Prospective Music Major and Graduate Auditions

The department of Music requires all prospective undergraduate music majors and prospective graduate students interested in studying performance to complete an audition on their major instrument/voice. Auditions may be scheduled on an individual basis by completing the Music Department Application.

Students for whom distance is prohibitive may send a high quality recording of their audition performance via a link to online digital files (e.g. YouTube, Dropbox, Soundcloud) to All audition materials must be received by April 14, 2017, and auditions completed by January 28 will be considered for a scholarship.

All auditions, live or recorded, shall be approximately ten minutes long. All performance applicants are asked to perform two pieces, one that demonstrates technical facility and one that is more lyrical in character. Live auditions will also include sight reading. The performance should demonstrate accurate rhythms, pitch control, and interpretive awareness. Voice students should prepare two memorized selections, one of which must be in a language other than English. Art songs, arias, folk songs and musical theatre selections are preferred. Popular and gospel music selections are not acceptable. An accompanist will be provided. 

Audition Dates

Thursday, November 10, 2016
Friday - Saturday, January 27 - 28, 2017
Friday, April 14, 2017
(These dates are subject to change)

All performance applicants for Fall 2017 must submit the Music Department Application.

For scholarship consideration, you must audition by January 28, 2017.
Please submit your Music Department Application by January 22, 2017, in order to request an in-person audition.
Recorded audition materials must be received by January 28, 2017, in order to receive scholarship consideration.

Mailing Address:
California State University, East Bay
Music Department (Audition Materials)
25800 Carlos Bee Blvd.
Hayward, CA 94542

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