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Doctor of Musical Arts in Choral Conducting

Major code: D707

Dr. Richard Zielinski
  • Director of Choral Activities
Dr. David Howard
  • Associate Director of Choral Activities


Concentration and Code
(click for Coursework Requirements)

Standard (R113)

Church Music (R114)


Application Deadline

Applications for admission in Fall must be received by December 1.



There is no separate application for assistantship. Unless the applicant indicates otherwise, we assume that all applicants are interested in being considered for assistantships. Please note that assistantships are usually awarded for the Fall and Spring semesters together. We very seldom have assistantships available for anyone entering in a Spring semester. We do not award assistantships for Summer sessions.


Procedure and Requirements

  1. Submit the online application (see Graduate Admissions page). Be sure to include all materials described below. Within a day or two of completing the online application, the School of Music will acknowledge receipt of the application by email. That email will also contain further information and instructions to continue the application process for your degree.
  2. The Choral Conducting faculty will review each application as it is submitted. After reviewing the application, the Choral Conducting faculty will decide whether or not to invite the applicant to campus for a live audition.
    • Repertoire for the live audition will be sent to the applicant two weeks in advance. In addition to the live conducting audition, the applicant will present a short (two songs) vocal recital and be interviewed by the Choral Conducting faculty.


Application materials required for this degree

These items must be submitted to the online graduate application system.

  • A video of your conducting (rehearsals, performances, variety of repertoire)
    • Submitted to the online application. Video files or links to online video recordings may be submitted under Digital Portfolio > Upload Media.


Application materials required for all graduate degrees

These items must be submitted to the online graduate application system.

  • Resume
  • Personal Statement
    • Submitted to the online application under the Statement of Purpose tab
    • What aspects of the program attract you to OU? Additionally, please answer one of the following prompts:
      • Why do you want to pursue this degree?
      • How would you describe your professional path to this point and your aspirations going forward?
      • What skills, expertise and experience do you bring to the degree, and how will you use your degree, post-graduation?
      • What is important to you musically, artistically, pedagogically, and intellectually?
  • Three letters of reference
    • Submitted to the online application under Recommendations tab
    • Your three reference letters should include:
      • At least one letter from: your studio professor, ensemble conductor, chamber coach, etc., or a person who has considerable knowledge about your abilities as a performer or composer.
      • At least one letter from: a person who can speak to your abilities as a scholar of music.


Scholarly writing requirement

This degree requires you to submit a sample of your scholarly writing.

  • Submitted to the online application under the Supporting Documents tab
  • Preferably not more than 3 years old.
  • Should be recently revised.
  • Should be a minimum of 5 pages of double-spaced text, not counting bibliography.
  • Should represent your best writing and researching skills.
  • Should present a complete argument supporting a clear thesis.
  • Should feature a consistent method for citations and should contain a bibliography.
  • Please contact the Graduate Music Office ( or the area chair for your program with any questions about meeting these requirements.