Department of Music, Theatre and Dance

Music Scholarships

· Scholarship auditions will occur for all students on the second Saturday of February. Returning students must audition IN PERSON. INCOMING students may audition in person or submit an online video. You will be notified via email as to your scheduled audition time or how to submit your video audition.

· RETURNING STUDENTS MUST COMPLETE THE UNIVERSITY WILDCAT SCHOLARSHIP application AVAILABLE JANUARY 2 - FEBRUARY 15, 2023. Incoming students are strongly encouraged to complete the university scholarship application as well.

· ALL STUDENTS must complete the Music and Theatre Department MUTA Scholarship Audition/Interview Request form.

· Scholarship recipients must be significantly involved in departmental productions during both semesters of the academic year for which they receive the award and are asked to sign an acceptance letter agreeing to this requirement.

· Applicants must be full-time students (12 units minimum) during the upcoming academic year and maintain a minimum 2.0 GPA (a higher GPA is required for some scholarships)

· Award announcements are posted to the student's portal account between July and August of the academic year they will be issued.

· Awards are paid 50 percent at the beginning of each semester if the award is over $600. If under $600, the award will be paid 100 percent for the fall semester.

· All scholarships are contingent upon successful acceptance to the university. 



Jan 1 - Feb 14, 2023

Monday, January 8, 2023

  • The MUTA Scholarship Audition/Interview Request Form is open for ALL Students.
  • Students who wish to request an audition for a vocal or instrumental scholarship or to schedule a music industry/recording arts interview must complete this form.
  • Email questions to: 

Sunday, February 4, 2023 (Midnight, PST):

  • The MUTA Scholarship Audition/Interview Request Form must be submitted by this time. 
  • Students interested in a Music Industry or Recording Arts interview will be contacted via email to set up an interview time at a later date.

Tuesday, February 6th, 2023

(by 5pm)

  • You should receive an email with your audition time. 
  • If that time conflicts with your work schedule, email immediately.

Friday, Feb 9, 2023

  • INCOMING STUDENTS are encouraged to participate in an in-person audition, but may choose to submit a video audition.
  • If choosing to submit videos, email links to:  

Saturday, Feb 10, 2023

  • In-person scholarship auditions occur for returning students. Incoming students are encouraged to participate in an in-person audition.

Application Form & Information

  • In Person Auditions (Returning and Incoming students)
    • Fill out the MUTA Scholarship Audition/Interview Request Form by Sunday, February 5, 2023 (Midnight, PST):
    • Returning students must fill out the University Wildcat Scholarship application
    • Incoming students are encouraged to fill out this form as well.
    • See audition/interview requirements below as to what will be required at your audition.
  • Video Audition (Incoming students only)
    • Videos must be received by the Music and Theatre Department by midnight on February 12 for full scholarship consideration and you must have completed the MUTA Scholarship Audition/Interview Request Form.
    • Videos must be of high video and audio quality. Videos should be recorded with a devise designed for high quality recording. Please use a tripod or similar device for the duration of recording so the camera remains stationary.
    • Record the video in an appropriate room or space with the best lighting and sound quality.
    • Set the camera to show hand and body positions, using the closest camera distance to also include as much of the entire body as possible. Piano auditions should include a view of the entire body, to show hands on the keys and feet on the pedals.
    • Pre-recorded accompaniment (i.e. piano, “Accompanist,” “Smart Music,” “Jamey Aebersold”) is acceptable.
    • Video must be current (no more than 6 months old) and no more than 10-15 minutes.
    • Performance selection should showcase musical and technical abilities. See the Audition/Interview Requirements for suggested audition material.
    • Dress for the video audition as if it were a live audition.
    • Announce each selection or scale clearly, facing the camera. Give title and composer of material before playing/singing.
    • Upload video to YouTube and email the link to:
    • Make sure to include your full name, student ID number (if you have one) and your chosen instrument (or voice) (e.g. piano, trumpet, clarinet, voice, guitar, etc.)
    • Remember to back up the video for archival purposes.
  • Interview for Music Industry and Recording Arts


    If you would like to interview for a Music Industry and/or Recording Arts scholarship, you have a few options:

    Returning students:

    1. In Person (returning students must interview in person)
    Incoming students:
    1. Zoom (preferred) or Skype 
    2. Phone 

    You will need to...

    • Complete the MUTA Scholarship Audition/Interview Request Form in order to make arrangements for an interview time.
    • Students should be prepared to answer a variety of questions relating to their experiences, both academic and work-related, and discuss future goals.
    •  Interview times will be assigned via email. Please check your email.

