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OU Bands Audition Information

The OU Band department holds auditions for large ensembles and "The Pride of Oklahoma" marching band. When auditions are approaching, additional information will be available below.

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Spring 2023 Large Ensemble Auditions

Auditions will take place Monday, November 28 - Wednesday, November 30, depending on your instrument (see the schedule below).

All registered students except percussionists will be assigned a 5 minute time slot, within the range indicated below for your instrument. Your assigned time will be emailed to you before the audition date. Percussionists will need to sign up for an audition time on the Percussion Studio Bulletin Board after completing the registration form.

Results will be posted on the band and orchestra bulletin boards throughout the first week of classes.

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Questions

If you have any questions about auditions, you may contact Lauren Gates at lgates@ou.edu.

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Audition Registration

To register for an audition, complete the form linked below by Monday, November 21 at 5pm CST. All students must complete this form.

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Audition Materials

Select the category below that applies to you.

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Music Major or Music Minor

Download your audition materials at the following link:
Audition Materials

Others

  • Winds: You may perform the prescribed repertoire in the "Music Major or Music Minor" section above. Or you may select any two etudes of contrasting style that you feel best showcase your talents.
  • Percussion: Select one of the following options
    • One etude or excerpt from a solo on either snare drum or marimba
    • The snare drum and keyboard selections from the prescribed Percussion repertoire in the "Music Major or Music Minor" section above.

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Audition Schedule

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Email Lauren Gates at lgates@ou.edu if you have a conflict with the audition time.

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OU Band Scholarships

Thank you for your interest in auditioning for an OU Bands non-major scholarship! The OU Band awards non-major band scholarships to students majoring in fields other than music, who:

  • Demonstrate musical excellence on their instrument at a level that places the student among the top of all OU Band students
  • Participate in “The Pride of Oklahoma” Marching Band in the fall semesters of their collegiate career.
  • Participate in a large concert ensemble in the spring semesters of their collegiate career.

NOTE: Since our marching band instrumentation does not include double reeds, non-major double reed students perform in a large concert ensemble both semesters to fulfill their scholarship obligations.

Non-major band scholarships are awarded based on the student’s demonstrated musical abilities via audition, performance history, and the current instrumentation needs of the band program.

Once a scholarship has been awarded, it will be retained by the student, provided the student is making satisfactory progress toward their degree and meet all requirements of their scholarship contract.

Additional requirements for non-major band scholarship consideration

Students will email the following items before May 21st to Dr. Wolfe at wolfe@ou.edu.

  1. A resume listing the student's accomplishments in band and school; volunteer and work experience should be included as well.
  2. Two letters of recommendation. One letter from your band director, and the other letter can be from a teacher, coach, employer, etc.

Questions? Contact Audition Coordinator Dr. Brian Wolfe at wolfe@ou.edu.