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Doctor of Musical Arts in Music Performance: Voice

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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.

Performance

The applicant must be prepared to perform the equivalent of a full master’s recital as deemed appropriate by the major performance division. The audition is heard by a committee of the Graduate Faculty of the major division. A member of the committee on graduate studies in music also may be invited to attend as a voting member of the committee. Approval by a majority of the committee is required for acceptance into the program. The applicant should consult the major performance division for specific memory and repertoire requirements. The applicant also should submit a comprehensive repertoire list indicating work studied, memorized, performed in public, or ready for immediate performance. In the case of international students, acceptance may be achieved by submitting an audiotape to be reviewed by the Graduate Faculty in the major division. A prescreening CD/DVD is required for voice and piano applicants. View School of Music audition requirements and procedures.

Students applying to the D.M.A. program in voice must have taken a minimum of 1 year each of French, German, and Italian, and courses in French, German, Italian, and English diction before entering the graduate program or before taking the comprehensive oral examination. Entering students who are deficient in a language or a particular area of diction must enroll in the specific course in which they are deficient and pass it with a grade of C or demonstrate proficiency by passing an examination.

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