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Requirements for Pre-screening/Portfolios & Auditions/Interviews

Audition & Interview Dates

Auditions and interviews will be held in both in-person and virtual formats for the coming season. Please check your program’s audition/pre-screening requirements for further details, and see below for information on which formats will be available for your respective program. For the programs with requirements not yet updated, please check back frequently as we are continuing our discussions with faculty to finalize any changes.

 

Audition/Interview Rescheduling Policy

We understand that sometimes things happen, but whenever possible please let us know at least 24 hours in advance if you cannot attend your audition/interview.

If you ask to reschedule, we will do our best to accommodate you but it may not always be possible.

Pre-screening/Portfolio & Audition/Interview Requirements

The audition/interview requirements are unique to each area of study and the menus below list all of the requirements for the program to which you are applying, including program-specific items you need to upload in your Artistic Profile.

MM & SM in Chamber Music

Updated 9/8/2020

Pre-screening Policy

Pre-screening is required for all applicants to the MM/SM Chamber Music programs. Upon a favorable evaluation of your materials, an audition may be scheduled.

All pre-screening materials should be uploaded through the Artistic Profile by the December 1 deadline.

Upload to the Artistic Profile a chamber music repertoire list and unedited recordings of at least two chamber music works in which you are a participant. Movements of larger works are acceptable, and work may be from a performance in any setting. In addition, upload the required pre-screening recordings for your instrument, as specified below.

In-person Audition Requirements

Prepare the audition requirements as specified for your instrument.

Updated 7/28/2021

MM in Composition, MA in Composition, DMA in Composition, PhD in Composition & Music Theory

Written Requirements
  • Statement of Purpose: Upload a 2-3 page academic statement of purpose about your academic and research background, your career goals, and how this graduate program will help you meet your career and educational objectives.
  • Personal Statement: Upload a personal statement indicating how your background and life experiences, including cultural, geographical, financial, educational or other opportunities or challenges, motivated your decision to pursue a graduate degree at the University of Michigan. For example, if you grew up in a community where educational, cultural, or other opportunities were either especially plentiful or especially lacking, you might discuss the impact this had on your development and interests. This should be a discussion of the journey that has led to your decision to seek a graduate degree. Please do not repeat your Academic Statement of Purpose.
Portfolio Requirements

In your Artistic Profile, submit up to seven scores of your musical compositions with recordings of each work. While our departmental curriculum is generally geared toward composing for classical instruments and ensembles, all musical styles are welcome! We want to hear everything that exemplifies your creativity!

Live Online Interview Requirements

After a preliminary review of online portfolios, a selected number of applicants will be invited to complete virtual interviews and auditions.

Updated 7/26/2021

MM in Conducting, DMA in Conducting

Written Requirements
  • Statement of Purpose: Upload a 2-3 page academic statement of purpose about your academic and research background, your career goals, and how this graduate program will help you meet your career and educational objectives.
  • Personal Statement

    • For MM applicants: Upload a personal statement where you discuss how a particular performance has influenced your thinking about the relevance of music to contemporary life and culture.
    • For DMA applicants: Upload a personal statement indicating how your background and life experiences, including cultural, geographical, financial, educational or other opportunities or challenges, motivated your decision to pursue a graduate degree at the University of Michigan. For example, if you grew up in a community where educational, cultural, or other opportunities were either especially plentiful or especially lacking, you might discuss the impact this had on your development and interests. This should be a discussion of the journey that has led to your decision to seek a graduate degree. Please do not repeat your Academic Statement of Purpose.
  • For ALL:  A written analysis of Chester Overture by William Schumann is also required. No substitutions will be considered.
Video Requirements
Upload the following to the SMTD Artistic Profile:

Face-to-the-camera video(s) conducting in performance and in rehearsal interacting with an ensemble you regularly conduct are required. If you have difficulty meeting this request, it is acceptable to use a smaller ensemble singing/playing a reduced version of a composition. Repertoire is the applicant’s choice. Performance(s) should be at least 15 minutes in length. A rehearsal segment of 15 minutes is also required. The examples may be incomplete and a variety of different styles are welcome.

In addition, please submit a separate video in which you address these topics: 1) speak briefly about yourself and your musical background; and 2) describe your goals in pursuing graduate studies in conducting.

Questions regarding any aspect of the application materials should be directed to Professor Michael Haithcock (mlhaith@umich.edu).

MM and DMA Interview/Audition Requirements

Applicants who advance to this stage of the process will meet in person with the faculty for a review and discussion of your training, current work, and future goals. Individual arrangements will be made for applicants invited for a live audition contingent upon the public health environment in January/February.

Updated 8/18/2021

MM in Conducting, DMA in Conducting

Writing Requirements
  • Statement of Purpose: Upload a 2-3 page academic statement of purpose about your academic and research background, your career goals, and how this graduate program will help you meet your career and educational objectives.
  • Personal Statement
    • For MM applicants: Upload a personal statement where you discuss how a particular performance has influenced your thinking about the relevance of music to contemporary life and culture. This may be a performance you attended or one in which you participated.
    • For DMA applicants: Upload a personal statement indicating how your background and life experiences, including cultural, geographical, financial, educational or other opportunities or challenges, motivated your decision to pursue a graduate degree at the University of Michigan. For example, if you grew up in a community where educational, cultural, or other opportunities were either especially plentiful or especially lacking, you might discuss the impact this had on your development and interests. This should be a discussion of the journey that has led to your decision to seek a graduate degree. Please do not repeat your Academic Statement of Purpose.
  • For DMA applicants only:  Upload a written analysis of a movement from a major choral orchestral work. 
Video Requirements

Upload the following to the SMTD Artistic Profile:

  1.  Face-to-the-camera videos of conducting in performance and in rehearsal interacting with an ensemble you regularly conduct. Repertoire is the applicant’s choice, and should be at least ten minutes in length. The examples may be incomplete but should include both performance and rehearsal work.  A variety of different styles are welcome. If you have difficulty meeting this request, it is acceptable to use a smaller ensemble singing/playing a reduced version of a composition. In addition, you may also supplement your submission with 1-3 additional videos or YouTube links of other conducting you’ve done in the last 18 months. Recordings of past recitals or performances are encouraged.
  2. A video in which you address these topics: 1) speak briefly about yourself and your musical background; 2) describe your goals in pursuing graduate studies in conducting.
  3. A video that expresses your views about the role and repertoire of a 21st century conductor with a concentration in the area of choral music.
  4. Two short videos demonstrating one sample each of your vocal and piano abilities. Tell us at the start of each video which is your primary or secondary applied area.

Questions regarding video submissions should be sent to Professor Eugene Rogers (ecrogers@umich.edu).

MM and DMA Audition/Interview Requirements

Students who advance to this stage of the application process will meet in-person with the faculty for 1) a review of your training, current work, and future goals; 2) sight-reading and a short musicianship test; 3) lead a rehearsal with an SMTD ensemble; and 4) a conducting lesson on this repertoire:

  1. Brahms “Wie lieblich sind deine Wohnungen” from Ein deutsches Requiem (in German, conducting from the full choral/orchestra score with baton), and
  2. an excerpt of Mvt 3 “Where I am from” of Lifesmithing by Roshanne Etezady (will be sent as a pdf to finalists).

 

Updated 8/18/2021

MM in Conducting, DMA in Conducting

Writing Requirements
  • Academic Statement of Purpose: Upload a 2-3 page academic statement of purpose about your academic and research background, your career goals, and how this graduate program will help you meet your career and educational objectives.
  • Personal Statement
    • Upload a personal statement indicating how your background and life experiences, including cultural, geographical, financial, educational or other opportunities or challenges, motivated your decision to pursue a graduate degree at the University of Michigan. For example, if you grew up in a community where educational, cultural, or other opportunities were either especially plentiful or especially lacking, you might discuss the impact this had on your development and interests. This should be a discussion of the journey that has led to your decision to seek a graduate degree. Please do not repeat your Academic Statement of Purpose.
Video Requirements

Upload to the SMTD Artistic Profile:

  1. Face-to-the-camera videos of conducting in performance and in rehearsal interacting with an ensemble you regularly conduct. Repertoire is the applicant’s choice, and should be at least ten minutes in length. The examples may be incomplete but should include both performance and rehearsal work.  A variety of different styles are welcome. If you have difficulty meeting this request, it is acceptable to use a smaller ensemble singing/playing a reduced version of a composition. In addition, you may also supplement your submission with 1-3 additional videos or YouTube links of other conducting you’ve done in the last 18 months. Recordings of past recitals or performances are encouraged, and we also welcome examples of coaching, teaching, and/or performance work.
  2. A video in which you address these topics: 1) speak briefly about yourself and your musical background; 2) describe your goals in pursuing graduate studies in conducting.

Questions should be directed to Professor Kenneth Kiesler (kiesler@umich.edu)

MM and DMA Audition/Interview Requirements

Students who advance to this stage of the application process will be invited to:

  1. meet in-person with the faculty for an individual interview and one or more conducting auditions;  
  2. complete two online exams before their audition. The two exams will be an examination of aural skills and a written examination primarily focused on the audition repertoire but including questions of a more general nature.

Specific repertoire for the conducting audition will be announced and sent via email several weeks before the audition date.

Updated 8/19/2021

MFA in Dance

Applicants must have completed an undergraduate degree with demonstrated success and innovation in the field of dance. We expect a minimum GPA of 3.2 on a 4.0 scale from an accredited institution.

There are two components to complete to apply to the MFA in Dance:

  1. U-M application to the Rackham Graduate School
  2. Artistic Profile for the School of Music, Theatre & Dance

The deadline to submit your application is December 1. Applications are considered for the Fall Term only; we do not consider students mid-year.

Questions about content for the application or the digital upload may be addressed to SMTD Admissions Counselor Haley Pepper, hmwillia@umich.edu.

Rackham Graduate School Application (for review by the Graduate School)
  • Academic Statement of Purpose: a concise, well-written statement about your academic and research goals, and how Michigan’s MFA Dance program will help you meet your career and educational objectives.
  • Personal Statement (500 words or fewer): Upload a personal statement indicating how your background and life experiences, including cultural, geographical, financial, educational or other opportunities or challenges, motivated your decision to pursue a graduate degree at the University of Michigan. For example, if you grew up in a community where educational, cultural, or other opportunities were either especially plentiful or especially lacking, you might discuss the impact this had on your development and interests. This should be a discussion of the journey that has led to your decision to seek a graduate degree. Please do not repeat your Academic Statement of Purpose.
  • Transcripts The Graduate School requires official transcripts (or “academic records” as referred to by some international schools) for each Bachelor’s, Master’s, Professional, or Doctoral degree earned or in progress. How to submit your transcript.
  • Curriculum Vitae/Resumé: Your cv/resumé should include education; work experience, including choreographic, performance, and teaching experience; professional affiliations, volunteer activity and community engagement; honors and awards; publications (if applicable).
  • English language proficiency: Applicants whose native language is not English must demonstrate English proficiency by providing an official score report from TOEFL, ECPE, MET, or IELTS. Please see the International Applicants page for details.
  • The Graduate Record Examination (GRE) is not required.

SMTD Artistic Profile (for review by the Dance faculty)

Pre-screening Requirements
  • Creative Work Sample: videos of complete creative work (not excerpts) of choreography, performance, teaching, and/or screendance or other film/digital media work. Recommend three – five complete works.
  • Writing Sample: a 5- to 10-page sample of previously completed research. This sample should demonstrate the applicant’s command of writing in English and ability to communicate their ideas. Types of writing samples can vary, and can include, for instance, academic papers, grant applications, or extended program notes.
  • Academic Statement of Purpose: a concise, well-written statement about your academic and research goals, and how Michigan’s MFA Dance program will help you meet your career and educational objectives. (Submit the same Academic Statement of Purpose here and to the graduate school.)
  • Personal Statement: (500 words or fewer): How have your background and life experiences, including cultural, geographical, financial, educational or other opportunities or challenges, motivated your decision to pursue a graduate degree at the University of Michigan? For example, if you grew up in a community where educational, cultural, or other opportunities were especially lacking, you might discuss the impact this had on your development and interests. This should be a discussion of the journey that has led to your decision to seek a graduate degree. (Submit the same Personal Statement here and to the graduate school.)
  • Curriculum Vitae/Resumé: your cv/resumé should include education; work experience, including choreographic, performance, and teaching experience; professional affiliations, volunteer activity and community engagement; honors and awards; publications (if applicable).
  • Unofficial Transcripts: upload unofficial transcripts from each previous college or university Bachelor’s, Master’s, Professional, or Doctoral degree earned or in progress. 
  • 3 Letters of Recommendation from individuals who can attest to your potential for artistic growth in the field-at-large and in a graduate program, submitted via the Artistic Profile.
  • A recent photograph or headshot.
  • Qualified applicants will have a Zoom interview on December 14 with members of the Dance faculty.

In-person Audition & Interview Requirements

After evaluation of all materials, selected applicants will be invited to a two-day in-person audition and interview in January.  Applicants invited to audition will receive detailed information about the audition no later than December 23.

The in-person audition/interview will include four (4) categories:

  1. Audition: A ten minute presentation that best demonstrates your current creative activity. Plan for about five minutes to share your creative work and five minutes of dialogue with the faculty. For example, a solo performance of original choreography, a showing of film/digital media original work, or a demonstration of performance methods
  2. Teaching: a 50-minute dance class for non-dance majors (genres will be matched to the applicant’s interests)
  3. Interviews: a 10-15 minute dialogue about your work with the graduate faculty
  4. Class: participate in 1 or 2 upper level dance classes

There will also be opportunities during the 2-day audition to meet informally with current faculty and students, and to visit other parts of the University campus.

Applicants may qualify for funding to assist in their travel to Ann Arbor for the audition. If you are invited to audition, please contact the Dance Office at smtd.dance@umich.edu.

 

Graduate Certificate in Arts Entrepreneurship & Leadership

Provide a headshot, artistic resumé, and a personal statement that tells us about your past or current experiences in arts entrepreneurship and leadership. After review of your materials, you may be asked to complete a short online interview. Arrangements will be made individually.

