Music auditions and scholarships at Oregon State University

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.

Continuing student music scholarship information

Applications for continuing music scholarships are now closed. The 2019-2020 online form will open on October 1, 2018.

After submitting the completed scholarship application form, you must submit hard copies of the following:

  • Optional: Copy of your FAFSA showing EFC.
  • Optional: A personal statement addressing any special/extenuating circumstances.
  • Optional: A personal statement regarding your professional or educational musical goals.

Please deliver these items in hard copy form to Kirstin Stein in Benton Hall room 101. Electronic copies will not be accepted.

New student music scholarship information

Music scholarship audition dates and locations for 2019-2020

October 24, 2018 - Beaver Music Preview Day - The LaSells Stewart Center

January 18, 2019 - Ridgeview High School - Redmond, Oregon (Vocal Auditions Only) (2:00-4:00pm)

February 2, 2019 - Oregon State University Benton Hall - Corvallis (10:00am - 3:00pm)

February 18, 2019 - Oregon State University Benton Hall - Corvallis (1:00-4:00pm)

February 19, 2019 - West Linn High School - West Linn, Oregon (4:00-7:00pm)

To audition:


1. Complete and submit the audition registration and scholarship application.

2. Please have two references complete the online reference form before your audition. 

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

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. 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.