Music scholarship and admission auditions 2022-2023

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 and application information

Music scholarship and admission audition dates and locations for 2022-2023

Auditions will be held:

  • October 18, 2021 (Beaver Music Preview Day in Corvallis)
  • February 21, 2022 (OSU Campus in Corvallis)
  • February 24, 2022 (Portland, Oregon metro area)
  • February 26, 2022 (OSU Campus in Corvallis)

Applying for Admission to the Bachelor of Music program and for Music Scholarship Consideration

Students wishing to join the Bachelor of Music degree program or be considered for a music scholarship should follow the following steps. 

  • Apply for admission to Oregon State University.  No action can be taken regarding admission or scholarship decisions until the applicant has been admitted to the university.
  • Apply for admission to the Bachelor of Music program and/or for music consideration through Acceptd.  There is a $30 nonrefundable fee to submit an Acceptd application to Oregon State University music. This is in addition to the general university admissions application fee. Music application fee waivers are available for applicants that qualify.  Visit Acceptd to learn about their fee wavier policy.
  • Audition live for Oregon State University faculty, either online or in-person in Corvallis or Portland at the dates listed below. 

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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, 2022. 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.