Audition & Program Requirements

Doctor of Musical Arts: Wind Performance

Prescreening required for all instruments; must be video recording. Prescreening repertoire may be accompanied or unaccompanied. 

Updated 12/23/20 with final saxophone DMA program audition video repertoire requirements

For Prescreening:

The applicant must submit their prescreening online, and it must contain 45 to 60 minutes of music representing different styles and historical periods. Repertoire can be divided out into separate videos if desired. If reviewed favorably, the applicant will be invited to a final virtual audition round.

For Final Audition*:

If invited to the final virtual audition round, the applicant will perform for and interview with a music faculty jury. Candidates are expected to prepare 60 minutes of music appropriate for the doctoral level.  Selections should represent various styles and historical periods from the standard repertoire. The audition will last approximately 30 minutes. The applicant should perform selections used in the prescreening, but can also bring additional repertoire. Candidates will be required to submit their audition repertoire in advance. Auditions may be accompanied or unaccompanied according to the applicant's preference. 

*NOTE: Fall 2021 clarinet auditions must be entirely prerecorded and there will not be any live virtual auditions. Further information will be sent directly to applicants.   

*All final fall 2021 saxophone auditions must be entirely prerecorded with video. A live Zoom audition round in February 2021 will consist primarily of an interview with Professor Taimur Sullivan. Please have your instrument and audition music accessible as we may involve some playing or instruction during this time.

Saxophone repertoire requirements for prerecorded audition videos:

  • Four complete works. At least two should be from the standard repertoire. These may be the same or different from your prescreen video. Piano accompaniment is preferred but not required.
  • Teach a 30 minute lesson to a current undergraduate. Specific information regarding this will be forthcoming to you individually.
  • Optional: If you have a background in jazz that you would like to demonstrate, you may upload  jazz selections such as a transcription and/or improvisation (with play-along tracks).