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School of Music, Theatre
and Dance

Varner Hall, Room 207
371 Varner Drive
Rochester, MI 48309-4485
(location map)
Academic Office: (248) 370-2030
Box Office: (248) 370-3013
Fax: (248) 370-2041

School of Music, Theatre
and Dance

Varner Hall, Room 207
371 Varner Drive
Rochester, MI 48309-4485
(location map)
Academic Office: (248) 370-2030
Box Office: (248) 370-3013
Fax: (248) 370-2041

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Admissions and Auditions

There are two steps to becoming a Major in the School of Music, Theatre and Dance:

  1. Apply and be accepted to the University through Undergraduate Admissions or Graduate Admissions. Prospective students should complete this application (all application materials submitted) at least two-weeks prior to your audition date.

    Audition dates for Fall 2019 admission: 
     - January 19

     - February 9 
     - March 23 

  2. Present a successful audition for your prospective area

Transfer Students
To transfer into the School of Music, Theatre and Dance, follow Steps 1 and 2 as outlined above. Pending a successful audition and admission to the University, please contact Danny DeRose, Manager of Recruitment and Outreach at to schedule a meeting for testing and previous coursework.

International students
Most international students are required to pass the TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language). For more information about requirements for international students, visit the International Students and Scholars Office (ISSO) website.

Audition Requirements
Audition requirements vary by area of study and degree program. For comprehensive requirements by area, click on the tabs below.


Music Department 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.

If you have any questions, please reach out to Danny DeRose, Recruitment and Outreach manager:

Undergraduate Theory Placement Exam Information

Voice Audition Requirement
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. A staff accompanist is provided at no charge for your audition. You may however, bring your own accompanist if you prefer.
General Instrumental Audition Requirements
Please prepare a movement of a sonata or concerto or two contrasting etudes. The instrumental faculty would prefer you prepare your best solo pieces; no accompaniment required. However, you are free to perform pieces that require an accompanist; please bring your own.
Piano Audition 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.
String 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.

Theatre Program Audition Guidelines
At Oakland University, auditioning for the Theatre program is an opportunity for you to show your personality, your strengths and the traits that make you a unique performer/technician. The more prepared you are, the more relaxed and focused you’ll be. We all want you to have the chance to do your best work.

All candidates must provide a headshot or recent photograph, as well as a single-page resume listing productions worked on, roles played and training. Scrapbooks, press clippings and videotapes will not be accepted.

For additional guidelines and suggestions to assist in your audition preparation, please download our Audition Guide.

If you have any questions, please reach out to Danny DeRose, Recruitment and Outreach manager:


Dance Program Audition Guidelines
Dance Program Auditions are held several times a year. Our program includes:

  • All levels of ballet, modern and jazz technique
  • Emphasis on performance, choreography and teaching
  • Courses in kinesiology, dance history, career planning and teaching techniques
  • Resident professional company, Eisenhower Dance
  • Resident pre-professional company, OU Repertory Dance Company
  • Many performance opportunities including two annual main-stage concerts
  • Apprenticeships available in the professional company

For Your Audition

  • Dancers should dress in leotards and tights (women), gym pant and T-shirt (men). Please, no loose clothing.
  • Dancers should bring ballet and jazz shoes, and be prepared to dance in bare feet.
  • The audition will consist of ballet, modern and jazz combinations.
  • You are required to perform a one minute solo in either modern, ballet or jazz technique.
  • Please have the music for your solo on CD, cassette or an iPod.
  • You will have a brief private interview with the dance faculty.
  • Please allow approximately 3-4 hours to complete audition process.