Master of Music Studies, Doctor of Musical Arts Conducting Program
Applicants for the Symphony Orchestra, Wind Orchestra, Choral Conducting, Opera
The following pre-audition materials must be submitted in the online Audition/Interview form.
Conducted repertoire list
Three contact numbers and emails for references
Audio recording of your own ensemble (10-15 minutes) with a variety of repertoire
Conducting work shown by video internet links (YouTube or similar URLs) or DVD with no regional ZONE CODE): 10-15 minutes of rehearsal, 10-15 minutes of performance (frontal view) with a variety of repertoire
A Research Proposal of your desired topic to be worked on throughout your degree – 1000 words minimum, 1500 words maximum
A brief two page analysis to assess how you write and how you think about music as follows:
Master of Music Studies: W.A. Mozart Symphony Nº 40 in G Minor, K. 550, First Movement
Doctor of Musical Arts: Brahms’ Fourth Symphony in E minor, Op. 98, Fourth Movement
Master of Music Studies: Holst’s First Suite in Eb, First Movement
Doctor of Musical Arts: Hindemith’s Symphony in Bb, First Movement
Master of Music Studies: Victoria’s Requiem a 6
Doctor of Musical Arts: Duruflé’s Requiem
Master of Music Studies and Doctor of Musical Arts: Mozart, Die Zauberflöte, Finale Act 1 ‘Speaker scene’, until ‘Schnelle Fuše’. Puccini, Madama Butterfly, Love Duet, end Act 1 (from Fig 116 – end of Act).
Once your audition materials have been reviewed, you will be notified on whether you will proceed to an audition and/or interview.
A limited number of people will then be invited for an interview which will include questions about your research topic.
You will also undertake a compulsory aural exam which will consist of the following:
Identification of several scales played at a keyboard, then sing them
Identification of 5th and 7th chords, including inversions
Write an 8 bar two part dictation played from the keyboard
Write a rhythmic dictation and read/play it afterwards (tapping)
Identify chord progressions. i.e: I, V, I64, IV, I64, V7 VI, IV, I, etc.
Identification of works’ excerpts or their composer, played in a CD player and/or at the piano
As a postgraduate SCM applicant, you are expected and may be required to undertake the following, depending on time availability:
Play any short piece on your instrument
Sight read a brief excerpt in your instrument
Sing a written vocal part
Sight read at the piano a brief excerpt from an orchestral score or sight sing any given part
Sing and play from a piano/vocal score if your main instrument is piano
A theory based test may also be conducted as part of your audition with us and this will involve:
Identifying the scores shown at a glance. Work and/or composer.