Welcome to the Cal Poly Music Department
2014 Cal Poly All-State Music Festival
An opportunity for talented high school instrumental musicians to perform some of the finest music written, conducted by internationally acclaimed guest artists in a world-class concert hall! Festival Wind Orchestra and Festival Jazz Band. Apply to participate!
Help the Arab Music Ensemble and Choirs Perform in Carnegie Hall!
The groups have been invited to perform as showcase ensembles for World Projects' New York Choral Festival. Please consider making a donation on these secure pages:
Applying for a Bachelor of Arts in Music
Application Guidelines and Required Materials
Please note: Qualifying applicants will be requested to submit an online supplemental application, around mid-January.
If you meet Cal Poly's admissions selection criteria, you will be invited by the Music Department to schedule an in-person audition or submit an audition recording (DVD format).
Fall 2014 auditions will be held on Saturday, Feb. 1, and Sunday, Feb. 9. Application guidelines and required materials follow. Go to the the Cal Poly Admissions Office Web page for more information about Cal Poly.
The following materials are for students who have already applied to Cal Poly as Music Majors for Fall 2014. Students should not submit until they have been notified by the Music Department that they are CSU eligible.
Letter to applicant from department chair. Read the instructions in this letter carefully.
Letter of recommendation template (strongly recommended, not required)
Music for auditions
- copies of music to be performed
- piano parts for students requesting an accompanist
Fundamentals of music notation assessment
- Theory assessment sample test (pdf)
- Resource links for practicing the fundamentals of music theory and notation
Transfer applicantsAccepted transfer students should take theory, musicianship and piano placement exams prior to fall registration
Soundboard Newsletter - available online!
Though the Music Department is still producing a print version of our newsletter, we now have a Web version. Please check out our musical news!