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Audition Requirements for Composition

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Undergraduate Requirements

Admission to the Composition concentration requires the completion of a successful audition. The audition consists of two parts:

  • Submission of a portfolio of compositions
  • An audition on a primary performance medium

Portfolio

The basic information regarding portfolio submissions appears below; however, applicants are strongly encouraged to contact Dr. Per Bloland to communicate interest in the composition program prior to submitting an application.

Portfolios should contain 2-4 recent examples of your best creative work. Scores of original compositions and arrangements may be included.

For scores, the preferred format is PDF. Files made with Sibelius or any of the Finale family of software will be accepted as well. Files from other programs must be converted to PDF format.

Recordings may also be submitted in addition to, or instead of scores, as appropriate. Preferred format for audio files is mp3, though AIFF and WAV will be accepted as well.

All portfolio material should be uploaded via the Department of Music application through Acceptd.

Instrumental or Vocal Audition

Composers must audition in a primary performance medium. These include:

Bassoon

Cello

Clarinet

Double Bass

Euphonium

Flute

Guitar

Harp

Horn

Oboe

Percussion

Piano

Saxophone

Trombone

Trumpet

Tuba

Viola

Violin

Voice

For information on audition repertoire, please visit the appropriate Audition Requirements page.

The audition-day schedule for Composition applicants will include (in addition to the audition on your primary performance medium) an interview with Dr. Bloland. Those who audition off-campus will be contacted about a phone or online interview once audition results are known.