Any student at SDSU may participate in music ensembles. All entering freshmen/transfer students intending to participate in the music program, regardless of their intended academic major, are encouraged to audition for a music scholarship. In 2015, over $135,000 in talent-based awards were accepted by entering freshmen and returning students.

Music Scholarships at SDSU

Who should audition?

Any incoming student interested in performing with an SDSU music ensemble (e.g. Pride of the Dakotas, Concert Choir, Orchestra, etc.) is encouraged to apply and audition for a music scholarship. In addition, all students entering SDSU with the intention of majoring in music must perform an audition.

Auditions for all degree programs in the department are conducted by members of the Music Scholarship Committee, or may be conducted by the appropriate applied faculty member. Students will be notified in writing of the results of the audition.

When are auditions?

  • Monday, February 15, 2016 – Sioux City, IA
  • Monday, February 15, 2016 – Rapid City, SD
  • Friday, February 26, 2016 – Brookings, SD
  • Saturday, February 27, 2016 – Brookings, SD

If, for unusual circumstances, a live audition is not an option, a recorded audition may be submitted. All recorded auditions must be placed on a compact disc and received by February 26.

Music Audition Requirements

The Audition
All auditions are schedule in ten-minute time blocks. Any student auditioning in both a primary and secondary performance area (e.g. piano and saxophone, or voice and trombone) will have two different time slots on the same day.

Instrumentalists should be prepared to perform two works which best exhibit their musicianship, such as contest solo pieces, etudes, or other appropriate selections or excerpts.

Vocalists should be prepared to perform two art songs. Foreign language repertoire is encouraged but not required. The use of 'pop' repertoire is discouraged for an audition.

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. A jazz selection may be played in addition to the repertoire piece.

High School Senior Honors Recital

Calling all seniors! The Music Department at South Dakota State University is proud to announce the fourth annual Senior Honors Recital to be held in the Peterson Recital Hall on campus on February 7, 2016.

The purpose of the event is to honor the best high school senior musicians in the state by providing them a solo performance on the SDSU campus. If selected, your performance will also serve as the official audition for a talent-based music scholarship from the SDSU Department of Music. This event will offer a longer, more intimate setting for you to perform and interact with faculty.

The application procedure involves three steps:

  • Fill out the application and create a CD of your truly best performing ability (see guidelines)
  • Send the application and CD to SDSU at the address provided by December 4, 2015.
  • The results of your audition will be communicated to you by December 21, 2015. If chosen, you will perform on the recital February 7, 2016, in an afternoon of music and refreshments.

The recital will truly be a celebration of music at a high performing standard and would be a nice addition to your resume. Don’t miss out on the opportunity to be chosen as one of the best in your class!

Download Honors Recital Instructions & Rules, Recording Authenticity Form, and Honors Recital Scholarship Application

Dr. Michael Walsh
Assistant Professor of Clarinet