Beaver Music Preview Day - October 25, 2017


Music at Oregon State is a dynamic community full of passionate people. We offer rigorous degree programs in music taught by experts in their fields. Not only do our students receive an impressive amount of individual attention from faculty, we pride ourselves on being an inclusive program within the School of Arts and Communication.

Music programs filter into the lives of students across campus, no matter what their major is. Approximately four percent of the OSU student body participates in our music program. Of those enrolled, 80 percent are in a performance ensemble and 86 percent of those enrolled in performance ensembles are not music majors. We know that accessibility to these programs enhances the lives of many Oregon State students.

All Oregon State students have the opportunity to select music as a minor. Through small class sizes, students have the advantage of working closely with their music professors while studying within the larger context of a major research university.

Our position in the newly formed School of Arts and Communication has allowed for growth and expansion relating to faculty and programs, and has created the opportunity for new collaborations with colleagues and disciplines within and beyond the College of Liberal Arts.

In 2013, the School of Arts and Communication, in which music is housed, received a $5 million gift to advance the arts at Oregon State. The anonymous gift establishes endowments for four faculty positions in the school, including a new director of the performing arts who will expand and promote arts programs at OSU and interface with arts organizations in the area.

Music students and faculty from Oregon State contribute to the arts in many ways. Not only are they performing in a variety of ensembles and individual recitals in Oregon and beyond, they are supporting young musicians and future audience members through student teaching and volunteering in public schools; hosting choir, orchestra, and band festivals; offering private lessons to youth and continuing education opportunities for music teachers; sharing their talent at fundraising events for non-profit and service organizations; and teaching music to youth in after school and summer programs.

Programs of Study


Music Education | Performance | Music Production & Technology | Popular Music (minor only)


Performance Ensembles


Wind Ensemble | Wind Symphony | Campus Band | Jazz Ensemble | Marching Band | Pep Band | Rhythm & Beavs

Choral & Vocal

Chamber Choir | Bella Voce |  Meistersingers | University Chorale | Opera Workshop


Corvallis-OSU Symphony | Chamber Orchestra

Music Scholarships


Music scholarships at Oregon State are available for all students based on their performance ability, experience, scholarship and financial need. Music scholarships require an application and an audition, as well as a commitment to participate in music.

Other scholarship opportunities are available through the university. It is to your advantage to apply early for admission to the university in order to be eligible and considered for other scholarships. For more information, contact the Office of Financial Aid.

We encourage experienced musicians interested in music at Oregon State to come for a live audition.

Click here to learn more about scholarships and to register for a scholarship audition

Scholarship auditions for the 2017-2018 school year will be held on Thursday, February 23, 2017 in Portland, Oregon (Location TBA) and on Saturday, February 25, 2017 at Benton Hall on the OSU main campus in Corvallis. Auditions will be held from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. and from 1 p.m. till 4 p.m. on the scheduled dates, on a first-come, first-served basis. There is no sign up for a specific audition time. Applicants arriving after 4 p.m. will not be heard.