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Auditioning for Admission & Scholarships

This audition is for scholarships and/or admission to the department as a music major or minor.
Auditions may be scheduled by appointment. Call the music office at (208) 282-3636 for the audition application forms. More information about admission requirements is available from the music office. e-mail:


All of the ISU Band performances occur in the 1200-seat Joseph C. & Cheryl H. Jensen Grand Concert Hall, which opened in the spring of 2005. This beautiful concert hall is located in the L.E. & Thelma E. Stephens Performing Arts Center.


Music scholarships are awarded to majors and non-majors on the basis of musical ability. Many scholarship awards are given to students who participate in band, choir or orchestra. Piano scholarships are also available. Applications for all music awards may be obtained from the Music Department. Please state specifically your performance area when making scholarship inquiries in order to channel your request to the proper director. Students who wish to be considered for scholarship assistance in the next academic year should return their applications by March 1. ISU will utilize every possible source to help students finance their study. Some assistance is also available through the Office of Financial Aids.

The following scholarships are available in addition to Band, Choir, Orchestra, and Piano Accompanist awards. Only one application form is needed in order to be considered for all types of scholarships. Specific requirements and application forms can be obtained from the Music Department. Incoming freshmen and transfer students are eligible for all of these scholarships except the Ruth S. Phoenix Memorial Scholarships.

  • Josephine H. Berryman Music Scholarships. Awarded only to full-time students. Financial need will be considered.
  • Ruth S. and E. Chilton Phoenix Memorial Scholarships.Awarded only to full-time music students who currently participate in musical activities at ISU.
  • R. David Missal Band Scholarhip. Awarded only to full-time music majors or minors who participate in the ISU Symphonic Band.
  • ISU Marching Band. Available to full or part-time students who participate in the Bengal Marching Band and the Basketball Pep Band.
  • Spaulding Foundation Jazz Scholarships. Available to full or part-time students.
  • Music Department Endowment Scholarships. Available to full or part-time students.
  • University Recognition Awards in Music. Available to full or part-time students.

The Pocatello Music Club also regularly offers scholarships to ISU students through competitive auditions administered by the Music Department. These auditions are held on campus each semester for currently enrolled full-time music majors who have at least a 2.0 grade point average. The first place winner in each category (vocal, instrumental) receives the Mark Neiwirth Scholarship and the second place winner in each category (vocal, instrumental) receives the Pocatello Music Club Scholarship. The previous semester first place winners are not eligible for the next semester's audition.

The Idaho Federation of Music Clubs grants scholarships through an annual statewide audition.


Whether you choose to major in music or just wish to continue your artistic growth, the Idaho State University Instrumental Department has something to offer you. There are many performance opportunities for all, regardless of their major or ability.


ISU Civic Concert Band

The Concert Band is a 60 to 65 member ensemble that meets spring semester only. This ensemble is open to both university and community musicians; no audition is required. The ensemble meets twice a week on Tuesday and Thursday.

Symphonic Band

The Symphonic Band is a 60 to 65 member ensemble that meets fall semester only.  As with all university bands, it is open to all students from throughout the university regardless of major.  The Symphonic Band performs 3-4 times in the fall and is host to the ISU Senior High Honor Band in December.  Symphonic Band members wanting to play in spring semester can audition for the Wind Ensemble or choose to play in the Concert Band.

Wind Ensemble

The Wind Ensemble is the premier instrumental ensemble at Idaho State University.  This 35-40 member ensemble meets spring semester only, its members selected by audition at the end of fall semester.  The Wind Ensemble performs the widest diversity of music of any of the bands and usually tours spring semester. The Wind Ensemble has appeared at several state conventions, and is the host ensemble for the ISU Concert Band Festival.  In the spring of 2004, the ISU Wind Ensemble was selected to perform at the College Band Directors Regional Conference which was hosted in Reno, NV.

Jazz Ensembles I and II

Idaho State Bands boasts two university jazz ensembles: Jazz I and Jazz II.  The Jazz Bands host the annual ISU Jazz Festival in February.  Past guest artists at the Festival have included the Ray Brown Trio, The Fred Hirsch Trio, Allen Vizutti, Denis DiBlasio, Conrad Herwig and many others.  This past summer Jazz I made its first tour of Europe, performing concerts in Prague, Bratislava, and Vienna.


The Percussion Student at ISU is invited into an environment with state of the art performance facilities, great instrumental gear (recently purchased), an internationally recognized percussion faculty, and a low student-to-faculty ratio for personalized attention.  Whether you are a music major, minor, hobbyist, or somewhere in between, you have more than a few percussive options to choose from at Idaho State University.

The studio is led by Dr. Thom Hasenpflug , Director of Percussion Studies here at ISU.

Percussion-specific ensemble opportunities include the PERCUSSION and STEEL Ensembles. You can also find out about our ISU Day of Percussion by following this link.

As a percussionist, you can also play   on the Bengal Marching Band drum line, in the wind ensemble or concert / symphonic bands, drums in the jazz and pep bands, and potentially even the ISU Civic Symphony Orchestra. 

Bengal Marching Band

The Idaho State University Bengal Marching Band performs at all home football games and at various pep rallies throughout the fall semester. The band rehearses MWF from Noon-1:50 and students from all degree programs are welcome to join. To register, students should add MUSP 1179 to their class schedule. Auditions for scholarship are held the last Saturday in February or by appointment throughout the spring and summer. For more information please visit our Bengal Marching Band website.


  • Address:
    School of Performing Arts
    921 South 8th Avenue
    Stop 8006
    Pocatello Idaho, 83209
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  • Telephone:
    (208) 282-3173
    (208) 282-6281


  • Address:
    School of Performing Arts
    921 South 8th Avenue
    Stop 8099
    Pocatello Idaho, 83209
  • Email:

  • Telephone:
    (208) 282-3636
    (208) 282-4884