Composition

2018-2019 Audition Dates

Applications must be completed no later than two weeks before a chosen audition date.

Friday, November 2, 2018:
2-5 p.m. (Incoming transfers, current MSU students, and graduate applicants)
Friday, February 8, 2019:
2-5 p.m. (All applicants)
Saturday, February 9, 2019:
9 a.m. – 2 p.m. (All applicants)
Friday, March 1, 2019:
2-5 p.m. (All applicants)
Saturday, March 2, 2019:
9 a.m. – 2 p.m. (All applicants)
Thursday, May 16, 2019:
9 a.m. – 2 p.m. (Transfer and graduate applicants)

Undergraduate (Freshmen and Transfer Students)

1. Review your Audition and Interview Requirements

The audition process for this area of study includes:

  • Audition on primary instrument or voice (see details for undergraduate and graduate auditions below).
  • Interview and portfolio review with faculty member:
    Composition – All candidates must present a portfolio including at least three compositions. These may be original works or arrangements, but should exhibit the use of several different instruments or voices, especially in combinations of two or more. Submission of a recording that includes at least two compositions is strongly encouraged.
    Theorists – All candidates must submit a portfolio of analyses of at least three works by three composers from different periods.
  • Music history syllabus review for transfer students who wish to transfer music history credits – submit a course syllabus for each music history course for faculty review and approval.

Note: If you want to be considered for other Cali School programs during the same audition, please make a separate application after viewing the appropriate webpage.

In addition to the portfolio review, all students must audition on a primary instrument:

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Some notes for an online audition:

  • prepare an audition video including specific repertoire requirements for your instrument or voice.

For live auditions:

  • Instrumentalists should be prepared to perform on primary instrument without an accompanist; vocalists will be provided with an accompanist.
  • Bring your own instrument (exception for percussion).
  • Bring your own instrumental music; vocalists should bring music for the accompanist.

2. Complete the University application here. You will receive an email from admissions with a link to sign up for a video or live undergraduate audition.


Graduate Students

1. Apply to the University: Graduate Application

2. Review your Audition and Interview Requirements

The audition process for this area of study includes:

  • Audition on primary instrument or voice (see details for undergraduate and graduate auditions below).
  • Interview and portfolio review with faculty member:
    Composition – All candidates must present a portfolio including at least three compositions. These may be original works or arrangements, but should exhibit the use of several different instruments or voices, especially in combinations of two or more. Submission of a recording that includes at least two compositions is strongly encouraged.
    Theorists – All candidates must submit a portfolio of analyses of at least three works by three composers from different periods.
  • Music history syllabus review for transfer students who wish to transfer music history credits – submit a course syllabus for each music history course for faculty review and approval.

Note: If you want to be considered for other Cali School programs during the same audition, please make a separate application after viewing the appropriate webpage.

In addition to the portfolio review, all students must audition on a primary instrument:

Some notes for an online audition:

  • prepare an audition video including specific repertoire requirements for your instrument or voice.

For live auditions:

  • Instrumentalists should be prepared to perform on primary instrument without an accompanist; vocalists will be provided with an accompanist.
  • Bring your own instrument (exception for percussion).
  • Bring your own instrumental music; vocalists should bring music for the accompanist.

3. Apply to the Cali School and schedule your live or video audition here.


General Notes

  • Audition applications will be processed within two weeks.
  • Upon acceptance to the Cali School, various placement tests will be administered.
  • Non-music majors may only take general education music courses.
  • Music minors are not currently offered.
  • Musical Theatre auditions are not held at the Cali School: Apply here

Contact Auditions Coordinator