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Department of Music and Theatre

Music Scholarships

· 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)

· 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 the university and completion of the University Wildcat Scholarship application.

· Fall scholarship auditions are open to returning and incoming students, but ALL RETURNING STUDENTS MUST AUDITION IN THE FALL SEMESTER. An additional scholarship audition period will be offered in the spring for INCOMING students ONLY.

· RETURNING STUDENTS MUST COMPLETE THE UNIVERSITY WILDCAT SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATION AVAILABLE JANUARY 2 - FEBRUARY 15, 2021. Incoming students are strongly encouraged to complete the university scholarship application as well.

Calendar

DatesDescription
        Spring semester
  • Incoming students

         NOW CLOSED 

Monday, October 26, 2020

  • The MUTA Audition/Interview Request & Submission Form is open for CURRENT/RETURNING STUDENTS. Students who wish to submit audition materials for a vocal or instrumental scholarship or to schedule a music industry/recording arts interview must complete this form.

         NOW CLOSED 

Sunday, November 8, 2020 (Midnight, PST):

  • The MUTA Audition/Interview Request & Submission Form and audition materials must be submitted by this time. See below for information on submitting your audition materials. (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).
Jan 2 - Feb 15, 2021

Application Form & Information

Submission Guidelines
MUTA Audition/Interview Request & Form
Email audition materials to: MUTA@csuchico.edu 
Title for email subject line: Audition Material Last Name, First Name
The Department of Music and Theatre reserves the right not to accept submitted materials.
  • Video Audition
    Procedure
    • To submit your video audition, you must have completed the MUTA Audition/Interview Request & Submission 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 (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. Piano auditions should include a view of the entire body, including hands and feet on pedals.
    • Accompaniment (i.e. piano, “Appcompanist,” “Smart Music,” “Jamey Aebersold”) is highly recommended.
    • 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 and email the link to: Muta@csuchico.edu
    • 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.)
      • Videos must be received by the Music and Theatre Department by midnight on November 8 for full scholarship consideration and you must have completed the MUTA Audition/Interview Request & Submission Form.
      • Remember to back up the video for archival purposes.
  • Interview for Music Industry and Recording Arts
    Procedure

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

    1. Zoom (preferred) Skype
    2. Phone

    You will need to...

    • Complete the MUTA Audition/Interview Request & Submission 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.
    • 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.

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) Literature – Sing a solo that you have prepared. Music majors should choose a selection that is an art song, folk song, or aria from either opera or oratorio literature. 

  • Instrumental

    If you cannot access the PDF, email Judy to request a copy of the (identify instrument) audition piece

    Flute (PDF)Second Suite for Military Band in F Major - Gustav Holst
    • First Movement ( I. March): 
      • Rehearsal 6-8 
    Oboe (PDF)Second Suite for Military Band in F Major - Gustav Holst
    • Second Movement (Song Without Words "I'll Love My Love"): 
      • Beginning to fermata 
    Clarinet (PDF)Second Suite for Military Band in F Major - Gustav Holst
    • First Movement ( I. March): 
      • Rehearsal A-C 
    • Second Movement (Song Without Words "I'll Love My Love"): 
      • Rehearsal A to the fermata 
    Bassoon (PDF)Second Suite for Military Band in F Major - Gustav Holst
    • First Movement ( I. March):
      • Rehearsal G-H 
      • Rehearsal J-K 
    Bass Clarinet (PDF)Second Suite for Military Band in F Major - Gustav Holst
      • First Movement ( I. March):
        • Rehearsal A-E 
        • Rehearsal G-H 
    Alto Sax (PDF)Mystery On Mena Mountain - Julie Giroux-West 
    • Rehearsal 12-40 
    Tenor Sax (PDF)El Camino Real - Alfred Reed
    • Rehearsal 25-43 
    • Rehearsal 59-75
    Bari Sax (PDF)El Camino Real - Alfred Reed
    • Rehearsal 59-75 
    • Rehearsal 91-5m after 112 
    Trumpet (PDF)Second Suite for Military Band in F Major - Gustav Holst
    •  
    • First Movement ( I. March): 
    • Beginning-C
    • Second Movement (Song Without Words "I'll Love My Love"):
      • Solo to the end 
    •  
    Horn (PDF)Journey Through Orion - Julie Giroux-West 
    • Rehearsal 47-2m after 82 
    • Rehearsal 128-144 
    Trombone (PDF)El Camino Real - Alfred Reed
    • Rehearsal 230-258  
    Euphonium (PDF)Second Suite for Military Band in F Major - Gustav Holst
      • First Movement ( I. March):
        • Beginning-B 
        • Pickups into E-G 
    Tuba (PDF)Second Suite for Military Band in F Major - Gustav Holst
    • First Movement ( I. March):
      • Beginning -B 
      • Rehearsal G-to the key change 
  • Percussion

    Contact Prof Dan Kinkle 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 Prof Tobin Roye for audition requirements.

  • Music Industry 

    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 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: