Although residence and fee hour requirements must be satisfied, the doctoral degree is not awarded on the basis of a specified number of credit hours but rather on the basis of demonstrated competence. Completion of the program normally requires six terms of full-time study beyond the master's degree. Students are expected to attain candidacy effective at the beginning of the sixth term.
In addition, students elect at least three courses in organ literature or early music from the following:
At least one academic year of full-time residence is required.
Repertoire before 1800:
Germany: At least six works by composers before Bach, representing composers from Northern, Central and Southern Germany;
France: Two suites or the equivalent made up of selected movements from several works;
Italy: at least one toccata and one polyphonic work;
Spain & Portugal: two works by Iberian composers;
England: two representative works
Works of J.S. Bach including at least eight smaller chorale preludes (Orgelbüchlein, Neumeister Collection or similar), five larger chorale preludes (Clavierübung III, Leipzig Chorales, Schübler Chorales or similar), three trio sonatas, and six free works (prelude and fugue, toccata and fugue, etc.)
Repertoire after 1800:
Four works by 19th-c. German composers such as Brahms, Mendelssohn, or Rheinberger; two English or American works written in a Romantic or early 20th century idiom; six French symphonic works written between 1850-1920, by composers such as Franck, Widor, Guilmant or Vierne; three works written after 1920 by French composers such as Dupré, Duruflé, Alain and Langlais ; three works or movements by Olivier Messiaen; eight additional works by 20th and 21st-c. composers.
Repertoire should include works by American composers, women composers, living composers and composers outside the European tradition, as well as works for organ and other instruments or voice. Sacred music classes include additional requirements in hymn-playing, accompaniment and improvisation. Substitutions may be made in any category with the approval of the faculty. Works performed for juries and the degree recital do not need to be memorized.
Sacred Music Repertoire Portfolio
Candidates for the DMA in Sacred Music must learn at least 60 minutes of organ repertoire appropriate for performance in present-day worship services in one or more religious traditions (Catholic, Protestant, Jewish, Unitarian, etc.). Some of these pieces may be drawn from the general repertoire requirements for the DMA in Sacred Music. This repertoire must include works from each century from the 17th century to the present. As one example, a portfolio might include hymn-based preludes for the liturgical year, with appropriate pieces for Advent, Christmas, Lent, Easter and Pentecost.
Candidacy will be conferred upon completion of these requirements and examinations. A dissertation committee must have been appointed by the time candidacy is achieved.
In lieu of a written dissertation, the student will be required to present three public recitals:
1. One recital of major organ works;
2. One collaborative recital;
3. One additional recital selected from the following options: a lecture recital, a harpsichord recital or a carillon recital.
An additional organ recital is presented prior to achieving candidacy as the performance preliminary examination (see above). The three dissertation recitals will be given after achieving candidacy.
A scholarly essay or research paper of approximately 5,000 words dealing with a particular aspect of sacred music will be required. This document must be submitted to the dissertation committee prior to the performance of the second of the three dissertation recitals.
An abstract listing the music performed for the dissertation recitals and describing the dissertation projects is required.
A final oral examination concerned primarily with the field of specialization will be conducted by the dissertation committee after all of the other requirements have been completed.
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