Departments and Faculty
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 to create their Final Audition Portfolio 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.
- 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 make updates or additions to the prescreening scores and recordings for their Final Audition portfolio. Edits must be completed one week before the selected virtual performance interview time.
Virtual Performance Interview Format
All Composition applicants are required to attend a Virtual Performance Interview following the submission of their Final Audition Portfolio. Applicants will be interviewed by the faculty panel using Zoom. There will be no live performance in the Virtual Performance Interview. It is vital that applicants have their Final Audition Portfolio complete one week before the Virtual Performance Interview. This includes the piano proficiency audiovisual recordings.
Virtual Performance Interview Dates