Department of Music Fall 2023 Scholarship Auditions Set for February 10-11

Eric Olson, assistant professor of music, performing with the Bemidji Choir.

Eric Olson, assistant professor of music, performing with the Bemidji Choir.

Bemidji State University’s Department of Music will hold on-campus auditions for Fall 2023 music scholarships, February 10–11.

Students interested in auditioning must apply no later than January 20 using forms available on the Department of Music’s website.

Auditions will be held in the Thompson Recital Hall of BSU’s Bangsberg Fine Arts Complex. The auditions are open to instrumentalists and vocalists interested in Bemidji State’s music program, and who will enter or transfer to BSU in the fall of 2023. BSU’s music scholarships are open to all students who wish to participate in music activities and are not limited to music majors. Students interested in any major at BSU may apply.

Applicants are encouraged to submit 5–15 minutes of music that represents the highest level of musicianship and ideally will include two works of contrasting style. Additional instructions are available online for submissions in the vocal, piano, and winds & brass categories.

The department offers an extensive array of scholarships, which includes full-tuition scholarships for Minnesota residents, housing scholarships, many endowed scholarships and numerous cash awards starting at $500. More than 40 BSU students are currently receiving music scholarships.

For more information, contact Dr. Eric Olson, assistant professor of music and scholarship audition coordinator.

About the Department of Music

BSU’s Department of Music has a long and distinguished reputation for musical performance and academic training. Students, regardless of major, may participate in a wide variety of performance settings, including concert band and wind ensemble, jazz band, choirs, operas and chamber music experiences.

Accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music and also acknowledged by Steinway & Sons as an “All-Steinway School,” the department offers a bachelor of arts degree in music, a bachelor of science degree in music education, a music minor, a master’s degree in music education and a graduate certificate in art management. Undergraduate students may specialize their study through emphasis areas in general music, piano performance & pedagogy, vocal performance or instrumental performance. Music education majors may earn licensure as K-12 teachers in either instrumental or vocal instruction.

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About Bemidji State University

Bemidji State University educates people to lead inspired lives. From a serene campus located among the lakes and forests of northern Minnesota, BSU offers world-class education in arts, sciences and select pre-professional programs. Bemidji State’s students can pursue degrees in 70 undergraduate areas of study and nine graduate programs. The university is guided by Shared Fundamental Values of civic engagement and leadership, international and multicultural understanding, belief in the power of liberal arts, and environmental stewardship. Bemidji State University is a proud member of Minnesota State, the third-largest higher education system in the United States. Can a north woods education transform you? Find out. For more, visit or find us at BemidjiState on your favorite social media networks.