National auditions are scheduled this weekend for incoming theater and music students.
Students get a chance to volunteer and help guide future students through the audition process.
“It’s a really good way for prospective students to interact with current students and really see what the environment is like,” said Kari Barber, coordinator of admissions and student services. “Them being there really helps bring in more students and helps make our school more appealing.”
Audition check-in is scheduled from 8 to 9 a.m. in the atrium of Wanda L. Bass Music Center, followed by two welcome meetings for the theater and music schools.
“Students can go to both,” said Ashley Bright, student services and marketing coordinator. “They’re just short welcome meetings talking about the program. We use ours as a Q&A as well for parents to then ask common audition questions.”
The music school’s welcome meeting is with David Herendeen, director of opera and music theater, in Petree Recital Hall in Kirkpatrick Fine Arts Center. The theater school’s welcome meeting is with Brian Parsons, associate dean of theater, in the Black Box Theater in Wanda L. Bass Music Center.
Prospective students need to have prepared either songs, dance numbers, instrument solos, monologues, or a combination, depending on their desired major.
Guides will available to offer campus tours after auditions.
OCU 411 is scheduled for 2 p.m. on audition days in the atrium of the Bass Center. It is an information session with the music and theater deans, admissions, financial aid, campus police, and the housing representatives, Bright said.
Auditions for this month are Friday and Saturday.