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. 

Start your OSU Acceptd Application

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.

 

Suggested Repertoire

General Requirements for Instrumentalists

You should perform two contrasting styles (one slow and lyrical, the other faster and technical). In addition, you will be asked to play scales up to 5 sharps and 5 flats. Percussionists auditioning on snare drum will be asked to play rudiments. 

Below are suggestions of pieces appropriate for college-level music auditions. You may select from this list or choose another piece at the same level as those listed here. If you have specific questions about which piece you should perform, please consult with your band director or feel free to contact the OSU studio teacher for your instrument.

Flute

J.S. Bach Sonata in E Major
J.S. Bach Sonata in E minor
W.A. Mozart Concerto in G Major
W.A. Mozart Concerto in D Major
Howard Hanson Serenade
Claude Debussy Syrinx
Eric Ewazen Night in New Orleans
Francis Poulenc Un Joueur de Flute

Clarinet

W.A. Mozart Concerto in A Major
C.M. von Weber Concerto in F minor
C.M. von Weber Concertino for Clarinet
Francis Poulenc Sonata for Clarinet
Rose 32 Etudes (choose 2 contrasting styles)
Rose 40 Etudes (choose 2 contrasting styles)

Oboe

G.F. Handel Six Partitas
Marcello Concerto
Schumann Three Romances
W.A. Mozart Concerto

Bassoon

Saint-Saens Concerto in B-flat
W.A. Mozart Concerto for Bassoon
Hummel Concerto for Bassoon

Saxophone

To Be Announced Please Check Back

Trumpet

Arban Complete Conservatory Method
Hummel Concerto in Eb or E
Haydn Concerto in Eb
Halsey Stevens Sonata
Brandt Technical Studies
Charlier Etudes for Trumpet

Horn

W.A. Mozart Concertos 1,2,3,4
Strauss Concerto No. 1 or 2
Schumann Adagio and Allegro
Gliere Concerto

Trombone

Guilmant Moreceau Symphonique
Barat Andante and Allegro
Jacob Concerto for Trombone
Melodius Etudes Book 1 Choose 1 (one)

Euphonium

Barat Introduction and Dance
Bellstedt Napoli
Guilmant Morceau Symphonique
Saint-Saens Morceau du Concours
Panofka 24 Progressive Vocalises for Trombone Choose 2 (two) contrasting styles
Tyrell 40 Progressive Studies for Trombone Choose 2 (two) contrasting styles

Tuba

Advanced Studies for BBb Bass

Jacobs Concone Solfeggi for Tuba
Vivaldi Sonata No. 3
J.S. Bach Air and Bourree
G.F. Handel Larghetto and Allegro
Choose 2 (two) Contrasting Styles

Percussion

Snare Cirone - Etudes from Portraits in Rhythm
Snare Delecluse - Etudes from Douze Etudes
Mallet Any 2 or 4 mallet solo
Mallet Any etude from Goldenberg Modern School for Xylophone, Marimba and Vibraphone
Timpani Etude from Goodman Modern Method for Timpani

Violin

Haydn Concerto (1 movement)
Kabalevsky Concerto (1 movement)
Mozart Concerto (1 movement)
Mendelssohn Concerto (1 movement)
J.S. Bach Any Solo Sonata or Partita

Cello

Haydn Sonata in C Major
Haydn Sonata in G Major
J.S. Bach Cello Suites
Saint-Saens Concerto
Faure Elegy

Double Bass

Marcello Sonata in E minor
Corelli Sonata in D minor
Vivaldi Sonata No.3 in A minor
Capuzzi Concerto in D Major

Guitar

Please prepare 1 (one) song or piece of music demonstrating your ability to read music on the guitar: pop, classical or jazz. Contact Dr. O'Connor if you have questions.

Mudarra Fantasias
John Dowland Fantasies or Gailliards
J.S. Bach Dance Movements or Preludes from Cello Suites
S.L. Weiss Dance Movements for Preludes (lute sonatas)
Fernando Sor Estudios, Op. 60
Fernando Sor Boije, Op. 35
Francisco Tarrega Lagrima
Francisco Tarrega Adelita
Francisco Tarrega Romanza
Leo Brouwer Estudios Sencillos