Updated 7/28/2021

MM in Improvisation

Written Requirements
  • Statement of Purpose: Upload a 2-3 page academic statement of purpose about your academic and research background, your career goals, and how this graduate program will help you meet your career and educational objectives.
  • Personal Statement:  Upload a personal statement indicating how your background and life experiences, including cultural, geographical, financial, educational or other opportunities or challenges, motivated your decision to pursue a graduate degree at the University of Michigan. For example, if you grew up in a community where educational, cultural, or other opportunities were either especially plentiful or especially lacking, you might discuss the impact this had on your development and interests. This should be a discussion of the journey that has led to your decision to seek a graduate degree. Please do not repeat your Academic Statement of Purpose.
Video Pre-Screening Requirements

Please upload videos of a solo free improvisation, including pulse-based (groove-based) and non-pulse improvising, and also samples of collaborative playing. Applicants with jazz backgrounds are welcome to include samples of their jazz improvising. 

Audition (Online or in-person)

Students who advance to this stage of the application process will meet online or in-person with the jazz faculty for a discussion of your work and goals, a review of your previously-submitted recordings, and other items of interest. 

Students are asked to prepare a solo improvisation.

Applicants may orient their audition materials around their particular musical backgrounds. Stylistically-open improvisers will submit a recording of an unaccompanied improvisation that demonstrates as wide a range of musical terrain as possible. Applicants will also, in addition to unaccompanied playing, submit a recording of collective improvisation with one or more other musicians. Applicants with jazz backgrounds can play a more jazz-oriented audition by playing 2-3 selections from the standard repertory. All applicants with original compositions are encouraged to present these.

For further information, contact Professor Andrew Bishop or the SMTD Office of Admissions.

DMA in Jazz & Contemporary Improvisation

7/29/21

Writing Requirements
  • Academic Statement of Purpose: Upload a 2-3 page academic statement of purpose about your academic and research background, your career goals, and how this graduate program will help you meet your career and educational objectives.
  • Personal Statement: Upload a personal statement indicating how your background and life experiences, including cultural, geographical, financial, educational or other opportunities or challenges, motivated your decision to pursue a graduate degree at the University of Michigan. For example, if you grew up in a community where educational, cultural, or other opportunities were either especially plentiful or especially lacking, you might discuss the impact this had on your development and interests. This should be a discussion of the journey that has led to your decision to seek a graduate degree. Please do not repeat your Academic Statement of Purpose.
Pre-screening Requirements

Each DMA applicant must first pass a pre-screening prior to an audition. Applicants are required to submit:

Performance Video or Audio

  • Three (3) works of your choice demonstrating a range of jazz or contemporary improvisation styles and contexts for improvisation 
  • An original work for any instrumentation 
  • A solo improvisation

Composition or Scholarly Sample 

  • Submit either: 
    • (a) a composition or arrangement for a “large ensemble” with score and recording if possible or
    • (b) a sample of scholarly writing
Required Materials

To apply for DMA admission, submit an official application, transcripts, recommendations, and other materials as instructed on the application. The deadline for applications is December 1 for the Fall term. A master’s degree in the applicant’s proposed field of specialization, or its equivalent, is a prerequisite for admission.

International applicants whose language is not English must submit an English language test (TOEFL, ECPE, MET, or IELTS) score before the audition may be scheduled.

Admission to the doctoral program does not guarantee that the student will ultimately complete the course requirements, become a candidate, or receive the degree. Admission implies only that the applicant has the requisite background and should be given the opportunity to demonstrate his or her ability.

Audition (Online or in-person)

Students who advance to this stage of the application process will meet online or in-person with the jazz faculty for a discussion of your work and goals, a review of your previously-submitted recordings, and and a live demonstration of playing in a variety of styles and contexts. Applicants will upload recordings that demonstrate professional level competency in a range of improvisatory formats. This includes fluency in standard jazz repertory and also in stylistically open improvisation. In the latter category, applicants will submit recordings of solo improvisation, consisting of both pulse-based improvising and also non-pulse-based, and collective improvisation with at least one other musician.

Applicants with published writings or informal essays reflecting their thinking about creative, pedagogical, philosophical, cultural or other issues related to improvised music, are encouraged to submit samples.

Updated 8/6/2021

MM in Music Education (Academic Year), MM in Music Education (Summer), PhD in Music Education

Prerequisites

The Music Education Department requires that applicants have two years of full-time teaching experience prior to entering the MM programs and four years of full-time teaching experience prior to entering the PhD program. Additionally, PhD applicants must have either a bachelors or a masters degree in Music Education.

Application deadlines for Academic Year and the Summer Programs can be found here.

Pre-screening Requirements

All applicants are required to create an Artistic Profile and complete an application with the following required materials:

  • Official academic transcripts
  • Resumé
  • Three letters of recommendation, at least one of which should be from a supervisor, principal, or colleague who has observed your teaching.
  • Statement of Purpose:  a 2-3 page academic statement of purpose about your academic and research background, your career goals, and how this graduate program will help you meet your career and educational objectives. 
  • Personal Statement: Upload a personal statement indicating how your background and life experiences, including cultural, geographical, financial, educational or other opportunities or challenges, motivated your decision to pursue a graduate degree at the University of Michigan. For example, if you grew up in a community where educational, cultural, or other opportunities were either especially plentiful or especially lacking, you might discuss the impact this had on your development and interests. This should be a discussion of the journey that has led to your decision to seek a graduate degree. Please do not repeat your Academic Statement of Purpose.
  • 15-minute teaching video with a brief description of the video contents; guidelines below.
  • Writing Sample (PhD applicants only):  a recent research manuscript, term paper, or publication that relates to music education.
  • Applications to Music Education graduate degrees do NOT require the Graduate Record Examination (GRE).

Academic Year Program applicants: If you are interested in applied lessons you must audition for the appropriate instrumental/voice faculty. Lessons are not available in the summer program.

All materials are due by the deadlines listed here. Applicants will then be reviewed and candidates may be invited to participate in an interview.

Video Submission Guidelines
  1. Video should be of a class rehearsal, not a performance.
  2. Teacher should be in frame during the entire video. If possible, position camera so students are also in the frame (e.g., in the back of the room, zoomed in so teacher is centered in the frame and backs of students are visible).
  3. Provide a brief description of the contents for the viewer–what type of class, age of learners, focus of lesson, goals for the lesson–this can can done with an opening title screen, or an opening clip with a verbal explanation from the teacher.
  4. Long segments unrelated to lesson (e.g., students entering room, morning announcements, teacher needing to leave frame to fix a student instrument, etc.) should be edited out of video.
  5. The committee is interested in the breadth of an applicant’s teaching expertise. If possible, edit together 2 or 3 excerpts from different types of classes (e.g., different ages, different ensembles or classes). Video examples involving active student music-making through singing or playing instruments are preferable to lectures about music.
  6. Please put your strongest, most representative teaching first. Total video length should be no longer than 15 minutes.
Interviews

Applicants to the graduate Music Education programs are required to interview with the Music Education faculty. All interviews will be conducted in a virtual format.

9/8/2021

PhD in Music Theory, PhD in Composition & Music Theory

Application Requirements

Submit the application, Artistic Profile, and all relevant transcripts, and at least three letters of recommendation, each applicant.

Students whose first language is not English should also submit an English language test (TOEFL, ECPE, MET, or IELTS) score, and have the score results sent by the deadline. No action can be taken on your application until all materials are received.

All applicants to the PhD in Music Theory program must also create an Artistic Profile to upload:

  • A sampling of recent research papers, term papers, or publications you have written that relate to music theory.
  • A sampling of voice leading, model composition, or counterpoint exercises.
  • A recording of a recent performance (optional).
  • A copy of the score and, if possible, a recording of a recent composition (optional).

Finally, the faculty of Music Theory request that you submit a resumé in which you:

  • Summarize your professional training (appropriate areas of study include music theory, musicology, composition, performance, and keyboard facility, as well as any other subject in which you have undertaken extensive study).
  • List the foreign languages you read or speak. In each case, describe your training and level of competence.
  • List each of your teaching experiences, indicating the subject matter, level, dates of employment, and name of supervisor.
  • Describe any relevant research or other professional experience which was not part of your academic course work.
  • Write an Academic Statement of Purpose of not more than three hundred words describing your professional goals and explaining your reasons for seeking to pursue graduate work in music theory. This will also serve as the statement requested on the official application form.
  • Upload a Personal Statement indicating how your background and life experiences, including cultural, geographical, financial, educational or other opportunities or challenges, motivated your decision to pursue a graduate degree at the University of Michigan. For example, if you grew up in a community where educational, cultural, or other opportunities were either especially plentiful or especially lacking, you might discuss the impact this had on your development and interests. This should be a discussion of the journey that has led to your decision to seek a graduate degree. Please do not repeat your Academic Statement of Purpose.

All these materials should be uploaded through the Artistic Profile. An applicant may be asked to interview online with members of the Graduate Committee in Music Theory.

Updated 8/9/2021

PhD in Musicology with Historical Emphasis, PhD in Musicology with Ethnomusicological Emphasis

Application Requirements

Applications are accepted only for the Fall term. All applicants must also create an Artistic Profile and upload:

  • a writing sample consisting of a paper or papers on a music-related topic.
  • a 2-3 page Academic Statement of Purpose about your academic and research background, your career goals, and how this graduate program will help you meet your career and educational objectives.
  • a Personal Statement indicating how your background and life experiences, including cultural, geographical, financial, educational or other opportunities or challenges, motivated your decision to pursue a graduate degree at the University of Michigan. For example, if you grew up in a community where educational, cultural, or other opportunities were either especially plentiful or especially lacking, you might discuss the impact this had on your development and interests. This should be a discussion of the journey that has led to your decision to seek a graduate degree. Please do not repeat your Academic Statement of Purpose.
Online Interviews

A 20-minute online interview with each applicant may be part of the admission process. Applicants who wish to elect performance instruction will be asked to audition upon arrival on campus to begin their first semester.

Updated 7/30/2021

MM in Carillon, MM in Early Keyboard Instruments, MM in Harpsichord, MM in Organ Performance, MM in Sacred Music, DMA in Harpsichord, DMA in Organ, DMA in Sacred Music

Application Requirements

To be considered for the Organ Department’s MM programs, complete an Artistic Profile by December 1.

To be considered for the Organ Department’s DMA programs, complete the Rackham Graduate Application as well as an Artistic Profile by December 1. 

Writing Requirements
  • Statement of Purpose: Upload a 2-3 page academic statement of purpose about your academic and research background, your career goals, and how this graduate program will help you meet your career and educational objectives.
  • Personal Statement: Upload a personal statement indicating how your background and life experiences, including cultural, geographical, financial, educational or other opportunities or challenges, motivated your decision to pursue a graduate degree at the University of Michigan. For example, if you grew up in a community where educational, cultural, or other opportunities were either especially plentiful or especially lacking, you might discuss the impact this had on your development and interests. This should be a discussion of the journey that has led to your decision to seek a graduate degree. Please do not repeat your Academic Statement of Purpose.
Audition/Interview Information

Auditions for Fall 2022 will be offered in both in-person and recorded formats. While you will still need to submit your application and Artistic Profile by December 1, your recorded video audition material must be submitted by no later than January 15. Recorded audition material will need to be submitted through the Artistic Profile, so please submit the Artistic Profile on December 1 as instructed and contact smtd.admissions@umich.edu once you are ready to include your recorded audition material.

Applicants who submit a recorded audition will also be asked to meet with Organ Department faculty online for a discussion of the program and curriculum, your training, future and career goals, and a review of your previously-submitted recordings. Harpsichord/Early Keyboard Instruments applicants will need to have a keyboard/piano available during the interview to perform some sight-reading exercises.

Carillon (MM)

In-Person/Recorded Audition Requirements

Applicants should prepare three pieces:

  • Two significant compositions for carillon, at least one of which is contemporary
  • One arrangement or transcription of any music from any genre for carillon

OPTIONAL (for recorded auditions): You are welcome to upload 1-3 additional videos or YouTube links of other playing you’ve done in the past 18 months. Applicants should consider including a demonstration (where applicable) displaying an ability in improvisation and arranging.

Early Keyboard Instruments (MM)

In-Person/Recorded Audition Requirements

Applicants may audition on harpsichord, fortepiano, or organ. If you audition on one instrument, prepare 30 minutes of music. You are encouraged to audition on two instruments, allocating the time between them as you wish. Memorization is not required.

  • If auditioning on harpsichord, prepare a thirty-minute program consisting of 17th-century music, music of Bach, and music of Scarlatti or another 18th-century composer.
  • If auditioning on fortepiano, prepare a sonata of Haydn or Mozart and a work of Beethoven or Schubert.
  • If auditioning on organ, prepare a 17th-century French or German work, a major prelude and fugue of Bach, and another work of your choice.

OPTIONAL (for recorded auditions): You are welcome to upload 1-3 additional videos or YouTube links of other playing you’ve done in the past 18 months.

Harpsichord (MM)

In-Person/Recorded Audition Requirements

Prepare a thirty-minute program that includes 17th and 18th-century repertoire, works in French and Italian styles, and a piece of J.S. Bach. Memorization is not required.

OPTIONAL (for recorded auditions): You are welcome to upload 1-3 additional videos or YouTube links of other playing you’ve done in the past 18 months.

Organ & Sacred Music (MM)

In-Person/Recorded Audition Requirements

Prepare at least fifteen to twenty minutes of music including:

  • A major work of J. S. Bach (e.g., a prelude and fugue, trio sonata, large chorale prelude, or equivalent)
  • A composition of the Romantic period
  • A contemporary composition
  • OPTIONAL (for recorded auditions): You are welcome to upload 1-3 additional videos or YouTube links of other playing you’ve done in the past 18 months.

Memorization is recommended if you are applying for admission to the MM in Organ Performance program, but is optional if you are applying to the Sacred Music program.

Harpsichord (DMA)

In-Person/Recorded Audition Requirements

Prepare a program that includes a 16th-century work, a 17th-century French suite with a prélude non mesuré, a toccata and contrapuntal work of Frescobaldi, a larger work of J.S. Bach, an ordre of François Couperin, and two sonatas by Domenico Scarlatti. Memorization is not required.

Organ (DMA Performance & Sacred Music)

In-Person/Recorded Audition Requirements

Prepare a minimum of twenty minutes of music including:

  • A major work of J.S. Bach (e.g., a prelude and fugue, trio sonata, large chorale prelude, or equivalent)
  • A composition of the Romantic period
  • A contemporary composition
  • OPTIONAL (for recorded auditions): You are welcome to upload 1-3 additional videos or YouTube links of other playing you’ve done in the past 18 months.

Memorization is recommended if you are applying for admission to the DMA Organ Performance program, but is optional if you are applying in Sacred Music.

