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Music Scholarships

Cal Poly Pomona Music Scholarship Auditions

Scholarship auditions are held each year in February and March.

Audition Requirements for Continuing Students

The audition requires at least 5-6 minutes of music, presented in two contrasting pieces demonstrating your highest level of musicianship and artistry. If your selections are long pieces, we will interrupt the first to be sure we hear some of the second.

Singers should prepare two songs, one in a foreign language if possible, that have different tempos and moods.

Instrumentalists should prepare two contrasting movements of standard solo repertoire for their instrument, in different tempos and moods.  One selection may be an etude. No ensemble excerpts are allowed.  You may be asked to perform major and minor scalres from three sharps to three flats.  Instrumentalists who are jazz/commercial-oriented may perform their interpretations of standards from that repertoire, again in two contrasting styles.

Audition Requirements for Prospective Students

For details click here.

How to Apply For Scholarships

  1. Complete and submit a "Bronco Scholarship Application" form found at https://csupomona.academicworks.com.  You should use the search term MUSIC to identify our named and endowed scholarships.  You can also search for other scholarships for which you may be qualified.  The deadline for most scholarships on this site is March 2, 2017.
  2. Complete a music scholarship audition application and sign up for a time slot: Music Scholarship Audition Form
  3. Submit a project (MIS) by the submission deadline.

For more details please visit the Scholarship Policy page.

Music Scholarships

Paul Anka Endowed Scholarship - The Paul Anka Endowed Music Scholarship is for continuing, full-time, music majors who have demonstrated excellence in performance as singers/songwriters. Recipients are required to enroll in Songwriter Showcase in the spring quarter.

Cahueque/Noll Scholarship - The Music – Cahueque/Noll Scholarship is for incoming and current Cal Poly Pomona students who have demonstrated service or excellence in performance or project creation in the Music Department.

Clarke Memorial Scholarship - The Music – Clarke Memorial Scholarship is for currently enrolled Cal Poly students and entering freshmen/transfer students who will be enrolled in studio and piano performance seminar and demonstrate service or demonstrate excellence in piano performance.

Duo Concertante Endowed Scholarship - The Music – Duo Concertante Endowed Scholarship is for currently enrolled, full-time Music Majors taking String Ensemble or Piano Ensemble who have demonstrated excellence, via an audition, in performance on piano, organ, or strings. You must sign up for an audition.

Ella Fitzgerald Memorial Scholarship - The Music – Ella Fitzgerald Memorial Scholarship is for full-time Music majors enrolled in either Jazz Band, Jazz Combo, Choral Ensemble, or Songwriter Showcase and who attend monthly meetings with the faculty mentor assigned to them. The recipient of this award must have a demonstrated financial need as evidenced by the FAFSA and must maintain a minimum GPA of 3.0.

Emphasis/Option: Music Ed - The Emphasis/Option: Music Ed is for currently enrolled Music Majors who have demonstrated ability for high quality performance or project creation. The quality of performance must be demonstrated at an audition, or the project must be submitted by the deadline each year.

Emphasis/Option: Music Industry Studies - The Emphasis/Option: Music Industry Studies is for currently enrolled full-time Music Majors who have demonstrated ability for project creation. A project must be submitted to the Music Department by the deadline each year.

Emphasis/Option: Performance - The Emphasis/Option: Music Performance is for current, full-time Music Majors with the Performance Option. You must sign up for an audition in the Music Department.

Ensemble: Chamber Singers - The Music - Ensemble: Chamber Singers is for currently enrolled Cal Poly students and entering freshmen/transfer students who will be in Chamber Singers and who have demonstrated a service to or ability to serve the ensemble and have demonstrated an ability for high quality performance

Ensemble: Concert Band - The Music – Ensemble: Concert Band is for currently enrolled Cal Poly students or entering freshmen/transfer students who are/will be Cal Poly Concert Band Ensemble members and have demonstrated service to or ability to serve the ensemble and have demonstrated ability for high quality.

Ensemble: Guitar - The Music – Ensemble: Guitar is for currently enrolled Cal Poly students and entering freshmen/transfer students who will be Guitar Ensemble members and who have demonstrated a service to or ability to serve the ensemble and have demonstrated an ability for high quality.

Ensemble: Jazz Band - The Music – Ensemble: Jazz Band is for currently enrolled Cal Poly students and entering freshmen/transfer students who will be Cal Poly Pomona Jazz Band Ensemble members and who have demonstrated a service to or ability to serve the ensemble and have demonstrated an ability for high quality performance.

Ensemble: MIDI - The Music – Ensemble: MIDI is for currently enrolled Cal Poly students and entering freshmen/transfer students who will be Cal Poly Pomona MIDI Ensemble members and who have demonstrated a service to or ability to serve the ensemble.

Ensemble: Music Theatre - The Music – Ensemble: Music Theatre is for currently enrolled Cal Poly students and entering freshmen/transfer students who will be Cal Poly Pomona Music Theatre Ensemble members and who have demonstrated a service to or ability to serve the ensemble.

