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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. 

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.

Audition Appointments by Wildcat Email

  • Choral and Studio Voice

    In lieu of sign up sheets, any scheduling and auditions will be online. 

    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 and Studio Instrumental

    In lieu of sign up sheets, any scheduling and auditions will be online.

    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(opens in new window)

  • Jazz

    In lieu of sign up sheets, any scheduling and auditions will be online.

    Auditions for Jazz Xpress occur from 3:30-5:00pm on Tuesday and Thursday during the first week of classes. Sign-up sheets will be posted outside PAC 106 the week before classes begin, or you may call the department to sign up for an audition time.

    Tuesday, 3:30-5:00: Horns Thursday, 3:30-5:00: Rhythm Section Instruments, audition in groups performing/reading charts with live band. All students subject to further audition as needed. There is no audition required for Jazz II, which meets on Wednesday evenings at 7:00pm.

  • Studio Piano

    In lieu of sign up sheets, any scheduling and auditions will be online.

    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.

    *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

    In lieu of sign up sheets, any scheduling and auditions will be online.

    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

    1. Audition procedure 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.

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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.