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Composition Auditions & Interviews

Rackham Composition Portfolio
Requirements & Audition Dates

MA & DMA in Composition

Portfolio Requirements

Submit scores of your musical compositions with recordings of each work. All musical styles are welcome, though it should be noted that the departmental curriculum is geared toward composing for classical instruments and ensembles. All materials should be uploaded to your DecisionDesk profile and must be received no later than December 1.

Interview Requirements

After the faculty review portfolios, a selected number of applicants will be invited for on-campus interviews. For those applicants invited to campus for an interview, confirmation emails will be sent by the end of December. Though we strongly encourage all applicants to interview in-person, those applicants residing over 300 miles away from Ann Arbor are eligible to conduct their interviews via Skype.

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PhD in Composition & Music Theory

Portfolio Requirements

All applicants to the PhD in Composition & Music Theory program are required to submit a portfolio of the following:

  • Scores of original compositions along with recordings of each.
  • A sampling of recent research papers, term papers, or publications you have written that relate to music theory
  • A sampling of voice leading, model composition, or counterpoint exercises
  • A recent performance as an instrumentalist, vocalist, or conductor and can provide a recording (optional)

All materials should be uploaded to your DecisionDesk profile and must be received no later than December 1.

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Interview Requirements

After the faculty review portfolios, a selected number of applicants will be invited for on-campus interviews. For those applicants invited to campus for an interview, confirmation emails will be sent by the end of December. Though we strongly encourage all applicants to interview in-person, those applicants residing over 300 miles away from Ann Arbor are eligible to conduct their interviews via Skype.

 

Financial Aid

Among other forms of financial aid, a limited number of graduate student instructorships are available to qualified students in music theory. Any evidence you can provide of unusual skill or experience as a teacher will significantly enhance your prospects for appointment. If an applicant for admission is also applying for a graduate student assistantship, it is essential that at least one of the three recommendations required for admission be from a person familiar with the applicant's ability as a teacher and, if applicable, a person who has supervised a substantial teaching experience by the applicant.

No application for financial aid is considered until the applicant has been admitted as a student. The application for financial aid, together with the required required recommendations and transcripts, must be received no later than December 1.

 

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