MM & SM Percussion

Updated 6/15/2021

Writing Requirements

  • Statement of Purpose: Upload a 2-3 page academic statement of purpose about your academic and research background, your career goals, and how this graduate program will help you meet your career and educational objectives.
  • Personal Statement: Upload a personal statement indicating how your background and life experiences, including cultural, geographical, financial, educational or other opportunities or challenges, motivated your decision to pursue a graduate degree at the University of Michigan. For example, if you grew up in a community where educational, cultural, or other opportunities were either especially plentiful or especially lacking, you might discuss the impact this had on your development and interests. This should be a discussion of the journey that has led to your decision to seek a graduate degree. Please do not repeat your Academic Statement of Purpose.

Pre-Screening Requirements

Please upload the following video recordings:

  • One snare drum solo or etude
  • Four-mallet solo, transcription, or etude
  • Timpani solo or etude (please show your tuning in the video)

RECOMMENDED: 1-5 additional videos or YouTube links of other playing you’ve done in the last 18 months. Recordings of past recitals or gigs, and/or samples of drum set, multiple percussion, non-western percussion, and improvisation are encouraged. We also welcome examples of teaching, coaching, and/or conducting work.

Questions regarding your video submissions should be sent to: Douglas Perkins (dfperkin@umich.edu), Ian Antonio (iantonio@umich.edu), or smtd.auditions@umich.edu.

MM & Specialist Live Online or In-Person Audition/Interview Requirements

Students who advance to this stage of the application process should prepare:

Solos (5 total)

  • Concert snare drum solo or etude
  • Rudimental snare drum solo or etude
  • Two-mallet keyboard solo, transcription, or etude
  • Four-mallet solo, transcription, or etude
  • Timpani solo or etude (please show your tuning in the video)

Excerpts (9 total)

  • Snare drum: three contrasting orchestral excerpts
  • Xylophone/Glockenspiel: three contrasting orchestral excerpts
  • Timpani: three contrasting orchestral excerpts

The music for the live online audition can be the same as submitted on your videos.

Students will also be asked to attend a group meeting with the faculty to discuss the school, the curriculum, performance opportunities, and more.

DMA Percussion

Writing Requirements

  • Statement of Purpose: Upload a 2-3 page academic statement of purpose about your academic and research background, your career goals, and how this graduate program will help you meet your career and educational objectives.
  • Personal Statement: Upload a personal statement indicating how your background and life experiences, including cultural, geographical, financial, educational or other opportunities or challenges, motivated your decision to pursue a graduate degree at the University of Michigan. For example, if you grew up in a community where educational, cultural, or other opportunities were either especially plentiful or especially lacking, you might discuss the impact this had on your development and interests. This should be a discussion of the journey that has led to your decision to seek a graduate degree. Please do not repeat your Academic Statement of Purpose.

Pre-Screening Requirements

Please upload the following video recordings:

Solos (5)

  • Concert snare drum solo or etude
  • Rudimental snare drum solo or etude
  • Two-mallet keyboard solo, transcription, or etude
  • Four-mallet solo, transcription, or etude
  • Timpani solo or etude (please show your tuning in the video)

HIGHLY RECOMMENDED: 1-5 additional videos or YouTube links of other playing you’ve done in the last 18 months. Recordings of past recitals or gigs, and/or samples of drum set, multiple percussion, non-western percussion, and improvisation are encouraged. We also welcome examples of teaching, coaching, and/or conducting work.

Questions regarding video submissions should be sent to: Douglas Perkins (dfperkin@umich.edu), Ian Antonio (iantonio@umich.edu), or smtd.auditions@umich.edu.

DMA Live Online or In-Person Audition/Interview Requirements

Students who advance to this stage of the application process should prepare:

Solos (6 total)

  • Concert snare drum solo or etude
  • Rudimental snare drum solo or etude
  • Two-mallet keyboard solo or transcription
  • Four-mallet solo
  • Timpani solo or etude
  • Multi-percussion solo

Excerpts (9 total)

  • Snare drum: three contrasting orchestral excerpts
  • Xylophone/Glockenspiel: three contrasting orchestral excerpts
  • Timpani: three contrasting orchestral excerpts

The music for the live online audition can be the same as submitted on your videos.

Students will also be asked to attend a group meeting with the faculty to discuss the school, the curriculum, performance opportunities, and more.

Updated 7/28/2021

MA in Media Arts

Application Requirements
  • Official transcripts from each college or university attended must be submitted. An earned degree transcript demonstrating a minimum cumulative Grade Point Average (GPA) of 3.6 from an accredited baccalaureate institution is required.
  • A written statement of purpose, of what the student intends to accomplish through graduate study in the media arts.
  • Recommendations from at least three persons able to evaluate your potential for graduate study in media arts.
  • All applicants whose native language is not English must submit a score from an English proficiency examination. Results from an English language test (TOEFL, ECPE, MET, or IELTS) must be submitted with their application and admission materials. SMTD requires a minimum qualifying score of 6 on the IELTS exam or an 88 on the TOEFL exam.
Artistic Profile Requirements

Upload a portfolio of your best work in any medium (often 3-5 works). This is pivotal in establishing artistic and academic potential. Examples of portfolio pieces include original electro-acoustic compositions, slides of paintings, interactive art, video, a website, or software.

Interview Requirements (Online or in-person)

Upon evaluation of all these admissions materials, applicants may be invited to an interview with members of the program faculty.

Interviews consist of a 15-minute presentation on your past creative and/or research work, and a 15 minute Q&A with the faculty.

PhD in Performing Arts Technology

Updated 8/4/2021

Applicants must have completed an undergraduate degree in a related field (e.g., music, music technology, engineering, or computer science) and a Master’s Degree in music technology prior to entering the PhD program. 

Current SMTD MA in Media Arts students are eligible to apply during their first year of enrollment. If admitted, students may complete the second year of the M.A. concurrently with the first year of the Ph.D.

There are two components to complete to apply to the PhD:

  1. U-M application to the Rackham Graduate School
  2. Artistic Profile for the School of Music, Theatre & Dance

Both components are due by December 10. Applications are considered for the Fall Term only; we do not consider students mid-year.

Questions about content for the application or the digital upload may be addressed to PAT Director of Graduate Studies Michael Gurevich, mdgurev@umich.edu or SMTD Admissions Counselor Rachel Dion, rdion@umich.edu.

Rackham Graduate School Application (for review by the Graduate School)
  • Curriculum Vitae/Resumé: Your cv/resumé should include educational history; research and relevant professional experiences; outcomes and artifacts such as performances, publications, and recordings; teaching experience; professional affiliations, volunteer activity and community engagement; honors and awards.
  • Transcripts The Graduate School requires official transcripts (or “academic records” as referred to by some international schools) for each Bachelor’s, Master’s, Professional, or Doctoral degree earned or in progress. How to submit your transcript(s)
  • Academic Statement of Purpose: (2,000 words or fewer; submit the same Academic Statement of Purpose here and in your Artistic Profile.)
    • A comprehensive statement about your:
      • academic and research goals, including specific research topic(s) that you would like to investigate. The statement should demonstrate your awareness of contemporary problems in the field.
      • preparation for the doctoral degree with an account of relevant experiences and how they will be brought to bear on your studies;
      • long term goals. What would you like to do after completing the program, and how will this doctoral degree help you accomplish those goals;
      • community impact. Address how your participation in the program could make a positive impact on the U-M and broader research communities.
      • suitability for this specific program. Why is it a good fit for you?
  • Personal Statement: (500 words or fewer)  How have your background and life experiences, including cultural, geographical, financial, educational or other opportunities or challenges, motivated your decision to pursue a graduate degree at the University of Michigan? For example, if you grew up in a community where educational, cultural, or other opportunities were especially lacking, you might discuss the impact this had on your development and interests. This should be a discussion of the journey that has led to your decision to seek a graduate degree. (Submit the same Personal Statement here and in your Artistic Profile.)
  • English language proficiency:  applicants whose native language is not English must demonstrate English proficiency by providing an official score report from TOEFL, ECPE, MET, or IELTS. Please see the International Applicants page for details.
  • The Graduate Record Examination (GRE) is not required.
SMTD Artistic Profile (for review by the PAT faculty and SMTD Admissions)
Please upload:

Curated Portfolio of prior work

The portfolio should consist of 3-5 pieces of work in any medium, such as: publications, electroacoustic compositions, documentation of performances, recordings, audiovisual works, software programs or frameworks, documentation of original digital musical instruments or other hardware devices, or technical reports. Each item should be accompanied by a brief narrative describing its underlying principles or concepts, techniques employed, and production details (where, when, and how it was produced). In the case of collaborative works, the applicant should clearly describe their own role and those of everyone else involved in the project. 

Curriculum Vitae/Resumé: Your cv/resumé should include educational history; research and relevant professional experiences; outcomes and artifacts such as performances, publications, and recordings; teaching experience; professional affiliations, volunteer activity and community engagement; honors and awards.

Unofficial Transcripts: from all previous college or university Bachelor’s, Master’s, Professional, or Doctoral degrees earned or in progress.

Writing Requirements

  • Scholarly Writing: A sample of a significant and refined piece of writing. Examples may include: a chapter of a Master’s thesis, a term paper, an honors thesis, a conference paper, or a journal article.
  • Academic Statement of Purpose: (2,000 words or fewer; submit the same Academic Statement of Purpose here and to the graduate school.)
    • A comprehensive statement about your
      • academic and research goals, including specific research topic(s) that you would like to investigate. The statement should demonstrate your awareness of contemporary problems in the field.
      • preparation for the doctoral degree with an account of relevant experiences and how they will be brought to bear on your studies;
      • long term goals. What would you like to do after completing the program, and how will this doctoral degree help you accomplish those goals;
      • community impact. Address how your participation in the program could make a positive impact on the U-M and broader research communities.
      • suitability for this specific program. Why is it a good fit for you?
  • Personal Statement: (500 words or fewer)  How have your background and life experiences, including cultural, geographical, financial, educational or other opportunities or challenges, motivated your decision to pursue a graduate degree at the University of Michigan? For example, if you grew up in a community where educational, cultural, or other opportunities were especially lacking, you might discuss the impact this had on your development and interests. This should be a discussion of the journey that has led to your decision to seek a graduate degree. (Submit the same Personal Statement here and to the graduate school.)
  • Three (3) Letters of Recommendation: select individuals who can attest to your potential for artistic growth in the field-at-large and in the PhD in Performing Arts Technology.
  • English language proficiency:  applicants whose native language is not English must demonstrate English proficiency by providing an official score report from TOEFL, ECPE, MET, or IELTS. Please see the International Applicants page for details.
Interview Requirements (Online)

Upon evaluation of all these admissions materials, applicants may be invited to interview online with members of the program faculty.

Interviews consist of a presentation on your past creative and/or research work, and a Q&A with the faculty.

 

Updated 8/19/2021

Audition Requirements (MM in Piano Performance, MM in Piano Chamber Music, & SM in Piano Performance)

Auditions for Fall 2022 will be offered in both in-person and video-recorded formats. For Piano Performance, in-person auditions are always preferable to recorded ones, although there will be no penalty in terms of admission or scholarship consideration if a recorded audition is chosen. Equal consideration is given to both formats. The deadline for submitting recorded auditions will be Wednesday, February 10, 2022. 

Writing Requirements
  • Academic Statement of Purpose: Upload a 2-3 page written statement about your  academic and research background, your career goals, and how this graduate program will help you meet your career and educational objectives.
  • Personal Statement: Upload a personal statement indicating how your background and life experiences, including cultural, geographical, financial, educational or other opportunities or challenges, motivated your decision to pursue a graduate degree at the University of Michigan. For example, if you grew up in a community where educational, cultural, or other opportunities were either especially plentiful or especially lacking, you might discuss the impact this had on your development and interests. This should be a discussion of the journey that has led to your decision to seek a graduate degree. Please do not repeat your Academic Statement of Purpose.
Pre-Screening Requirements

All applicants to Master of Music in Chamber Music (Piano), the Master of Music in Piano Performance, and the Specialist in Music in Piano Performance must complete the online application and upload an unedited video recording of at least three contrasting pieces for preliminary examination by December 1, 2021. Movements of larger works are acceptable, and the video must be recorded with the hands and profile of the applicant visible at all times. Upon an affirmative evaluation, an in-person audition may be scheduled. 

Those who are granted an in-person audition may choose to submit a recording of their audition in place of a live audition. All works listed in the audition requirements (below) must be performed from memory and in their entirety, and the video must be  recorded with the hands and profile of the applicant visible at all times. The deadline for submission of recorded auditions is Wednesday, February 10, 2022. 

Note: the recorded format is intended for those applicants for whom travel to Michigan would be impossible, or a financial or otherwise personal hardship. In order to ensure equitable consideration of all applicants, those who choose to submit a recorded audition for the February 10 deadline will not have the option to switch to an in-person audition since they will be reviewed at the same time as the in-person auditions.

Audition Repertoire: MM in Piano Performance & MM in Piano Chamber Music
  1. A major work of J. S. Bach, such as a prelude and fugue from the Well-Tempered Clavier, a suite, or a partita
  2. A complete Classical sonata, for example, one of Mozart, Haydn, Beethoven, or Schubert
  3. A work of your choice from the 19th, 20th, or 21st centuries (excluding works that are considered to be “classical”, as in 2. above. Schubert may be considered as either a classical or a romantic composer.)
  4. An etude of virtuosity
  5. (Recorded audition only) A speaking video which addresses the following prompts: 1) Please state your name and the degree(s) for which you are applying; 2) What are your goals for graduate study as a graduate pianist, and your career? 3) What kinds of repertoire are you interested in pursuing in your next degree?
Audition Repertoire: SM in Piano Performance
  • Sixty minutes of music must be offered, including at least three complete major works of at least three different stylistic periods.
  • (Recorded audition only) A speaking video which addresses the following prompts: 1) Please state your name and the degree(s) for which you are applying; 2) What are your goals for graduate study as a graduate pianist, and your career? 3) What kinds of repertoire are you interested in pursuing in your next degree?

Memorization is required for all degrees. Audition repertoire may duplicate repertoire submitted for pre-screening.

Additionally, please submit a complete, alphabetized repertoire list of all the major works you have studied from Bach Inventions and higher in terms of difficulty.

Applicants must meet all repertoire requirements listed above. Failure to prepare the full audition program will eliminate you from consideration.

Teacher Request & Contact Policies

While filling out your SMTD Artistic Profile, you will be asked to indicate your Studio Preferences, which will indicate to the piano department which teacher(s) you are interested in studying with if you are admitted to the School of Music, Theatre & Dance. It has no bearing at all on your acceptance to the school, and is used only for contact and administrative purposes after your audition has been submitted.

