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Audition Procedures


  1. Apply to the University of Georgia Graduate School as soon as possible:
  2. Apply to the School of Music for admission and assistantship:
  3. Submit (via "Acceptd" at the following pre-audition materials by December 1, 2023:
    • Personal Statement of Purpose
    • Curriculum Vitae (C.V.)
    • Applicants for the DMA should submit a writing sample that demonstrates the applicant's ability to write analytically and formally about music—including discussion of such issues as style, form, performance practice, and/or other musicological topics. A paper that was completed during the candidate's MM degree or within another academic program would suffice. The writing sample should be 5–10 pages in length.
    • All graduate applicants should submit a short (500 word) reflective essay on one of the following topics.
      • Discuss your encounters with a composer of your choice and the impact their music has had on your development.
      • Discuss the relevance of live music in the 21st century.
      • Discuss the role of musicians in affecting the lives of others.
    • Three letters of recommendation including contact numbers and e-mail addresses of your recommenders
    • Video footage of both rehearsal and performance (10-15 minutes each; conductor facing view)
    • Audio recordings of at least 2 contrasting works performed by your own ensemble, or an ensemble you have conducted and rehearsed (approx. 20 minutes)
    • Repertoire list of works conducted and/or studied
  4. Interview and meeting (including philosophy of teaching/conducting/performance).
  5. Meeting with conducting faculty (wind, choral, orchestra), and graduate conductors.
  6. Musical knowledge assessment.

You will be notified of the admission recommendation shortly thereafter. Final official acceptance and assistantship offers will come from the University.

Please feel free to ask any questions: using the subject line “Graduate Conducting Application.”