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Graduate Applications: Choral Conducting Degrees

ALL application materials must be received online by the deadline below: applications incomplete as of this date will not be considered.  The applicant is responsible for ensuring that the application is complete when submitted.

Deadline for autumn quarter admission: December 2

Application opens September 1. We do not accept applications for summer quarter, winter quarter, or spring quarter.

Submit the following admission materials online:

  • Graduate Admissions Application: must be submitted online by the deadline above, along with the online application fee.  Application is found at

  • Three recommendation letters from people familiar with your academic and/or professional work can be arranged for electronically within this application.

  • Unofficial transcripts from ALL previously attended colleges or universities.

  • Statement of Purpose:  Explain how graduate study in this particular program will contribute to your pursuing your professional and/or personal goals.

  • A recent academic writing sample to demonstrate your writing and research style. An essay, a review, a portion of a term paper or thesis, etc., are all acceptable. 
  • Résumé
  • Conducting Video: A contrast of two representative works is encouraged – both rehearsal and performance (if possible). Recordings must be in video format and preferably from the viewpoint of the choir with the camera facing you, the conductor.

Choral Audition Days

These will be held in February 2025 (exact dates TBD). In early January, selected applicants will receive an invitation letter from Dr. Geoffrey Boers, Director of Choral Activities, describing the audition expectations and process.

In person auditions are preferable and provide more opportunities for students to gain a more holistic view of the program. 

1. Candidates are encouraged to attend a virtual class or classes during the week prior to the audition day. This provides an opportunity to get to know our faculty, and see a typical “day in the life” of the choral cohort.

2. On audition day, each candidate will have a private audition to include: personal interview with the choral faculty, aural exam, piano demonstration, and solo singing, and conducting a prepared example.

  •  The aural exam and vocalizing will be done during the interview.
  • Piano demonstration and singing can be submitted prior to the audition by video, or done online during the audition.
  • In lieu of rehearsal, the applicant will be asked to prepare a portion of a suggested piece. Once again, the applicant may submit a video of them conducting the excerpt or may choose to conduct live during the interview.