How to Apply

Students are accepted into the MFA in Music Direction program every year. 
Applications for Fall 2020 are currently being accepted.

The deadline for application submissions, supporting materials, and fee is January 15th. The deadline for submission of letters of recommendations is February 1st.  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 a variety of styles

–coaching or rehearsing a singer in musical theatre repertoire from the keyboard

–basic conducting skills

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 a musical theatre song accompaniment, and a contrasting excerpt from a piano/vocal score: a musical theatre overture or instrumental interlude. Choices should indicate piano skills and understanding of styles.

2. Sight-read a song accompaniment from a piano/vocal score of a musical theatre work of the faculty’s choosing, and then coach a singer on the song, based on the applicant’s assessment of the student’s needs.

3. Demonstrate basic conducting skills, reading from a score of the faculty’s choice.

4. Q&A

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.

 

Find out more:

   :: Apply Electronically
   :: Graduate Division website
   :: Graduate Housing
   :: Financial Aid
   :: Drama Department Brochure
   :: English Proficiency Information for International Applicants