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Apply, Audition, and Interview for the School of Music, Theatre, and Dance


Admission into all music degree programs as an undergraduate major or minor requires an audition for and acceptance into the School of Music, Theatre, and Dance as well as acceptance by the CSU Office of Admissions.

If you have questions about this process, please contact

Degree Area Audition/Interview Requirements

Instrument/Voice Audition Requirements

Fall 2021 Start

Our official audition/interview days have concluded, however, we are still accepting late auditions. Auditions and scholarship will be considered on a space-available basis.

If you have additional concerns or questions, please email

Fall 2022 Start - Audition Dates

  • Saturday, Dec. 4 (in-person only, half day)
  • Saturday, Jan. 22 (in-person/online, full day)
  • Monday, Feb. 14 (in-person only, half day)
  • Saturday, Feb. 19 (in-person/online, full day)

The Fall 2022 start audition application will open on Sept. 1, 2021.

Audition Details for All Applicants

  • All prospective students will submit an application through the Acceptd audition portal.
  • Please refer to the audition requirements and suggested repertoire for your instrument and degree area. 
  • Once the application is complete, you will schedule your live audition and interview sessions.
  • Interview Session Details:
    • Students will have a 10-minute interview with an applied music faculty panel. Additional scales and sight reading may be requested. Voice students will be vocalized during the interview.
    • Music Therapy and Music Education applicants will have an additional interview with faculty from these areas.
      • Sight-reading and pitch-matching ability will be assessed during the interview.
      • The interview will be hosted by the faculty and recorded in Zoom.

Audition Details for Online Auditions

  • All prospective students choosing to audition virtually will submit an application and video audition through the Acceptd audition portal.
  • Please refer to the audition requirements and suggested repertoire for your instrument and degree area. 
  • After your application is submitted, including your audition video, you will be able to schedule your interview session(s).
    • Percussionist, please note: Percussion auditions and interviews will be hosted by the student in Zoom. You will invite Dr. Hollenbeck and record the session. This is the video that will be uploaded to Zoom.
    • Video audition length should be approximately ten minutes and selected pieces should be representative of your best ability.

Resume and Letters

  • As part of the audition registration process, please upload an artistic/performance resume. An artistic resume is a list of the performances of which you have been a part, groups with which you have performed, a list of solos or instances that you been individually featured in a piece of music, competitions you have entered, awards you have won, Teachers with whom you have studied, and any other information that you feel tells us something about what you have done as an artist.
  • You are also asked to provide the names and email addresses of two references.


Acceptance letters and notifications of scholarships awarded will occur on an ongoing basis throughout the acceptance process.


Scholarships are awarded based on audition day results. There is no separate audition for scholarships and you must audition in-person for full scholarship consideration. Full list of undergraduate scholarships.

Ensemble Auditions

Auditions for your placement in the ensembles are held each semester the weekend before classes begin. Ensemble audition information.