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 if they are invited to attend an audition or have been denied in prescreening.

If invited, there are two audition format options. Applicants may select to audition live at SFCM (COVID-19 vaccination required) or virtually through Zoom. Both the live and virtual audition options require performing selections from the piano proficiency live.

SFCM will NOT be accepting applications for the Master of Music in Composition for Spring 2022.

Prescreening

  • 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.

Final Audition Portfolio

  • 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.
  • Applicants may be able to make updates or additions to the prescreening scores and recordings for their Final Audition portfolio. Email apply@sfcm.edu to inquire.

 

For audition dates, please visit Auditions.

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