Department of Music and Theatre

Music Scholarships

  • Applicants must be full-time students (12 units minimum) and maintain a minimum 2.0 GPA (a higher GPA is required for some scholarships)
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Award announcements are posted to the student's portal account between July and August of the academic year they will be issued.
  • All scholarships are contingent upon successful acceptance to university.
October 4, 2019
  • Scholarship Applications open for the Department of Music and Theatre. Students who wish to audition on November 2, 2019 (Chico Preview Day) must complete the MUTA Audition/Interview Request & Submission Form by 8:00 p.m. Pacific Standard Time on October 27, 2019.
  • Auditions/Interviews will be held on November 2, 2019. (Note: a secondary audition date for New and Transfer Students ONLY will be scheduled for early February, 2020).
  • You will be notified of your assigned audition time and location via email. (Music Industry or Recording Arts scholarships are based on interviews only. Interview times will be assigned via email.
  • Look here (PDF) for information regarding the vocal and instrumental music audition requirements and procedures.
  • Information regarding interviews for Music Industry majors can be found here (PDF).
October 27, 2019, 8:00 p.m. (PST)
  • Department of Music and Theatre Scholarship Applications close for the November 2 audition date. (Note: a secondary audition date for New and Transfer Students ONLY will be scheduled for early February, 2020. Contact Dr. Scholz dmscholz@csuchico.edu for additional information.)
November 2, 2019
  • Auditions/interview date for incoming and transfer students. (See below for information regarding video or audio auditions in the event that you are unable to attend the live audition/interview date.)

Early January

  • University Scholarship Applications open for the University. (All returning students MUST complete the University Scholarship Application or you will not be eligible to ANY scholarships. New or Transfer students are NOT required to complete the University Scholarship Application, but are strongly encouraged to do so). 

New and transfer students have 3 ways to audition or interview for a scholarship; Returning students must complete a live audition

Live Audition

  • To arrange for a live audition, please complete the MUTA Audition/Interview Request & Submission Form(opens in new window) by the signup deadline. You will be contacted via email with your assigned time.
  • Students must submit the MUTA Scholarship Application for their audition to be accepted.
  • Auditions are required for the instrumental and vocal scholarships only.
    • Recording Arts and Music Industry Students will interview for their scholarship but are welcome to audition if they are also interested in a instrumental or vocal scholarship.

Video Audition

The Department of Music and Theatre reserves the right not to accept submitted material or to ask for new submissions or a live audition.
  • To submit your video or recorded audio audition, you must complete the MUTA Audition/Interview Request & Submission Form(opens in new window).
  • Video or audio submission must be of high video and audio quality. Videos should be recorded with a devise designed for high quality recording. Please use a tripod for the duration of recording.
  • Record the video in an appropriate room or space with the best lighting and sound quality (no background noise or pre-recorded performances).
  • 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.
  • Accompaniment (i.e. piano, “Smart Music,” “Jamey Aebersold”) is highly recommended. If using live accompaniment, the accompanist should be viewable during the recording.
  • Video must be current (no more than 6 months old).
  • Video duration should be 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 or another public video streaming sight (websites requiring passwords to view videos will not be accepted).
  • Remember to back up the recording for archival purposes.

Recorded Audio Audition

The Department of Music and Theatre reserves the right not to accept submitted material or to ask for new submissions or a live audition.

  • Audio recordings must be recorded on a compact disk. Audio-recorded auditions need to be accompanied with a letter of authenticity by band/choir director or private instructor (letter must be on letterhead and include contact information).
  • Accompaniment (i.e. piano, “Smart Music,” “Jamey Aebersold”) is highly recommended.
  • Recording must be current (no more than 6 months old).
  • Recording duration should be no more than 10-15 minutes.
  • Performance selection should showcase musical and technical abilities. See the Audition/Interview Requirements for suggested audition material.
  • Announce each selection or scale clearly, giving title and composer before playing/singing.
  • Remember to back up recordings for archival purposes.
  • Audio recordings must be received by the Music Department by the due date (check for due date) for full scholarship consideration. Be sure to label your CD with your name and instrument.
  • Be sure to complete the MUTA Audition/Interview Request & Submission Form(opens in new window) when you mail your audition. Auditions can be mailed to:
         New/Transfer Student Scholarship Audition
         Department of Music & Theatre
         California State University, Chico
         400 West First Street
         Chico, CA 95929-0805

Interviews - 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:
  1. Face to face interview (preferred)
  2. Skype or AppleTalk
  3. Phone
You will need to... Students interviewing do not need to submit an audition unless you are interested in an instrumental or vocal scholarship. Interview times will be assigned via email. Please check your email.

Important Forms

Audition & Interview Requirements  

Vocal Scholarship Auditions
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. Bring a copy of the piece you wish to sing as an accompanist will be provided.

Instrumental Music Scholarship Auditions
Audition Requirements

  • Prepared piece: 
    • Student will demonstrate an audition piece of their choice. 
    • Audition piece should include lyrical and technical passages as well as showcasing student's performance abilities. 
    • If student does not have a piece available an audition piece will be provided through the school website. 
  • Scales (does not need to be memorized): 
    • Will be asked to demonstrate one scale from the following: 
      • Major Scales 
      • Natural Minor Scales 
      • Chromatic Scales 
  • Sight Reading: 
    • Provided 
  • Total Audition Duration: 
    • 10 mins 

Piano Audition Requirements

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

Music Industry Majors
Interview Requirements

  1. 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 music industry “pitch” is not a “speech.”  A succinct, compelling, conversational style is adviseable.   
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. Current resume – Honest, simple, relevant, printed.  Students are strongly advised to visit university career services for assistance with preparation.
  6. 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.

If you have questions regarding your audition/interview, please contact:

Have general scholarship questions? Contact David Scholz, Chair of the Scholarship Committee: dmscholz@csuchico.edu