Before your audition, the Piano Department encourages each prospective student to feel free to contact anyone on the faculty for answers to questions about auditions, study at Michigan, or anything else that may be related to your interest in the School of Music, Theatre & Dance. After your audition has been performed/submitted, primary contact from the Piano Department will be with the teacher listed as first choice in your Artistic Profile, unless that teacher has given permission to second or third choices to contact you. This is simply for clarity and efficiency of communication. You may continue to initiate contact with any member of the faculty you wish, and may change your first choice designation after your audition has been performed/submitted, but the department will ask you to be very clear about your preferences so we can determine studio assignments as soon as possible, according to which professor has space for which students in the coming year.

Admission/Scholarship Decisions

Admission to the School of Music, Theatre, and Dance is based upon evaluation of your application as a whole, including your audition evaluations. Admission decisions are made by the Office of Admissions and are generally decided by mid-March. All auditionees are considered for merit scholarships (provided they audition before the final date of consideration; please see Scholarships/Financial Aid for updated information) with decisions being made and sent to applicants by early April. Admitted students may receive several letters from different offices at the University of Michigan concerning scholarships and need-based grants and loans; be sure to be in contact with the School of Music, Theatre & Dance Admissions Office concerning your total award package.

DMA in Piano Performance

Admission to the doctoral program does not guarantee that the student will ultimately complete the course requirements, become a candidate, or receive the degree. Admission implies only that the applicant has the requisite background and should be given the opportunity to demonstrate his or her ability.

General Requirements

To apply for admission, submit your official application, transcripts, recommendations, and other materials as instructed below. The deadline for applications is December 1, 2021 for Fall 2022. No applications are considered for the winter term (starting January 2022) in any DMA program offered by the Department of Piano.

International applicants whose language is not English must submit a qualifying English language test score that meets or exceeds SMTD’s minimums before an in-person audition will be scheduled, or before the recorded audition will be reviewed (for those who choose the recorded option).

Writing Requirements
  • Statement of Purpose: Upload a 2-3 page written statement about your academic and research background, your career goals, and how this graduate program will help you meet your career and educational objectives.
  • Personal Statement: Upload a personal statement indicating how your background and life experiences, including cultural, geographical, financial, educational or other opportunities or challenges, motivated your decision to pursue a graduate degree at the University of Michigan. For example, if you grew up in a community where educational, cultural, or other opportunities were either especially plentiful or especially lacking, you might discuss the impact this had on your development and interests. This should be a discussion of the journey that has led to your decision to seek a graduate degree. Please do not repeat your Academic Statement of Purpose.
Pre-Screening Requirements

All applicants to the doctoral program in Piano Performance are required to upload an unedited video recording for preliminary review before a full audition is considered. The pre-screening recording should be approximately 30 minutes in length, consisting of contrasting repertoire from at least two stylistic periods. Hands and performer profile should be visible at all times. The specific repertoire for the screening recording is left up to the applicant. Individual movements of a larger work are acceptable. In addition, please upload a comprehensive list of your repertoire (chamber music) with your recording. 

Those who pass the pre-screening will be offered a full audition in February, 2022.

Audition Requirements

Auditions for Fall 2022 will be offered in both in-person and recorded formats. 

Those who are granted an in-person audition may choose to submit a recording of their audition in place of a live audition. All works listed in the audition requirements (below) must be performed from memory and in their entirety, and the video must be  recorded with the hands and profile of the applicant visible at all times. The deadline for submission of recorded auditions is Tuesday, February 22, 2022.

Note: the recorded format is intended for those applicants for whom travel to Michigan would be impossible, or a financial or otherwise personal hardship.

For admission to the DMA Performance program, prepare performances of the following complete works from memory:

  • A major Baroque composition
  • A major Classical composition (e.g., a sonata by Mozart, Beethoven, etc. Schubert may be considered either a classical or romantic composer.)
  • A major Romantic piece (for example, Chopin, Brahms, Schubert, Schumann, Liszt)
  • A selection of the applicant’s choice
  • (Recorded audition only) A speaking video which addresses the following prompts: 1) Please state your name and the degree(s) for which you are applying; 2) Please tell us why you want to pursue a DMA, and what your career goals are. Please also tell us what repertoire you are interested in studying during your next degree; 3) What piece from your current audition program is most interesting to you, and why?
Teacher Request and Contact Policies, and Admission/Scholarship Decisions

While filling out your SMTD Artistic Profile, you will be asked to indicate your Studio Preferences, which will indicate to the piano department which teacher(s) you are interested in studying with if you are admitted to the School of Music, Theatre & Dance. It has no bearing at all on your acceptance to the school, and is used only for contact and administrative purposes after your audition has been submitted.

Before your audition, the Piano Department encourages each prospective student to feel free to contact anyone on the faculty for answers to questions about auditions, study at Michigan, or anything else that may be related to your interest in the School of Music, Theatre & Dance. After your audition is performed/submitted, primary contact from the Piano Department will be with the teacher listed as first choice in your Artistic Profile, unless that teacher has given permission for second or third choices to contact you. This is simply for clarity and efficiency of communication. You may continue to initiate contact with any member of the faculty you wish, and may change your first choice designation after your audition has been performed/submitted, but the department will ask you to be very clear about your preferences so we can determine studio assignments as soon as possible, according to which professor has space for which students in the coming year.

Updated 8/19/2021

MM in Piano Pedagogy & Performance 

Writing Requirements
  • Academic Statement of Purpose: Upload a 2-3 page academic statement of purpose about your academic and research background, your career goals, and how this graduate program will help you meet your career and educational objectives.
  • Personal Statement: Upload a personal statement indicating how your background and life experiences, including cultural, geographical, financial, educational or other opportunities or challenges, motivated your decision to pursue a graduate degree at the University of Michigan. For example, if you grew up in a community where educational, cultural, or other opportunities were either especially plentiful or especially lacking, you might discuss the impact this had on your development and interests. This should be a discussion of the journey that has led to your decision to seek a graduate degree. Please do not repeat your Academic Statement of Purpose.
Pre-screening Requirements

Applicants to Master of Music in Piano Pedagogy & Performance must upload by December 1 an unedited recording of at least three contrasting pieces for preliminary examination before an audition will be scheduled. Movements of larger works are acceptable. Upon an affirmative evaluation, an audition may be scheduled.

The pre-screening recording requirement is waived for current University of Michigan undergraduate piano majors applying to the MM program.

Audition Repertoire

Auditions will be offered in both virtual and in-person formats for the Fall 2022 admission season. For applicants who elect to audition in person, please prepare the following repertoire, to be performed on the date of your in-person visit. For applicants who elect to audition virtually, please prepare the following repertoire, to be submitted by no later than January 28, 2022.

  1. A major work of J. S. Bach, such as a prelude and fugue from the Well-Tempered Clavier, a suite, or a partita
  2. A complete Classical sonata, for example, one of Mozart, Haydn, Beethoven, or Schubert
  3. A work of your choice from the 19th or 20th century
  4. An etude of virtuosity

Memorization is required.

Please submit a complete alphabetized repertoire list that includes specific pieces from larger works and a list of all undergraduate and graduate theory courses that you have completed.

Applicants must meet all repertoire requirements listed above. Failure to prepare the full audition program will eliminate you from consideration.

Interview: Master of Music in Piano Pedagogy & Performance

Applicants to the Master of Music in Piano Pedagogy & Performance degree will have a pedagogy interview at the time of the audition in Ann Arbor in addition to the performance audition detailed above. Applicants who elect to audition virtually will have their interview online via Zoom on the same day as the in-person auditions and interviews.

Teacher Request and Contact Policies, and Admission/Scholarship Decisions

While filling out your SMTD Artistic Profile, you will be asked to select your studio preference, which will indicate to the piano department which teacher(s) you are interested in studying with if you are admitted to the School of Music, Theatre & Dance. It has no bearing at all on your acceptance to the school, and is used only for contact and administrative purposes after your audition material has been submitted.

Before your audition, the Piano Department encourages each prospective student to feel free to contact anyone on the faculty for answers to questions about auditions, study at Michigan, or anything else that may be related to your interest in the School of Music, Theatre & Dance. After your audition has been performed/submitted, primary contact from the Piano Department will be with the teacher listed as first choice on your form, unless that teacher has given permission for second or third choices to contact you. This is simply for clarity and efficiency of communication. You may continue to initiate contact with any member of the faculty you wish, and may change your first choice designation after your audition, but the department will ask you to be very clear about your preferences so we can determine studio assignments as soon as possible, according to which professor has space for which students in the coming year.

Admission to SMTD is based upon evaluation of your application as a whole. Admission decisions are made by the Office of Admissions and are generally decided within four to five weeks after your audition. All auditionees are considered for merit scholarships with decisions being made and sent to applicants by early April. Admitted students may receive several letters from different offices at the University of Michigan concerning scholarships and need-based grants and loans; be sure to be in contact with the SMTD Admissions Office concerning your total award package.

DMA in Piano Pedagogy & Performance Requirements

Updated 8/19/2021

Writing Requirements
  • Academic Statement of Purpose: Upload a 2-3 page academic statement of purpose about your academic and research background, your career goals, and how this graduate program will help you meet your career and educational objectives.
  • Personal Statement: Upload a personal statement indicating how your background and life experiences, including cultural, geographical, financial, educational or other opportunities or challenges, motivated your decision to pursue a graduate degree at the University of Michigan. For example, if you grew up in a community where educational, cultural, or other opportunities were either especially plentiful or especially lacking, you might discuss the impact this had on your development and interests. This should be a discussion of the journey that has led to your decision to seek a graduate degree. Please do not repeat your Academic Statement of Purpose.
Pre-screening Requirements

Applicants to the doctoral program in Piano Pedagogy & Performance are required to upload an unedited recording for preliminary review before a live audition may be scheduled. The recordings submitted should be approximately 30 minutes in length, consisting of contrasting repertoire from at least two stylistic periods. The specific repertoire for the screening recording is left up to the applicant. Individual movements of a larger work are acceptable. Please upload a comprehensive list of your repertoire, including chamber music studied, with your recording.

Additionally, applicants are required to submit a video recording of sample teaching. The video should be at least 30 minutes in length and should include both private and group teaching, if possible.

All pre-screening materials must be uploaded below by December 1. Your audition cannot be scheduled until your pre-screening materials have been received and approved.

Audition Repertoire

Auditions will be offered in both virtual and in-person formats for the Fall 2022 admission season. For applicants who elect to audition in person, please prepare the following repertoire, to be performed on the date of your in-person visit. For applicants who elect to audition virtually, please prepare the following repertoire, to be submitted to your Artistic Profile by no later than February 18, 2022:

  • A major Baroque composition
  • A major Classical composition (e.g., a sonata by Mozart, Beethoven, etc.)
  • A major Romantic piece (for example, Chopin, Brahms, Schubert, Schumann, Liszt)
  • A selection of the applicant’s choice

Additionally, we will ask you to provide a demonstration of your group teaching: 

  • For virtual auditions: A teaching video (at least 15 minutes) of group piano class instruction. This may be a video of either in-person instruction or an online/remote/virtual class. Upon your approval to audition, you will be asked to make arrangements to instruct a group piano class, for which we would provide a piece to teach that class. We will send the piece to you 10 days prior to your scheduled teaching session, and you will be required to submit the recording of your teaching session by no later than January 31, 2022. As such, you will need to schedule your teaching session before January 31 in order to meet this deadline, and to have the full 10 days to prepare for the instruction of the piece we will provide. Please contact our Auditions Coordinator at smtd.auditions@umich.edu to inform us of your intent to audition virtually, so that we can arrange to send you your assigned piece.
  • For in-person auditions: You will be required to teach a U-M group piano class on site, for which we will provide a piece to teach the class. We will send the piece to you 10 days before your scheduled audition date.
Interview: Doctor of Musical Arts in Pedagogy & Performance

Upon submission/completion of your audition, you will then be asked to meet with faculty to discuss your training with a special focus on your teaching experience, pedagogy coursework and research. Other topics of discussion will be the program and its curriculum, your previously-submitted recordings, your future and career goals, and more. Applicants who elect to audition virtually will have their interview online via Zoom on the same day as the in-person auditions and interviews.

Teacher Request and Contact Policies, and Admission/Scholarship Decisions

While filling out your SMTD Artistic Profile, you will be asked to select your studio preference, which will indicate to the piano department which teacher(s) you are interested in studying with if you are admitted to the School of Music, Theatre & Dance. It has no bearing at all on your acceptance to the school, and is used only for contact and administrative purposes after your audition material has been submitted.

Before your audition, the Piano Department encourages each prospective student to feel free to contact anyone on the faculty for answers to questions about auditions, study at Michigan, or anything else that may be related to your interest in the School of Music, Theatre & Dance. After your audition has been performed/submitted, primary contact from the Piano Department will be with the teacher listed as first choice on your form, unless that teacher has given permission for second or third choices to contact you. This is simply for clarity and efficiency of communication. You may continue to initiate contact with any member of the faculty you wish, and may change your first choice designation after your audition, but the department will ask you to be very clear about your preferences so we can determine studio assignments as soon as possible, according to which professor has space for which students in the coming year.

Admission to SMTD is based upon evaluation of your application as a whole. Admission decisions are made by the Office of Admissions and are generally decided within four to five weeks after your audition. All auditionees are considered for merit scholarships with decisions being made and sent to applicants by early April. Admitted students may receive several letters from different offices at the University of Michigan concerning scholarships and need-based grants and loans; be sure to be in contact with the SMTD Admissions Office concerning your total award package.

