Department of Music and Theatre

Audition Appointments by Wildcat Email

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. 

The office is available by email. All information will be provided through email. Monitor your Wildcat email regularly and the FAQ's page

Any online information suggesting in-person events such as sign-ups or auditions will be virtual and announced in class and/or by email.

Choral Auditions

A Cappella Choir 
Students should attend the first meeting of Acappella Choir (MUSC 411A) at 1:00pm on Monday, August 23rd. The syllabus and schedule will be reviewed and you will be able to schedule an audition time to take place during the first week of classes. Contact Dr. David Scholz if you have any questions.

Chamber Singers
Auditions for Chamber Singers will also occur during the first week of classes.
Contact Dr. David Scholz directly to arrange an audition time.
Vocal Studio Instruction
Contact Dara Scholz or Linda Snodgrass to arrange an audition time and for specific information regarding studio voice audition requirements.

Wind Ensemble Auditions Sign Up

Deadline is 2 p.m., Monday, August 23

Band

Concert Band
There is no audition required for Concert Band, which meets on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 12:30pm - 1:45pm with Chris Navarette.

Wind Ensemble
Fall 2021 auditions will include three parts: 
  1. Scales
  2. Sight Reading
  3. Etude/Solo
Scales
Prepare the following scales. Must be played in two octaves: 
  • Concert F Major 
  • Concert C Minor  
  • Concert Bb Chromatic 
*Student may use any tempo, rhythm, and articulation they choose. If unable to play scale(s) in two octaves, student may play the scale in one octave. 
 
*Percussion: access "Percussion Scales" for this part. 
 
Sight Reading
  • Sight reading music will be given during the audition.
  • The sight-reading level will not exceed a grade level of 3.   


Etudes/Solos:
Must prepare 3-5 mins of an etude or solo
  • Select a piece that showcases your sound, technique, and musicality.   
  • Student may choose a selection provided below (perform within the brackets notated)
  • or prepare a piece of their own choosing
*Tempo(s) for the piece provided should be studied by the student. Some flexibility with the tempo(s) will be allowed.  
Jazz
Jazz XPress
Students who are auditioning for both Jazz Xpress and Wind Ensemble may perform one audition for both classes (instead of two auditions) during the first week at either the wind ensemble time M/W 3-4:50pm (Wind Ensemble audition sign up) or Jazz Ensemble T/TH 3:30-4:45pm (Jazz audition sign up).
Contact Rocky Winslow 

Jazz II
There is no audition required for Jazz II, which meets on Wednesday evenings at 7:00pm with Rocky Winslow.

Instrumental Studio Instruction

Woodwinds, low brass, jazz, and percussion studio instructors have been invited to attend the wind ensemble auditions. Contact your studio instructor to confirm.

Brass: Ayako Nakamura or Paul Young

Guitar: Tobin Roye

Keyboard: Dr David Scholz

Percussion: Daniel Kinkle

Strings: Greg D'Augelli or Kimberly Bruder

Woodwinds: Ryan HeimlichGreg D'Augelli, or Barbara D'Augelli

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Academic 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.