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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?*

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 schedule in ten minute increments. Any student auditioning in more than one performance area will have two different appointments on the same day. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic we will not be supplying piano accompanists for auditions. Please plan to bring your own accompanist, or you can email an MP3 file of your recorded accompaniment to Amanda Williams. If sending an MP3, please have this submitted by February 15, 2021.

Repertoire

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

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

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.