MM in Collaborative Piano

Updated 9/16/2021

Writing Requirements
  • Academic Statement of Purpose: Upload a 2-3 page academic statement of purpose about your academic and research background, your career goals, and how this graduate program will help you meet your career and educational objectives.
  • Personal Statement: Upload a personal statement indicating how your background and life experiences, including cultural, geographical, financial, educational or other opportunities or challenges, motivated your decision to pursue a graduate degree at the University of Michigan. For example, if you grew up in a community where educational, cultural, or other opportunities were either especially plentiful or especially lacking, you might discuss the impact this had on your development and interests. This should be a discussion of the journey that has led to your decision to seek a graduate degree. Please do not repeat your Academic Statement of Purpose.
Pre-screening Requirements

Upload to the SMTD Artistic Profile:

1. Three unedited video recordings selected from the repertoire listed. This repertoire does not need to be memorized.

  • Choose one of the following
    • Brahms: Clarinet/Viola Sonata No. 1 in f minor, first movement
    • Franck:  Violin Sonata in A, fourth movement
    • Beethoven: Cello Sonata No. 2 in g minor, first movement
  • Choose two of the following (in original keys)  ​​If performing with a partner isn’t possible because of the pandemic, the applicant should play & sing at least one of the songs.
    • Schumann: Du Ring an meinem Finger (from Frauenliebe und Leben)
    • Schubert: Ganymed
    • Debussy: Il pleure dans mon coeur (from Ariettes oubliées)
    • Barber: Promiscuity (from Hermit Songs) 
    • Strauss: Cäcilie

2. Recommended:  1-3 additional videos of other collaborative playing you’ve done in the last 18 months. Recordings of past recitals or performances are encouraged. We also welcome examples of coaching, teaching, and/or conducting work.

3. A comprehensive list of your repertoire. This should include works for solo piano, voice and piano, instrument(s) and piano, and operatic material.

4. A speaking video in which you answer these questions in a casual format:  1) Why study collaborative piano?  2) What experience in collaborating do you have?  3) How and where do you see yourself 5 years from now? 10 years from now?

Questions regarding video submissions should be sent to Prof. Martin Katz (partner@umich.edu) or smtd.auditions@umich.edu.

MM Audition/Interview Requirements (in person or online)

Auditions for Fall 2022 will be offered in both in-person and online formats. For Collaborative Piano, in-person auditions are preferable to recorded ones, although there will be no penalty in terms of admission or scholarship consideration if an online audition is chosen. Equal consideration is given to both formats.

Students who advance to this stage of the application process will meet in person or online with the collaborative piano faculty for live playing, sight-reading, foreign language diction, and a review of your training, current work, and future goals.

Prepare the repertoire listed below. This repertoire does not need to be memorized.

  • Choose one of the following
    • Brahms: Clarinet/Viola Sonata No. 1 in f minor, first movement
    • Franck:  Violin Sonata in A, fourth movement
    • Beethoven: Cello Sonata No. 2 in g minor, first movement
  • All five of the following (in original keys)
    • Schumann: Du Ring an meinem Finger (from Frauenliebe und Leben)
    • Schubert: Ganymed
    • Debussy: Il pleure dans mon coeur (from Ariettes oubliées)
    • Barber: Promiscuity (from Hermit Songs) 
    • Strauss: Cäcilie

Applicants may bring their own vocalists and instrumentalists or may request  on their application to be matched with collaborative partners from SMTD for in-person auditions.

 

SM in Instrumental Collaboration & Piano Chamber Music

Updated 9/16/2021

Writing Requirements
  • Academic Statement of Purpose: Upload a 2-3 page academic statement of purpose about your academic and research background, your career goals, and how this graduate program will help you meet your career and educational objectives.
  • Personal Statement:Upload a personal statement indicating how your background and life experiences, including cultural, geographical, financial, educational or other opportunities or challenges, motivated your decision to pursue a graduate degree at the University of Michigan. For example, if you grew up in a community where educational, cultural, or other opportunities were either especially plentiful or especially lacking, you might discuss the impact this had on your development and interests. This should be a discussion of the journey that has led to your decision to seek a graduate degree. Please do not repeat your Academic Statement of Purpose.
Pre-screening Requirements

Upload to the SMTD Artistic Profile:

  1. Unedited video recordings of 30 minutes of works for instrument(s) and piano. Repertoire is the applicant’s choice, and must include at least one work for orchestral accompaniment. This repertoire does not need to be memorized.
  2. Recommended: 1-3 additional videos of other collaborative playing you’ve done in the last 18 months. Recordings of past recitals or performances are encouraged. We also welcome examples of coaching, teaching, and/or conducting work.
  3. A comprehensive list of your repertoire for instrument(s) and piano. Do include works for instrument(s) and orchestra.
  4. A list of your proposed live audition program for advance approval.
  5. A speaking video in which you answer these questions in a casual format:  1) Why study collaborative piano?  2) What experience in collaborating do you have?  3) How and where do you see yourself 5 years from now? 10 years from now?

Questions regarding video submissions should be sent to Prof. Martin Katz (partner@umich.edu). Email him with your proposed audition program to begin a dialogue.

SM Audition/Interview Requirements (in person or online)

Auditions for Fall 2022 will be offered in both in-person and online formats. For Collaborative Piano, in-person auditions are preferable to recorded ones, although there will be no penalty in terms of admission or scholarship consideration if an online audition is chosen. Equal consideration is given to both formats.

Students who advance to this stage of the application process will meet in person or online with the collaborative piano faculty for live playing and sight-reading, a discussion of one or more of your recordings, and a review of your training, current work, and future goals. 

Prepare an audition program with approximately 30 minutes of music for instrument(s) and piano that showcases your highest level of musical and technical expertise. Repertoire is the applicant’s choice, but your proposed audition program must be approved by Professor Katz,  and should include at least three (3) musical styles and at least one work for orchestral accompaniment. This repertoire does not need to be memorized and may include repertoire submitted on your prescreening videos. 

Applicants may bring their own vocalists and instrumentalists (recommended) or may request on their application to be matched with collaborative partners from SMTD for in-person auditions.

SM in Vocal Collaboration & Coaching

Updated 9/16/2021

Writing Requirements
  • Academic Statement of Purpose: Upload a 2-3 page academic statement of purpose about your academic and research background, your career goals, and how this graduate program will help you meet your career and educational objectives.
  • Personal Statement: Upload a personal statement indicating how your background and life experiences, including cultural, geographical, financial, educational or other opportunities or challenges, motivated your decision to pursue a graduate degree at the University of Michigan. For example, if you grew up in a community where educational, cultural, or other opportunities were either especially plentiful or especially lacking, you might discuss the impact this had on your development and interests. This should be a discussion of the journey that has led to your decision to seek a graduate degree. Please do not repeat your Academic Statement of Purpose.
Pre-screening Requirements

Upload to the SMTD Artistic Profile:

  1. Unedited video recordings of 30 minutes of works for voice(s) and piano. Repertoire is the applicant’s choice, and should include at least one aria originally for voice and orchestra. This repertoire does not need to be memorized.
  2. Recommended: 1-3 additional videos of other collaborative playing you’ve done in the last 18 months. Recordings of past recitals or performances are encouraged. We also welcome examples of coaching, teaching, and/or conducting work.
  3. A comprehensive list of your repertoire for voice and piano. Do include repertoire for voice and orchestra.
  4. A list of your proposed live audition program for advance approval.
  5. A speaking video in which you answer these questions in a casual format:  1) Why study collaborative piano?  2) What experience in collaborating do you have?  3) How and where do you see yourself 5 years from now? 10 years from now?

Questions regarding video submissions should be sent to Prof. Martin Katz (partner@umich.edu). Email him with your proposed audition program to begin a dialogue.

SM Audition/Interview Requirements (in person or online)

Auditions for Fall 2022 will be offered in both in-person and online formats. For Collaborative Piano, in-person auditions are preferable to recorded ones, although there will be no penalty in terms of admission or scholarship consideration if an online audition is chosen. Equal consideration is given to both formats.

Students who advance to this stage of the application process will meet in person or online with the collaborative piano faculty for live playing, sight-reading, foreign language diction, and a discussion of one or more of your recordings, and a review of your training, current work, and future goals. 

Prepare an audition program with approximately 30 minutes of music for voice(s) and piano that showcases your highest level of musical and technical expertise. Repertoire is the applicant’s choice, but your proposed audition program must be approved by Professor Katz, and should include at least three (3) musical styles and at least one aria originally for voice and orchestra. This repertoire does not need to be memorized and may include repertoire submitted on your prescreening videos. 

Applicants may bring their own vocalists and instrumentalists (recommended) or may request on their application to be matched with collaborative partners from SMTD for in-person auditions.

DMA in Collaborative Piano Requirements

Updated 9/16/2021

Prerequisites

Master’s degree in piano, collaborative piano, or an equivalent.

Demonstrated pronunciation and comprehension ability from two European languages into English. Repertoire including approximately one-third of the repertoire requirement for achieving the degree (see repertoire requirement). Significant performance experience to suggest successful completion of the degree.

Writing Requirements
  • Academic Statement of Purpose: Upload a 2-3 page academic statement of purpose about your academic and research background, your career goals, and how this graduate program will help you meet your career and educational objectives.
  • Personal Statement: Upload a personal statement indicating how your background and life experiences, including cultural, geographical, financial, educational or other opportunities or challenges, motivated your decision to pursue a graduate degree at the University of Michigan. For example, if you grew up in a community where educational, cultural, or other opportunities were either especially plentiful or especially lacking, you might discuss the impact this had on your development and interests. This should be a discussion of the journey that has led to your decision to seek a graduate degree. Please do not repeat your Academic Statement of Purpose.
Pre-screening Requirements

Upload to the SMTD Artistic Profile:

  1. Unedited video recordings of 40 minutes of works for voice(s) and piano, instrument(s) and piano, and solo work. A minimum of 15 minutes each of vocal and instrumental repertoire must be included. No more than 10 minutes of solo work may be included.
  2. Repertoire is the applicant’s choice and should include at least three diverse styles or periods of music, at least one work for orchestral accompaniment. The repertoire does not need to be memorized. In your elective choices, you are encouraged to present repertoire by composers who have been traditionally underrepresented by virtue of their gender, race, ethnicity, or cultural heritage.
  3. Highly recommended:  1-5 additional videos of other collaborative playing you’ve done in the last 24 months. Recordings of past recitals or performances are encouraged. We welcome examples of coaching, teaching, and/or conducting work.
  4. A comprehensive list of your repertoire for voice and piano. Do include repertoire for voice and orchestra.
  5. A list of your proposed live audition program for advance approval.
  6. A speaking video in which you answer these questions in a casual format:  1) Why study collaborative piano?  2) What experience in collaborating do you have?  3) How and where do you see yourself 5 years from now? 10 years from now?

Questions regarding video submissions should be sent to Prof. Martin Katz (partner@umich.edu). Email him with your proposed audition program to begin a dialogue.

DMA Audition/Interview Requirements (in person or online)

Auditions for Fall 2022 will be offered in both in-person and online formats. For Collaborative Piano, in-person auditions are preferable to recorded ones, although there will be no penalty in terms of admission or scholarship consideration if an online audition is chosen. Equal consideration is given to both formats.

Students who advance to this stage of the application process will meet in person or online with the collaborative piano faculty for live playing, sight-reading, foreign language diction, and a discussion of one or more of your recordings, and a review of your training, current work, and future goals.

Prepare a professional level audition program with approximately 60 minutes of music for voice(s) and piano, instrument(s) and piano, and solo piano work that showcases your point of view as an artist, while demonstrating your highest level of musical and technical expertise.  A minimum of 20 minutes each of vocal and instrumental repertoire must be included. No more than 20 minutes of solo work may be included. The repertoire does not need to be memorized. 

Repertoire is the applicant’s choice, but your proposed audition program must be approved by Professor Katz, and should include at least three diverse styles or periods of music, at least one work for orchestral accompaniment. In your elective choices, you are encouraged to present repertoire by composers who have been traditionally underrepresented by virtue of their gender, race, ethnicity, or cultural heritage.

Applicants may bring their own vocalists and instrumentalists (recommended) or may request on their application to be matched with collaborative partners from SMTD for in-person auditions.

MM in Fortepiano Performance

Writing Requirements
  • Academic Statement of Purpose: Upload a 2-3 page academic statement of purpose about your academic and research background, your career goals, and how this graduate program will help you meet your career and educational objectives.
  • Personal Statement: Upload a personal statement indicating how your background and life experiences, including cultural, geographical, financial, educational or other opportunities or challenges, motivated your decision to pursue a graduate degree at the University of Michigan. For example, if you grew up in a community where educational, cultural, or other opportunities were either especially plentiful or especially lacking, you might discuss the impact this had on your development and interests. This should be a discussion of the journey that has led to your decision to seek a graduate degree. Please do not repeat your Academic Statement of Purpose.
Fortepiano

Prepare a sonata of Haydn or Mozart, a work of Beethoven or Schubert, and a work of your choice appropriate to the instrument.

Faculty Contact Policies

Before auditioning, the Piano Department encourages each prospective student to feel free to contact anyone on the faculty for answers to questions about auditions, study at Michigan, or anything else that may be related to your interest in SMTD. After your audition, primary contact from the Piano Department will be with the teacher listed as first choice on your form, unless that teacher has given permission to second or third choices to contact you. This is simply for clarity and efficiency of communication. You may continue to initiate contact with any member of the faculty you wish, and may change your first choice designation after your audition, but the department will ask you to be very clear about your preferences so we can determine studio assignments as soon as possible, according to which professor has space for which students in the coming year.

Check your program below to ensure a date is listed (xx/xx/2021), indicating that the requirements are up to date for the Fall 2022 application cycle.

Master of Music & Specialist in Music Programs

Written Requirements
  • Academic Statement of Purpose: Upload a 2-3 page academic statement of purpose about your academic and research background, your career goals, and how this graduate program will help you meet your career and educational objectives.
  • Personal Statement: Upload a personal statement indicating how your background and life experiences, including cultural, geographical, financial, educational or other opportunities or challenges, motivated your decision to pursue a graduate degree at the University of Michigan. For example, if you grew up in a community where educational, cultural, or other opportunities were either especially plentiful or especially lacking, you might discuss the impact this had on your development and interests. This should be a discussion of the journey that has led to your decision to seek a graduate degree. Please do not repeat your Academic Statement of Purpose.
Video Requirements and Live Audition/Interview Requirements (in-person or online)

Accompanists are neither required nor provided for string auditions.

Cello (Updated 9/17/2021)

PRESCREENING: Upload to your SMTD Artistic Profile the following unedited videos. All solo literature must be performed from memory:

  • An etude or contemporary composition of your choice representing your current level of technical development
  • Two (2) contrasting movements from one of the Bach unaccompanied suites
  • An allegro movement from the standard cello concerto literature; students who choose to play the Elgar or Shostakovich concerto movement should also prepare the second movement
  • A speaking video in which you answer these questions in a casual format:  1) Why do you want an advanced degree in performance? 2) Where do you see yourself 5 years from now? 10 years from now? What would you like to be doing?
  • RECOMMENDED: 1-5 additional videos or YouTube links of other playing you’ve done in the past 18 months. Recordings of past solo or chamber music recitals or performances are encouraged.

