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.

Applications have closed for the Academic Year beginning in Fall 2015 – Applications will re-open for Fall 2016 shortly

 Step 1: Fill out the scholarship application

Currently we are not taking applications for scholarships. We will re-open applications for Fall 2016 shortly. You may use the steps below as a reference, with the disclaimer that changes may occur when applications re-open.

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

Audition Requirements

Woodwinds and Brass

  • Memorized scales, two octaves
    • E or E♭ major, AND
    • A or A♭ major
  • Two solos in contrasting styles


Must perform on snare, mallets, timpani

  • Snares and Mallets: Know & play 26 standard rudiments.  1 Etude - Rudimental or Orchestral, either 2 or 4 mallets
  • Timpani: Demonstrate proper tuning & technique.  1 or 2 Etudes - use all 4 drums, use rolls


  • Two solos in contrasting styles
  • 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
  • Two solos or etudes in contrasting styles


  • 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.

Other Scholarship Opportunities

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