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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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Composers’ Guild

Alan Shockley, director

The Composers’ Guild will perform works solely by BCCM composers. Works for this evening include: Nocturne in Solitude: Valor—Jeffrey Plett, The Day the World Almost Ended—Stephen Tontz, and Orange-Brown-White: Movement 1, Orange—Cameron Johnston.

  • Thursday, October 18, 2018
  • 8:00pm
  • Daniel Recital Hall
  • Tickets FREE

Guest Artist Recital

Satoko Inoue: New Japanese Piano Music

  • Monday, October 22, 2018
  • 8:00pm
  • Daniel Recital Hall
  • Tickets $10/7

Guest Artist Recital***Cancelled

Sarah Cahill: New Music for Piano

  • Sunday, October 28, 2018
  • 7:00pm
  • Daniel Recital Hall
  • Tickets FREE

Composers’ Guild Presents: 3-Minute Wonders with C3LA chorus

Alan Shockley, director

  • Wednesday, November 14, 2018
  • 8:00pm
  • Daniel Recital Hall
  • Tickets FREE

New Music Ensemble

Alan Shockley, director

  • Friday, November 16, 2018
  • 6:00pm
  • Daniel Recital Hall
  • Tickets $10/7

Laptop Ensemble

Martin Herman, director

  • Wednesday, November 28, 2018
  • 8:00pm
  • Daniel Recital Hall
  • Tickets $10/7
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