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Ensembles at Otterbein University

Music Talent and Participation Awards

Music major candidates must complete an audition to be accepted into the Department of Music, and to be considered for a Talent Award.  Generous Talent Awards are offered to select incoming Music majors. Talent Award amounts represent the combination of academic merit and musical talent considerations.  

Students may audition on a secondary instrument or voice for an additional Music Participation Award. See "Music Participation for Non-Majors" for more information.

New Scholarship Opportunity!

Otterbein University is offering a new scholarship opportunity, the Young Artist Scholarship, for music majors. This $30,000 competitive scholarship will go to up to five recipients per year and is renewable for four years (eight semesters) for students in good standing, maintaining a 3.0 GPA. To be considered for a Young Artist Scholarship, you must submit your application to Otterbein University by December 15, 2018. You must complete your music audition by Feb. 19, 2019 to be considered for this award.

Music Participation Awards for Non-Majors

  • What are they?

  • Who is eligible?

  • How are the awards given?

  • I am interested in becoming a Music minor. Am I required to audition?

Athletic Bands Participation Award

  • What is it?

  • Who is eligible?

  • Do I have to audition for the award?

Music Audition Information

You must complete an application to Otterbein before you may schedule an audition.  Please plan to be on campus from approximately 8:30 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. on your audition day - you will have the opportunity to meet faculty and students, take a tour of campus, and join us for lunch in our Campus Center dining room.

Register for an Audition with the Department of Music

2019 Audition Dates
  • Saturday, January 19 (CLOSED for voice; all instruments may still register)
  • Saturday, February 9 (emphasis on Participation Awards)
  • Tuesday, February 19
  • Saturday, March 23

If you live too far from campus to audition in person, a video or audio-taped audition will be given careful consideration.  By request, students may audition on Campus Visitation Days.

The Department will notify students of their acceptance as music majors within two weeks of their audition date.

Music Audition Requirements by Area

  • Strings (Classical)

  • Jazz Double Bass/Electric Bass

  • Guitar

  • Woodwinds and Brass (Classical)

  • Jazz Trombone

  • Jazz Saxophone

  • Percussion

  • Keyboard (Classical)

  • Keyboard (Jazz Studies Concentration)

  • Musical Theatre

  • Voice

  • Composition

Additional Considerations

  • In order to get as complete a musical profile as possible, auditionees also may be asked to sight read during the audition.
  • An accompanist will be provided when appropriate, or auditionees may bring their own accompanist.  Auditionees are strongly encouraged to provide original music for their accompanists at the audition. If originals are not available, please bring very clear, readable copies in correct page order in a 3-ring binder