Music Scholarships

The Music Department awards approximately $12,000 in scholarships to new and returning music majors every year.  Scholarships typically range from $500 to $1000 per year, and occasionally an exceptional applicant may be awarded even more.  Interested students should submit an application and audition as described below.

Application and Audition process

Applications for Music Scholarships are usually due in early March, at the same time as CSUSB's general application for financial aid is due.  The specific due date is listed in CSUSB’s scholarship application system. To file an application, you will need an account in CSUSB's MyCoyote system. If you encounter difficulties while signing into MyCoyote, please go to the MyCoyote Help Page. Right after you sign into MyCoyote, look for the "Apply for CSUSB Scholarship" link in the "Student Services" box on the left side of the screen. Note the application is a comprehensive one for all scholarships offered by CSUSB, so fully completing the application will get you considered for additional scholarships. That additional consideration may result in receiving CSUSB scholarship money you didn't expect, so fill out the application as completely as possible, even if the questions don't seem relevant to a music scholarship.  Only declared music majors are eligible for a music scholarship. 

Note that the music scholarship application process will require a letter of recommendation and a confirmation from your high school or community college counselor of your current GPA.  The application system will automatically contact the relevant people via email based on information you provide when you apply.  The letter and confirmation will be due approximately two weeks after the application deadline, so please make sure the contact information you provide is accurate and current.  After your submit your application., you should independently contact your counselor and recommender to encourage timely responses.

In addition to an application, applicants must submit an audition by the same application deadline to be eligible for a scholarship.  Applicants within their application must submit links to an online audio or video recording as their audition.  Video recordings are preferred, and the higher the quality of the audio, the better the music faculty can judge your performing abilities.  Well established public websites such as YouTube and Vimeo are recommended for posting recordings.  However, the music faculty cannot accept recordings that must be downloaded, for example from a site like DropBox.  Only recordings that can be reviewed as streaming content from a website are acceptable.

Repertoire for auditions ideally consists of two contrasting pieces or movements, including, for vocalists, multiple languages and, for all applicants, contrasting styles, genres, tempos, or instruments.  Percussionists should perform examples on snare drum and a percussion keyboard (xylophone, marimba, or vibraphone), and applicants with proficiency on multiple instruments, including voice, are encouraged to include selections for multiple instruments.   Short pieces, including etudes, are fine, and instrumentalists may, if necessary, perform scales or other technical exercises in lieu of a second piece.  In all cases, quality of performance is more important than difficulty or amount of repertoire.

To submit your audition links, or for any questions about the application or audition process, please email the Music Department at musicadmissions@csusb.edu.

 

Available Music Scholarships

Joseph K. Thomas Scholarship

  • An applicant must be an incoming CSUSB freshman or transfer student, registered as a full-time music major.
  • An applicant must enter CSUSB with a high school or previous college or university cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.25 or better.
  • An applicant must agree to participate fully in the major performing ensemble most appropriate to his/her applied performance emphasis and an additional ensemble assigned by the department for each quarter of the academic year for which the scholarship is awarded.
  • With the scholarship application form, an applicant must submit a biographical summary including the reasons for and degree of his or her need for scholarship assistance.
  • Applicants who meet the above criteria must demonstrate their music performance proficiency at an audition.

Arthur A. Moorefield Memorial Scholarship

  • An applicant must be a full-time music major (either continuing, transfer, or incoming freshman) at CSUSB during the quarter(s) for which the award is used.
  • An applicant must have a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.3 or better.
  • An applicant must agree to participate fully in the major performing ensemble most appropriate to his/her applied performance emphasis and an additional ensemble assigned by the department for each quarter of the academic year for which the scholarship is awarded.
  • With the scholarship application, an applicant must submit a biographical summary including the student's academic and musical goals, as well as his/her professional intentions. An applicant does not have to demonstrate financial need.
  • Applicants who meet the above criteria must demonstrate their music performance proficiency at an audition.

Josephine Lombardo Scholarship

  • Applicants must either be a new or a returning CSUSB student, registered as a full-time music major.
  • An applicant must have and maintain a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 or better.
  • An applicant must demonstrate character, talent, and a commitment to the study of classical music, with the goal of working toward a career in classical music.
  • An applicant must agree to participate fully in the major performing ensemble most appropriate to his/her applied performance emphasis and an additional ensemble assigned by the department for each quarter of the academic year for which the scholarship is awarded.
  • Preference will be given to Coachella Valley residents who are pursuing a music degree on the Palm Desert Campus.
    Financial need may be considered, but is not essential.

Music Performance Awards

  • Applicants must either be a new or a returning CSUSB student, registered as a full-time music major.
  • Applicants must show evidence of significant previous musical performance experience and/or potential.
  • An applicant must agree to participate fully in the major performing ensemble most appropriate to his/her applied performance emphasis and an additional ensemble assigned by the department for each quarter of the academic year for which the scholarship is awarded.
  • Applicants who are new CSUSB students must have a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.75 or better in all previous high school and college coursework. Applicants who are returning CSUSB students must have a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 or better at CSUSB.
  • Applicants who meet the above criteria must demonstrate their music performance proficiency at an audition prior to the application deadline. An applicant does not have to demonstrate financial need.