Composition

Composition audition requirements

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.

Bachelor of Music (B.M.), Bachelor of Science in Music and an Outside Field (B.S.O.F.), Master of Music (M.M.), Doctor of Music (D.M.)


Prescreen portfolio

All applicants must submit a portfolio, including:

  • Scores
    • Undergraduate applicants: two to four scores
    • Graduate applicants: four to six scores representing a variety of forms and media (D.M. applicants: one of your scores must be for large instrumental ensemble - orchestra, wind ensemble, chamber orchestra, or sinfonietta)
  • A chronological list of completed compositions, including date of composition, instrumentation, duration, and any performances if applicable
  • Recordings of performances, if possible
    • D.M. applicants must submit recorded performances demonstrating the range of your abilities.

Note: All files should be in PDF format (no Finale, Sibelius, or Word files). The preferred file name format for scores and recordings is: <title>_<genre>_<year>

Performance study for undergraduate applicants

Enrollment in instrumental or vocal study is required for all undergraduate students every fall and spring semester. You must choose one of the following options.

The following are required for your performance area: an entrance audition, freshman jury, upper-division examination, and eighth semester jury. Please see the audition requirements for your respective instrumental or vocal area. If your performance area requires prescreening, you must upload prescreen recordings in that area as well. You may upload the recording under the same account as your composition portfolio.

Requires no entrance audition and no subsequent examinations or juries.

Live interview

After a review of the prescreen portfolios, a limited number of applicants will be invited for a live video interview. Undergraduate interviews will be approximately twenty minutes in length, and graduate interviews will be thirty. Those invited for a live video interview should be prepared for a brief ear-training examination (identification of intervals, triads, etc.) and *should bring hard copies of their scores for use at the interview.

 

 


Internal applicants

Please review application procedures for internal applicants.

Submit the following materials directly to the composition department chair, preferably in a shared IU Box folder. Scores and recordings will be evaluated by the composition faculty and an interview may be requested.

All prescreen portfolio materials listed above.

There is no prescreen requirement for current Jacobs School of Music composition majors. Interviews will be scheduled in late February. It is suggested that you apply for a Music Theory Associate Instructorship (more information below). To apply for an advanced composition degree, submit the following items before February 15 for priority consideration for financial aid:

  • Three to four scores, including one work for large instrumental ensemble (orchestra, wind ensemble, chamber orchestra or sinfonietta)
  • A chronological list of completed compositions, including date of composition, instrumentation, duration, and any performances if applicable
  • At least two recordings of performances
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Note: All files should be in PDF format (no Finale or Sibelius files). The preferred file name format for scores and recordings is: <title>_<genre>_<year>

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