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Doctor of Musical Arts, Organ Performance
This is a program of advanced study in applied music, literature, and pedagogy with a strong supporting program in historical and analytical studies. The degree is designed to represent superior accomplishment in the practical aspects of music with an emphasis on the art of performing and teaching.
Applicants must meet the scholastic standards and general requirements of the Graduate School and the School of Music. Admission is limited to those who exhibit extraordinary potential as performers and teachers. An audition must be completed before the application can be considered. Upon entrance, the student must take the placement examinations in tonal and 20th century music theory, ear-training, and music history. Any identified deficiencies must be remedied during the first year of study.
The applicant should prepare a program of forty-five minutes’ duration consisting of compositions for organ of contrasting styles and from different historical periods and/or national schools. One work must be a major work of J. S. Bach, and the audition program must include works representing the 17th century, as well as the 19th-and 20th-century repertoires. In addition, the audition repertoire should illustrate the applicant’s ability to perform music which is interpretively as well as technically demanding. Memorization is recommended but not required. A repertoire list must be submitted to the committee at the time of the audition. Applicants must also submit a sample of their written work (e.g., a research or term paper written for a history or theory course) at the time of their audition.) Click here for complete information on the admissions process.
Please download the Degree Program for requirements.