Choral Conducting

Conducting audition requirements

Master of Music (M.M.), Doctor of Music (D.M.)

In response to the ongoing pandemic, the Jacobs School of Music Office of Admissions and Financial Aid is adapting our audition procedures for 2021-2022 admissions to meet state and university guidelines related to COVID-19.


Non-native English speakers must submit their TOEFL by December 1, 2020. Your prescreen will not be reviewed until English Proficiency has been met.

Submit the following via the JSOM Supplemental application by Dec. 1.
  1. Conducting video recording, including:
    • A rehearsal: approximately 10 minutes, with camera positioned from the choir's perspective. Please provide large sections of a rehearsal with no editing. We would like to see how you respond to what you hear and your interactions with the ensemble to make improvements.

NOTE: In the era of COVID-19, we recognize the challenges facing all choral musicians. We are happy to consider rehearsal videos of very small groups (6–8) that sing in masks and are safely distanced from one another, or rehearsal videos from before March of 2020.

    • Optional: a performance: 15 minutes maximum of at least two contrasting works
  1. Résumé/Curriculum Vitae, including:
    • Musical training and education
    • Jobs (include non-musical positions if they have been significant)
  2. Repertoire list, including:
    • Works conducted in performance, including date and group
    • Works prepared, including when and for whom
    • Works assisted, including when and for whom
    • Works studied
  3. Video Statement of Purpose
    • Prepare a 5-7 minute video about how the events since March 2020 have affected your hopes and plans for the future. Why do you wish to start a graduate program in choral conducting at the present time?
    • We also look forward to reviewing your 300-500 word statement as part of your JSOM Supplemental application.
  4. D.M. applicants only: A writing sample (either a course paper or program notes) which demonstrates fluency and aptitude in written English.

To protect everyone’s safety, choral conducting auditions will be held online this year. Prospective students who pass the prescreen review will invited to participate in the following activities.

Prescreening results will be sent via email by Dec. 15.

Our remote auditions will consist of four parts:

  1. A Conducting Technique Demonstration - video upload due Fri. Jan. 29
  2. Vocal and Keyboard Demonstration - video upload due Fri. Jan. 29
  3. General Q & A with faculty via Zoom on Mon. Feb. 1
  4. A conversation with our current grad students via Zoom on Mon. Feb. 1
  5. An Audition & Interview with the Choral Faculty via Zoom the week of Feb. 1

*Audition details and specific times for the activities above will be sent to applicants by Dec. 15. None of the remote audition activities will require a chorus.

Your audition for our graduate program is also your audition for an assistantship. These include tuition remission, health insurance, and a stipend. Please see information under Graduate Scholarships for details. 

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