Scholarships

The School of Music is supported by a generous legacy of donors, whose support of our students and our mission allows us to offer many scholarships. All music majors are eligible to apply for scholarships. All SF State students playing in School of Music Ensembles are eligible for scholarships. 

Most scholarships are awarded upon entry to the program and most are renewable for multiple semesters, subject to satisfactory academic performance, and the terms of the award letter.

To apply:

  • Create a profile on the SF State scholarship website, Academic Works, and search for keyword: music
  • Scholarships specific to the College of Liberal and Creative Arts can be found by visiting the website
  • Applicants to the M.M., B.Mus., and B.A. degrees must also audition on one of the regularly scheduled School of Music audition dates.

Competitive Awards available to current SF State Students

William Corbett Jones Piano Scholarship

(May, during regularly scheduled piano juries)

Eligibility: Student may be either a full- or part-time undergraduate or graduate student. Student must compete in the William Corbett Jones Piano Competition. Student must meet the annual GPA School of Music requirement (3.0). Each entrant is allowed maximum 15 minutes to play

Term: All scholarships awarded hereunder shall be for one (1) semester.

Selection: The piano competition panel will include faculty members and one non-faculty piano professional with all members determining the recipient independently.

Michael Avalos Piano Scholarship

(December)

Criteria: Open to all piano majors. One of the pieces performed must be by an Hispanic composer. Each entrant is allowed maximum 15 minutes to play 

Award: Cash prize and an award recital in the spring.

Term: One-time, non-renewable

Selection: The piano competition panel may include faculty members and one non-faculty piano professional.

Paul Andrieu Memorial Scholarship, given by the Ross McKee Foundation

(December)

Criteria: Open only to Juniors-- i. e., a student who has accrued between 60 and 90 units at the time of the hearing. Each entrant is allowed maximum 15 minutes to play

Award: $2000.00 cash award and an award recital in the spring

Term: One-time, non-renewable

Selection: The piano competition panel may include faculty members and one non-faculty piano professional.

Carla “Carol” Ferrando Memorial Endowed Scholarship

(December)

Criteria: Student may be either a full- or part-time undergraduate or graduate piano major in School of Music. Each entrant is allowed maximum 15 minutes to play 

Term: All scholarships awarded hereunder shall be for one (1) year, but may be renewed upon meeting criteria and eligibility

Eligibility: Student must meet the annual GPA School of Music requirement (3.0). Applicants must self-describe financial need in a maximum one page statement.

Cash award and an award recital in the spring.

Repertoire required is same as for piano juries, except in the case of Avalos, which requires a work by an Hispanic composer

The Wendell Otey Award, Excellence in Undergraduate Writing in Music

Award: $100 Wendell Otey

Submission Deadline: April 15 Submission

Rules: Submit one paper, written by you for an undergraduate music class at SF State during the current academic year Papers may be submitted by student or faculty (Must be a student paper)

Author’s name should appear only on cover page

Papers will be judged anonymously

Please turn your submission in to the music office (CA 140) front desk

Faculty panel will judge the papers. Award named for long-time SF State faculty member Wendell Otey.

The David and Judy Preves Anderson Scholarship in Memory of Chicago Symphony Principal Violist Milton Preves

Criteria: (1) Full-time student enrolled at San Francisco State University; (2) Accepted by audition for applied study in viola; (3) Must be in the first year of graduate study or in the junior or senior year of undergraduate study; (4) If no candidates are eligible or acceptable in viola, candidates may be considered in cello

Apply: All rising Juniors, Seniors, as well as auditioning violists and cellists are automatically considered for this scholarship

Amount: Varies

All scholarships awarded hereunder shall be for one (1) academic year, but may be renewed upon meeting the listed criteria and eligibility for no more than one (1) consecutive year upon the recommendation of the viola or cello major professor.

Must maintain good academic standing with consistent progress toward graduation.

History: Mr. Milton Preves (pronounced PREEves) who served as Principal Violist in the Chicago Symphony Orchestra for 52 years under seven CSO music directors and countless guest conductors, died Sunday, June 11, 2000. The longtime Glenview, Illinois resident was a fixture in local music circles and an educator who held professorships at DePaul and Northwestern Universities. He had a home studio where he taught as many as 30 private students a week, and he conducted a number of amateur orchestras during his career. He genially accepted his colleagues' cracks about his longevity, and he happily recounted for them what it was like to be directed by Arturo Toscanini, Sergei Rachmaninoff and Igor Stravinsky. Mr. Preves' sound and precision impressed even the gruff and demanding Reiner, while Solti, writing in his 1997 "Memoirs," said he was struck not just by Mr. Preves' playing, but by his leadership skills.

"Many of the players were not only outstanding musicians, but also outstanding leaders," Solti wrote of his first impressions. He singled out Mr. Preves: "Milton Preves led the viola section as a benevolent dictator." The comment spoke volumes about Mr. Preves' reputation as a section leader. Though he ably performed more than two dozen times as a soloist with the CSO--an impressive number, even considering his long tenure--it was his leadership abilities that most distinguished him.

He smoothly communicated phrasings, bowings and dynamics, and he seamlessly interpreted the musical desires of a multitude of conductors. He was renowned for his communication with other section leaders, said his son, David. In performances, Mr. Preves' eyes moved as much as his bow, darting from conductor to music to other section leaders; in CSO recordings, especially under Reiner, one can hear his 1723 Montagnana singing out above the entire viola section.

SF State Concerto Competition

Works for instrument/voice and orchestra. Competition dates announced after Sept 1 each year. Competition auditions are in October/November. Please consult with the faculty teaching MUS 371 (Orchestra) before selecting your work.