Requirements & Procedures

  • Vocal

    1) Vocalization - to determine range, vocal timbre, consistency of vibrato, intonation, etc. Please choose a variety of exercises with which you warm up in order to demonstrate your abilities as a vocalist.

    2) Total memory - sing back a short melody, reproduce notes in a chord, etc.

    3) Sightreading 

    4) Literature – Sing two contrasting songs that you have prepared. Vocalists should choose selections that are folk songs, art songs, or arias from either opera or oratorio literature. 

  • Instrumental

    Please prepare 3-5 mins of a solo, etude, or excerpt of your choice. The audition piece should include lyrical and technical passages, as well as musical phrases that showcase range and dynamic control.

    If you do not have a prepared solo, you may select an excerpt provided below.

    Flute  VI No. 5 Sonate by J. Ch. Naudot 
    Oboe Menuetto and Presto by F. J. Haydn  
    Clarinet  Scene and Air by M. Bergson, Op. 82 Ed. by H. Voxman
    Bassoon  Allegro Appassionata by C. Saint-Sanes Op. 43 Arr. by Henry T. Paine
    Bass Clarinet  Mosaic by R. H. Walthew
    Alto Sax  Adagio and Allegro by G. F. Handel 
    Tenor Sax  Adagio and Allegro by G. F. Handel
    Bari Sax  Happy Valley by B. Leonard
    Trumpet  #2 Etude
    Horn  Sonata by A. Corelli  
    Trombone  Apres un Reve by G. Faure Op. 7 No. 
    Euphonium  Concertino by L. Stransky
    Tuba  70 Studies: Etude Study #1 by V. Blazhevich 

    *Perform within the brackets notated on each piece. Tempos are flexible and there will be no repeats. Please contact Prof Christopher Navarrete if you have any questions. 

    If you cannot access the PDF, email Judy Hamamoto to request a copy of the audition piece for your instrument.

  • Percussion

    Percussion (PDF) Snare Drum Etude No 7

    Contact Prof Chris Navarrete for audition requirements.

  • Piano

    Lower Division

    Baroque: ONE memorized Two-part or Three-part Invention by J.S. Bach or ONE memorized Sonata by D. Scarlatti
    Classical: ONE memorized movement from Sonatas/Sonatinas by Clementi, Kuhlau, Haydn, Mozart or Beethoven
    Romantic or Twentieth-Century/Contemporary: ONE memorized selection drawn from the standard piano repertoire, such as Nocturne by Chopin or "Visions Fugitives" by Prokofiev

    Upper Division & Transfer Students

    Baroque: ONE memorized Prelude and Fugue from the WTC, Book I, or TWO memorized contrasting movements from French Suites, English Suites or Partitas by J.S. Bach
    Classical: ONE memorized fast movement from Sonatas by Haydn, Mozart or Beethoven
    Romantic or Twentieth-Century/Contemporary: ONE memorized selection drawn from the standard piano repertoire, such as Intermezzo by Brahms or Malaguena by Lecuona

  • Guitar

    Contact David Scholz for audition requirements.

  • Music Industry & Recording Arts

    Career Vision – as a Pitch.  Students will need to succinctly articulate their future career goal(s).  Simplicity, honesty, efficiency, clarity, feasibility are primary considerations.  More than one answer is ok as long as they befit the below, and the reasons are well articulated as a part of this pitch. 

    a) Note: A “pitch” is not a “speech.”  A succinct, compelling, conversational style is advisable.   

    Diligence, in present view –  Students should be prepared to explain what they are doing currently to invest in themselves, actively, in order to achieve their career goals.

    Evidence/demo of student’s vision– Prepare to show a link (cued) in 20-30 seconds maximum (using the student’s own laptop or mobile device), as a visualization of with what that now or will look like, conceptually, befitting the student’s stated vision.

    Overall interview skills, in follow up – students will demonstrate the ability to field unanticipated (but relevant) questions, in context, in an honest, professionally convincing, practical and humble manner.

    Current resume – Honest, simple, relevant, printed.  Students are strongly advised to visit university career services for assistance with preparation.

    Current transcripts – Stapled or clipped to resume.  Sophomore and above- college grades to date; freshmen- use high school transcript instead.  “Unofficial” (electronic-fast delivery) copies are welcome (official, embossed versions via postal mail are not necessary).   Note: These transcripts will be returned to you following the interview.

For Audition & Interview questions, please contact: