Department of Music and Theatre

Ensemble and Studio Instruction Auditions

Welcome to California State University, Chico!

We are very excited to have you become part of our dynamic Department of Music and Theatre and wish you great success. There are some very important events/dates that we want to bring to your attention as a music student.

Choral Auditions and Studio Voice Instruction Auditions

  • Acapella Choir and Chamber Singers auditions are held during the first week of classes each semester. Come to the initial meeting of Acapella Choir on Monday at 1:00 p.m. in PAC 134 to sign up for an audition time with Dr. David Scholz, director of choral activities. Contact Dr. Scholz at dmscholz@csuchico.edu with any questions. 

  • Students who wish to enroll in Studio Voice Instruction should sign up for an audition time with the voice faculty. Auditions are held the first Monday of each semester from 3:00-5:00 p.m. in PAC 134. The audition sign-up sheet will be posted outside PAC 106 the week before classes begin, or you may call the department office to sign up for an audition time. See below for detailed information on the Studio Voice Audition Procedure.

Wind Ensemble Auditions and Studio Instrumental Instruction

  • Sign-up sheets for auditions for Wind Ensemble will be posted outside PAC 106 the week before classes begin, or you may call the department to sign up for an audition time. Please note that your audition for Wind Ensemble will also serve as your audition for studio instruction on the instrument of your choice. Contact Dr. David Scholz, Music Division Head at dmscholz@csuchico.edu with any questions. See below for additional audition information and specific requirements for auditions. 

      Percussion Audition- First week of Class Wednesday 4:20-5:50 PM (Fall) Monday 3 -5 PM (Spring) 

      Brass Audition- First week of Class Wednesday 2-4:10 PM (Fall) and Monday 3-5 PM  (Spring) 

      Woodwind Audition- First week of Class Monday 2-5 PM (Fall) and Monday 3-5 PM (Spring) 

      String Bass Audition- First week of Class Wednesday 2-4:10 PM (Fall) and Monday 3-5 PM (Spring) 

Additional audition materials

Studio Piano Instruction

  • Auditions for Studio Piano Instruction are held the Wednesday of the first week of class from 2:00-3:00 p.m. in PAC 208. The audition sign-up sheet will be posted outside PAC 106 the week before classes begin, or you may call the department office to sign up for an audition time. Contact Dr. Natalya Shkoda at nshkoda@csuchico.edu with any questions and for specific requirements regarding studio piano instruction audition requirements.

Sign up sheets:

For exams/auditions/interviews will be posted in the department office (PAC 106) one week before classes begin.  Please stop by, or call the office (530-898-5152) if you are out of town, to sign up for an exam/audition/interview time. Make sure you have made the appropriate meeting appointments. You MUST come to the office and complete a Placement Test Form prior to exams/auditions.

*Note:  You are required to take the theory, aural skills, and piano proficiency exam unless you plan to take MUSC 101, MUSC 103, and MUSC 105. These exams are for evaluation and course placement purposes for those with experience.

Ensemble auditions will be held during the week prior to the beginning of the semester and the first week of classes. Check with the appropriate ensemble director and/or the department office for scheduled times.

Studio Voice Audition Procedures:

In order to qualify for studio instruction at CSU, Chico, you will be required to audition for the voice faculty at the beginning of the semester in which you wish to begin your studies. The auditions are generally held on the first Monday in which classes begin from 3-5 PM in PAC 134.

 Contact Dr. David Scholz with any questions at dmscholz@csuchico.edu 

 Audition procedure

  1. Vocalization - to determine range, vocal timbre, consistency of vibrato, intonation, etc.
  2. Tonal memory exercises - to determine ability to identify and reproduce notes in a chord, ability to accurately repeat a pattern of notes played on the keyboard.
  3. Sightreading - singers will be asked to sing a series of sightreading examples independent of harmonic accompaniment.
  4. Literature - be prepared to sing a solo - Music majors should choose a selection that is an art song, folk song, or aria from either opera or oratorio literature, Musical Theatre majors should choose a selection from musical theatre repertoire. Bring a copy of the piece you wish to sing as an accompanist will be provided.

Advising:

Advising is critically important to your college career.  Our department has mandatory advising for all music majors. Mandatory advising helps us make your academic career a successful one by guiding you through your Major Plan each semester.

Here’s how it works: each semester we do group advising, by your Option. This advising session takes place three weeks prior to the opening of the next semester’s registration. Any student that doesn’t receive advising will have a hold placed on their record and you will not be able to register for classes. To lift the hold you will need to meet with your advisor.  The Faculty Advisors for the music majors are:

General Music; Music Industry & Recording Arts: Dr. Bradley Martin
bemartin@csuchico.edu 


Music Education:
Dr. Michelle McConkey
mmconkey@csuchico.edu