Performance Opportunities

Many students take advantage of the terrific performance opportunities offered through the numerous local and community organizations that we are blessed to have in the Columbus area.  Below you will find a list of activities that accept winds and percussionists and the links to learn more about the organization and/or access the necessary audition materials.   Many of these opportunities take place once a year, so please take care in researching when the events occur, with special attention to the audition date and year so that there is no confusion.  Also, if you are currently performing with or at any point perform with a group, please let a director know so that we can support you in any way possible.


Columbus Youth Symphony Orchestra  Auditions are held in May.

Columbus Youth Symphonic Band  Auditions are held in May.

This organization is affiliated with Capital University.

Columbus Youth Jazz Program  Auditions are held in April.

There are 3 different groups that function as part of the Columbus Jazz Arts Program.  Please visit their website for more information about which you might be interested in performing with and what is required for the audition.

OMEA All State Band/Orchestra  Auditions Deadline: May 31st

OMEA South Central Regional Orchestra  Audition Deadline: May 31st

The auditions for this group are the exact same as that of the All State Band/Orchestra.  If you are interested in auditioning for this group, please speak with a director and we will explain how to submit the same audition for both groups.

Ohio State Honor Band

Takes place in January and is based on nominations.

Tri- State Honor Band Audition Material found on Wright State University’s webpage.

Hosted by Wright State University

BGSU High School Honor Band and Directors Clinic  Clinic will be held in mid-November

Hosted by Bowling Green State University

Capital University Honor Band Showcase

Hosted by Capital University Conservatory of Music.  Takes place in November and is based on nominations.

Ohio University Honor Band Festival  Audition material will be posted online in September, deadline is November 1.

Hosted by the Ohio University School of Music.  Takes places in early December and is based upon a recorded audition

Summer Programs

OSU Youth Summer Music Program

The OSU School of Music offers many different music programs throughout the summer facilitated and taught by the applied instrumental and conducting faculty.  These offer terrific opportunities to get quality in-delth knowledge of and exposure to instrument specific instruction.

Capital Winds and Percussion Camp

This camp is only for students leaving their 7th through 9th grade years.

Jazz Academy Summer Program

In addition to the regular season offerings throughout the academic year, the Jazz Arts Group of Columbus offers a number of opportunities to interact with jazz throughout the summer.  Please be sure to look closely at the eligibility of each group, as there are camps for all ages.

Indiana University Summer Music Clinic  Occurs in June.

Held at IU’s main campus, this camp operates 2 concert bands, a full orchestra, and 2 jazz bands.  When visiting the website, please note that the side panel listing options like “Apply” and “Auditions” are for the summer clinic!

University of Akron Summer Brass Seminar  Occurs in June.

The attached link is not to a website, but rather their informational flyer that lists all necessary details.  Please ask a director if you have further questions about pursuing this opportunity.

If you are interested in taking part in instrument specific events, please reach out to a director who can provide more information.  Both Ohio State University and Capital University, as well as Otterbein University and many others throughout the state, host a number of instrument specific camps and workshops throughout the year that would be a wonderful opportunity to take advantage of.