Supplemental Application Materials

For a complete application, you must include the supplemental material required for your desired area of specialization. With one exception, all supplemental material must be uploaded as part of your online application in the “Department Documents” section of the online application.

Most studios do not require specific audition repertoire, but some do. The piano, violin, and cello studios list required audition repertoire. Please be familiar with the requirements for your intended area of specialization. If you have concerns about audition repertoire, contact your intended studio professor.

Please Note: If unable to attend audition days, a recording of the senior recital or equivalent performance is an acceptable alternative. If you choose to submit a recording, the recording must be accessible online (eg YouTube, Vimeo, Dropbox) and the link must be included in your online application. Please contact the graduate secretary (musicgraduate@byu.edu) if you have any questions about including links with your application.

MA in Musicology

The MA in Musicology program will not be accepting applications until further notice.

MM in Composition
Upload the following in the “Department Documents” section of the online application:
  • A portfolio of four compositions in various media.
  • A recording of two or more of these compositions.

If the portfolio is best represented in print, supplemental materials may be mailed—to be received by the application deadline—to the graduate secretary:

Graduate Composition Application
c/o Graduate Secretary
BYU School of Music
C550 HFAC
Provo, UT 84602

MM in Conducting - Choral, Instrumental
Choral Conducting
Upload the following with your online application:
  • A list of all choral experience, including private study, conducting, and ensembles in which applicant has sung. Programs of concerts where applicant has conducted. List of pieces, along with composers, rehearsed and performed as conductor, including name of ensemble and dates.
  • Include a link to your pre-screening audition: A video recording of representative rehearsal and performance where choir was trained and conducted by the applicant. The recording must be accessible online and the link must be included in your online application. YouTube is the preferred format. Please contact the graduate secretary (musicgraduate@byu.edu) if you have any questions about including links with your application.

Those who pass the preliminary screening of applicants will be notified by January 15, inviting them to campus for a personal interview/audition with professors Crane and Hall, where the applicant will be asked to conduct previously assigned pieces, sing a hymn, and demonstrate ability to play piano reductions of homophonic and polyphonic pieces.

Instrumental Conducting

Prior to submitting your application, contact Dr. Don Peterson, who oversees the instrumental conducting graduate program, to answer any questions regarding preparation for your live audition and/or advice on suitability of materials selected for upload with your online application.

Upload the following in the “Department Documents” section of the online application:
  • Programs of concerts presented and lists of works rehearsed as a conductor, if applicable.
  • Show proficiency on your major instrument. You may choose to fulfill this requirement by either uploading a recording of a past solo performance or preparing for Graduate Audition Day an audition piece to show your technical and expressive facility.
MM in Music Education
Upload the following in the “Department Documents” section of the online application:
  • A current résumé.
  • Verification by a school administrator of successful public/private school teaching with appropriate teaching licensure (1 year minimum or equivalent required before beginning the program). This document, after receipt from the school administrator, should be scanned and uploaded by the applicant for inclusion in the online application.
  • Two 800- to 1200-word essays on the following topics:
  • Discuss what you perceive to be one of the most important problems in public school music education today and propose a possible solution(s).
  • Reflect on an area of personal interest in music teaching/learning—one that has direct connection with your own teaching—and propose how you might explore it further given the time and opportunity to do so.
  • Link(s) to recordings of:
    • A representative rehearsal or music class taught by the applicant (approximately 15 minutes).
    • A representative performance of a group trained and conducted by the applicant (approximately 15 minutes).
    • A representative solo performance of the applicant on his/her major instrument (at least two pieces of contrasting style).

Please contact the graduate secretary (musicgraduate@byu.edu) if you have any questions about including links with your application.

MM in Performance - Keyboard, Orchestral Instrument, Vocal
Keyboard - Organ & Piano

Upload Recital programs and repertoire lists from undergraduate study and professional work as part of your online application.

Audition

Attendance at the Graduate Audition Days is preferred. See below for lists of required repertoire. If unable to attend audition days, a recording of the senior recital or equivalent performance is an acceptable alternative. If you choose to submit a recording, it must be accessible online (eg YouTube, Vimeo, Dropbox) and the links be included in your online application.

Once all the required application materials have been received by the School of Music, the applicant will be assigned a time for a live audition at BYU (or has submitted a link with their application). Live auditions are 20 minutes. Only those auditioning are allowed in the audition studio. Representative samples or sections of audition pieces will be heard.

