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Composition Audition Requirements

All Composition Studies majors must pass a performance audition on an instrument or voice in addition to applying to the composition program. For audition requirements and to schedule an audition on your instrument or voice, please refer to the Undergraduate Audition Requirements page and contact the area director of the instrument or voice under which you are applying.

Do not contact the area director of Composition Studies for an audition.

Also please note at this time composition majors cannot audition on classical guitar.

Freshmen

Composition majors entering as Freshmen do not need to submit a composition portfolio.

Acceptance

Once a student passes the performance audition, they may be offered admission to the Conservatory for instrumental or vocal study.

Transfer Students

In addition to the audition requirements stated above, Transfer students intending to enroll as Juniors should contact Dr. Shockley regarding required portfolio materials.

Composition Portfolio

Composition Transfer students are required to submit a composition portfolio as part of their audition. The portfolio should contain well-notated scores of three to five classical works, with accompanying recordings, for a variety of ensembles, and these should represent the breadth of work the student has done. Composition applicants should also include a complete list of works including title, duration, instrumentation, and performances for each piece. Portfolios should be mailed ahead of the audition day, or turned in (at the latest) on the audition day itself.

Acceptance

Once a student passes the performance audition, they may be offered admission to the conservatory for instrumental or vocal study. Acceptance to the Composition major, however, will only be offered after the portfolio has been reviewed by the composition faculty.

Graduate Students

There is no performance audition requirement for prospective Graduate Students in Composition. Prospective Graduate Students in Composition should contact Dr. Shockley regarding required portfolio materials.

Graduate Composition Portfolio

Prospective Graduate Students in Composition are required to submit a composition portfolio as part of their audition. The portfolio should contain well-notated scores of three to five classical works, with accompanying recordings, for a variety of ensembles, and these should represent the breadth of work the student has done. Graduate Composition applicants should also include a complete list of works including title, duration, instrumentation, and performances for each piece.

Portfolios should be mailed two weeks beofore the application deadline, or turned into the department in person.

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* Events marked with an asterisk are free with a valid Music Major Pass

Guest Artist Recital

HOCKET Piano Duo

HOCKET members Sarah Gibson and Thomas Kotcheff are both pianist-composers dedicated to commissioning and performing contemporary music. Together, they have premiered over one hundred chamber and solo works.

Composers’ Guild

Alan Shockley, coordinator

  • Monday, March 12, 2018
  • 8:00PM
  • Daniel Recital Hall
  • Tickets FREE

Faculty Composers

Alan Shockley, director

  • Monday, March 19, 2018
  • 8:00PM
  • Daniel Recital Hall
  • Tickets FREE

New Music Ensemble **Cancelled

Alan Shockley, director

  • Wednesday, March 21, 2018
  • 8:00PM
  • Daniel Recital Hall

New Music Ensemble

Alan Shockley, director

Composers’ Guild

Alan Shockley, director

  • Monday, April 23, 2018
  • 8:00PM
  • Daniel Recital Hall
  • Tickets FREE

Laptop Ensemble

Martin Herman, director

The Laptop Ensemble will perform original works by student and faculty composers using laptops as primary instruments.

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