Orchestral Conducting

Orchestral conducting audition requirements

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

The following information is for the 2020-2021 school year. In response to the ongoing global health crisis, we are currently reviewing our audition procedures for the 2021-2022 school year to meet state and university guidelines related to COVID-19. Please check back for updates!

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 a personal audition to conduct one of the Jacobs School of Music orchestras. The audition and interview will not occur during any of the regularly scheduled audition weekends. Invited applicants will be informed of a date in writing.

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)
  • Puccini - La Bohème, Act I, Rodolfo's aria "Che gelida manina"
  • Mozart - Marriage of Figaro, The Count’s Aria

All pieces are to be learned in their entirety.

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