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Master of Music in Woodwinds

Major code: M735

Prof. Rod Ackmann
  • Bassoon
Dr. Lydia Consilvio
  • Oboe
Dr. Jonathan Nichol
  • Saxophone, Coordinator of Graduate Woodwind Auditions
Dr. Suzanne Tirk
  • Clarinet, Area Chair
Dr. Valerie Watts
  • Flute

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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 the Graduate Admissions page), along with all required materials listed below. Note that applicants to graduate woodwind programs do not have to provide the following item that is requested on the online application:

List of specific coursework or pre-requisite coursework that is applicable to this graduate program and has prepared you for graduate study.

After submitting the online application, applicants should contact Dr. Jonathan Nichol, coordinator of graduate woodwind auditions, at jonathan.nichol@ou.edu to arrange 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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Audition Dates

After submitting the online application, you will need to arrange an audition with woodwind faculty. For graduate woodwind applicants, most auditions will take place on the following dates. To schedule your audition, contact Dr. Jonathan Nichol at jonathan.nichol@ou.edu.

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Graduate Woodwind Audition Dates
January 28, 2022
February 5, 2022
February 26, 2022

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Audition Details

After submitting the online application, you will need to arrange an audition with woodwind faculty. To arrange an audition, contact the coordinator of graduate woodwind auditions Dr. Jonathan Nichol at jonathan.nichol@ou.edu.

MM applicants are strongly urged to perform a live audition. With the consent of the appropriate applied professor, applicants may submit video or audio recordings in the event of a conflict. The audition requirements for live and recorded auditions remain the same. Video recordings are preferable to audio only. Recordings should be unedited and 20 minutes in duration. Audio or video files or links to online recordings may be submitted to the online application under Digital Portfolio > Upload Media.

Applicants submitting recorded auditions should be aware that if the faculty believes the recording is not an accurate representation of the applicant’s abilities, the applicant may be required to perform a live audition to remain in consideration for admission.

Audition Requirements

  • Applicants to the MM in any woodwind instrument should prepare approximately 20 minutes of music.
  • The repertoire should consist of music appropriate for graduate level study and may include orchestral excerpts and/or jazz.
  • The audition should represent a reasonable breadth of styles/periods and, if appropriate, use of different instruments.
  • The audition does not require accompaniment or memorization but will include an interview with members of the woodwind faculty.

The Woodwind area will offer both in-person and virtual MM auditions, in response to the Covid-19 pandemic. Virtual auditions will take place via pre-recorded, unedited live take YouTube video submission and subsequent Zoom audition/interview. Applicants who are auditioning virtually should submit a link to their video recording no later than 24 hours prior to their scheduled audition, to jonathan.nichol@ou.edu. At that point, details and credentials to a Zoom audition/interview will be forwarded to the candidate.

Audition Requirements

  • Applicants to the MM in any woodwind instrument should prepare approximately 20 minutes of music.
  • The pieces recorded may be submitted in multiple videos.
  • Applicants are encouraged to reach out to the appropriate faculty in advance, to discuss their proposed audition repertoire.
  • The repertoire should consist of music appropriate for graduate level study and may include orchestral excerpts and/or jazz.
  • The audition should represent a reasonable breadth of styles/periods and, if appropriate, use of different instruments.
  • The audition does not require accompaniment or memorization but will include an interview with members of the woodwind faculty, via Zoom.