How to Apply
Students are accepted into the MFA in Music Direction program every year.
Applications for Fall 2021 are currently being accepted.
The application deadline, including all required materials and letters of recommendation, is March 1, but in order to be eligible for additional financial awards, we encourage you to apply by February 1. For Music Direction applicants, the GRE exam is not required.
In addition to completing an online application, applicants are asked to send a resumé plus weblinks (ex. youtube, vimeo) to video clips that show:
–keyboard skills in 2-3 contrasting styles
–coaching or rehearsing an actor and/or an ensemble in musical theatre repertoire from the keyboard
–basic conducting skills with an ensemble, or using an accompaniment track, for your video submission.
Following submission of applications and supporting materials, finalists will be contacted to schedule an audition/interview. Only persons who have submitted applications, fees, and resumes can be considered for an audition/interview.
To apply to the M.F.A. program in Music Direction, a completed application and $120.00 fee ($140.00 for international applicants) is required. The application fee must be submitted online (checks will not be accepted). All graduate applications are submitted electronically and must be supported by appropriate academic transcripts from each college/university attended, three letters of recommendation, and resume. Unofficial transcripts must be submitted online with the graduate application. Official transcripts must be provided only after a candidate has been accepted by the program and formally admitted to the university. All letters of recommendation must be submitted online. Music Direction resumes should be uploaded to the electronic application.
Please be sure to specify on the online application your "Specific Area of Interest" as Music Direction.
Applicants invited for an interview/audition will be asked to:
1. Prepare two contrasting musical theatre accompaniments of your choosing. Selections should indicate piano skills and understanding of styles/genres.
2. Coach several actors (vocally, musically) on material in their books that the committee selects during the interview.
3. Demonstrate basic conducting skills, reading from a score of the faculty’s choice.
For those international applicants that are required to take the TOEFL test to measure English language proficiency, a minimum score of 80 is considered passing. To be eligible to receive a teaching assistantship, a minimum score on the speaking portion of 26 is required. For more information, please visit the Graduate Division website.
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