Orchestral Conducting

Orchestral conducting audition requirements

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

In response to the ongoing global health crisis, 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.


  • Video recording of a performance or rehearsal that displays your conducting proficiency
  • Résumé/Curriculum Vitae
  • 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

A limited number of applicants will be invited to an *in-person audition on campus to conduct one of the Jacobs School of Music orchestras. Invited applicants will be informed of an audition date via email.

Invited applicants should prepare the following pieces for the personal conducting audition:

  • Beethoven - Symphony No. 2, Mvt. 1
  • Tchaikovsky - Romeo and Juliet (complete)
  • Copland - Appalachian Spring (rehearsal #6-16 and #35-51)
    • Please prepare both the large orchestral version, as well as the reduced version in case of personnel change due to COVID-19 regulations.
  • Puccini - La Bohème, Act I, Rodolfo's aria "Che gelida manina"
  • Mozart - Marriage of Figaro, The Count’s Aria
  • Wagner - Siegfried Idyll

All pieces are to be learned in their entirety.

*On-campus auditions are subject to change at any time depending on the progress of the pandemic. If on-campus auditions become unavailable, you will be contacted by the JSOM Office of Admissions on how to complete your audition.

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