Students interested in the B.M. degree or the B.A. music major must audition for the Music Department, in addition to being accepted as a student at Ohio Wesleyan University. We highly encourage students to audition in person; however, audition videos may be submitted via an online sharing platform. We are also sensitive to concerns about COVID-19, and thus, we will consider all auditioners for a merit scholarship regardless of which audition format they choose.

Students interested in a music degree program who decide to attend OWU but did not audition prior to arriving on campus may opt to participate in an “exploratory start”, in which the student takes the first-semester course load of a typical music major. The jury at the end of the first semester serves as the audition for admittance to the program. For more information, contact the music office at prior to the first day of classes in August.

Audition Information

2020–2021 Audition Dates

  • Saturday, October 24, 2020
  • Saturday, November 14, 2020
  • Saturday, February 6, 2021
  • Monday, February 15, 2021 (Presidents’ Day)
  • Sunday, February 28, 2021

Audition Application Form

Audition Requirements

In-person auditions are ten minutes in length. If your program exceeds this amount, please be advised that pieces may not be heard in their entirety. If submitting a recording, all works must be performed in their entirety.

Scholarship Information

To be considered for a Music scholarship, candidates must submit the Audition Application Form and either audition on campus or submit an audition video (select “Electronic submission”). The awarding of a Music scholarship is contingent upon admission and subsequent enrollment at Ohio Wesleyan University and is renewable for a further three years provided that the student:

  1. Maintains a major in Music
  2. Achieves a minimum GPA of 2.75 at the end of the first year and 3.00 at the end of succeeding years.

The Financial Aid Office, in consultation with the Music Department, will administer the music merit scholarship. The scholarship will be credited as a tuition waiver if you are not receiving need-based aid. In the event that you qualify for need-based financial assistance in excess of the scholarship, the Financial Aid Office will determine your total financial aid package, incorporating the music merit scholarship, grants (if applicable), loans and work/study. Fifty percent of the scholarship will be given in each of the two semesters.

It is expected that you will accept or reject the scholarship offer as soon as possible, but no later than May 1. Following the National Association of School of Music Code of Ethics, the offer of financial aid will include an advisory that acceptance of the aid (scholarship) shall be a declaration to attend OWU, and that the acceptance becomes binding after May 1.