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DMA in Instrumental Conducting - Orchestral

Major code: D707 R476

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Application Deadline

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

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Assistantships

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.

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Procedure for Applying

Submit the online application (see Graduate Admissions page) and all materials described below. The Conductor of the OU Symphony Orchestra (major professor for this degree) will review the written and recorded materials to determine whether or not to contact the applicant to schedule an audition. More details about the audition can be found at the bottom of this page.

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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
    • Why do you want this degree, and why do you want it from OU?
    • Include your reasons for applying, personal statement, and what you have learned about yourself and the field that has further stimulated your interest and reinforced your conviction that you are well suited to the field.
  • Three letters of recommendation
    • Submitted to the online application under Recommendations tab
    • While all three of your letters of recommendation should be from someone who can speak to your ability to be a successful graduate student in a music program, we ask that you consider the following when requesting your recommendations:
      • One letter should be from a person who has considerable knowledge about your abilities as a performer, conductor, or composer (e.g.:  studio professor, ensemble conductor, chamber coach, etc.).
      • One letter should be from a person who can speak to your abilities as a scholar of music.

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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
  • This sample should not be more than 3 years old.
  • Minimum of 5 pages of double-spaced text, not counting bibliography.
  • Should represent your best scholarly writing and researching skills in music.
  • Should present a complete argument supporting a clear thesis.
  • Should feature a consistent method for citations.
  • Examples include but are not limited to a critical analysis, a research paper in musicology, music in culture, or music pedagogy, or an article suitable for publication in a recognized scholarly or professional music journal.

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Prescreening application materials required for this degree

These items must be submitted to the online graduate application system

  • A video recording of a recent ensemble performance and/or rehearsal conducted by the applicant
    • Video files or links to online video recordings may be submitted to the online application under Digital Portfolio > Upload Media.
  • A detailed description of the applicant's current conducting program (ensemble size, ability of performers, rehearsal and performance schedule, repertoire, etc.).

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Audition

The Conductor of the OU Symphony Orchestra (major professor for this degree) will review the written and recorded materials to determine whether or not to contact the applicant to schedule a live, on-campus audition.

  • Applicants invited to campus for a live audition will present a conducting audition with a University ensemble presented before a committee consisting of appropriate members of the Graduate Music Faculty.
  • The audition will consist of a 30-minute rehearsal with orchestra of works assigned prior to the audition, and a 15-minute session at the piano with Dr. Shames that will focus largely but not entirely on score-reading.