Auditions for Prospective Music Majors

To ensure your acceptance to the Department of Music, complete the online Major Audition Request Form
Read carefully the information concerning the audition process below.

Auditions for Entering and Transfer Students

The Department of Music requires all prospective music majors to complete an audition on their major instrument/voice.  Students may audition in person and may do so at any time after acceptance to the University.  Students living more than 250 miles from campus may send recorded auditions (CD or DVD). To schedule an audition, use the Major Audition Request Form (printed version also available in the department office).

All auditions, live or recorded, shall include two pieces in contrasting styles that can be performed within the 10-minute limit that demonstrate accurate rhythms, pitch control and interpretive awareness.  Accompaniment is not necessary. 

If you are also applying for a Music Scholarship, your scholarship auditon can serve as your program audition.

Additional Requirements

  • Instrumentalists shall prepare two major scales and one minor scale in all three forms - natural, harmonic, and melodic.
  • Jazz students shall prepare two contrasting tunes. Aebersold-type play-along accompaniments are acceptable. Jazz drummers must demonstrate 4/4, 3/4, and Latin tempos. They may submit a tape of a band in which they are featured.
  • Music Education students shall write a one-paragraph statement on why they wish to teach.
  • Music Theatre students are encouraged to bring a DVD of themselves performing (singing and acting) in a musical.
  • Students may include more than one instrument/voice or musical style on their audition.

Recorded Audition Materials

Send recorded auditions along with a cover letter to:
Music Department (Audition Materials)
Sonoma State University
1801 E. Cotati Ave.
Rohnert Park, CA 94928