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A formal audition is required for acceptance into the Music Major Program. There is no audition requirement for acceptance into the Music Minor. Completed audition forms must be received by the Music Department two weeks prior to the audition date. To obtain forms or additional information on Music Major Auditions, contact the auditions and scholarships coordinator via email (preferred) at, or call (508) 531-1877.  Click this link for the BSU Music Major Audition Form​.  
Audition Dates for the 2017-2018 Academic Year​​
  • Frid​​ay, 17 November
  • Friday, 23 February
  • Friday, 16 March
Auditions will be held in Horace Mann Auditorium, Boyden Hall.  Warm-up facilities will be available in Hunt Hall. ​​Auditioners should arrive at Horace Mann Auditorium at least fifteen minutes prior to their appointed audition time. ​​​


  • Instrumentalists must proficiently execute: 
    • Major scales (ascending and descending, up to four sharps and flats) and a chromatic scale (two octaves, ascending and descending) and/or technical studies, as appropriate for instrument. 
    • A 3- to 5- minute prepared solo, preferably with accompaniment 
    • A second selection in a contrasting style 
  • Vocalists must proficiently execute: 
    • An unaccompanied major scale on a neutral syllable 
    • An art song or aria 
    • A second selection in a contrasting style
  • Percussionists must proficiently execute:
    • Major scales on mallets (two octaves, ascending and descending, up to four sharps and flats) and/or technical studies, as appropriate for instrument.
    • A prepared solo or etude on one of the following instruments: Snare Drum, Timpani, Keyboard Percussion (two and/or four mallets) or Drum Set (jazz concentration track).
    • A second selection on an alternate instrument.
    • Applicants choosing drum set to fulfill one of the requirements above must demonstrate the following:
      • Four styles; moderate swing, bossa nova, ballad, and funk.  
      • Perform a four bar fill in a moderate swing style.
    • All percussion applicants are required to audition in 2 of the 4 percussion disciplines (snare drum, timpani, keyboard percussion, drum set).  Applicants are encouraged to audition in as many percussion disciplines as possible. 
Auditioners may provide their own accompanist.  Auditioners choosing to use the departmental accompanist must submit music at least two weeks in advance of their scheduled audition date.
​Within ten days of the audition, candidates will be notified of their status.  They will be:
  1. Accepted into the program
  2. Conditionally accepted:
    • The student may re-audition on another scheduled audition or jury day
    • The student must pass the audition within one year, or not be accepted as a music major
  3. Not accepted. A student who auditions and is not accepted as a music major:
    • May audition only once more
    • May select music as a minor

Scholarship Auditions

Barbara LaFrance Scholarship

The Barbara Shakespeare LaFrance Scholarship will be awarded to a music major (preferably a pianist) who is from Massachusetts. The successful applicant will be a sophomore, junior or senior with a minimum GPA of 3.0, and will be selected through audition. Should no music major from Massachusetts satisfy the requirements the scholarship will be open to 1) a pianist from any state or country; then 2) any music major, vocal or instrumental, from any state or country. If, there is not a candidate with a major in music, an exceptional student with a minor in music and who meets other criteria, may be considered.

Elsie P. Johnson Music Fund
This fund was established through a bequest from the estate of Elsie P. Johnson. This scholarship will be awarded to a junior or senior with a major in music, preferably with a concentration in music education. Acceptance will be based on an essay (topic is the philosophy of teaching music), an audition, and overall GPA.

Frieda Rand Music Endowment Fund for Performance Studies
Income from the Frieda Rand Music Endowment Fund is used to benefit music majors with their performance studies fees for private lessons as required by the Music Department. The students who wish to receive an award must be matriculated and are required to audition; all vocalists and instrumentalists are eligible to audition; a student may be full time or part time, and may be a repeat recipient. Preference will be given to a student(s) who demonstrates financial need.

Scholarship Applications and Auditions
Online application may be found at  Students requiring accompanists must contact the department accompanist, as soon as possible to set up rehearsals.

For additional information on scholarship auditions,  to schedule an audition, or if there are any questions concerning the suitability of audition material, contact contact the auditions and scholarships coordinator via email (preferred) at, or call (508) 531-1877.​