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We are currently accepting applications for our String Quartet Fellowship program for the Fall 2020 semester. You may apply as a part of a pre-formed quartet or as an individual. Please note, pre-formed quartets are strongly preferred. Please see the information below about the program and for additional information on how to apply.

All graduate music applicants must submit the following requirements:

  • Transcript(s)
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Resume/Curriculum Vitae
  • Brief essay
  • Repertoire list

International applicants: The School of Music’s English proficiency requirements are different than the university’s requirement. Graduate applicants who are not native speakers of English must submit a passing TOEFL score in order to be scheduled for an audition. This requirement will be waived for applicants who have earned an undergraduate degree from an institution in the United States or another approved English-speaking country. Waivers will only be granted if at least three years of the undergraduate education took place at an English-speaking institution. Graduate degrees or performance certificates or diplomas will not exempt an applicant from submitting a passing TOEFL score. Please go here for more specific information.

The School of Music will allow all graduate applicants whose overall TOEFL score is 90 or higher to audition, but in order to be considered for admission a fully passing TOEFL score must be submitted no later than February 15, 2020. Auditions will not be scheduled for applicants with an overall TOEFL score lower than 90.

Audition notifications will be sent via email on or before December 20, 2019.

 
Violin, Viola and Cello: Live Audition Requirements (no pre-screening required) 

Master of Music in Performance

A 30-minute program that includes:

  1. A first movement of a major concerto from memory
  2. Two contrasting movements of an unaccompanied work by Bach from memory
  3. A virtuosic work
  4. Three standard orchestral excerpts
  5. Other repertoire of the auditionee's choice as needed to fill out program

Doctor of Musical Arts
A 60-minute program that includes:

  1. A first movement of a major concerto from memory
  2. Two contrasting movements of an unaccompanied work by Bach from memory
  3. A virtuosic work
  4. One contemporary work (written after 1950)
  5. Three standard orchestral excerpts
  6. Other repertoire of the auditionee's choice as needed to fill out the program
 
String Quartet Fellowship

The String Quartet Fellowship is available for Fall 2020. All prospective students interested in being considered for this fellowship must apply as an individual to a degree program (MM or DMA) and also submit the requirements listed below in order to be considered for the live audition for the String Quartet Fellowship. Learn more about the fellowship here.

Applications are accepted from individuals and from pre-formed quartets.

For pre-formed groups who are accepted for a live audition, we will work with you to find a time for your group to come and audition live, both for your individual auditions for degree admission consideration and for your group audition for fellowship consideration. Auditions must be completed by mid-February 2020.

For individuals who are selected for a live audition, you MUST be available for a live audition on February 8, 2020. There will be no alternative days or opportunities to audition via recording if you are accepted for a live audition.

Please note, historically we have always selected pre-formed quartets to receive the String Quartet Fellowship. However, we will also consider individuals for a string quartet should we not select a pre-formed quartet.

Prescreen Requirements

1. Each musician, whether applying as a member of a pre-formed quartet or as an individual, must perform an individual degree audition following the audition requirements for his/her instrument.

2. Pre-formed groups must upload a video recording of their group performing two contrasting movements recorded live. Video is preferred. The recording should be submitted as a part of the School of Music application. One member of the group may upload the video with their music application. Please make sure you list the names of all members of the group in the field that asks for additional information about the recording.

3. Individuals wishing to be considered for the String Quartet Fellowship should: 1) Apply to the degree program of your choice, 2) upload to your music application a recording of yourself working in a string quartet, performing the group audition of two contrasting movements recorded live, and 3) prepare the individual audition requirements for a live audition for the degree program.

If you have any questions about the String Quartet Fellowship, please contact Music Admissions.

 
Double Bass: Live Audition Requirements 

Master of Music in Performance
A 30-minute program that includes:

  1. Two contrasting movements of a major concerto from memory
  2. Two contrasting movements of an unaccompanied work by Bach from memory
  3. Three contrasting standard orchestral excerpts
  4. Other repertoire of the auditionee's choice as needed to fill out program

Doctor of Musical Arts
An approximately 60-minute program that includes:

  1. A major concerto from memory
  2. Two contrasting movements of an unaccompanied work by Bach from memory
  3. A virtuosic work
  4. One contemporary work (written after 1950)
  5. Three contrasting standard orchestral excerpts
 
Harp: Live Audition Requirements

Master of Music in Performance, Doctor of Musical Arts
A 30 minute program that includes:

  1. A movement from a concerto from memory
  2. A solo from a time period that contrasts with the concerto
  3. A virtuosic work
  4. Three to five standard orchestral excerpts
  5. Other solos of the auditionee's choice as needed to fill out the program

Graduate Audition Requirements

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