Music Composition Audition Requirements

All applicants will submit the following application materials based on their desired degree program. For specific audition requirements, please scroll down or use these buttons to navigate to the appropriate area.

Application Requirements for Undergraduate Applicants

Undergraduate classical and jazz composition applicants will apply for their primary instrument or voice studio. Use buttons below to navigate to the appropriate page.

Application Requirements for Master of music Applicants

  • Complete all required application questions
  • 3-4 letters of recommendation
  • Statement of purpose
  • Resumé
  • Upload Sample of Academic Writing in the form of a music history paper or a theoretical analysis

SEE JAZZ STUDIES REQUIREMENTS PAGE FOR SPECIFIC JAZZ COMPOSITION APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS.

Application Requirements for doctor of arts Applicants

  • Complete all required application questions
  • 3-4 letters of recommendation
  • Statement of purpose
  • Resumé
  • Upload theory paper(s) and/or analyses; please include Master’s thesis if possible.

see Jazz Studies Requirements page for specific jazz composition application requirements.


Classical Composition

Audition Requirements for Undergraduate Degrees

  • Applicants should submit three compositions in score form with three corresponding mp3 recordings. MIDI is acceptable, live recordings are preferable.
  • All undergraduate applicants in music composition must successfully complete an audition in a performance studio (listed below). Admission to the composition studio is contingent on the prospective student's entrance into a performance studio.

Audition Requirements for Master of Music and Doctor of Arts

  • Submit three representative scores with corresponding recordings; while MIDI recordings are accepted live recordings are preferred.
  • Applicant should submit a list of compositions with corresponding instrumentation, dates of first performances, and the performing ensemble(s).
  • Please submit a sample of your academic writing in the form of a paper written for a music history or theory class. Applicants for the DA in composition may submit their Master of Music thesis, if completed and in something other than score form (a theory study/analysis or musicological exploration).

Contact:

Paul Elwood at Paul.Elwood@unco.edu


Jazz Composition

View Jazz Composition Audition Requirements

Contact:

David Caffey at David.Caffey@unco.edu OR Erik Applegate at Erik.Applegate@unco.edu