As someone who has appreciated so much the information posted here, and knowing things change from one year to another, wanted to write a little about kiddo's recent experience auditioning at Otterbein. I'm just the mom, and am sure I'll forget/don't know all the details...but here goes.
There were 36 auditionees there for the first audition of the season. Campus was quiet, as the students were already on their break (Otterbein is changing from quarters to semesters next year, so I'm certain that may be different...still, it made weekday parking on a college campus non-painful!). The kids signed in and were given a folder with their audition groups, etc. The auditionees went off for their dance call then. Kiddo said it was a fun class, with lots of variety. Those who might be interested in the MTD (Musical Theatre/Dance) option were asked about their previous experience, then asked to show various steps/skills. My kiddo was asked to show off some of her ballet training. They had a chance to change, then kids and parents were then led into a meeting with faculty, who explained the day, the program, and did a great job putting everyone at ease.
At this point, parents were led to another building to have information sessions about financial aid and campus life. The auditionees were broken into 2 groups. One went back into the auditorium to do their songs and monologues. They performed for faculty and each other. My kiddo said this process moved along well, and the pianist was brilliant. After that, their group moved to take the theory test.
Kids and parents regrouped, and she and I went out for lunch. In the afternoon, each student was scheduled for a short interview with faculty. Then she was done. It was a well-organized day, and a very supportive environment.
Students from this audition may hear whether they are released or continue to be held for further consideration within a few weeks. That's appreciated. Even though Otterbein waits until they've seen the last auditionee to make their choices, it's great to know if a student remains in the pool of "maybe".