Scholarship Auditions

For New Students

All incoming students planning to major in music must complete an entrance audition in their primary applied area. Entrance auditions are held at the School of Music on the following dates in February and March, 2015. Undergraduates intending to apply for music scholarships will indicate their interest at their audition.  Suggestions for audition repertoire are available here.

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 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.

All Freshmen students must complete a theory and ear-training 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 $100,000 in scholarship assistance to talented music majors. Scholarships are awarded at both the undergraduate and graduate levels.  Undergraduate scholarships range from small awards to full tuition.  Graduate assistantships are  awarded to qualified students

For more information on undergraduate Scholarships, please contact Scott Pierson in the School of Music and Dance.  Office (408) 924-4643; fax (408) 924-4773.

For more information on graduate scholarships, please contact the Graduate Adviser Dr. Gordon Haramaki.

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.