Music scholarship and admission auditions 2022-2023

Please note: Scheduled auditions for Fall 2022 have been completed. Students may still apply for admission to the Bachelor of Music program and scholarship assistance by submitting an application to Acceptd.  See link below.  Scholarship assistant may still be awardable based on available funds.

Start your OSU Acceptd Application

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 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.

Other scholarship opportunities are available through the university. It is to your advantage to apply early admission to the university in order to be eligible and considered other scholarships. more information, contact the Office of Financial Aid.

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

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

  • Apply 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 admission to the Bachelor of Music program and/or 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 applicants that qualify.  Visit Acceptd to learn about their fee wavier policy.
  • Audition live Oregon State University faculty. Auditions will be scheduled individually.

Start your OSU Acceptd Application

The music scholarship audition will consist of:

  • A performance of up to 10 minutes of solo literature 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 scholarship awards will be based on your primary instrument performance.
  • An interview about your background and aspirations.
  • A short sight-reading exercise.


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 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 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 your instrument.


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


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


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


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

Any Saxophones

Bozza, Eugene “Improvisation et Caprice”
Ferling, Wilhelm “48 Famous Studies” (any slow/fast pair)

Alto or Baritone Saxophone

Bach, J.S./arr. Mule, M. “Sonata” No. 4 (flute)
Benson, Warren “Concertino” (Aeolian Song)
Creston, Paul “Sonata”
d'Indy, Vincent “Choral Varié”
Glazunov, Alexander “Concerto”
Ibert, Jacques “Concertino da Camera”
Lantier, Pierre “Sicilienne”
Rueff, Jeanine “Chanson et Passepied”
Tomasi, Henri “Ballade”

Soprano or Tenor Saxophone

Bach, J.S. “Sonata” in G minor
Clerisse, Robert “Reverie”
Massenet, Jules/arr. Davis, S. “Meditation from Thaïs”
Villa-Lobos, Heitor “Fantasia”

Tenor Saxophone

Bach, J.S./arr. Mule, M. “Suite in C, Bourrée”
Duckworth, William “A Ballad in Time and Space”
Lacour, Guy “Piece Concertante”
Schmidt, William “Sonatina”
Singelée, J.B. “Solo de Concert”, op. 83

Baritone Saxophone

Bozza, Eugene “Divertissement”
Singelée, J.B. “Allegro Spiritoso”
Tchaikovsky, P. “Impromptu”
Walters, Harold “Forty Fathoms”


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


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


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


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


Advanced Studies BBb Bass

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


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 Xylophone, Marimba and Vibraphone
Timpani Etude from Goodman Modern Method Timpani


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


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


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 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