIC MINORS.
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:
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).
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:
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.
- Music Theory
- Aural Skills
- Classroom Music Skills (contact the Music department in advance)
To schedule a placement exam or inquire about testing out of a course not listed above, contact the Music Department at firstname.lastname@example.org or 419-289-5132.