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Greetings, and thank you for your interest in studying music at St. Cloud State University!

Students who study music at SCSU thrive on the dedication it takes to prepare music and dream of the joys of performing and sharing music with young people in the schools. You’ll find a diverse experience that encourages personal creativity, individual discovery, unlimited opportunity and vibrant collaboration. Your program will include the highest levels of musicianship, history, theory, conducting and performance in addition to a course load tailored to your future goals. Working alongside highly experienced professors, whose talent is recognized locally, nationally and globally, you’ll be prepared for graduate school or for creating your own direction in the world of music. We’re proud of our graduates, over 95% of whom get jobs in music and related fields.

We are committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion in our coursework and in our performances. In Spring 2021, for example, we’re inviting Garrett McQueen to speak, commissioning a new work by Valerie Colman, hosting a festival of music by Black composers, and developing curriculum directing at eradicating Islamophobia – in the Department of Music at St. Cloud State, we unleash amazing.

SCSU offers majors in performance, music education, and composition, and minors in music, arts entrepreneurship, and music and new media.


All students who wish to major in music must complete an audition in order to be placed into lessons. Your audition simultaneously serves as both an entrance audition for your studio as well as consideration for a performance scholarship.

In order to complete your application, please note the following:
You must have already applied to St. Cloud State University AND have completed an application to Huskies Scholarships, the online system that we use to manage all scholarships. If you do not apply via Huskies Scholarships you will not be considered for an award. Links to both applications can be found here: https://www.stcloudstate.edu/music/student/auditions.aspx

This year, we are only accepting video submissions via Acceptd for all auditions, even those for returning students. Your videos should clearly show you and should not be edited. We are awarding scholarships based on your performance, not on the quality of your video. Please note that we do encourage the use of an external microphone, and synchronizing a video and audio recording is perfectly acceptable for your audition.

Generally, we require masks for all music performance situations. However, if you are able to record your audition in space that is safe (such as a room where you are alone) you may do so without a mask.

Finally, we recognize that this time is challenging for all of us. If you are meeting challenges due to COVID-19, please contact us so that we can discuss appropriate accommodations.

If you have questions about the application process or requirements, please contact us at music@stcloudstate.edu.

For technical questions, please check out our Help Desk for frequently asked questions.