Department of Music, Theatre
and Dance
Varner Hall, Room 207
371 Varner Drive
Rochester, MI 48309-4485
Academic Office: (248) 370-2030
Box Office: (248) 370-3013
Fax: (248) 370-2041
For questions regarding auditions contact:

Deneen Stapleton


Please note: Admission to a Music, Theatre, or Dance program is a 2 step process
  1. Apply to the University by the March 1 deadline for academic scholarships. Most students qualify for academic awards and other financial aid. When you have applied and have been accepted to the University, it makes the department scholarship process much easier. If you have not yet applied to OU, please complete the Application for Undergraduate Admissions.

  2. Once your application has been submitted to the University, apply to the (Music, Theatre, Dance) program of your choice to schedule the required entrance audition. You must perform a successful entrance audition before you are admitted into a program. 

    Click here for the application and email the completed form along with your performance resume to
Music Program Audition Dates
Auditions Fall 2017 entry:

Saturday, February 4, 2017
Saturday, March 4, 2017
Saturday, March 25, 2017

Music Program Audition Guidelines

At your audition, you will meet OU’s dynamic faculty and discuss your course of study. You will be evaluated on proficiency with your instrument of choice (including voice) and considered for admission into the program.

Voice Audition Requirements

Present two songs in contrasting styles which will demonstrate a range of emotional and musical styles. The songs should be memorized and sung with piano accompaniment (no recorded accompaniments). Classical song literature and folksong arrangements such as those listed in the MSVMA Solo and Ensemble list and the National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS) high school audition requirements would be considered appropriate. Foreign language songs are also appropriate, but not required. A musical theatre selection may be substituted for one of the above, if it is a strong suit for the singer. Singers may bring their own accompanist or perform with one of our staff accompanists. Printed copies of the audition pieces must be in a 3-ring binder with a non-glare surface if our accompanist is utilized. A staff accompanist is provided at no charge for your audition. You may however, bring your own accompanist if you prefer.

General Instrumental Audition Requirements

Please prepare a movement of a sonata or concerto or two contrasting etudes. The instrumental faculty would prefer you prepare your best solo pieces; no accompaniment required. However, you are free to perform pieces that require an accompanist; please bring your own.

Piano Auditions Requirements

Present one selection from the Baroque era, one first-movement from a classical sonata and one free choice from the Romantic through 21st century. All these pieces must be memorized at audition.

Be prepared for sight reading and playing scales and arpeggios.

Bring with you a resume/CV and a list of repertoire you have learned prior to your OU audition.

Percussion Audition Requirements

Please prepare at least one mallet solo using 2 or 4 mallets, one snare drum solo at the rudimental or orchestral level, and one timpani solo. Be prepared for sight reading.

Strings Audition Requirements

Please prepare at least two contrasting works from the following three choices: (1) a movement from a J.S. Bach solo sonata, partita or suite, or other Baroque work; (2) a movement from a 19th or 20th century sonata or concerto; (3) a work of the student’s choice.

Undergraduate Theory Placement Exam Information

Click here for the application and email the completed form along with your performance resume to

A variety of performance opportunities are available within the department to help students and others develop musically. Students are encouraged to participate in as many of the following ensembles as desired. Some ensembles require an audition during the first week of the semester. For more information, contact the department office.

Large Ensembles

University Chorus (MUE 301)
A non-auditioned choral ensemble, which is open to all OU students, that performs a wide range of large group choral repertoire.

Oakland Chorale (MUE 304)
An auditioned choral ensemble that performs chamber choral repertoire from all eras.

Oakland Jazz Singers (MUE 315)
This ensemble performs complex vocal jazz works and helps singers develop jazz style and blend, scat singing, solo production and microphone technique.

Oakland Symphony Orchestra (MUE 320/520)
This semi-professional symphonic orchestra, open by audition only, performs a full concert series of contemporary and traditional symphonic and chamber orchestra music.

Oakland University Symphonic Band (MUE 329)

An ensemble of wind instruments performing standard concert band literature. The ensemble is non-auditioned and meets twice a week. 

Oakland University Wind Symphony (MUE 331)
An auditioned symphonic wind ensemble that performs the standards of contemporary and traditional wind band literature. The ensemble has a set instrumentation and rehearses three times a week.

Golden Grizzlies Athletics Band (MUE 332)
An instrumental ensemble that performs at various campus and athletics events.

Oakland University Jazz Band (MUE 340)
A fully instrumentated jazz ensemble open to all Oakland instrumentalists.

African Ensemble (MUE 345)
A non-auditioned group, which is open to all Oakland students, that performs drumming and xylophone music on instruments from Ghana and Uganda.

Steel Band (MUE 346)
This non-auditioned group is open to all Oakland students and performs various Trinidadian and Caribbean styles using handcrafted steel drums.

Contemporary Music Ensemble (MUE 346)
A group that performs recent music, focusing on student literature, repertoire and non-jazz improvisation.

University Chamber Orchestra (MUE 376)

Oakland University Brass Band (MUE 374)

Chamber Ensembles

Students may audition for any of the following ensembles classes, which are offered for either no credit or one credit:
  • Guitar Ensemble (MUE 370)
  • Saxophone Ensemble (MUE 371)
  • Flute Ensemble (MUE 372)
  • Percussion Ensemble (MUE 373)
  • Clarinet Ensemble (MUE 380)
  • Piano Ensemble (MUE 375)
  • Chamber Music – mixed and miscellaneous (MUE 380)