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Applications / Auditions / Scholarships / Assistantships


Undergraduates: to apply online, go to https://www.ohio.edu/admissions
Graduate Students: to apply online, go to https://www.ohio.edu/graduate

Undergraduate applications must be received by November 15 in order to ensure priority consideration for scholarships and financial aid. Once your application is received, if you indicated music as your major, you will receive an email asking you to select an audition date. If you have trouble selecting an audition date online, please contact our administrative assistant, Debra McAdoo at (740)593-4244.

Prospective graduate students to the School of Music should submit their application materials, including recommendations and transcripts, and schedule an audition with Rebecca Rischin by January 31 in order to receive priority consideration for scholarships and assistantships. Final deadline is March 1 for scholarships and assistantships; however, applications/auditions will be accepted until all positions are filled. Prospective graduate students to the School of Interdisciplinary Arts should submit the above materials by January 31 and schedule an audition with Dr. Rischin to occur sometime prior to January 31.

I offer complimentary lessons to every student in preparation for his or her entrance audition. Please do not hesitate to contact me to arrange a time at least one month before your audition. This would also be an excellent time to arrange a campus tour. Reservations are through the Admissions office at (740)593-4100. If you cannot see me in person before your audition, I encourage you to contact me so that I may offer you advice on repertoire and preparation.

Audition Repertoire: Prospective Undergraduate Students

At least one solo of major length; movements and/or etudes contrasting in tempo and style are desirable; Class A solos from your state’s Solo and Ensemble contest list are highly recommended. Scales: chromatic (low E to high E above the staff) and majors through 4 sharps and flats. Sight reading.

For more information on undergraduate admissions, please click here.

Audition Repertoire: Prospective Graduate Students

Repertoire: Two solos of major length and two contrasting standard orchestral excerpts. One of the solos should be the first movement from a standard concerto such as Mozart or Weber; the other should be a 20th or 21st century work. The solos should contrast in tempo and style. Performance/Pedagogy (Woodwinds) applicants ONLY must also audition on at least one secondary instrument.  Sight reading.

For more information on Master of Music admissions, please click here.

For more info on the Interdisciplinary Arts Scholar/Artist doctorate, click here.

Recorded Auditions

Whenever possible, live auditions are strongly recommended, not only to enhance your chances of admission, but also to give you an idea of how beautiful Ohio University is. However, we also accept pre-recorded auditions and virtual auditions. The above deadlines and repertoire requirements still apply. Please be sure to label your CD/MP3/video clearly.

Prospective graduate students may submit a recording of a recent recital in lieu of making an audition recording; in this case, a third solo serves as a substitute for the orchestral excerpts requirement.


All students who audition and submit their application materials by the designated deadline are automatically considered for scholarships and assistantships. Scholarships and assistantships are based and the student’s audition, academic record, and/or potential contribution to the school and field. Students on scholarship or assistantship are required to participate in at least one major ensemble every semester. Students accepted into the Honors Tutorial College receive a full tuition scholarship for all four years of study at Ohio University.

Assistantships in the School of Music may include the teaching of clarinet methods, individual clarinet lessons, theory, sight-singing, and/or music appreciation; publicity work; large ensemble assistance; classroom assistance; and/or office work. Duties are assigned based on the qualifications and interests of the student, as well as the needs of the school. Assistantships in the School of Interdisciplinary Arts may include the teaching of various courses in that school.