CLU Music Programs & Events

Scholarships

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Music scholarships are offered to students who exhibit great promise as musicians, composers, and music producers. Scholarship recipients are expected to show leadership in music department ensembles, productions, and maintain a record of academic excellence. Scholarships are awarded up to $30,000 and are renewable for up to four years provided the student maintains Satisfactory Academic Progress.

  • Application Deadline: February 1
  • Audition Deadline: February 22 for freshmen; April 1 for transfer

Scholarship Requirements:

For the scholarships to be renewed annually, awardees must:

  • Perform in at least one major ensemble related to your audition area (vocal and instrumental scholarship recipients only)
  • Enroll in at least 1 unit of private lessons each semester (vocal, instrumental, and composition scholarship recipients only)
  • Regularly attend the Music Department's Performance Forum each month
  • Maintain Satisfactory Academic Progress

    Note: Music scholarship recipients are NOT required to be Music Majors, however, students receiving a scholarship in Music Production must major or double-major with a B.A. in Music Production.

There are two ways to audtion:

I. In Person Audition

All applicants are strongly encouraged to attend our Visual and Performing Arts Scholarship Audition Day on February 8, 2014. If you select to audition in person, you will be contacted by the department once your application is received.

For applicants who cannot attend the February 8 Audition Day, but still wish to audition in person, please contact Dr. Mark Spraggins (spraggin@callutheran.edu), Chair of the CLU Music Department, to schedule an alternate audition date.

Audition Requirements:

1. Instrumental
  • Play the chromatic scale and a major scale of your choice in at least two octaves ascending and descending.
  • Play two contrasting solos or etudes (one lyrical and one technical). Any work suitable for solo and ensemble festival is appropriate.
  • Bring music for the accompanist that will be provided for you.
2. Vocal
  • Sing two songs or arias of your choice in contrasting styles. While it is preferable that both pieces be "classical", you may include one song from the Musical Theater repertoire. We further recommend that at least one of your songs be in a foreign language. It is further suggested that both songs be memorized.
  • Bring music for the accompanist that will be provided for you.
  • CD accompaniments and a cappella auditions are not allowed.
3. Piano and Organ
  • Play the chromatic scale and a major scale of your choice in at least two octaves ascending and descending (two hands).
  • Play two contrasting solo pieces, one of which should be from the standard classical repertoire.
4. Composition
  • Submit two written scores of original pieces. Recordings of these scores are encouraged (midi ok) but not required.

Send Materials to:
Mark Spraggins
CLU Music Department
60 West Olsen Rd #4000
Thousand Oaks, CA 91360

Composition applicants are encouraged to attend the Visual and Performing Arts Scholarship Audition Day on February 8, 2014. All materials must be received by February 22, 2014 for freshmen and by April 1, 2014 for transfer, to be considered for a music scholarship.

5. Music Production
  • Submit 3 examples of original music. For each example, write a paragraph describing how the music was produced and indicate which software and audio hardware tools were utilized. Audio tracks may be submitted in person, as a link to SoundCloud or other music sharing website, or uploaded to YouTube as a video (see guidelines on video auditions).

Music Production applicants are encouraged to attend the Visual and Performing Arts Scholarship Audition Day on February 8, 2014. All materials must be received by February 22, 2014 for freshmen and by April 1, 2014 for transfer, to guarantee scholarship consideration.

II. Video Audition

If submitting a YouTube video audition, please set the video to "Private." Title your video "CLU Music Audition: [Your Name]," and include the full titles of the works performed in your video description. Add clumusicscholarships@gmail.com as an authorized viewer in your Video Manager.

All online links should be emailed to musicscholarships@callutheran.edu February 22, 2014 for freshmen and by April 1, 2014 for transfer, to guarantee scholarship consideration.

If you have questions, or need assistance with the video audition process, please contact Dr. Mark Spraggins, Chair of the Music Department at spraggin@callutheran.edu

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