Auditions & Scholarships

2020-2021 Ensemble Auditions

Interested in singing in choir at Bemidji State University? Click here to sign-up and for more information:

Choirs will be meeting in-person, physically distanced, with masks, and rehearsing for no more than 30 minutes at a time to allow adequate time for ventilation and air exchange.

For information on the NFHS study for the Performing Arts that these mitigations were based on, read more here:

Although choir will look a bit different at this time, we are excited to sing together again! Come join us!

Keeping Arts Safe at School Information

Instrumental Ensembles
Wind Ensemble auditions will occur during the first week of classes.

Contact Scott Guidry ( for more information.

Music Scholarships

Each year, the music faculty selects individuals with outstanding musical talent to receive scholarship awards of varying amounts, from $500 to Full Tuition Scholarships.

Candidates need not be planning a major in music to qualify for scholarship awards. To be considered for a scholarship in music, an incoming student must apply for admission to the University at the earliest opportunity, complete a music scholarship application, submit one letter of recommendation under separate cover, and complete an audition.

On-Campus Auditions

This year, due to COVID-19, music scholarship auditions for the 2021-2022 academic year can be completed in-person (at BSU on February 19th or 20th) or with an audio/video submission.  More info can be found on the application (link below).


In-person audition applications are due February 8th, 2021

Online submission audition applications are due February 12th, 2021

For more information about our music department and scholarships, please contact Dr. Eric Olson at or office tel: 218-755-3941.

All admitted students are encouraged to visit our campus in-person at any point during the school year and are welcome to observe most classes and ensemble rehearsals.  Upon request, sample lessons are usually available with many of our studio teachers.

To schedule a virtual campus visit, click on this link.