Additional application requirements for specific Master of Music programs:
The master's in Music Education offers you several curricular options, and in many
cases the university's application for graduate study is all that is required for
consideration of admission. One of the options, however, involves performance study
and a culminating recital. Those interested in the "recital option" must audition
either before beginning coursework or before completing 12 credit hours. Explore your choices for this degree in the university Catalog.
An audition/interview request form is part of the graduate studies application. The
full application must be completed (including transcripts and letters of recommendation)
before any audition or interview will be scheduled.
Music Performance (Conducting, Voice, or Instrumental): An audition is required (see details below).
Please select from the general audition dates when submitting the Graduate Audition/Interview Request Form (which is part of the
Application for Graduate Study), and the entire application must be completed (including
transcripts and letters of recommendation) before the audition will be scheduled. View details in the university catalog.
Theory/Composition: An interview is required, and original scores with recordings (Composition) or samples
of scholarly work (Theory) must be submitted. The Graduate Audition/Interview Request
Form is part of the Application for Graduate Study, and the entire application must
be completed (including transcripts and letters of recommendation) before the interview
will be scheduled. Please note: a performance audition is not required.
View details in the university catalog.
Music Therapy: In the application for graduate study, the 2 letters of recommendation should include
one from a clinical and one from an academic supervisor. No interview or audition
View details in the university catalog.
Audition detail by instrument or area of study:
Piano | Collaborative Piano | Voice | Strings | Woodwinds | Brass
Percussion | Conducting - Instrumental | Conducting - Vocal
Perform at least three compositions, each representing different periods (one contrapuntal
work and at least one sonata movement); and minor scales and arpeggios.
Applicants should prepare ALL of the selections on the collaborative piano audition repertoire list. In addition, applicants should prepare one solo work from memory and may also be
asked to sight read as part of the audition. International applicants may submit a
DVD recording of equivalent repertoire in lieu of a live audition (please contact
Dr. Anne Kissel for details).
Perform five selections, including one opera or oratorio aria, in a minimum of four
languages and representing a variety of styles and periods. Recital Track (MM-Music
Education) – perform four selections in a minimum of three languages.
Perform several compositions (sonata or concerto movements, or pieces), which demonstrate
both technical competence and contrasts of musical style; play scales and arpeggios
through three octaves.
Perform at least two movements from each of several different major works selected
from contrasting style periods in the standard repertoire for the instrument. An accompanist
is preferred, but not required.
Perform two solos, one representative of pre-twentieth century styles and the other
from the contemporary period, and several standard orchestral excerpts. The audition
may include sight-reading.
Perform solos on snare drum, multiple percussion, timpani, and mallet instruments,
timpani, and mallet instruments; scales and arpeggios on a mallet instrument; rudiments;
and tune timpani.
Candidates will conduct a rehearsal of the College Symphony Orchestra, Wind Ensemble
or other curricular wind ensemble, which will include two compositions as listed below:
1. A composition representing the classical period (i.e., a Mozart, Haydn or early
Beethoven symphony or the closest equivalent band literature).
2. A composition representing the Romantic period (i.e., a movement of a Dvorak, Brahms
or Tchaikovsky symphony, or the closest equivalent in band literature).
The candidate should be prepared to submit three compositions for each of the above
from which the committee will choose the literature to be rehearsed. If the candidate
wishes to use music available at Fredonia, she/he should be certain to determine that
the literature is in the School of Music Ensemble Library. The candidate must check
directly with Dr. Paula Holcomb or Dr. David Rudge. In dealing with the literature
in the audition rehearsal, the candidate should display a considerable knowledge of
instrumental techniques and rehearsal procedure.
Candidates will conduct a rehearsal of the College Choir, Chamber Singers or other
curricular reading chorus, which will encompass five compositions as, listed below:
1. PREPARED PIECE: Renaissance Polyphonic Mass or Motet movement (Palestrina, Lotto,
2. PREPARED PIECE: Baroque composition, selection from an opera, oratorio or cantata
(Bach, Handel et all.).
3. PREPARED PIECE: Romantic composition, ( Brahms, Bruckner, etc.).
4. LIMITED PREPARATION: 20th century composition in a moderate to fast tempo with
changing and irregular meters (Stravinsky, Britten, etc.).
5. LIMITED PREPARATION: Recitative (solo or choral).
Selections in the first three categories should reflect a multiplicity of styles and
languages and be prepared by the candidate prior to the audition. The candidate must
check directly with Dr. Gerald Gray. In dealing with the literature in the audition
rehearsal, the candidate should display a considerable knowledge of diction, vocal
technique and rehearsal procedure.
Prospective students must present a portfolio (tapes, CDs, scores, papers, analyses,
etc.) to be examined by the Coordinator of Music Theory or Composition or her/his
designee. In the case of applicants who are unable to arrange a visit to campus, the
portfolio must be submitted by mail. A personal interview may be requested; acceptance
of application without an interview will be at the discretion of the Coordinator of
Music Theory or Composition.
A complete graduate application packet must be on file in the Office of Graduate Studies for acceptance in any graduate degree program.
Contact Dr. Katherine Levy, Chair of Music Education
Music Performance - Conducting:
Contact Dr. David Rudge, Director of the College Symphony Orchestra, Dr. Paula Holcomb, Director of the Wind Ensemble, or Dr. Gerald Gray, Director of the Fredonia College Choir and the Fredonia Chamber Choir.
Music Performance - Voice or Instrumental:
Contact Dr. Patricia Corron, Associate Director of Academic Affairs.
Contact Dr. Paul Murphy, Theory Area Head, or Dr. Rob Deemer, Music Composition Area Head.
Contact Dr. Joni Milgram-Luterman, Music Therapy Area Head.