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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.

Classical Guitar

Undergraduate Composition Majors cannot audition on classical guitar. Only Undergraduate Transfer Students in Composition may audition on classical guitar, but need to contact the Composition Area Director ahead of time to arrange that audition.

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 are due on or before January 15 to the graduate advisor.

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New Music Ensemble

Alan Shockley, director

Join the New Music Ensemble for a concert of recent experimental works.

  • Tuesday, February 19, 2019
  • 8:00pm
  • Daniel Recital Hall
  • Tickets $10/7

Faculty Composers Concert

Alan Shockley, coordinator

Recent works from CSULB faculty composers. Program featuring new works by Rychard Cooper, Adriana Verdié, Alexander Elliott Miller, and Alan Shockley.

  • Tuesday, March 12, 2019
  • 8:00pm
  • Daniel Recital Hall
  • Tickets $10/7

New Music Ensemble

Alan Shockley, director

Join the New Music Ensemble for an exciting program of recent music, including two world premieres of works commissioned by the NME: Robin Cox’s Defiance and an as-yet-untitled work by CSULB alumnus composer George Wheeler.

  • Friday, April 12, 2019
  • 6:00pm
  • Daniel Recital Hall
  • Tickets $10/7

Composers’ Guild

Alan Shockley, director

This concert features performances of original works by CSULB Student Composers.

  • Monday, April 22, 2019
  • 8:00pm
  • Daniel Recital Hall
  • Tickets FREE

Guest Artist Recital: Aperture Duo

Adrianne Pope, violin & Linnea Powell, viola

  • Wednesday, April 24, 2019
  • 8:00pm
  • Daniel Recital Hall
  • Tickets $10/7

Laptop Ensemble

Martin Herman, director

The Laptop Ensemble features a collection of composer/performer/sound artists who explore and explode the boundaries between contemporary sound art, computer music and interactive technologies. The ensemble brings together performers, composers, and artists across disciplines in experimental sound practices and cross-disciplinary projects and concerts.

  • Wednesday, May 1, 2019
  • 8:00pm
  • Daniel Recital Hall
  • Tickets $10/7
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