Audition Information

Composition Requirements

Bachelor of Music
Master of Composition
Doctorate in Composition

Bachelor of Music (B.M.)

Bachelor of Science in Music and an Outside Field (B.S.O.F.)

Applicants should submit: (1) a portfolio of two to four compositions; (2) a chronological list of completed compositions, including date of composition, instrumentation, duration, and any performances.  Recordings of performances are recommended; these should be compiled on one CD and uploaded to DecisionDesk along with the rest of the portfolio components.

Application materials must be received by December 1 for all undergraduate students who would like priority consideration for financial assistance and who are planning to enter the Jacobs School of Music in the following September. After a review of the submitted scores and recordings by the composition faculty, a limited number of applicants will be invited to interview on the Bloomington campus during audition weekends. This interview is mandatory for financial aid consideration. Those invited to interview should be prepared for a brief ear-training examination (identification of intervals, triads, etc.). Undergraduate admission also requires a classical audition on an instrument or voice for Performance Study Option 1. Please follow the audition requirements under your chosen instrument.

*Performance Study: Instrument or Voice (2cr.) enrollment on the same instrument or voice required every fall and spring semester.

  • Option 1: study at the 400 level; entrance audition, freshman jury, upper-division examination, eighth-semester jury.(This is the track recommended and preferred by the composition faculty)
  • Option 2: study at the 100 level; no entrance audition, and no subsequent examinations or juries are required.

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Master of Music (M.M.)

Applicants should submit: (1) a portfolio of four to six scores representing a variety of forms and media; (2) a chronological list of completed compositions, including date of composition, instrumentation, duration, and any performances; (3) recordings of performances, compiled on one CD with the track list indicated on the CD and uploaded to DecisionDesk along with the rest of the portfolio components.

Application materials must be received by December 1 for all graduate students who would like priority consideration for financial assistance and who are planning to enter the Jacobs School of Music in the following September. After a review of submitted scores and recordings by the composition faculty, a limited number of applicants will be invited to interview on the Bloomington campus during audition weekends. This interview is mandatory for financial aid consideration. Those invited to interview should be prepared for a brief ear-training examination (identification of intervals, triads, etc.).

Applicants with strong music theory skills are encouraged to schedule an interview for a music theory assistantship with the Office of Music Admissions.  Please read the important qualifying information regarding music theory AI auditions for more details.

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Doctor of Music (D.M.)

Applicants should submit (1) a portfolio of four to six scores representing a variety of forms and media, including one work for large instrumental ensemble (orchestra, wind ensemble, chamber orchestra or sinfonietta); (2) a chronological list of completed compositions, including date, instrumentation, duration, and any performances; and (3) recordings of performances demonstrating the range of their abilities, compiled on one CD and uploaded to DecisionDesk along with the rest of the portfolio components.

Application materials must be received by December 1 for all graduate students who would like priority consideration for financial assistance and who are planning to enter the Jacobs School of Music in the following September. After a review of submitted scores and recordings by the composition faculty, a limited number of applicants will be invited to interview on the Bloomington campus during audition weekends. This interview is mandatory for financial aid consideration. Those invited to interview should be prepared for a brief ear-training examination (identification of intervals, triads, etc.).

Applicants with strong music theory skills are encouraged to schedule an interview for a music theory assistantship with the Office of Music Admissions. Please read the important qualifying information regarding music theory AI auditions for more details.

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