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The ONU Music Department provides students with an array of ensembles, from large orchestras, bands and choirs to small chamber ensembles of four or five musicians. All ensembles are open to students from all ONU colleges and academic programs, and a broad mix of majors is found in most groups.
Directors of auditioned ensembles hold their auditions in the fall and set the roster for the year. Some limited auditions for open positions are held in January.
Registration in ensembles does not incur the "billable hour." Thus, busy students who are already at the maximum 19 credit hours can register without extra expense.
Non-Music Major Talent Award for Symphony Orchestra/Wind Orchestra/University Singers
Ohio Northern University non-music major talent awards for Symphony Orchestra, Wind Orchestra, or University Singers are available to all enrolled students at Ohio Northern University regardless of major. Awards are granted based on the student’s artistic potential as heard in a scheduled audition. Talent award amounts are contingent upon the complete financial aid package.
An audition with Acceptd.com is encouraged, but live auditions are also acceptable.. Non-Music Major Auditions are scheduled on an individual basis through contacting Kelly Holtgrefe at email@example.com.
Musicians who sing/play the following instruments are eligible: Voice, Violin, Viola, Cello, Double Bass, Flute/Piccolo, Clarinet/Bass Clarinet, Oboe/English Horn, Bassoon, Saxophone, Horn, Trumpet, Trombone, Tuba, Timpani, Percussion, Piano, and Harp.
Auditions will consist of the following for instrumentalists:
- A prepared unaccompanied solo or etude
- Sight reading of orchestral excerpts
Auditions will consist of the following for choral singers:
- A prepared accompanied solo
Requirements for Non-Music Major Talent Award for Symphony Orchestra, Wind Orchestra, and University Singers
- Audition for Symphony Orchestra, Wind Orchestra, or University Singers every year and register for the ensemble assigned each semester
- Instrumentalists: Enroll in the appropriate private lessons at Ohio Northern University during freshman year (not required for choral singers).
Non-Music Major Talent Award for Symphony Orchestra, Wind Orchestra, and University Singers Renewal
Talent Awards are renewable as long as the student is in good academic standing and meets the requirements of the Talent Award. The musician on an Orchestra Award does not need to re-audition each year to renew the award; however, seating is determined at the beginning of each year or semester based on auditions.