Fresno State Department of Music Audition Day

The Fresno State Department of Music Audition Day provides prospective students an opportunity to audition for department faculty and become eligible for departmental scholarships. (Instrumental students may be required to complete a studio audition at the beginning of the Fall semester)

Auditions for the Instrumentalists, Vocalists and the Bulldog Beat will take place on the same day. Students who are auditioning for more than one area will be scheduled for separate auditions times.

High school, transfer and graduate students who have applied for admission to Fresno State for the 2019-2020 academic year are eligible to audition.

Audition Day: 

Saturday, January 26, 2019, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (time and events subject to change)

Registration will take place in the Department of Music Lobby 
Please park in Lot P1 (across from the new University High School) 
Click here for a campus map 
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Schedule for the Day

Time Schedule
9:00  AM Practice Rooms Open
9:30 AM Foyer - Check-in: Specific audition times assigned at arrival
10:00 AM Concert Hall- Audition Day Presentation – overview of the day, meet the faculty, meet students
10:45 AM Auditions Begin
11:00 AM Wahlberg Recital Hall - Meet the Department Chair (Dr. Darling) – Question session for parents
11:30 AM Wahlberg Recital Hall - Music Education Information Session – (Dr. Mower/Dr. Mason) Q&A session   for parents/students
12:00 PM

Wahlberg Recital Hall - Meet the Students - Parents and Students meet with current students for a Q&A session 

• Bulldog Beat/Marching Band Auditions begin (run until completed)

12:30 PM Concert Hall - Variety of ensembles/soloists/chamber music
1:30 PM Concert Hall - Final Session –ask questions
8:00 PM Faculty/Student Ensemble Concert

What is required for the audition?

1. Fill out application form HERE

2. An audition time will be assigned to you at Check-In the day of the audition.  

3. Prepare for your audition.

Instrumental Auditions – Applicants for admission should be prepared to perform one or more selections that represent your highest level of performance. An accompanist will not be provided for instrumental auditions. Students may use an accompaniment CD or bring their own accompanist.

Voice Auditions - Applicants for admission should prepare two classical songs, one of which must be in a language other than English. Songs must be memorized. Your audition music must be emailed to our pianist Drew Quiring: at least 10 days in advance (by January 14, 2019).

Bulldog Beat Audition music is available on our band's website  Audition Day for Bulldog Beat is Saturday, January 26, 2019.  Complete the application above and you will be assigned an audition time upon your arrival at Check-In.

Composition Interviews All students interested in interviewing for the Music Composition program should bring with them the following:

  • Three representative compositions. These scores should be notated out, either in music notation software (i.e. Finale, Sibelius, etc.) or by hand. Scores should be bound.
  • Audio recordings of each piece. Recordings may be MIDI realizations (for students applying to the MA program, MIDI is strongly discouraged). 

Multiple auditions - For those planning to audition on more than one instrument or will be auditioning for the Department of Music and Bulldog Beat please complete the application fully.  You will need to advise Check-In that you are auditioning on multiple instruments or disciplines.

For additional information you may contact the following:

Instrumental and Voice Auditions: Contact Ms. Sindi McGuire at 
Bulldog Beat Auditions: Ms. Eileen Zacharczyp at
Composition Audition/Interview: Contact Dr. Kenneth Froelich at

For information about the Fresno State Bulldog Marching Band visit: