Music scholarship auditions 2021-2022

Undergraduate music program and scholarship auditions at Oregon State are open to all interested students. Scholarship awards are based on performance ability, experience, scholarship 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 at 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

  • February 15, 2021 (OSU Corvallis and/or online)
  • February 18, 2020 (Location TBD)
  • February 20, 2021 (OSU Corvallis and/or online)

The 2021-2022 OSU Music Scholarship Application will open in Fall 2020

1. Complete and submit the audition registration and scholarship application. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed.

2. Please have two references complete the online reference form before your audition.Your musical references may not be from friends or family. You will need to provide:

  • Their 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
  • 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.

What to bring:

  • Any letters of recommendation or academic documents that were not previously submitted.
  • Your instrument, if applicable.
  • Your music.

The music scholarship audition will consist of:

  • A performance of up to 10 minutes of solo literature for your instrument or voice. An accompanist will be provided. 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.