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It is with great sadness that we report to you another loss among the family of Idaho State University’s Music Department.  Instructor of bassoon and musicology, Dr. George Adams, has passed after being reported as missing over the past weekend in the Glacier National Park area.  Sentiments are with his daughter Carla, his loved ones, and with his musical colleagues here in Idaho.

George was a fantastic bassoonist, and at the age of 77 was still playing professionally as a symphonic and chamber musician. He was a former conductor of the Idaho Falls Symphony, and twice an interim conductor for our own Idaho State Civic Symphony, with which he has performed as Principal up to the present. In the classroom, he remained student-focused, and was known for a big heart and always making the time to offer help.

We will miss George greatly.  The School of Performing Arts will ultimately find a way to properly memorialize his contributions to our institution and community. 

Thom Hasenpflug – Chair of Music and Director of Performing Arts, Idaho State University 


Department of Music

We offer a number of areas and ensembles for our students.

All prospective undergraduate students who desire to become music majors or minors must be accepted by the Music Department through a three-step entrance audition, after being accepted to the University.

To apply to the music program:

  • Complete our online audition application form.
  • We will then send a request to the person you specify in the application form (either an applied instrument/voice teacher or large ensemble director) for a letter of recommendation.
  • We will contact you to schedule an audition time.  Auditions typically begin at the end of February.

Please make sure to also apply to the university before applying to the music program. The application process for admission to Idaho State University is outlined online. You must be accepted to ISU before we can offer you placement or scholarship within the music program.

For more information on the audition process or if you have any questions, contact the music department at (208) 282-3636 or email