Scholarships and Opportunities

Each year the Music Department offers several scholarships and stipends (listed below) to music students in various programs. To determine your eligibility, please review the Scholarship Qualification and Retention Policy in the Undergraduate Student Handbook.

Prior to submitting your scholarship application, please be advised that an entrance audition is required for all prospective music major and minors. Information and the application are available at this link.

Several ensembles are developed for students that have outstanding skills in music. The members of these select ensembles all receive scholarships. Members are determined by special auditions that are held during the Summer before the school year. For more information about these groups contact the Fresno State Music Department at (559) 278-2654.

All applicants for any scholarships must complete the on-line University Scholarship application and must demonstrate financial need.

Click here for audition day details and to fill out the application

Click here to complete the Scholarship Application online.

Music Audition Day 2018 Flyer

Learn more:

For general information, contact:

Thomas Loewenheim 
Email
559.278.2539 

For information about auditions, contact:
Sindi McGuire 
Email
559.278.2654

Available Scholarships and Stipends

Scholarship Name Who Can Apply More information
Melvin Baddin Memorial Scholarship Preference given to a string player. The Melvin Baddin Memorial Scholarship was established by the friends of Melvin Baddin to provide scholarships of the Department of Music with preference given to string players.
Roland P. Beiden Memorial Scholarship Preference given to a pianist. The Roland P Beiden Memorial Scholarship was established by the family and friends in memory of Roland Peter Beiden to benefit a student seeking a degree in music with the area of concentration in piano.
Charlotte Chilpigian Memorial Fund Scholarship For a full time undergraduate vocal or part time graduate choral/vocal student. The Charlotte Chilpigian Memorial Fund Scholarship was established to make available a scholarship for full-time undergraduate vocal music majors or part-time graduate choral/vocal majors. The recipient must demonstrate unusual talent and commitment.
Clendenin Scholarship for Brass Quintet Special award to five brass students. The Clendenin Brass Scholarship, established to honor Dr. W. Ritchie Clendenin, awards scholarships to music majors playing in the Scholarship Brass Quintet.
Bud Easton Scholarship For students participating in the Fresno State Jazz program. The Bud Easton Scholarship was established by the Statesmen Big Band in honor of Bud Easton to provide scholarships to students who participate in the CSUF Jazz Band program.
Richard L. Grauel Memorial Woodwind Scholarship For woodwind players. The Richard L. Grauel Memorial Woodwind Scholarship was established for students pursuing a major in music or have a substantial minor in music oriented toward either performing arts or teaching of music. Preference is given to students whose primary interest is in the woodwinds but is also available other music family interests.
Martha Hagen Memorial Scholarship in Music For a sophomore, junior, or senior music major who shows excellent promise and has demonstrated financial need. The Martha Hagen Music Scholarship Endowment was created to provide funds for a scholarship awarded to a sophomore, junior or senior student pursuing a music major with the intent of earning a Bachelor's degree in music.
Russell & Maxine Howland Memorial Scholarship Any music major studying clarinet. The Russell & Maxine Howland Memorial Scholarship was established to benefit undergraduate and/or graduate students within the Department of Music demonstrating overall excellence, accomplishment and high academic achievement in pursuit of the study of music with emphasis in the study of the clarinet.
Arthur E. Huff Scholarship For a full time undergraduate or graduate choral music student. Scholarship shall be awarded to students demonstrating overall excellence and accomplishment in pursuit of the Choral Music field of study. Students must be enrolled full-time, have a cumulative minimum GPA of 3.0 earned over the last two years of academic instruction. Students must demonstrate exceptional aptitude in the choral field and be prepared to demonstrate this via two letters of reference from professional choral conductors, or teachers, and an audition tape.
Amparo Iturbi Memorial Scholarship For a piano student. The Amparo Iturbi Memorial Scholarship Fund was established by various donors to be given annually (or as deemed appropriate) in memory of the distinguished concert pianist Dame Amparo Iturbi. The recipient of the award must pursue a graduate degree program in music with concentration in piano.
Philip Lorenz Piano Scholarship For a piano student.  
Music Department Endowment Fund Scholarships Any music major.  
Music Teacher Association of California Fresno County Branch Scholarship.  
President’s Quintet Open to undergraduate and graduate students by audition. Scholarships to students in the President's Quintet, created by Dr. Harold Haak.
Loretta Ann Price Awards Any music major and a graduate who is in the credential program. The Loretta Ann Price Music Scholarship was established to benefit at least one, but no more than two, outstanding undergraduate students majoring in music who intend on pursuing careers in music and one outstanding graduate student who is receiving an undergraduate degree in music, and who intends to teach music in a public school. 
Allen Skei Musicology Scholarship Preference given to music majors with a special interest in musicology.  
Soroptomist Music Scholarship in Memory of Evelyn Berg For an undergraduate in their junior year and one graduate student. The Soroptimist Music Scholarship in Memory of Eveyln Berg was established to provide annual scholarship monies to one qualified undergraduate student in their junior year pursuing an initial degree in music, and to one graduate student pursuing an advanced degree in music.
Tokalon Scholarship Open to all Fresno State upper division women students.  
Friends of Gary Unruh Scholarship For undergraduate and graduate students in choral conducting, preference given to graduate students. Scholarship shall be awarded to graduate or undergraduate student who demonstrates overall excellence and accomplishment in pursuit of the Choral Conducting field of study. Preference shall be given to the graduate student. Student must be enrolled full-time with a cumulative minimum GPA of 3.0 earned over the last two years of academic instruction. Students must demonstrate exceptional aptitude in the Choral field by submitting two letters of reference from professional or choral conductors or teachers and a 1-10 minute audition tape.
Verne D. Delaney Endowed Vocal Music Scholarship Preference given to a student in vocal or choral music. Scholarships shall be awarded to one or more students demonstrating overall excellence and accomplishment in a vocal and/or choral conducting major. Students must have a minimum GPA of 3.5 in their major (vocal music and/or choral conducting) and a 3.0 overall GPA. Students must also have a financial need. Applicants are required to submit two letters of recommendation from a professional vocal teacher and/or choral conductor. New students who have not previously attended Fresno State will be required to give a live audition.
Arthur C. Wahlberg Family Scholarship Preference given to a student in vocal or choral music. Scholarships shall be awarded to Music students with preference given to students majoring in vocal or choral music.
Frank Wells Memorial Scholarship For students in the Fresno State Marching Band.  
Pearl B. Winter Memorial Scholarship For studies in Early Music.  
Miriam Fox Withrow Scholarship in Piano For a piano student.  

Marching Band Stipends

The Marching Band offers a number of stipends as payment for playing in either the full band or the Bulldog Beat. Band stipends range from $100 per semester and up; stipends for playing in the Bulldog Beat can be as high as $2000 per academic year. For information about applying, contractual obligations, and the like, see the Director of the Marching Band or the Marching Band secretary.