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Updated September 12, 2022

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If you wish to acquire a performance degree in Composition, Instrumental Performance, Vocal Performance, Instrumental Conducting, Choral Conducting, Opera, or Jazz Studies, you are a Bachelor of Music student.

In order to be considered for admission, prospective students must submit their Cal State Apply application and requisite fee during the following dates:

  • October 1-November 30 for admission to the next Fall
  • August 1-August 31 for admission to the next Spring

Some undergraduate applicants may be eligible for an application fee waiver. Please visit the fee waiver site for more information.

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Bachelor of Music Application Process


Bachelor of Music, Option in Performance

Follow these steps to apply to the B.M. degree program with an option in Performance:

  1. Review prospective undergraduate student audition requirements
  1. Apply to the university using the Cal State Apply website
  • Specify your option: Conducting, Jazz Studies, Instrumental Performance, or Vocal Performance
  1. Schedule an audition
  • Note: schedule your audition even if you have not been accepted to the university yet. Audition slots fill up quickly
  1. (Optional) Schedule an introductory private lesson with the Area Director of your instrument:

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Bachelor of Music, Option in Composition

Follow these steps to apply to the B.M. degree program with an option in Composition:

  1. 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
  • Undergraduate Composition majors cannot audition on classical guitar
  1. Apply to the university using the Cal State Apply website
  • Specify your option as: Composition
  1. 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
  1. This step differs if you are a First-Year Student or a Transfer Student. Carefully read the instructions below:

First-Year Students

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.

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Transfer Students

After completing steps 1-3 above, transfer students intending to enroll as Juniors should contact Raymond Torres-Santos regarding required portfolio materials.

Composition Portfolio

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.

Classical Guitar

Undergraduate transfer students in composition may audition on classical guitar, but need to contact Raymond Torres-Santos ahead of time to arrange that audition.

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Composition Portfolio Submission Form

Please submit your portfolio materials by October 21 using this form:


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The Music Education Major

Students wishing to become teachers in K-12 public schools should audition and interview as Music Education majors.

Students who wish to be studio teachers or who plan to go directly to graduate school after their undergraduate studies would be better served with a performance degree.

Follow these steps to apply to the Bachelor of Music—Music Education, Option in Instrumental Music or the Bachelor of Music—Music Education, Option in Choral-Vocal Music degree program:

  1. Review prospective undergraduate student audition requirements
  • To be considered for Instrumental Music Education you must pass a performance audition on your instrument
  • To be considered for Choral Music Education you must pass a performance audition on voice or keyboard
  • Direct all performance audition-related questions to the area director of your specific instrument or voice. Do not contact the area director(s) of Music Education for questions about your audition
  1. Apply to the university using the Cal State Apply website
  1. Schedule a performance audition
  • Note: schedule your audition even if you have not been accepted to the university yet. Audition slots fill up quickly
  • When filling out the Prospective Student Audition Form, check the major and option box marked "B.M. Music Education—Choral/Vocal Option" or "B.M. Music Education—Instrumental Option"
  1. Schedule a Music Education Interview
  • Only after you complete the prospective student audition form will you be provided a link to schedule a Music Education interview

*All Instrumental Music Education interviews will be held online.

**Choral Music Education interviews will be held in-person at the same time as your audition.

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