Ensemble: Songwriter Showcase Scholarship - The Music - Ensemble: Songwriter Showcase Scholarship is for incoming and current students with a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.2 who have a demonstrated ability for high quality performance. The recipient of this scholarship must enroll in Songwriter Showcase for the upcoming academic year.

Ensemble: Soul - The Music – Ensemble: Soul is for currently enrolled Cal Poly students and entering freshmen/transfer students who will be Cal Poly Pomona Soul Ensemble members and who have demonstrated a service to or ability to serve the ensemble.

Ensemble: Strings/Orchestra - The Music – Ensemble: Strings/Orchestra is for currently enrolled Cal Poly students and entering freshmen/transfer students who will be Cal Poly Pomona Strings Ensemble members and who have demonstrated a service to or ability to serve the ensemble and have demonstrated an ability for high quality performance.

Ensemble: Wind Ensemble - The Music - Ensemble: Wind Ensemble is for currently enrolled Cal Poly students and entering freshmen/transfer students who will be Wind Ensemble members and have demonstrated service to or ability to serve the ensemble and have demonstrated ability for high quality performance.

Eric & Elizabeth Turkel Music Scholarship Endowment - The Eric & Elizabeth Turkel Music Scholarship Endowment is for music majors enrolled at least half-time who are US citizens and are specializing in classical piano or string instruments.

Huff Family Scholarship - The Music – Huff Family Scholarship is for currently enrolled Cal Poly students and entering freshmen/transfer students who will be in saxophone studio and performance seminar and have demonstrated service or excellence in saxophone performance.

Rosenbauer Music Educators Scholarship Endowment - The Music – Rosenbauer Endowed Scholarship is for full-time, current and incoming Music Majors with a Music Education option.

Lindsley Memorial Scholarship - The Music – Lindsley Memorial Scholarship is for currently enrolled Cal Poly students and entering freshmen/transfer students who will be enrolled in studio, performance seminar and Chamber Singers and demonstrate service or demonstrate excellence in vocal/choral performance.

Music Alumni Scholarship - The Music - Alumni Scholarship is for full-time, continuing Cal Poly Pomona students with a minimum GPA of 3.0 who have demonstrated service to the Music Department. Recipients of this award must maintain full-time student status and must maintain enrollment in music courses each quarter.

Music Department Recruitment Endowed Scholarship - The Music Department Recruitment Endowed Scholarship is for incoming freshmen who will be full-time music majors. An audition in front of an interview committee is required.

Music Industry Studies - The Music – Music Industry Studies is for currently enrolled Cal Poly students and entering freshmen/transfer students who will be MIS students and have demonstrated service or excellence in performance or project creation.

Music Industry Studies Summer Internships - The Music – Music Industry Studies Summer Internships is for currently enrolled Music Majors with an MIS option who have demonstrated service or demonstrated excellence in performance or project creation. Applicants must enroll in MU 392 Music Industry Internship in the summer qtr.

Music Merit Scholarship - The Music – Music Merit Scholarship is for new and continuing full-time music majors with a minimum GPA of 2.5 who have demonstrated proficiency, via audition, in performance on an instrument or voice. Recipients of this award must maintain full-time music major status with a minimum GPA of 2.5 and must maintain enrollment in ensemble each quarter.

Phillip Browne Scholarship - The Music – Phillip Browne Scholarship is for currently enrolled Cal Poly students and entering freshmen/transfer students who have demonstrated service or demonstrated excellence in band, wind ensemble, jazz band performance, or composition.

Recruitment Endowed Scholarship - The Music Recruitment Endowed Scholarship is for full-time incoming freshmen Music Majors who demonstrate excellence in performance. A documented letter of support from a high school teacher, counselor, or private music teacher is required. All applicants must sign up for an audition.

Service Scholarship - The Music – Service Scholarship is for currently enrolled Cal Poly students and entering freshmen/transfer students who will who have demonstrated service to the Music Department. 

Studio: Voice - The Music – Studio: Voice is for currently enrolled Cal Poly students and entering freshmen/transfer students who will be full-time students enrolled in voice studio and performance seminar who demonstrate service or excellence in vocal performance.

Varnasi Endowed Scholarship - The Music – Varnasi Endowed Scholarship is for currently enrolled Cal Poly students and entering freshmen/transfer students who will be full-time Music Majors and have demonstrated excellence in classical voice performance. Enrollment in Studio Voice and Chamber Singers is requested

The Carol Channing Performing Arts Scholarship Endowment - The Carol Channing Performing Arts Scholarship Endowment is for graduate and undergraduate Music, Theatre majors and Dance minors.

Studio: Piano - The Music – Studio: Piano is for currently enrolled Cal Poly students and entering freshmen/transfer students who will be full-time students enrolled in piano studio and performance seminar who demonstrate service or excellence in piano performance.