Each year the Music Department awards over $50,000 to new and returning music students.


In order to be eligible for a music department scholarship, you will need to apply, and perform an audition. See the information below for details on the application and audition process. Prospective students should apply and audition on or before February 9th, 2020 for priority consideration. Click here for a list of all available music scholarships.

Audition Guidelines

VOCALISTS & INSTRUMENTALISTS: Perform two pieces of contrasting styles, the major scale in all keys, and short rhythmic and melodic sight reading.

COMPOSERS: Submit no more than two bound, legible scores with representative CD recordings if possible (midi realizations are acceptable). Submitted scores should reflect applicant’s range of composition styles.

JAZZ & POPULAR MUSIC: See specific audition guidelines for entry into the BM with a Concentration in Jazz & Commercial Music.

Scholarship Information for Prospective Students

On-campus scholarship auditions for prospective students will be held Sunday, February 9th, 2020.

Prospective students should apply and audition on or before February 9th for best consideration.

Prospective students may choose to audition by appointment prior to the audition day in the spring, or in some cases, via video or Skype. Contact Dr. James Reddan for further information. 

New Student Information Sheet

In addition to the music department scholarships, Western Oregon University offers many merit based academic scholarships. In order to be eligible, you will need to submit a FAFSA and the WOU General Scholarship Application by March 1, 2020. Click here for more information on academic scholarships. 

Scholarship Information for Current and Returning Students

The scholarship application deadline for current students is April 28, 2020. 

Students who are selected to play on the annual Honors Recital will be considered on the basis of that performance. Honors Recital auditions will be held April 28th. Please check back for additional information in addition to checking the bulletin board in the lobby of Smith Hall.

All other students must schedule their scholarship audition prior to April 28, 2020. Please contact your applied lessons professor and refer to Music Department postings in the Smith Hall Lobby to sign up to audition.

All students applying for scholarships — including those who play on the Honors Recital — must complete the WOU General Scholarship application AND the Music Department Scholarship opportunity on Academicworks.

Special Form for International Students

Many scholarships require that students fill out a FAFSA form. For these opportunities, International students must instead fill out the EFC Calculator and print out the completed worksheet.

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