Audition Information

Composition Requirements

(prescreen and interview required)

Undergraduate

Bachelor of Music (B.M.)

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

Graduate

Master of Music (M.M.)

Doctor of Music (D.M.)

 

Undergraduate - B.M. or B.S.O.F.

Undergraduate Prescreen

All Composition applicants must submit a prescreening portfolio via the JSoM Supplemental Application by December 1, 2019.

Portfolio must include:

  1. Two to four scores in PDF format (not Finale or Sibelius)
  2. A chronological list of completed compositions (PDF), including date of composition, instrumentation, duration, and any performances
  3. If possible, recordings of performances. Note: the preferred filename format for scores and recordings: <title>_<genre>_<year>.

Performance Study Options:

Instrument or Voice (2cr.) enrollment on the same instrument or voice is required every fall and spring semester. You must choose one of these options for your studies:

  • Option 1: performance study at the 400 level; entrance audition, freshman jury, upper-division examination, eighth-semester jury. This is the track recommended by the composition faculty, and requires a classical audition on an instrument or voice. Please follow the audition requirements under your chosen instrument.
  • Option 2: performance study at the 100 level; no entrance audition, and no subsequent examinations or juries are required.

Note: If you are applying for Option 1 and your performance area requires prescreening, you must also upload pre-screening recordings in that area, as well.  You may upload the performance under the same account where you submit your composition portfolio.

Undergraduate Interview
  • A limited number of applications are invited to interview on the Bloomington Campus. Invitation decisions are based on prescreen and application review.
  • What to expect at the interview:
    • A 20 minute interview with faculty
    • A brief ear-training examination (identification of intervals, triads, etc.) 
    • Please bring hard copies of their scores

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Graduate - M.M. or D.M.

M.M. Prescreen

All Composition applicants must submit a prescreening portfolio via the JSoM Supplemental Application by December 1, 2019.

Portfolio must include:

  1. Four to six scores representing a variety of forms and media, in PDF format (not Finale or Sibelius)
  2. A chronological list of completed compositions (PDF), including date of composition, instrumentation, duration, and any performances
  3. If possible, recordings of performances. Please note: the preferred filename format for scores and recordings: <title>_<genre>_<year>.
M.M. Interview
  • A limited number of applications are invited to interview on the Bloomington Campus. Invitation decisions are based on prescreen and application review.
  • What to expect at the interview:
    • A 30 minute interview with faculty
    • A brief ear-training examination (identification of intervals, triads, etc.) 
    • Please bring hard copies of their scores

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D.M. Prescreen

All Composition applicants must submit a prescreening portfolio via the JSoM Supplemental Application by December 1, 2019.

Portfolio must include:

  1. 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), in PDF format (not Finale or Sibelius)
  2. A chronological list of completed compositions (PDF), including date, instrumentation, duration, and any performances
  3. Rrecordings of performances demonstrating the range of their abilities. Please note, the preferred filename format for scores and recordings: <title>_<genre>_<year>.
D.M. Interview
  • A limited number of applications are invited to interview on the Bloomington Campus. Invitation decisions are based on prescreen and application review.
  • What to expect at the interview:
    • A 30 minute interview with faculty
    • A brief ear-training examination (identification of intervals, triads, etc.) 
    • Please bring hard copies of their scores

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Internal Applicants

There is no pre-screening for current IU composition majors. Interviews will be scheduled in late February.  Be sure to check the box requesting an interview for a Theory A.I. listed on the Jacobs School of Music application. Submit the following items to the composition department chair (by sharing an IUBox folder) before February 15 for priority consideration for financial aid: a) A chronological list of compositions, including instrument, duration, date; b) Curriculum Vitae; c) 3-4 scores, including one work for large instrumental ensemble (orchestra, wind ensemble, chamber orchestra or sinfonietta; d) At least two recordings. Please see the composition department page for more information about the requirements for the internal application process.

International Applicants

Applicants from Asia, Europe, South America, etc. who are invited to interview are welcome to travel to Bloomington, but we can also offer the possibility of conducting the interview over Skype.

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