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Boise State Music

The Department of Music at Boise State University has a rich tradition of musical excellence and has established itself as one of the finest programs in the Northwest.

Black Lives Matter

Dear Music Students, Faculty, Staff, and Supporters,

The Department of Music at Boise State University stands resolute with the Black Lives Matter movement. We resolve to do better, to keep learning, and embrace our BIPOC students, faculty, and staff, and our University, community, and the world around us with open ears, with open eyes, with open hearts, and with open minds. But something has to actually change!

Ours is a great program, with world-class faculty, talented and bright students, and a devoted staff. But we are not doing enough. We are not doing enough of the right things. Music is a form of communication, so we have to ask ourselves, what do we want and need to say with our music?

  • Music is healing–how may we be contributing to the betterment of others?
  • Music is motivating–what is driving our discipline and how can we demonstrate this more clearly?
  • Music holds the history of the world–how may we honor the past, but also reflect more of the present, while also holding steadfast dreams of the future?

It is upon each one of us to contribute to the good of this whole. I hope you will join the Department in a series of discussions this coming year; I will be in touch later this summer with further details. Let us please join together to help each other make a change. Black Lives Matter.

My best,

Dr. Linda Kline
Chair and Professor
Department of Music
Boise State University

About Us

Explore what defines us, why Boise, Idaho is a perfect place to indulge in a vibrant arts scene, and the opportunities and memories that arise only by performing music at Boise State University!

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Degrees and Advising

The Boise State University Department of Music provides a comprehensive curriculum, while enabling students to explore and pursue individual interests.

Boise State Music Degrees

Admission, Auditions, and Scholarships

Boise State students are eligible to participate in any of our ensembles — regardless of major. In fact, we have students from nearly every department on campus that have continued to play their instrument or sing in college! Any Boise State student is eligible to receive a scholarship from the Department of Music and Blue Thunder Marching Band pending audition scores, participation, and GPA. Our top ensembles, such as Symphonic Winds, Symphony Orchestra, Jazz Ensemble, and Blue Thunder Marching Band will require an audition for entry. Other ensemble directors may ask for a placement audition.

If you want to major or minor in music, you must complete a separate audition to be accepted into the Department of Music.  Please visit the link to learn more information.

Boise State Music Admission

Visit Boise State Music!

The Department of Music is housed inside the beautiful Morrison Center for the Performing Arts, located on the northwest corner of the Boise State campus.  It is best to park inside Brady Garage and enter the Morrison Center at the southeast entrance (blue arrow).  Walk-ins are welcome, however, for a scheduled tour, questions, and inquiries please email music@boisestate.edu.

Our mailing address is: 1910 University Drive, Boise, Idaho 83725-1560

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