Entrance Audition Information

Admission to the music department involves a two-step process:

1. University Application

2. Music Department Audition

The Department of Music requires all incoming students to audition in their primary applied instrument or voice. In addition, technology and composition majors must submit a portfolio. This audition allows Music Department faculty members to assess entering students’ musicianship and performance ability, and to consider outstanding students for music scholarship awards. Music scholarships are awarded based upon merit and program needs and will be available for entering freshman (renewable for a total of four years) and transfer students (typically renewable for 2-3 years).

Auditions for the 2023-2024 academic year will take place in the Department of Music on Feb. 11, 2023, and March 18, 2023 (see the Music Event Protocols). For those not able to come to campus for an in-person audition, a video submission of your audition will be accepted. Click on video auditions for more information.

To apply for admission and enrollment in the Department of Music:

1. Apply for University Admissions.

  • Click on “I Want to Apply” in the left-hand column.
  • NOTE: If you are an international student, do not click “I Want to Apply”. Instead, scroll down and click on “International”, and then “Prospective Students”. Even though the application due date for Fall admission through the International Office of Admissions is May 31 of that year, potential music majors should apply to the University as early as possible (November of the prior year is the general University application deadline). Be sure to notify the Music Department at MusicRecruitment@csustan.edu about intent to submit a video audition at least two weeks before the first posted audition date.

2. Schedule an audition. Fill out the Audition Request Form to schedule an audition.

  • Note: you must have applied to the University (and have admission status “accepted”, or “pending”) before you can audition
  • Audition dates for the 2023-2024 academic year are:
    • Saturday, February 11, 2023 8am-3pm
    • Saturday, March 18, 2023 8am-3pm
  • Earlier audition requests will be prioritized for acceptance notification and scholarship consideration. Audition Request Forms must be submitted at the same time as the audition materials.

3. Prepare for your audition. Audition requirements are listed here.

For further inquiry about auditions and degree programs, or to schedule a campus visit and tour, please contact the Music Department by email (MusicRecruitment@csustan.edu) or phone (209-667-3421).