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Doctor of Musical Arts in Conducting

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D.M.A. Admission

The degree of Doctor of Musical Arts is intended as a recognition of high professional attainment. Since only exceptionally well-qualified candidates are admitted to the program, doctoral studies are devoted primarily to developing professional qualifications for teaching at the college level.

The applicant is expected to have a master’s degree, or its demonstrated equivalent, in the proposed field. In addition to official transcripts and letters of recommendation, all applicants should submit résumés of their training and experience in teaching and performing.

For general information on academic requirements, residence, tenure, and enrollment, see the Graduate Studies section of the online catalog. Further admission requirements are listed below.


Applicants are expected to have had experience in conducting that spans a period of not less than 2 years. This may include work in public school, college, or with other amateur or professional ensembles. Applicants normally are expected to have a high level of performing ability on an instrument or in voice. Applicants are expected to submit preliminary audition materials that include a DVD recording of the applicant conducting in performance and in rehearsal, a CD recording of an ensemble trained and conducted by the applicant, and a prescribed formal analysis project. Details can be found at the band, choral, and orchestral links on the School of Music's website. An entrance interview-audition is required for admission. The audition is heard by a committee composed of the Graduate Faculty of the conducting divisions. Approval by a majority of the committee is required for acceptance into the program. The audition may include

  1. Harmonic and melodic dictation and/or sight-singing;
  2. Sore identification;
  3. Score reading at the keyboard; and
  4. Conducting from a band, choral, or orchestral score to be selected by the examiners.

International students may submit a DVD. The Graduate Faculty in the ensemble divisions review this recording.

Students applying to the D.M.A. program in choral conducting must display a working knowledge of 2 of the following 4 languages: French, German, Spanish, and Italian. A working knowledge normally implies at least 2 semesters of undergraduate study.

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