AUDITION: Students who advance to this stage of the application process will meet in-person or online with faculty for an audition and a brief discussion of your work and career goals.

Prepare an audition program that showcases your point of view as an artist, while demonstrating your highest level of musical and technical expertise.

  • Two (2) movements of a standard cello concerto
  • Two (2) contrasting movements of one of the Bach unaccompanied suites
  • An etude or contemporary composition of your choice

In your elective choices, you are encouraged to present repertoire by composers who have been traditionally underrepresented by virtue of their gender, race, ethnicity, or cultural heritage.

Memorization of solo literature (e.g. unaccompanied and concerto repertoire) is expected. Your audition program may include repertoire submitted on your prescreening videos. An accompanist is not expected nor required. 

Double Bass (Updated 9/17/2021)

PRESCREENING: Upload to your SMTD Artistic Profile the following unedited videos. All solo literature must be performed from memory.

Please take note of our commitment to engaging diverse repertoire and skill sets, as well as our SMTD Strategic Plan to build equity and inclusion in all that we do. https://smtd.umich.edu/smtd-acts-against-racial-injustice

  • Applicants are asked to present 15 minutes of their best playing. Please consider showing an expressive and technical range of musical styles and repertoire that will provide more insight for assessment of an applicant’s qualifications and potential to thrive and contribute in the U-M community. Recommend 3-5 videos or selections.
  • A speaking video in which you answer these questions in a casual format:  1) Why do you want an advanced degree in performance? 2) Where do you see yourself 5 years from now? 10 years from now? What would you like to be doing?
  • RECOMMENDED: 1-5 additional videos or YouTube links of other playing you’ve done in the past 18 months. Recordings of past recitals or performances are encouraged, including jazz or other genres of music.

AUDITION: Students who advance to this stage of the application process will meet in-person or online with faculty for an audition and a brief discussion of your work and career goals.

Prepare an audition program of 20 minutes of music that showcases your point of view as an artist, while demonstrating your highest level of musical and technical expertise.

In your elective choices, you are encouraged to present repertoire by composers who have been traditionally underrepresented by virtue of their gender, race, ethnicity, or cultural heritage.

Memorization of solo literature (e.g. unaccompanied and concerto repertoire) is expected. Your audition program may include repertoire submitted on your prescreening videos. An accompanist is not expected nor required. 

Harp  (Updated 9/17/2021)

PRESCREENING: Upload to your SMTD Artistic Profile the following unedited videos. All solo literature must be performed from memory:

  • Four octaves of ascending and descending arpeggios in two keys, alternating hands.
    • EX: ascend from the bass wires and play: LH, RH, LH, RH (turnaround); then descend
      Fingering: 4321 per hand placement, consistently
  • Four octaves of a scale in your chosen key, RH and LH played simultaneously;

    • EX:  key of C major:  Begin on 5th  (RH) and 6th  (LH) oct. C’s; turnaround on 1st octave C ;  descend to starting place.
      Fingering 43214321, etc. using whatever fingering you prefer at the turnaround.
  • One  substantial étude
  • One orchestral excerpt from standard audition repertoire
  • Two advanced works of contrasting style/time period, from Baroque to current century
  • A speaking video in which you answer these questions in a casual format:  1) Why do you want an advanced degree in performance? 2) Where do you see yourself 5 years from now? 10 years from now? What would you like to be doing?
  • RECOMMENDED: 1-5 additional videos or YouTube links of other playing you’ve done in the past 18 months. Recordings of past solo or chamber music recitals or performances are encouraged.

AUDITION: Students who advance to this stage of the application process will meet in-person or online with faculty for an audition and a brief discussion of your work and career goals.

Prepare an audition program that showcases your point of view as an artist, while demonstrating your highest level of musical and technical expertise.

  • Two advanced works of contrasting style/time period, from Baroque to current century
  • One  substantial étude
  • Two orchestral excerpts from standard audition repertoire

In your elective choices, you are encouraged to present repertoire by composers who have been traditionally underrepresented by virtue of their gender, race, ethnicity, or cultural heritage.

Memorization of solo literature (e.g. unaccompanied and concerto repertoire) is expected. Your audition program may include repertoire submitted on your prescreening videos. An accompanist is not expected nor required. 

Viola (Updated 9/17/2021)

PRESCREENING: Upload to the SMTD Artistic Profile the following unedited videos. All solo literature must be performed from memory:

  • One movement of a standard sonata (such as Brahms, Schubert, Clarke, etc.)
  • Two (2) contrasting movements of a Bach sonata, partita, or unaccompanied suite
  • One movement from a 20th century viola concerto
  • A speaking video in which you answer these questions in a casual format:  1) Why do you want an advanced degree in performance? 2) Where do you see yourself 5 years from now? 10 years from now? What would you like to be doing?
  • RECOMMENDED: 1-5 additional videos or YouTube links of other playing you’ve done in the past 18 months. Recordings of past solo or chamber music recitals or performances are encouraged.

AUDITION: Students who advance to this stage of the application process will meet in-person or online with faculty for an audition and a brief discussion of your work and career goals.

Prepare an audition program that showcases your point of view as an artist, while demonstrating your highest level of musical and technical expertise.

  • One movement of a standard sonata 
  • Two (2) contrasting movements of a Bach sonata, partita, or unaccompanied suite
  • One movement from a 20th century viola concerto

In your elective choices, you are encouraged to present repertoire by composers who have been traditionally underrepresented by virtue of their gender, race, ethnicity, or cultural heritage.

Memorization of solo literature (e.g. unaccompanied and concerto repertoire) is expected. Your audition program may include repertoire submitted on your prescreening videos. An accompanist is not expected nor required. 

Violin (Updated 9/17/2021)

PRESCREENING: Upload to the SMTD Artistic Profile the following unedited videos. All solo literature must be performed from memory:

  • Two (2) contrasting movements of a Bach sonata or partita (repeats not expected)  The Chaconne may be performed alone to satisfy this requirement as well.  
  • The first five (5) minutes of the first movement of a concerto written between 1800 and 1950. If you select the Shostakovich Concerto Op. 1, play the fourth movement and cadenza instead of the first movement.
  • A speaking video in which you answer these questions in a casual format:  1) Why do you want an advanced degree in performance? 2) Where do you see yourself 5 years from now? 10 years from now? What would you like to be doing?
  • RECOMMENDED: 1-5 additional videos of other playing you’ve done in the past 18 months. Recordings of past solo or chamber music recitals or performances are encouraged.

AUDITION: Students who advance to this stage of the application process will meet in-person or online with faculty for an audition and a brief discussion of your work and career goals.

Prepare an audition program that showcases your point of view as an artist, while demonstrating your highest level of musical and technical expertise.

  • Two (2) contrasting movements of a concerto
  • Two (2) contrasting movements of a Bach sonata or partita (repeats not expected). The Chaconne may be performed alone to satisfy this requirement as well.  
  • One Paganini caprice of choice
  • One piece of choice from the 20th century

In your elective choices, you are encouraged to present repertoire by composers who have been traditionally underrepresented by virtue of their gender, race, ethnicity, or cultural heritage.

Memorization of solo literature (e.g. unaccompanied and concerto repertoire) is expected. Your audition program may include repertoire submitted on your prescreening videos. An accompanist is not expected nor required. 

 

Doctor of Musical Arts Programs  (Updated 9/7/2021)
SMTD provides funding for those admitted to the DMA equal to the full cost of tuition, health insurance, and a small stipend. As such, this is a highly competitive admissions and audition process. We encourage you to carefully curate your application and audition materials to present only your very best work.

Written Requirements
  • Academic Statement of Purpose: Upload a 2-3 page academic statement of purpose about your academic and research background, your career goals, and how this graduate program will help you meet your career and educational objectives.
  • Personal Statement: Upload a personal statement indicating how your background and life experiences, including cultural, geographical, financial, educational or other opportunities or challenges, motivated your decision to pursue a graduate degree at the University of Michigan. For example, if you grew up in a community where educational, cultural, or other opportunities were either especially plentiful or especially lacking, you might discuss the impact this had on your development and interests. This should be a discussion of the journey that has led to your decision to seek a graduate degree. Please do not repeat your Academic Statement of Purpose.
Video Requirements

Upload to the SMTD Artistic Profile  the following unedited videos:

  • Three or more (3+) advanced works that demonstrate your mastery of standard repertoire for your instrument. Choose repertoire that showcases not only your musical proficiency, but your highest level of technical expertise as well.
    • At least one of your choices must be performed from memory.
    • One work must be performed with a collaborative pianist. Harpists are exempt from this requirement.
    • For multi-movement works like solo Bach, concerti, and sonatas, submit at least two (2) contrasting movements for prescreening. If subsequently invited to the live audition, complete works (all movements) will be required.
    • In your elective choices, you are encouraged to present repertoire by composers who have been traditionally underrepresented by virtue of their gender, race, ethnicity, or cultural heritage.
  • A speaking video in which you answer these questions in a casual format: 1) Why do you want an advanced degree in performance? 2) What would you like to be doing 5 years after receiving a doctoral degree?
  • HIGHLY RECOMMENDED: 1-5 additional videos of other playing you’ve done in the last 24 months. Recordings of past solo or chamber music recitals or performances are encouraged. We also welcome examples of teaching, coaching, and/or conducting work.
DMA Audition/Interview Requirements In-person

Students who advance to this stage of the application process will be invited to meet in-person with the faculty for an individual interview and one or more auditions.

Prepare a professional level audition program with approximately 60 minutes of music that showcases your point of view as an artist, while demonstrating your highest level of musical and technical expertise. Complete works are required, and memorization of solo literature is expected. In your elective choices, you are encouraged to present repertoire by composers who have been traditionally underrepresented by virtue of their gender, race, ethnicity, or cultural heritage. Your audition program may include repertoire submitted on your prescreening videos.

 

MM/SM in Voice Performance – Updated 9/7/2021

Writing Requirements
  • Statement of Purpose: Upload a 2-3 page academic statement of purpose about your academic and research background, your career goals, and how this graduate program will help you meet your career and educational objectives.
  • Personal Statement: Upload a personal statement indicating how your background and life experiences, including cultural, geographical, financial, educational or other opportunities or challenges, motivated your decision to pursue a graduate degree at the University of Michigan. For example, if you grew up in a community where educational, cultural, or other opportunities were either especially plentiful or especially lacking, you might discuss the impact this had on your development and interests. This should be a discussion of the journey that has led to your decision to seek a graduate degree. Please do not repeat your Academic Statement of Purpose.
MM/SM Performance Pre-screening and Audition Requirements

Upload the following video recordings to the SMTD Artistic Profile:

Six (6) memorized classical selections. Repertoire is the applicant’s choice, and should showcase your highest level of musical and technical proficiency. Please follow these guidelines to choose your repertoire.

  • Because of our historic legacy and ongoing passion for promoting inclusivity in the vocal arts, at least one selection must be written by a composer who has been traditionally underrepresented by virtue of their gender, race, ethnicity, or cultural heritage. This piece should also be in a classical art song style, inclusive of spirituals, or an aria from oratorio or opera. 
  • Include a selection in each of these languages: English, French, German, and Italian 
  • One selection must have been written after 1940
  • Only one selection may be an operatic or oratorio aria
  • Only one secco recitative (i.e. not written for orchestral accompaniment) from an 18th century opera or oratorio. The selection must be a minimum of eight measures in length and in a language other than English.

A speaking video in which you answer these questions. The format can be casual:

  • Why do you want an advanced degree in voice performance?
  • Why do you want an advanced degree from Michigan?
  • What interests do you have outside of classical vocal performance?
  • Where do you see yourself 5 years from now? 10 years from now? What would you like to be doing?

OPTIONAL: Upload 1-3 additional videos or YouTube links of other singing or performance you’ve done in the last 18 months. Recordings of past recitals or performances are encouraged.

An accompanist is required for all recorded selections. However, if because of the pandemic you are unable to arrange for an accompanist, you are allowed to use Appcompanist or another recorded track resource. 

For recordings, the Voice Department recommends using an iPhone, smartphone, or similar recording device to create recordings, with a recommended microphone placement of 4’–8′ from the singer. At the start of your first video, please state your name and the type of recording equipment you are using.

MM/SM Performance Live Online or In Person Audition/Interview Requirements

Students who advance to this stage of the application process will be asked to attend a group meeting with the faculty to discuss the school, the curriculum, performance opportunities, and more. Those same applicants will also be asked to meet with the voice faculty for an audition (see MM/SM audition repertoire requirements, above) and interview that will review your training, current work, future goals, and a discussion of one or more of your recordings. Please have your scores available for reference for all of your audition repertoire and previously submitted recordings. An accompanist will be provided for applicants auditioning in Ann Arbor.

Required Materials

To apply for admission, all applicants must submit an Artistic Profile and an official application, transcripts, and recommendations. The deadline for applications is December 1.

International applicants whose language is not English must submit a Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) score or the Michigan English Language Battery (MELAB) score before the audition may be scheduled.

No action will be taken on your application until your application file is complete.

DMA Voice – Updated 9/7/2021

SMTD provides funding for those admitted to the DMA equal to the full cost of tuition, health insurance, and a small stipend. As such, this is a highly competitive admissions and audition process. We encourage you to carefully curate your application and audition materials to present only your very best work.

Written Requirements
  • Statement of Purpose: Upload a 2-3 page academic statement of purpose about your academic and research background, your career goals, and how this graduate program will help you meet your career and educational objectives.
  • Personal Statement: Upload a personal statement indicating how your background and life experiences, including cultural, geographical, financial, educational or other opportunities or challenges, motivated your decision to pursue a graduate degree at the University of Michigan. For example, if you grew up in a community where educational, cultural, or other opportunities were either especially plentiful or especially lacking, you might discuss the impact this had on your development and interests. This should be a discussion of the journey that has led to your decision to seek a graduate degree. Please do not repeat your Academic Statement of Purpose.
DMA Performance Pre-screening and Audition Requirements

Upload the following video recordings to the SMTD Artistic Profile:

Eight (8) memorized classical selections. Repertoire is the applicant’s choice, and should showcase your highest level of musical and technical proficiency. Please follow these guidelines to choose your repertoire.

