The Music Department offers scholarships to Music majors who show exceptional talent. Music scholarships are separate from the University scholarship program. University awards are open only to students with GPAs of 3.5 or higher. Music scholarships are given for demonstrated ability by audition. They range in size from $500 to Full Tuition.

All prospective students will be considered for a music scholarship during the fall and spring audition dates based on the level of performance exhibited during the audition. Current SSU music students can audition for a scholarship on the November audition date and must fill out an Audition Application Form and upload two letters of recommendation. Music Scholarship decisions will be made approximately two weeks after the February auditions. 

The Evert B. Person Endowment Fund

Thanks to the generosity of the late Evert B. Person — Sonoma County's foremost philanthropist and former publisher of The Press Democrat — the Departments of Music, Theatre Arts & Dance at Sonoma State are able to offer generous scholarship assistance to many students. The Person Scholarships are awarded on the basis of talent and potential to students who audition successfully and who are majoring in either Theatre Arts & Dance or Music. In addition to scholarships, the Person Fund allows us to support our students by bringing to SSU a variety of guest artists: master teachers, individual performers and performing groups, professional designers for productions. We also use funds from the Person Endowment to augment regular faculty with resident guest artists who work with students for a semester or more.

Music Scholarships 

  • James Abriel Memorial Scholarship Endowment
  • Dr. Carol Channing & Harry Kullijian Scholarship
  • John and Peggy Donovan-Jeffry Scholarship
  • Mel Graves Scholarship Fund
  • Demetrio and Theresa Jeffry Scholarship
  • Vesta Jelte Scholarship
  • Jeff Langley Honorary Scholarship Endowment Fund
  • Bettina Vegara Lieber and Dr. Paul Lieber Violin Scholarship Endowment
  • Tamara Loring Scholarship
  • Arthur Carl Mammen Memorial Scholarship
  • Carolyn Lewis Memorial Scholarship
  • Lalmani Misra Memorial Scholarship
  • Marvin Olson Memorial Endowment
  • Evert B. Person Endowment Fund
  • P. Kathleen Roth Endowed Scholarship Fund
  • Roxy Roth Scholarship Fund
  • Ezra G. Rust Scholarship for Musical Talent
  • Larry A. and Zilpha K. Snyder Memorial Scholarship
  • Stephen Sorenson Memorial Scholarship
  • Pierce and Marie Thompson Memorial Piano Scholarship 
  • Vadasz Family Foundation Endowed Music Fund
  • World of Carpets Scholarship
  • American Foundation for the Arts
  • Rust Musical Talent Scholarship
  • Laxmi Ganesh Tewari Merit Scholarship
  • Doug Heen and Bill Scogland Music Talent Award
  • Ken Winett Scholarship Fund
  • Beverly J. McDonald Piano Scholarship
  • Michael MacDonald Scholarship
  • Susan Jeza Music Scholarship
  • Palmer Fund
  • U'Ren Family Scholarship

Music Scholarships are awarded on a yearly basis. Some students are awarded more than one kind of scholarship. For example, a Person Scholarship and a Vadasz Family Foundation scholarship. Music Scholarships are reserved exclusively for declared Music majors, with winners selected by yearly audition.

Conditions of scholarship acceptance and continuance:

  1. Residency requirement (enrolled on campus)
  2. Minimum music course load (6 units/semester)
  3. Active participation in required ensembles
  4. Minimum 3.0 GPA with no grade lower than a C in any music course
  5. Attendance at Scholarship Award Ceremony
  6. Four-year maximum of support for freshmen; three for transfer students; five for full-time music education credential students.


 Contact the Music Department Office at 707-664-2324.