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Music Scholarships at SDSU

Any student at SDSU may apply for a scholarship for participation in SDSU’s music program. In 2020, over $200,000 in talent based awards were accepted by entering freshmen and returning students.

Apply now!  2021 Scholarship Application Form

Who should audition?

Any entering freshmen or transfer student planning to participate in a music ensemble, regardless of his or her intended academic major, is encouraged to audition. All students entering SDSU with the intention of pursuing music as a major must perform an audition.

Scholarships are conducted by members of the Music Scholarship Committee. Students are notified in writing of the results of the audition within one month of the audition.

When are auditions?*

A recorded audition may be submitted.

Music Audition Requirements

The Audition

All auditions are schedule in ten minute increments. Any student auditioning in more than one performance area will have two different appointments on the same day. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic we will not be supplying piano accompanists for auditions. Please plan to bring your own accompanist, or you can email an MP3 file of your recorded accompaniment to Amanda Williams.


The following information is intended to serve as a guide to selecting appropriate materials for an audition. Students are encouraged to speak to either a school music teacher or private instructor for guidance. Contact the School of Performing Arts if there are additional questions regarding repertoire selection. 

Wind, Brass, String and Percussion Instrumentalists

Instrumentalists should be prepared to perform a work which best exhibits their musicianship, such as contest solo pieces, etudes or other appropriate selection. Students interested in jazz may present an additional performance demonstrating their jazz performance skills. 


Vocalists should be prepared to perform a vocal solo they are comfortable singing.  A song performed at solo and ensemble contest is encouraged.  Foreign language repertoire is not required. The use of musical theatre repertoire is welcome. Questions about repertoire selection or how to record a video or audio audition can be sent to Dr. Laura Diddle


Pianists should prepare one piece from the standard classical repertoire which represents the student's musical achievement. Performing by memory is preferred but not required. Pianists should prepare to demonstrate their current level of technique by playing a scale and arpeggio. Students interested in jazz may present an additional performance demonstrating their jazz performance skills. Click Here for more information on suggested piano audition repertoire.