Music Scholarships at SDSU

Any student at SDSU may apply for a scholarship for participation in SDSU’s music program. In 2020, over $200,000 in talent based awards were accepted by entering freshmen and returning students.

Apply now!  2021 Scholarship Application Form

Who should audition?

Any entering freshmen or transfer student planning to participate in a music ensemble, regardless of his or her intended academic major, is encouraged to audition. All students entering SDSU with the intention of pursuing music as a major must perform an audition.

Scholarships are conducted by members of the Music Scholarship Committee. Students are notified in writing of the results of the audition within one month of the audition.

When are auditions?*

* In person auditions will be dependent upon the COVID-19 situation.

Monday, February 15, 2021 – Rapid City, SD

Monday, February 15, 2021 – Sioux City, IA

Saturday, February 20, 2021 – Brookings, SD

Sunday, February 28, 2021 – Brookings, SD

If distance from Brookings makes a live audition impractical, a recorded audition may be submitted. All recorded auditions must be received by Monday, February 15, 2021.

Music Audition Requirements

The Audition

All auditions are scheduled in ten minute increments. Any student auditioning in more than one performance area will have two different appointments on the same day. Please scan and email in pdf format your piano accompaniments to Amanda Williams.  Accompaniment must be received by February 15, 2021 and are on a first come, first served basis. If accompaniment is not received by the deadline, please plan to bring your own accompanist or to audition without accompaniment.


The following information is intended to serve as a guide to selecting appropriate materials for an audition. Students are encouraged to speak to either a school music teacher or private instructor for guidance. Contact the School of Performing Arts if there are additional questions regarding repertoire selection. 

Wind, Brass, String and Percussion Instrumentalists

Instrumentalists should be prepared to perform a work which best exhibits their musicianship, such as contest solo pieces, etudes or other appropriate selection. Students interested in jazz may present an additional performance demonstrating their jazz performance skills. 


Vocalists should be prepared to perform two art songs. Foreign language repertoire is encouraged but not required. The use of 'pop' repertoire or musical theatre is discouraged for an audition.


Pianists should prepare one piece from the standard classical repertoire which represents the student's musical achievement. Performing by memory is preferred but not required. Pianists should prepare to demonstrate their current level of technique by playing a scale and arpeggio. Students interested in jazz may present an additional performance demonstrating their jazz performance skills. Click Here for more information on suggested piano audition repertoire.

High School Senior Honors Recital

Calling all seniors! The School of Performing Arts at SDSU is proud to announce the tenth annual Senior Honors Recital to be held in Founders Recital Hall on campus, January 31, 2021.

The purpose of the event is to honor the best high school senior musicians in the state by providing them a solo performance on the SDSU campus. If selected, the student’s performance will also serve as the official audition for a music scholarship.  

  1. Fill out the application and upload an mp3 digital recording of your truly best performing ability (see Instructions and Rules).
  2. Applications and recordings must be submitted by November 23, 2020. The results of auditions are communicated to applicants by December 14, 2020. 

2021 Senior Honors Application