APPLICATION AND AUDITION DEADLINES FOR FALL ADMISSION
DEC 15 Application deadline for both live and videotaped auditions. Remember: If submitting a recording, it is to be included with the online application.
FEB 1 Receipt of assigned audition time. Piano auditions are held on Saturday morning. If you have questions, contact the graduate secretary (musicgraduate@byu.edu)
FEB, Second Saturday Live auditions are held on campus in Provo, Utah. Graduate Entrance Exam must be completed by this date.
MID-MARCH Faculty decisions are made by this date. Applicants will know soon after this date.
MID-APRIL Applicants are notified with scholarship results by this date.
May 1 Accepted applicants must notify the School of Music as to whether or not they will be attending BYU.

PIANO AUDITION MATERIALS (MUST BE PERFORMED BY MEMORY)

  • A complete major work by J. S. Bach (prelude and fugue, set of dances, toccata, etc.). Inventions or other intermediate-level pieces are not acceptable.
  • A complete classical sonata by Beethoven, Mozart, Haydn, or Schubert.
  • A third work of choice from the romantic or contemporary periods. This work must be of moderately difficult level or higher, as defined in Maurice Hinson’s Guide to the Pianist’s Repertoire, a standard piano repertoire reference text.
  • All major and 3 forms of minor scales at MM 152 in 16th notes, and all major and minor arpeggios at MM 152 in triplets.

ORGAN AUDITION MATERIALS (PERFORMANCE BY MEMORY OPTIONAL)

  • A major work by J. S. Bach (prelude/fantasia/toccata and fugue, trio sonata movements 1 and 2 or 2 and 3, large chorale setting, etc.).
  • A major work from the 19th or 20th-century repertoire. If an extended section in expressive style is not included, prepare another piece in that style.
  • A hymn (all verses).
  • Major and minor scales and arpeggios in two keys, and a selection of technical studies from Hanon (or equivalent).

Please contact Dr. Irene Peery-Fox, 801-422-8759, irene_peery-fox@byu.edu, regarding any of the above information or any other questions you may have about the graduate piano or organ performance programs at BYU.

Orchestral Instrument

STRINGS APPLICATION MATERIALS

  • Upload Recital programs and repertoire lists from undergraduate study and professional work as part of your online application.
  • Audition: Attendance at the Graduate Audition Days is preferred. Violin and Cello list required repertoire, below. If unable to attend audition days, a recording of the senior recital or equivalent performance is an acceptable alternative. If you choose to submit a recording, the recording must be accessible online (eg YouTube, Vimeo, Dropbox) and the link must be included in your online application.

If you have concerns about your audition repertoire, contact your intended studio professor.

VIOLIN AUDITION

  • One movement from a Romantic sonata, late Beethoven or later composer
  • One movement from a Romantic concerto like Mendelssohn, Tchaikovsky, Brahms, Sibelius etc.
  • One movement from a Bach solo sonata or other Baroque piece
  • One Paganini Caprice of your choice
  • You can plan on the audition lasting around 20 minutes. We would like to see a variety of styles and skills.

Cello Audition

Technique
Choose one of the following, memorized:

  • Popper étude (high school of cello playing 40 études, op. 73)
  • Piatti étude (12 caprices, op. 25)

Repertoire

  • One movement of a standard concerto, memorized.
  • One movement of a sonata from a period other than that of the concerto.
  • Two contrasting movements from the cello suites of J. S. Bach IV, V, or VI. For example: Prelude and Courante, Sarabande and Gigue.

Winds, Brass, Percussion

  • Upload with your online application: Recital programs and repertoire lists from both undergraduate study and professional work.
  • Audition: Attendance at the Graduate Audition Days is preferred. Choose repertoire that demonstrates mastery of at least three distinct style periods. If unable to attend audition days, a recording of the senior recital or equivalent performance is an acceptable alternative. If you choose to submit a recording, the recording must be accessible online (eg YouTube, Vimeo, Dropbox) and the link must be included in your online application.
Vocal
  • Upload with your online application: Recital programs and repertoire lists from both undergraduate study and professional work.
  • Include a link to your pre-screening audition. Uploaded repertoire should include three contrasting pieces, one of which is an art song and one of which is an aria. The recording must be accessible online (eg YouTube, Vimeo, Dropbox) and the link must be included in your online application. Please contact the graduate secretary (musicgraduate@byu.edu) if you have any questions about including links with your application.

Applicants will be notified of the results from the prescreening by January 15, and those who pass will be invited to attend the Graduate Audition Day in February.

LIVE AUDITION REPERTOIRE: For the Graduate Audition Days, please prepare a 20-minute program including pieces in Italian, French, German, and English. Literature should be included which represents German Lieder, French mélodie, pieces composed before 1800, and pieces from the 20th century or later. You may include other selections as time permits. A pianist will be provided.

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