Scholarship Auditions

For New Students

All new students must complete an entrance audition in their primary applied area. Entrance auditions are held on select Saturdays in February and March, 2015, during the Scholarship Auditions.

Dates for Voice Auditions are:

  • February 14, 2015 
  • March 8, 2015 (Sunday)
  • March 14, 2015 

Dates for Woodwind and Brass Auditions are:

  • February 14, 2015 
  • February 28, 2015 
  • March 7, 2015 

Dates for Jazz Area Scholarship Auditions (Room 186) are:

  • March 8, 2015 (Sunday)
  • March 14, 2015 

Dates for String Auditions are:

  • February 15, 2015 (Sunday 11:00am -1:00pm)
  • March 15, 2015 (Sunday 11:00am -1:00pm) 

Dates for Piano Auditions are:

  • February 13, 2015 (9:00am -12:00pm)
  • February 27, 2015 (9:00am -12:00pm) 

Other audition times are available on an individual basis (contact the School of Music and Dance recruitment office at (408) 924-4643 or

If travel distance is prohibitive, a high-quality audio or video recording may be substituted. Please see the Recorded Audition Guidelines  for information on how to submit recorded auditions.  Recordings should be received by February 20 2015, and live auditions completed by the last Saturday audition day for students to be considered for scholarship assistance from the School of Music and Dance.

All Freshmen students must complete a Systems/Theory placement exam during the first class meeting of Music 1A or Music 9 course.

Ensemble auditions are held just previous to the opening of classes in the fall semester.  Exact dates and times are listed in the current Schedule of Classes.  Please contact the appropriate ensemble director for more details.

About Our Scholarships

The School of Music and Dance annually provides over $50,000 in scholarship assistance to talented music majors. In addition to general music scholarships, the School of Music and Dance has the named, endowed scholarships. 

Scholarship auditions for 2014 will be held on:

  • January 25, 2014
  • February 15, 2014
  • March 1, 2014

For more information, please contact Scott Pierson in the School of Music and Dance at (408) 924-4643 or fax him at (408) 924-4773.

The Scholarship Application form can be filled out and returned to the School of Music and Dance. The Scholarship Application form can be mailed to the address at the bottom of the form or faxed to (408) 924-4773. 


  1. Applicants must be regularly enrolled undergraduate students (current or transfer) or graduate students.
  2. The applicant must be enrolled at least half-time (6 undergraduate or 4 graduate units per semester).
  3. The applicant must demonstrate financial need.
  4. The recipient of the scholarship must maintain a GPA of 3.0 or above each semester in order to retain the award.
  5. The applicant must demonstrate outstanding musical and technical ability and high academic achievement.

 A complete list of the available sponsored scholarships can be found here.

Claude and Alberta Walker Scholarship:

A separate application for the Claude and Alberta Walker Scholarship (PDF format) must be filled out, and the applicant must audition in person for the scholarship on a specified date. Two dates will be set up for this purpose, one for upper division undergraduates and one for graduate students. The Audition Committee will determine the amount of each award after the auditions which normally take place in the first week of Spring term.