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Auditioning for Music Scholarships

About the Audition

Incoming freshmen may audition for music scholarship on any of our four annual audition days. For Fall 2021 entry, auditions will be held  at the Langroise Center for the Performing Arts on the College of Idaho campus on the following dates:

  • February 20, 2021
  • March 13, 2021
  • April 17, 2021

You may also elect a virtual audition – due by end of day on April 17, 2021. Click here to register for an audition.

Auditioning puts students in consideration for one of many available music scholarships, and are not limited to students majoring in music. Students of all degree programs are eligible for award.

Scholarship consideration is based on the quality of preparation and performance, the potential for further musical growth, and the instrumental/vocal needs of the music department. Please see the list of instrument-specific audition requirements below to inform your preparation. In addition, our instrumental faculty may be available to offer a complimentary lesson to help make your audition as successful as it can be.

For out-of-state students or students unable to attend the scheduled audition days, private auditions may be arranged either in person or via Facetime, Skype, or other video call platform. Email Dr. Luke Strother for more information.

Audition Requirements

Wind and Brass - Prepare a solo work for the instrument representative of your current ability. A piece from the state-solo list or a sufficiently technical étude are appropriate choices. Accompanists are welcome but are not necessary or expected. A major scale across the whole range of your instrument may also be asked.

Percussion - Prepare two brief solo works or études, one for snare drum and one for keyboard percussion. Demonstration of major scales may also be asked. Accompanists are welcome but are not necessary or expected. Instruments will be provided for you. Jazz percussionists should also be prepared to demonstrate a variety of styles on drum-set.

Vocalists - Prepare two songs in contrasting styles. Classical repertoire is preferred, but one of your selections may be from the folk or Broadway canon. A brief sight-singing excerpt will also be asked. Accompanists can be provided.

Strings - Prepare two contrasting pieces or movements no longer than 10 minutes combined. Accompanists are welcome but are not necessary or expected. A major scale across the whole range of your instrument may also be asked.