Bachelor of Music, Option in Composition
Follow these steps to apply to the B.M. degree program with an option in Composition:
- Review prospective undergraduate student audition requirements
- All Composition Studies majors must pass a performance audition on an instrument or voice in addition to applying to the composition program
- Direct all performance audition-related questions to the area director of your specific instrument. Do not contact the area director of Composition Studies for questions about auditions
- First-Year Composition Major applicants cannot audition on guitar. Transfer Composition Major applicants may audition on guitar; please see the Transfer Students section below.
- Apply to the university using the Cal State Apply website
- Specify your option as: Composition
- Schedule an audition with the area director of your instrument
- Note: schedule your audition even if you have not been accepted to the university yet. Audition slots fill up quickly
- This step differs if you are a First-Year Student or a Transfer Student. Carefully read the instructions below:
Composition majors entering as first-year students do not need to submit a composition portfolio. Once a student passes the performance audition, they may be offered admission to the conservatory for instrumental or vocal study.
First-year students who wish to enter the composition major only need to advance in the theory curriculum with a GPA of at least 2.5 and enroll in 244A and 244B. The composition faculty will evaluate the creative work you have completed in 244A and 244B as well as your GPA in music theory and musicianship courses for acceptance into the composition option.
Composition transfer students must submit a portfolio of their creative work as part of their audition. The portfolio should contain three to five recent original notated works that show your awareness of 20th-21st century practices in composition. These scores should be accompanied by live recordings (preferred); however, electronic versions are acceptable. Composition applicants should also include a complete list of works including title, duration, instrumentation, and performances for each piece.
Once a student passes the performance audition, they must be offered admission to the conservatory for instrumental or vocal study. Acceptance to the composition major, however, will only be offered after the portfolio has been reviewed by the composition faculty.
Transfer students may contact Raymond Torres-Santos if they have any additional questions regarding required portfolio materials.
Undergraduate transfer students in composition may audition on classical guitar, but need to contact Raymond Torres-Santos ahead of time to arrange that audition.
Composition Portfolio Submission Form
Transfer students will need to submit their portfolio materials by the last audition day using the online audition form.