School of Music Scholarships

The School of Music offers scholarship opportunities to all MSU students, both music majors and non-majors. Music major applications will have preference over non-major applications, however, the School of Music Scholarship Committee does make several awards to non-majors each year. Auditions for scholarship consideration are required of all applicants.

School of Music Scholarships are based upon merit; performance as well as scholastic record. If your need for support is financially based, please contact the Financial Aid Office.

Step 1: Fill out the Scholarship Application

Please download and fill out the linked form below. Once complete, send the form to We will get back to you with a conformation email within a week.

Scholarship Application

Step 2: Submit a letter of recommendation

Your letter of recommendation should be written by a music professional and address the qualities you possess both musically and personally that make you a good candidate for financial support from the School of Music at Montana State University

Step 3: Audition

Auditions will be held:  Saturday, February 25, 2017.

If unable to attend, please email a mp3 recording or youtube link to

Audition Requirements

Woodwinds and Brass

  • Two-octave major scales in concert keys of E & A flat in 8th notes at 120 bpm. (oboe only one octave of A flat required)
  • Full range chromatic scale in quarter notes at 144 bpm
  • Two solos or etudes in contrasting styles of length 2-4 minutes each


Must perform on at least 2 of the following

  • Snares: published solo (rudimental or orchestral)
  • Keyboard: 2 or 4 mallet published solo
  • Timpani: published solo that best demonstrates your ability on technique and tuning
  • Drumset: demonstrate various styles, as well as chart reading and soloing


  • Two solos in contrasting styles
  • Piano: D major & d harmonic minor - minimum 2 octaves, hands together ascending and descending
  • Sight reading excerpt


  • Two memorized art songs in contrasting styles; preferably one in Italian or another foreign language


  • Two 3-octave scales; one major, one minor
  • One movement of an unaccompanied solo or etude
  • One movement from the standard concerto or sonata repertoire


  • All applicants are expected to prepare as listed above.
  • Professional attire is expected for all auditions.
  • Piano accompaniment will be provided for vocalists only.
  • Instrumental auditions do not require an accompanist.
  • All students may be asked to sight read, clap simple rhythmic patters, and sing a short melody.


Other Scholarship Opportunities

$1000 Tuition Waiver for incoming Marching Band members!!
Please see the Spirit of the West FAQ, or email for more details.