  • Because of our historic legacy and ongoing passion for promoting inclusivity in the vocal arts, at least one selection must be written by a  composer who has been traditionally underrepresented by virtue of their gender, race, ethnicity, or cultural heritage. This piece should also be in a classical art song style, inclusive of spirituals, or an aria from oratorio or opera. 
  • Selections must demonstrate facility in each of the following languages: French, German, Italian, and English
  • A twentieth-century work. The twentieth-century work should not be an arrangement by a twentieth-century composer (e.g., Copland’s Old American Songs) but an actual composition by a twentieth-century composer.
  • Only one operatic aria
  • Only one oratorio aria
  • Only one secco recitative (i.e. not written for orchestral accompaniment) from an 18th century opera or oratorio. The selection must be a minimum of eight measures in length and in a language other than English.

A speaking video in which you answer these questions. The format can be casual:

  • Why do you want a doctoral degree in voice performance?
  • What draws your attention to the DMA program at Michigan?
  • Based on your previous performance and vocal technique studies, what has most influenced your own approach to singing?
  • What interests do you have outside of vocal performance?
  • Where do you see yourself 5 years from now? 10 years from now? What would you like to be doing?

OPTIONAL: 1-5 additional videos or YouTube links of other singing or performance you’ve done in the last 24 months. Recordings of past recitals or performances are encouraged.  We also welcome examples of teaching.

An accompanist is required for all recorded selections. 

For recordings, the Voice Department recommends using an iPhone, smartphone, or similar recording device to create recordings, with a recommended microphone placement of 4’–8′ from the singer. At the start of your first video, please state your name and the type of recording equipment you are using.

DMA Performance In-Person Audition/Interview Requirements

Students who advance to this stage of the application process will be asked to attend a group meeting with the faculty to discuss the school, the curriculum, performance opportunities, and more. Second round applicants will also be asked to meet for individual auditions (see DMA audition repertoire requirements, above) and interviews with the voice faculty that will review your training, current work, future goals, and performances of one or more of your previously-submitted material. Please have your scores available for reference for all of your audition repertoire and previously submitted recordings. An accompanist will be provided for applicants auditioning in Ann Arbor.

Required Materials

To apply for admission, all applicants to the DMA must submit an Artistic Profile and an official application, transcripts, and recommendations. The deadline for applications is December 1.

International applicants whose language is not English must submit a Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) score or the Michigan English Language Battery (MELAB) score before the audition may be scheduled.

No action will be taken on your application until your application file is complete.

Admission to the doctoral program does not guarantee that the student will ultimately complete the course requirements, become a candidate, or receive the degree. Admission implies only that the applicant has the requisite background and should be given the opportunity to demonstrate his or her ability. A master’s degree in the applicant’s proposed field of specialization, or its equivalent, is a prerequisite for admission.

MM and SM in Performance Programs: Winds & Brass

Pre-screening Policy

Pre-screening is required for all applicants to the MM/SM Performance programs Winds & Brass. Upon a favorable evaluation of your materials, an online audition may be scheduled.

All pre-screening materials should be uploaded through the Artistic Profile by the December 1 deadline. Hard copies of pre-screening materials will not be considered.

Writing Requirements (all instruments)
  • Statement of Purpose: Upload a 2-3 page academic statement of purpose about your academic and research background, your career goals, and how this graduate program will help you meet your career and educational objectives.
  • Personal Statement:Upload a personal statement indicating how your background and life experiences, including cultural, geographical, financial, educational or other opportunities or challenges, motivated your decision to pursue a graduate degree at the University of Michigan. For example, if you grew up in a community where educational, cultural, or other opportunities were either especially plentiful or especially lacking, you might discuss the impact this had on your development and interests. This should be a discussion of the journey that has led to your decision to seek a graduate degree. Please do not repeat your Academic Statement of Purpose.

Audition Requirements by Instrument

Bassoon

Updated 8/2/2021

Pre-Screening Requirements

Please upload the following works to the SMTD Artistic Profile in their entirety unless otherwise noted. Piano accompaniment is preferred, but not required.

  • W. A. Mozart: Concerto in B flat, KV 191. Movement 1, complete with cadenza
  • One etude of your choice, taken from the studies by Milde, Jancourt, Bitsch, Orefici, Giampieri, Bertoni, Garfield or Lacour. 
  • One movement of a work for solo bassoon or bassoon and piano from the 20th or 21st centuries. Candidates are strongly encouraged to include a work by a minority or marginalized composer or a work that in some way represents their own identity to demonstrate the range of your musical experiences. If you would like suggestions or if you would like to confirm your choice of piece, please write to Dr. Lyman at jlym@umich.edu before submitting the recording. 
  • Six orchestral excerpts: 
    • Beethoven: 4th Symphony, last movement staccato passage, measures 184-190. 
    • Mozart: Overture to the Marriage of Figaro, mm. 139-171.
    • Ravel: Bolero, mm. 41-57
    • Ravel: Piano Concerto in G major, first movement high solo (rehearsal 9-10)
    • Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 4, second movement, last 31 bars (record only the solo and the final few measures)
    • Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 6, first movement, mm. 1-12. 

Live Online or In-Person Audition/Interview Requirements

Students who advance to this stage of the application process will be invited to meet with Bassoon faculty for a discussion of your training, future and career goals, a review of your previously-submitted recordings, and live playing.

Clarinet

Updated 8/6/2021

Pre-Screening Requirements

Please upload video recordings of: 

  • Two contrasting works for solo clarinet, or for clarinet and piano (may be recorded with, or without piano). One of the selected works should be composed by a BIPOC, or underrepresented composer. If you would like suggestions or if you would like to confirm your choice of piece, please write to Professor Dan Gilbert (nosqueak@umich.edu) or Professor Chad Burrow (burrowc@umich.edu) before submitting the recording.
  • Mozart Concerto, 1st movement exposition (preferably with piano accompaniment)
  • Four contrasting excerpts from the standard orchestral audition literature

Live Online or In-Person Audition/Interview Requirements

Students who advance to this stage of the application process will be invited to meet with Clarinet faculty for a discussion of your training, future and career goals, a review of your previously-submitted recordings, and live playing.

Euphonium

Updated 7/28/2021

Pre-Screening Requirements

Upload the following selections to the SMTD Artistic Profile:

  • Any Etude from Book 2 of Rochut Melodious Etudes for Trombone
  • Solo of applicant’s choice (with accompaniment)

Audition Requirements

For the audition, each applicant must be prepared to play:

  • One etude from either
    • Charlier- 32 Etudes de Perfectionnement
    • Charlier- Transcendental Etudes for Trumpet
  • A technical solo of the applicant’s choice (different from pre-screening repertoire)
  • A lyrical solo of the applicant’s choice (different from pre-screening repertoire)
  • Band Exceprts that the applicant chooses from the following list:
    • Lyrical (choose two)
      • Schuman- When Jesus Wept
      • Berlioz- Roman Carnival Overture
      • Schoenberg- Theme and Variations
      • Grainger- Colonial Song
    • Technical (choose two)
      • Shostakovich- Festive Overture
      • Smith- Festival Variations
      • Sullivan- Pineapple Poll
      • Williams- The Cowboys
  • Sight Reading
Flute

Updated 8/6/2021

Pre-Screening Requirements

Upload four compositions from the standard solo flute repertoire (video recordings) to the SMTD Artistic Profile, as well as four orchestral excerpts representing your highest level of proficiency. One of the compositions must be memorized. Please include a movement of a concerto as one of your selections. You may upload only two movements from a composition with multiple movements. Choose from the contrasting styles of the Baroque, Classical, French, or Contemporary literature. 

Live Online or In-Person Audition/Interview Requirements

Students who advance to this stage of the application process will be invited to meet with Flute faculty for a discussion of your training, future and career goals, a review of your previously-submitted recordings, and live playing. Skills are assumed in performance techniques appropriate to the graduate level. Be prepared to sight-read.

French Horn

Updated 8/6/2021

Pre-Screening Requirements – all candidates

Upload unedited video recordings of the following to the SMTD Artistic Profile:

  • W.A. Mozart – Horn Concerto #2 or #4, Movement 1 (Concerto #4, include cadenza)
  • R. Strauss – Horn Concerto #2, Movement 1 – beginning to rehearsal #5
  • Beethoven Sym. # 3, Horn 2, Movement 3 trio
  • Tchaikovsky Sym. #5 – Horn 1, Movement 2 solo

Audition Requirements – Final Round (Online or in-person)

Students who advance to this stage of the application process and conduct their audition in-person will play the following selections for the final round. Students who complete online auditions will submit recordings of each of these selections.

  • W.A. Mozart – Horn Concerto #2 or #4 (complete)
  • Erika Raum – Confessions of St. Augustine, Movement 1  
  • R. Strauss – Concerto #2, Movement 1 (complete)
  • Beethoven – Sym. #6, Horn 1, Movement 3 (Scherzo) solo, Movement 5, opening solo
  • Ravel – Pavane, Horn 1, opening solo
  • Shostakovich – Sym. #5, Horn 1, Movement 1 low tutti
  • Sight reading

A post-audition online interview will be required for all online finalists and may be requested of students who performed a live final audition. Online finalists will start their interview with a short sight-reading selection.

Oboe

Updated 7/30/2021

Pre-Screening Requirements

Upload portions of three complete works from the major solo repertoire to the SMTD Artistic Profile, including music from the Baroque and 20th/21st-Century periods. You are encouraged to include repertoire from female composers and composers of an underrepresented background. Also upload two-four orchestral excerpts of your choice. The entire recording should be 20-30 minutes in length.

Live Online or In-Person Audition Requirements

Students who advance to this stage in the application process will be invited to meet with Oboe faculty to perform an audition. The music prepared for the live audition should be: three complete works from the major solo repertoire, including music from the Baroque and 20th/21st-Century periods. Also prepare four orchestral excerpts of your choice.  Familiarity with all major and minor scales and thirds is assumed. You may also be tested in sight-reading skills.

Saxophone

Updated 9/10/2021

Pre-Screening Requirements

Upload unedited video recordings of:

  • Two major works for saxophone that demonstrate your highest level of musical and technical development. It is recommended that at least one of the selections include one of the following works (or similar difficulty): Albright, Sonata; Bolcom, Lilith; Dahl, Concerto; Berio, Sequenza IXB or VIIB; Denisov, Sonata; Etezady, Streetlegal; Larsen, Holy Roller; J.A. Lennon, Symphonic Rhapsody; William Grant Still, Romance; Tower, Wings. 
  • One major etude to be chosen from composers Lacour, Koechlin, Karg-Elert, Bozza, or Lauba.
  • Jazz improvisation videos are welcomed and, if you have significant jazz experience, you are encouraged to include video performances of your work. Contact our Auditions Coordinator (smtd.auditions@umich.edu) if you would also like to audition separately for the Jazz faculty.
  • RECOMMENDED: 1-5 additional videos of other playing you’ve done in the past 18 months. Recordings of past recitals or performances are encouraged, including jazz or other genres of music.

Audition/Interview Requirements (in-person or online)

Students who advance to this stage of the application process will meet with Saxophone faculty for an audition and a brief discussion of your training, future and career goals. 

Prepare an audition program with approximately 20 minutes of music that showcases your point of view as an artist, while demonstrating your highest level of musical and technical expertise. 

In your elective choices, you are encouraged to present repertoire by composers who have been traditionally underrepresented by virtue of their gender, race, ethnicity, or cultural heritage. The music for the live audition may be the same or different from that submitted on your videos. An accompanist is not expected nor required.

Trombone

Updated 8/3/2021

Pre-Screening Requirements

Please upload the appropriate material for the instrument on which you will audition:

  • Tenor Trombone
    • Upload video of Red Sky by Anthony Barfield (beginning-B)
    • Upload video of Fifteen, from Ages, by Susan Mutter
    • Upload video recordings of at least two additional contrasting solo pieces. Movements of larger works are acceptable. Additionally, upload the following excerpts:
      • Berlioz: Hungarian March (Trombone 2)
      • Mahler: Symphony No. 3 — Movement I: first solo
      • Mozart: RequiemTuba Mirum
      • Ravel: Bolero
      • Wagner: Ride of the Valkyries — B Major section
  • Bass Trombone
    • Upload a video recording of Extremely Close Mvt. 1 (We Will Not Stop Looking) by Daniela Candillari
    • Upload a video recording of the Sarabande from the Fifth Suite for Solo Cello by Bach (no repeats) as well as at least one additional solo piece of your choice and the following excerpts:
      • Berlioz: Hungarian March
      • Haydn: The Creation
      • Schumann: Symphony No. 3 (4th movement)
      • Wagner: Ride of the Valkyries — B Major section
      • Wagner: Das RheingoldEntry of the Gods

Live Online Audition/Interview Requirements

Students who advance to this stage of the application process will meet online or in-person with Trombone faculty for live playing, a review of your previously-submitted recordings and discussion of your training. Prepare the same repertoire as listed above for pre-screening, PLUS the Rossini Overture to William Tell.

Trumpet

Updated 7/28/2021

Pre-Screening Requirements

Please upload one of the following selections:

  • Honegger: Intrada (complete)
  • Tomasi Concerto: first movement, minus cadenza

Please upload the following orchestral excerpts:

  • Petrouchka, ballerina dance (1947) and Pictures at an Exhibition, Promenade

In addition to these selections, upload 15 minutes of your choice of standard solo recital literature, etudes for trumpet and 2-3 standard excerpts from the orchestral repertoire representing your highest level of proficiency. You are encouraged to demonstrate your knowledge of different stylistic periods and ability to perform on the piccolo.

RECOMMENDED: Upload 1-5 additional videos or YouTube links of other playing you’ve done in the last 18 months. Recordings of past recitals or performances are encouraged.

Live Online Audition/Interview Requirements

Students who advance to this stage of the application process will meet with faculty for a discussion of your training, future and career goals, a review of your previously-submitted recordings, and some live playing of your previously-submitted recorded material.  You will be asked to transpose while sight-reading. Skills are assumed in performance techniques appropriate to the graduate level.

Tuba

Updated 7/28/2021

Pre-Screening Requirements

Upload the following selections to the SMTD Artistic Profile:

  • Bordogni Vocalises- Any etude between number 61-90 (or any Rochut Book 2 etude, 8vb)
  • Solo of applicant’s choice (with accompaniment)

Audition Requirements (Online or in-person)

  • Choose one of the following from Snedecor Low Etudes for Tuba
    • Etude 3
    • Etude 5
  • A lyrical solo of the applicant’s choice (different from pre-screening repertoire)
  • A technical solo of the applicant’s choice (different from pre-screening repertoire)
  • Orchestral excerpts that the applicant chooses from the following list
    • Low excerpts (choose two)
      • Bruckner Symphony 7, finale P to S
      • Prokofiev- Symphony 5, first movement 3 to 6
      • Respighi- Fountains of Rome
      • Wagner- Ride of the Valkyries
    • High excerpts (choose two)
      • Berlioz- Hungarian March
      • Berlioz- King Lear Overture
      • Mahler- Symphony 1
      • Stravinsky- Petrushka, Bear Solo
  • Sight Reading
Wind Instruments Major

Pre-Screening Requirements

Upload the appropriate pre-screening material as determined by your primary instrument.

