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Upcoming Music Program Audition Dates

  Friday, August 22, 2014
Fall 2014 admission

Check back soon for next year's scholarship audition dates for fall 2015 admission

Music Program Audition Guidelines

At your audition, you will meet OU’s dynamic faculty and discuss your course of study. You will be evaluated on proficiency with your instrument of choice (including voice) and considered for admission into the program.

Voice Audition Requirements

Present two songs in contrasting styles which will demonstrate a range of emotional and musical styles. The songs should be memorized and sung with piano accompaniment (no recorded accompaniments). Classical song literature and folksong arrangements such as those listed in the MSVMA Solo and Ensemble list and the National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS) high school audition requirements would be considered appropriate. Foreign language songs are also appropriate, but not required. A musical theatre selection may be substituted for one of the above, if it is a strong suit for the singer. Singers may bring their own accompanist or perform with one of our staff accompanists. Printed copies of the audition pieces must be in a 3-ring binder with a non-glare surface if our accompanist is utilized. There is no fee for using our accompanist. You must request these services with your application.

General Instrumental Audition Requirements

Please prepare a movement of a sonata or concerto or two contrasting etudes. Instrumentalists may bring their own accompanist or perform with one of our staff accompanists. Printed copies of the audition pieces must be in a 3-ring binder with a non-glare surface if our accompanist is utilized. There is no fee for using our accompanist. You must request these services with your application.

Piano Auditions Requirements

Present one selection from the Baroque era, one first-movement from a classical sonata and one free choice from the Romantic through 21st century. All these pieces must be memorized at audition.

Be prepared for sight reading and playing scales and arpeggios.

Bring with you a resume/CV and a list of repertoire you have learned prior to your OU audition.

Percussion Audition Requirements

Please prepare at least one mallet solo using 2 or 4 mallets, one snare drum solo at the rudimental or orchestral level, and one timpani solo. Be prepared for sight reading.

Strings Audition Requirements

Please prepare at least two contrasting works from the following three choices: (1) a movement from a J.S. Bach solo sonata, partita or suite, or other Baroque work; (2) a movement from a 19th or 20th century sonata or concerto; (3) a work of the student’s choice.

Undergraduate Theory Placement Exam Information

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A variety of performance opportunities are available within the department to help students and others develop musically. Students are encouraged to participate in as many of the following ensembles as desired. Some ensembles require an audition during the first week of the semester. For more information, contact the department office.

Large Ensembles

University Chorus (MUE 301)
A non-auditioned choral ensemble, which is open to all OU students, that performs a wide range of large group choral repertoire.

Oakland Chorale (MUE 304)
An auditioned choral ensemble that performs chamber choral repertoire from all eras.

Oakland Jazz Singers (MUE 315)
This ensemble performs complex vocal jazz works and helps singers develop jazz style and blend, scat singing, solo production and microphone technique.

Oakland Symphony Orchestra (MUE 320/520)
This semi-professional symphonic orchestra, open by audition only, performs a full concert series of contemporary and traditional symphonic and chamber orchestra music.

Oakland University Symphonic Band (MUE 329)

An auditioned symphonic wind ensemble that performs the standards of contemporary and traditional wind band literature. The ensemble has a set intrumentation and rehearses three times a week.

Oakland University Wind Symphony (MUE 331)
An ensemble of wind instruments performing standard concert band literature.

Golden Grizzlies Athletics Band (MUE 332)
An instrumental ensemble that performs at various campus and athletics events.

Oakland University Jazz Band (MUE 340)
A fully instrumentated jazz ensemble open to all Oakland instrumentalists.

African Ensemble (MUE 345)
A non-auditioned group, which is open to all Oakland students, that performs drumming and xylophone music on instruments from Ghana and Uganda.

Steel Band (MUE 346)
This non-auditioned group is open to all Oakland students and performs various Trinidadian and Caribbean styles using handcrafted steel drums.

Contemporary Music Ensemble (MUE 346)
A group that performs recent music, focusing on student literature, repertoire and non-jazz improvisation.

University Chamber Orchestra (MUE 376)

Oakland University Brass Band (MUE 374)

Chamber Ensembles

Students may audition for any of the following ensembles classes, which are offered for either no credit or one credit:
  • Guitar Ensemble (MUE 370)
  • Saxophone Ensemble (MUE 371)
  • Flute Ensemble (MUE 372)
  • Percussion Ensemble (MUE 373)
  • Clarinet Ensemble (MUE 380)
  • Piano Ensemble (MUE 375)
  • Chamber Music – mixed and miscellaneous (MUE 380)

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For questions regarding auditions contact:

Deneen Stapleton

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