Students interested in a music major must audition for the Music Department. Additionally, all students have the opportunity to audition for a music scholarship either as a music major or a performance minor. This award is in addition to any scholarships you receive with your admission decision. Auditions are arranged in-person or virtually and must be completed by February 28, 2021.

After this date, students may still pursue a music major or minor even if they did not audition by participating in an “exploratory start” during their first semester at OWU by taking similar courses to a typical music major or minor. The jury at the end of the first semester serves as the audition for admittance to the program.

For more information, please contact the music office at or call us at (740) 368-3700.

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

If you have a conflict with the audition dates, please contact our office manager (Lisa Hill,, 740-368-3700) so we can schedule an alternate date for you.

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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 video recording, all works should be performed in full. However, in either case, appropriate cuts should be made to the piano accompaniment part so that the soloist is not idle for more than about 20 seconds.

Applicants for the performance minor scholarship may prepare either one or two pieces from the requirements list. For instrumentalists, if only one piece is offered, it should be a non-etude work.

For more information, here is a tip sheet (PDF) for making recordings.

Scholarship Information

Complete the Music Scholarship Application Form to sign up for an audition either on campus or by submitting an audition video (select “Electronic submission”). The awarding of a music scholarship is contingent upon an audition, an interview with music faculty, and admission with subsequent enrollment at Ohio Wesleyan University. The scholarship will be renewed each year for no more than four years provided the student:

  • Maintains a major or performance minor in Music
  • Achieves a minimum GPA of 2.75 at the end of their 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.

Department Contact Info


Sanborn Hall
23 Elizabeth St.
Ohio Wesleyan University
Delaware, OH 43015
P 740-368-3700
F 740-368-3723

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Co-Chair: Frank Chiou
Associate Professor of Music
Sanborn Hall 106

Co-Chair: Richard Edwards
Associate Professor of Music
Sanborn Hall 204