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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

Music Department Auditions - 2022

Auditions begin on February 26 at the ISU Fine Arts Building.  Fill out an application as soon as possible.  All applicants will be contacted in January to schedule your audition.

ALL STUDENTS INTERESTED IN MAJORING/MINORING IN MUSIC OR WOULD LIKE TO RECEIVE SCHOLARSHIP MUST AUDITION.  One audition for both. Scholarships are available for anyone participating in Music Department ensembles.

We will then send you an offer letter a few weeks after you audition.  Remember, you must be accepted to ISU to receive a letter (apply at

More information (including suggestions) about our auditions can be found in our "Departmental Handbook" (Right hand side of this page)

Students who wish to Major or Minor in music should complete all of the suggestions (except sight reading).  Students who are auditioning for "scholarship only" may do the suggestions as well, or prepare two short contrasting works (technical/lyrical).

Music Major/Minor students will also be asked to complete a Piano Placement Exam (if you have private lesson experience in Piano) and a Theory Placement Exam. 

QUESTIONS???  Feel free to contact Dr. Thomas Kloss:   OR your Instrument/Voice professor.