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Doctor of Musical Arts in Strings

Major code: D735

Dr. Gregory Lee
  • Violin
Dr. Yena Lee
  • Violin
Dr. Mark Neumann
  • Viola
Dr. Jonathan Ruck
  • Cello
Dr. Anthony Stoops
  • Double Bass, Area Chair

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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

Applicants should submit the online application (see the Graduate Admissions page), along with all required materials described below.

Following submission of the online application, the applicant should contact the appropriate member of the string faculty (listed above) to schedule an audition. More information 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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Audition

Following submission of the online application, the applicant should contact the appropriate member of the string faculty to schedule an on-campus audition. Although live, on-campus auditions are preferred, video recordings are acceptable. Video files or links to online video recordings may be submitted to the online application under Digital Portfolio > Upload Media.

With the approval of the applied teacher, a current master’s student at OU who plans to apply to the DMA program within twelve months of his/her planned graduation from the master’s program may use his/her MM degree recital as the DMA audition. The recital must meet DMA audition requirements. In order for a faculty committee to be organized to attend the recital to evaluate it for DMA application purposes, the student must inform all members of the string faculty at least one week before the recital.

Audition Requirements

Whether auditioning in person or by recording, applicants to the DMA are required to prepare an audition program of a minimum of 40 minutes of music. A personal interview with the faculty audition committee will form part of the audition.

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Violin

  • The audition program must consist of at least 3 different works. (An individual movement from a standard concerto or sonata counts as a work).
  • A variety of contrasting periods and styles, chosen to demonstrate the applicant’s highest level of musicianship and technical proficiency must be presented.
  • At least one work must be performed from memory.

Viola

  • The audition program must include at least 3 different works, one of which must consist of a movement (or several movements) from a major standard concerto or sonata.
  • A variety of contrasting periods and styles, chosen to demonstrate the applicant’s highest level of musicianship and technical proficiency must be presented.
  • At least one work must be performed from memory.

Cello

  • First movement of a concerto from the standard repertoire (memorized)
  • Two contrasting movements from a Bach Solo Cello Suite (memorized)
  • An etude by Popper or Piatti
  • A work of the applicant’s choice (showpiece, modern composition, etc.)

Double Bass

  • First movement of a concerto from the standard repertoire
  • Two contrasting movements from a Bach Solo Cello Suite
  • Two or three contrasting orchestral excerpts
  • A work of the applicant’s choice (showpiece, modern composition, etc.)