Music scholarship auditions 2021-2022

Undergraduate scholarship auditions at Oregon State are open to all interested students, although funds are primarily awarded to those seeking to major or minor in music. In addition, the auditions are for students interested in gaining admission to the Bachelor of Music degree program.

Scholarship awards are based on performance ability, experience, academics and financial need. Music scholarships require an application and an audition, as well as a commitment to participate in music. All students wishing to major in music at Oregon State are expected to audition on one of the dates listed below.

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

New student music scholarship information

Music scholarship audition dates and locations for 2021-2022

While our February 2021 auditions have past, we are still accepting applications for admission to the Bachelor of Music program and for possible scholarship awards.  Auditions will be scheduled on an at-need basis online during the spring term 2021, and in-person at the beginning of the fall 2021 term. Scholarship awards will be considered based on availability of funds.

The 2021-2022 OSU Music Scholarship Application 

1. Complete and submit the audition registration and application. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed. You cannot save your appliction and return to it later; please collect all necessary items prior to beginning the application.

Click here to submit the OSU Music Scholarship and Admission Application

2. On the application, you will be asked to provide two references who know your musical work. This could be an ensemble director or a private teacher, or if necessary someone who has observed you as a leader or student. You will need to provide:

  • Email address
  • Full name
  • Title (band director, choir director, etc.)

3. You will need to submit an unofficial copy (JPEG, PDF, or PNG file) of your transcripts when submitting the online application. 

4. You will also need to submit:

  • An essay question (3000 character max) detailing your musical goals and aspirations.
  • A list of ensembles you currently or recently have performed with
  • A list of your musical awards and/or accolades
  • Optional: Essay with additional information you would like the scholarship committee to know.

The Online Audition: At least one week prior to the audition, we will confirm your audition time and send you a link for you to digitally join the scholarship committee.

The music scholarship audition will consist of: 

  • A performance of up to 10 minutes of solo literature for your instrument or voice. If you prefer accompaniment, you must provide your own. We would prefer that you include at least two works or contrasting musical styles. Jazz players will be required to demonstrate classical music ability.
  • You may also demonstrate your ability on a secondary instrument, but the main criteria for scholarship awards will be based on your primary instrument performance.
  • An interview about your background and aspirations.
  • A short sight-reading exercise.

If you are not able to audition on one of our scheduled dates, you are welcome to send an audio or audio-visual file to your music area director, listed below. Please do so by February 22, 2021. CD’s or DVD’s should provide at least ten minutes of music of at least two contrasting styles. Audition recordings will not be returned. While generally we are not able to schedule special individual auditions, you may make a special request to the scholarship coordinator for extenuating circumstances when submitting the application.

Contact music area directors

We welcome your interest in music at Oregon State University. If you have questions regarding our programs, the scholarship audition procedure or any other matter, please feel free to contact one of our area directors.