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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.

  • VAPA Scholarship Application Deadline: January 1, 2017 for Freshman Applicants and February 1, 2017 for Transfer Applicants
  • Spring Audition Day: Saturday, February 4, 2017 and Saturday, March 4, 2017
  • Scholarship Audition Deadline: March 4, 2017

Scholarship Requirements:

VAPA scholarships are awarded individually, and requirements for maintaining the scholarship will vary among recipients. All requirements will be outlined in the scholarship offer letter.

  • Recipients of our largest scholarships ($30,000 per year) will be required to major, or double-major in music or music productions. Other scholarship recipients may be required to participate in music ensembles and take private music lessons.
  • Perform in at least one major ensemble related to your audition area (vocal and instrumental scholarship recipients only). Instrumental recipients must participate in either the CLU Symphony or the CLU Wind Ensemble.
  • Regularly attend the Music Department's Performance Forum each month.
  • Maintain Satisfactory Academic Progress.
  • Although students are encouraged to apply in one audition area only, the music department may allow an audition in two areas (ex. voice and viola, or flute and piano) if the student is planning to participate in multiple ensembles related to their audition areas. Please contact the music department ( for more information.

There are two ways to audtion:

I. In Person Audition

All applicants are strongly encouraged to attend our Performing Arts Scholarship Audition Day. All applicants are required to submit an application for admission to CLU. The audition dates for Fall 2017 admission are on February 4, 2017 and March 4, 2017. If you choose to audition in person, you will be contacted by the department to schedule your audition time once your application is received.

For applicants who cannot attend Audition Day but still wish to audition in person, please contact the music department at 805-493-3305 or to schedule an alternate audition date.

Audition Requirements:

1. Instrumental (Strings, Winds, Percussion)
  • Play the chromatic scale (wind and percussion students only) and a major scale of your choice in at least two octaves ascending and descending.
  • Play a solo or etude that demonstrates your lyrical and technical performance level. Any work suitable for solo and ensemble festivals would be appropriate. If you are auditioning in person, please bring music for the accompanist that will be provided for you.
2. Vocal
  • Sing two memorized contrasting pieces from the classical repertoire that represent your best vocal ability. Contrasting styles include mood, tempo and languages (Latin, Italian, French, German and English). While it is preferable that the audition demonstrates your ability to sing in a classical style (art songs and arias), you may include one piece from the Musical Theater repertoire.
  • In person auditions are a wonderful opportunity to visit the campus, listen to the choirs and meet the voice teachers. If distance doesn’t make a live audition feasible, you may submit a video via YouTube (no DVDs or CDs accepted).
  • If auditioning live, please bring music for the accompanist that will be provided for you. CD accompaniments are not allowed and a cappella auditions are discouraged.
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).
  • A solo work from the standard classical repertoire that demonstrates your technical and lyrical ability.
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

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).
  • All materials must be received by February 4, 2017 to be considered for a music scholarship. In-person auditions are not necessary for music production scholarship applicants.

II. Video Audition

In person auditions are encouraged and are a wonderful opportunity to visit the campus, sit in on classes, listen to ensembles rehearse, and meet students and faculty. If distance doesn’t make a live audition feasible, you may submit a video via YouTube (no DVDs or CDs accepted). If submitting a YouTube video audition, please set the video to "Unlisted." Title your video "CLU Music Audition: [Your Name]," and include the full titles of the works performed in your video description. Please send the YouTube link to

All online links should be emailed to by February 4, 2017 to guarantee scholarship consideration.

If you have questions, or need assistance with the video audition process, please contact