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DMA Conducting (orchestral track)
Doctor of Musical Arts in Orchestral Conducting
IMPORTANT NOTICE: The College of Music is not accepting applications to this program for the 2020-21 academic year. We anticipate resuming applications for the 2021-22 academic year.
Michigan State University Application
Complete the online application to Michigan State University. There is a nonrefundable application fee. Apply early if you want to be considered for financial aid, a graduate assistantship, or a fellowship.
College of Music Supplemental Application
Submit the online College of Music Supplemental Application. There is a $60 nonrefundable application fee. Deadline is Dec 1.
First Round: Applicants to the doctoral program in orchestral conducting must submit a video of the applicant in rehearsals and performances. Upload this to the College of Music Supplemental Application. Deadline is Dec 1.
Second Round: After reviewing all applicants’ materials, we will invite finalists to campus for a live audition. Candidates will be contacted to arrange a date. Auditions will include an extended rehearsal with the Symphony Orchestra (repertoire will vary), a detailed score study question-and-answer session, and meetings with various members of the orchestra and graduate orchestral program, as well as with the MSU conducting faculty.
Submit one official transcript from every college or university attended. Transcripts are considered official when mailed by the institution directly to the College of Music at the address below. Deadline is Dec 1.
College of Music - Office of Admissions
Michigan State University
253 Music Building
East Lansing, MI 48824
Electronic transcripts: MSU accepts e-transcripts only from U.S. schools if sent directly to us by the school. Please send to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Include a list of standard repertoire studied and/or conducted with name, date, and location (if previously conducted). Deadline is Dec 1.
In your personal statement please describe your educational and musical background, goals and objectives, and future career plans. Please feel free to include any information that you feel would be helpful to the College of Music in making our admission decision. Limit your statement to 300-500 words.
IMPORTANT NOTICE ABOUT ONLINE SUBMISSIONS: The College of Music prefers to receive personal statements online. Although the MSU Graduate Application also accepts personal and academic statements online, please do not use that application to submit your personal statement. Please use only the College of Music application to submit your personal statement. Deadline is Dec 1.
Letters of Recommendation
Request letters of recommendation from three individuals familiar with your musical abilities.
IMPORTANT NOTICE ABOUT ONLINE SUBMISSIONS: The College of Music prefers to receive letters of recommendation online. Although the MSU Graduate Application also accepts letters of recommendation online, please do not use that application for your letters of recommendation. Please use only the College of Music application to submit your letters. Deadline is Dec 1.