Audition Requirements

Prepare an audition on your primary instrument following the audition requirements listed above.

DMA in Performance: Winds & Brass

Pre-screening Requirements

Each DMA applicant must first pass a pre-screening prior to the live audition. Follow the instrument sections below for specific pre-screening repertoire requirements. Please upload your resumé, comprehensive repertoire list, and recordings by creating an Artistic Profile here by December 1.

Indicate in your Artistic Profile the works you intend to perform for your audition. Be prepared to perform a varied program of at least 30 to 45 minutes duration selected from the repertoire specified below.

Required Materials

To apply for DMA admission, submit an official application, transcripts, recommendations, and other materials as instructed on the application. The deadline for applications is December 1 for the Fall term. A master’s degree in the applicant’s proposed field of specialization, or its equivalent, is a prerequisite for admission.

International applicants whose language is not English must submit a qualifying English language test score that meets or exceeds SMTD’s minimums before an audition will be scheduled.

Admission to the doctoral program does not guarantee that the student will ultimately complete the course requirements, become a candidate, or receive the degree. Admission implies only that the applicant has the requisite background and should be given the opportunity to demonstrate his or her ability.

Written Requirements (all instruments)
  • Statement of Purpose: Upload a 2-3 page academic statement of purpose about your academic and research background, your career goals, and how this graduate program will help you meet your career and educational objectives.
  • Personal Statement: Upload a personal statement indicating how your background and life experiences, including cultural, geographical, financial, educational or other opportunities or challenges, motivated your decision to pursue a graduate degree at the University of Michigan. For example, if you grew up in a community where educational, cultural, or other opportunities were either especially plentiful or especially lacking, you might discuss the impact this had on your development and interests. This should be a discussion of the journey that has led to your decision to seek a graduate degree. Please do not repeat your Academic Statement of Purpose.
Bassoon

Updated 8/2/2021

Pre-Screening

For consideration for admission to the DMA program, each applicant must first pass a pre-screening that will be evaluated prior to the live audition.  Prepare a video recording of at least 30 minutes of music of your choice, including at least one standard work for bassoon and piano, at least one unaccompanied work for solo bassoon and 3-4 orchestral excerpts of your choice.

The pre-screening requirement is waived for current University of Michigan graduate bassoon majors applying to the DMA program.

In-Person Audition Requirements

For the in-person audition, each applicant must be prepared to play the following:

  1. One complete Vivaldi bassoon concerto
  2. The first and second movements of the Mozart Concerto, KV 191
  3. One unaccompanied work from the 20th or 21st century
  4. A work of the candidate’s choice from any musical period, preferably for bassoon and piano, or another unaccompanied work. Candidates are strongly encouraged to include a work by a minority or marginalized composer or a work that in some way represents their own identity  to demonstrate the range of your musical experiences.
  5. Six contrasting orchestral excerpts, taken from the standard orchestral repertory

Piano accompaniment is strongly encouraged, but not required if it would cause undue financial hardship.  Audition candidates can arrange to hire a pianist from the SMTD Collaborative Piano pool.  Please contact Dr. Lyman for more information.

Clarinet (Closed for Fall 2022)

Updated 8/6/2021

Pre-Screening Requirements

Please upload video recordings of five movements from a diverse and varied repertoire from the clarinet literature. One of the pieces should be composed by either a BIPOC, or underrepresented composer. If you would like suggestions or if you would like to confirm your repertoire, please write to Professor Dan Gilbert (nosqueak@umich.edu) or Professor Chad Burrow (burrowc@umich.edu) before submitting the recording.

Additionally, please upload four contrasting excerpts from the standard orchestral literature.

Live Online Audition/Interview Requirements

Students who advance to this stage of the application process will be invited to meet with Clarinet faculty for a discussion of your training, future and career goals, and a review of your previously-submitted recordings with the possibility of some live playing.

Euphonium (Closed for Fall 2022)

Updated 7/28/2021

Pre-Screening Requirements

Upload the following selections to the SMTD Artistic Profile:

  • Any Etude from Book 2 of Rochut Melodious Etudes for Trombone
  • Solo of applicant’s choice (with accompaniment)

Audition Requirements (Online or in-person)

For the audition, each applicant must be prepared to play:

  • One etude from either
    • Charlier- 32 Etudes de Perfectionnement
    • Charlier- Transcendental Etudes for Trumpet
  • A technical solo of the applicant’s choice (different from pre-screening repertoire)
  • A lyrical solo of the applicant’s choice (different from pre-screening repertoire)
  • Band Exceprts that the applicant chooses from the following list:
    • Lyrical (choose two)
      • Schuman- When Jesus Wept
      • Berlioz- Roman Carnival Overture
      • Schoenberg- Theme and Variations
      • Grainger- Colonial Song
    • Technical (choose two)
      • Shostakovich- Festive Overture
      • Smith- Festival Variations
      • Sullivan- Pineapple Poll
      • Williams- The Cowboys
  • Sight Reading
Flute  (Closed for Fall 2022)

Updated 8/7/2020

Pre-Screening Requirements

Please upload the following to the SMTD Artistic Profile:

  1. A complete J. S. Bach sonata, partita, or suite
  2. At least one of the following, performed from memory in its entirety:
    • A complete Mozart concerto
    • A complete 20th- or 21st-century concerto (EXAMPLE: Jolivet, Nielsen, Ibert, Foss, Rouse, Bolcom, Tower, Rivier, Liebermann or other)
    • Two additional complete works of contrasting styles and periods that showcase contemporary extended techniques and/or detailed performance practice (e.g., music by a living composer, a commissioned work, French conservatoire pieces, French, Italian or German Baroque pieces)
  3. Six standard orchestral excerpts displaying a balance of technical and lyrical playing.

Live Online Audition/Interview Requirements

Students who advance to this stage of the application process will meet online with Flute faculty for a discussion of your training, future and career goals, a review of your previously-submitted recordings, and some live playing.

French Horn

Updated 8/6/2021

Pre-Screening – all candidates

For consideration for admission to the DMA program, each applicant must first submit a pre-screening video to be uploaded prior to the live audition. Piano is recommended but not required for the pre-screening video. 

The pre-screening requirement is waived for current University of Michigan graduate horn majors applying to the DMA program.

Pre-screening repertoire:

  1. W.A. Mozart – Concerto #2 (complete without edits)
  2. Jane Vignery – Sonata for Horn and Piano (mvmt. 1)
  3. Three contrasting orchestral excerpts

Audition Requirements – Final Round (Online or in-person)

Students who advance to this stage of the application process and conduct their audition in-person will play the following selections for the final round. Students who complete online auditions will submit recordings of each of these selections without edits.

  1. W.A. Mozart – Concerto #4 
  2. Jane Vignery – Sonata for Horn and Piano (complete) 
  3. Vincent Persichetti – Parable for Solo Horn
  4. Six contrasting orchestral excerpts

A post-audition online interview will be required for all online finalists and may be requested of students who performed a live final audition.  

Oboe (Closed for Fall 2022)

Pre-Screening

For consideration for admission to the DMA program, each applicant must first pass a pre-screening to be uploaded prior to the live audition. Select thirty minutes of repertoire from the audition repertoire listed below.

The pre-screening requirement is waived for current University of Michigan graduate oboe majors applying to the DMA program.

Audition

For the in-person audition, each applicant must be prepared to play two major works of the oboe literature from the Baroque period, two major works from the Classical or Romantic period, and two major contemporary works, to equal six (6) complete works which demonstrate technical facility, rhythmic complexity, and musical expression.

Saxophone

Updated 5/17/2021

Pre-Screening Requirements

Please upload video recordings of the following to the SMTD Artistic Profile:

  • 2-3 major works and two major etudes for saxophone that will demonstrate your highest level of musical and technical development. It is recommended that at least one of the selections include one of the following works (or similar difficulty): Albright, Sonata; Bolcom, Lilith; Dahl, Concerto; Berio, Sequenza IXB or VIIB; Denisov, Sonata; Etezady, Streetlegal; Larsen, Holy Roller; J.A. Lennon, Symphonic Rhapsody; Tower, Wings; Tann, Windhover. Two contrasting Etudes to be chosen from composers Lacour, Koechlin, Karg-Elert, Bozza, or Lauba.
  • If you have played a recent recital, you are asked to upload recordings of your performance to supplement your application.
  • Jazz improvisation skills are highly encouraged, but not required, and applicants are encouraged to upload additional media samples of your work in this area. We also welcome examples of teaching, composition/arranging, and/or conducting work.

Audition/Interview Requirements (in-person or online)

Students who advance to this stage of the application process will meet in-person (or online, depending on any ongoing Covid-19 restrictions) with Saxophone faculty for live audition playing and a brief discussion of your training, future and career goals. The music for the live (in-person or online) audition may be the same or different from that submitted on your videos; however, invited finalists must also include one transcription of your choice and key of any solo work by J.S. Bach.

An accompanist is expected for a live, in-person audition, which can be arranged with one of our staff collaborative pianists. If auditions are purely online by the time of the final audition, an accompanist will not be required.  

 

Trombone (Closed for Fall 2022)

Updated 8/3/2021

Pre-Screening Requirements

Please upload video recordings of the following to the SMTD Artistic Profile:

Tenor Trombone

  1. Two contrasting movements from one trombone concerto by Albrechtsberger, Grondahl, Jacob, Larsson, Rota, Tomasi or other concerti of similar level.
  2. Red Sky by Anthony Barfield (beginning-B)
  3. Fifteen, from Ages, by Susan Mutter
  4. Two contrasting movements from the major sonata literature by Casterede, Ewazen, Hindemith or other work of similar level for trombone and piano.
  5. Select one of the following unaccompanied works:
    • Bassett: Suite
    • Crespo: Improvisation No. 1
    • Hidas: Fantasia
    • Persichetti: Parable, op. 133
  6. 8 Orchestral Excerpts

Bass Trombone

  1. Bach Sarabande from Cello Suite No. 5 (no repeats)
  2. Extremely Close Mvt. 1 (We Will Not Stop Looking) by Daniela Candillari
  3. One major concerto by Ewazen, George, Lebedev, Spillman, Vaughn-Williams or other concerti of similar level.
  4. One major work for bass trombone and piano by Bozza, Gillingham, Koetsier, Lassen, Semler-Collery, Wilder or other works of similar level.
  5. Select one of the following unaccompanied works:
    • Fetter: Spain
    • Hartley: Sonata Breve
    • Hidas: Meditation
  6. 8 Orchestral Excerpts

Live Online Audition/Interview Requirements

Students who advance to this stage of the application process will meet online or in-person with Trombone faculty for live playing, a review of your previously-submitted recordings and discussion of your training. Prepare the same repertoire as listed above for pre-screening.

Trumpet (Closed for Fall 2022)

Updated 7/28/21

Pre-Screening Requirements

For consideration for admission to the DMA program, each applicant must first pass a pre-screening to be uploaded prior to the live audition. Select thirty minutes of repertoire from the repertoire listed below.

HIGHLY RECOMMENDED: 1-5 additional videos or YouTube links of other playing you’ve done in the last 18 months. Recordings of past recitals or gigs are encouraged. We also welcome examples of teaching, composition/arranging, and/or conducting work.

Audition/Interview Requirements (Online or in-person)

For the audition, each applicant must be prepared to play one selection in categories 1 through 5, six or more selections from category 6, and sight reading at the discretion of the committee. An equivalent work substituted for one of the following should be of similar musical stature and difficulty.

  1. Fasch, Concerto; Telemann, Concerto in D; L. Mozart, Concerto or equivalent baroque concerto originally written for the trumpet
  2. Haydn: Concerto or Hummel: Concerto (in E or Eb)
  3. Tomasi, Concerto; Jolivet, Concertino; Chaynes, Concerto or other similar twentieth-century concerto for trumpet and orchestra
  4. H. Stevens, Sonata; K. Kennan, Sonata; Hindemith, Sonata; Ewazen, Sonata or equivalent sonata for trumpet and piano
  5. A work of the candidate’s choice that would not appropriately fit in one of the above categories
  6. Standard orchestral excerpts from Bruckner, Mahler, Respighi, Prokofiev, Ravel, Shostakovich, Stravinsky, and/or Wagner
  7. Sight reading
Tuba (Closed for Fall 2022)

Updated 7/28/2021

Pre-Screening Requirements

Upload the following selections to the SMTD Artistic Profile:

  • Bordogni Vocalises- Any etude between number 61-90 (or any Rochut Book 2 etude, 8vb)
  • Solo of applicant’s choice (with accompaniment)

The pre-screening requirement is waived for current University of Michigan graduate tuba majors applying to the DMA program.

Audition Requirements (Online or in-person)

  • Choose one of the following from Snedecor Low Etudes for Tuba
    • Etude 3
    • Etude 5
  • A lyrical solo of the applicant’s choice (different from pre-screening repertoire)
  • A technical solo of the applicant’s choice (different from pre-screening repertoire)
  • Orchestral excerpts that the applicant chooses from the following list
    • Low excerpts (choose two)
      • Bruckner Symphony 7, finale P to S
      • Prokofiev- Symphony 5, first movement 3 to 6
      • Respighi- Fountains of Rome
      • Wagner- Ride of the Valkyries
    • High excerpts (choose two)
      • Berlioz- Hungarian March
      • Berlioz- King Lear Overture
      • Mahler- Symphony 1
      • Stravinsky- Petrushka, Bear Solo
  • Sight Reading

Additional Important Information

An audition, interview, or portfolio review is required for every graduate program. Admission decisions will be made in March after the pre-screening and audition/interview rounds are completed.

All portfolios and pre-screening recordings must be submitted by December 1, with a complete academic application. Pre-screening and audition recordings must be uploaded using your Artistic Profile. A select number of applicants will be scheduled for an audition/interview following the portfolio/pre-screening review.

Placement tests are only administered to specific applicant groups. Orchestral conductors will take a written and aural theory exam online in advance of their audition. Otherwise, all placement tests will be given during summer orientation.

Application & Audition Feedback Policy

The staff of the Admissions Office and the faculty are not able to provide individual application or audition/interview feedback. We ask your understanding and thank you in advance.