1. Areas of Study
  2. Composition

Composition Auditions

Requirements

All composition applicants are required to submit notated scores and recordings fulfilling the prescreening requirements listed below with the application. Applicants will be informed by January 5 if they are invited to attend a virtual performance interview or have been denied in prescreening. If invited, the applicant will be required to select a virtual performance interview time and have the opportunity to make updates to their composition scores and recordings submitted in prescreening for up to one week before the selected virtual performance interview time.

SFCM will NOT be accepting applications for the Master of Music in Composition for Spring 2021.

Pre-screening

  • Three or more original scores and recordings of each of the scores. Recordings may be audio only or audiovisual.

Scores must show evidence of original musical thought, along with the fundamentals of compositional technique. While electronic compositions are acceptable, applicants must also demonstrate competence with traditional notation in the scores submitted. Computer-generated scores should be checked for correct transpositions, appropriate accidentals, and normal spellings. MIDI recordings are acceptable in exceptional cases, but acoustic performances are strongly recommended.

 

Virtual Performance Interview

  • Any updates or additions to the prescreening scores and recordings must be completed three weeks before the selected virtual performance interview time. These scores and recordings will be discussed at the virtual performance interview.
  • Audiovisual recordings of the applicant performing three complete piano works or movements on piano or a keyboard from any three of the following periods: Baroque, Classical, Romantic, or 20th/21st Century. When choosing the 20th/21st Century category, the applicant is encouraged to perform one of their own original compositions.
  • Should piano not be the candidate's primary instrument, the applicant is welcome to upload a recording of a performance on their primary instrument with their Final Audition Recording submission. Applicants must still complete the piano evaluation requirement.

Virtual Performance Interview Dates

February TBD

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