Doctoral Auditions

Auditions/Interviews for all doctoral programs are scheduled after review of application and pre-screen materials. Only those candidates who have passed the pre-screen round will be invited to audition/interview. The School of Music will contact applicants directly to schedule an audition/interview.

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Degrees Available

  • PhD in Music Education
  • Doctor of Musical Arts
    • Composition
    • Conducting
    • Performance: Classical, Jazz

Deadline: January 15

Entrance Requirements For All Doctoral Programs:

  1. ADMISSIONS APPLICATION
  2. Master’s degree in music from accredited college or university with overall GPA of 3.0 and a GPA of 3.50 or above in the area of specialization (music education, performance, conducting, or composition).
  3. Satisfactory scores on GRE General Test.
  4. Appropriate international paperwork (if necessary).
  5. A sample of academic writing about music, such as a graduate-level paper from a musicology, music theory, or music education course taken during master’s-level studies.
  6. Three (3) letters of recommendation from faculty members or those who can evaluate the applicant’s academic, professional, and artistic potential.
  7. Resume of academic, artistic, and professional accomplishments and positions.  DMA applicants should include a repertoire list of publicly performed works.
    *There is no “provisional” admission. Students must meet appropriate standards prior to commencing doctoral studies.

PhD in Music Education: Interview

8. Interview with Music Faculty (scheduled after receipt and initial processing of other application material).

DMA—Performance: Audition

8a. Pre-Screening Audition — Applicants with a classical instrument emphasis should submit an audio and visual recording to the SlideRoom portal within the application to the university. The link for SlideRoom submissions will be sent to you via email upon submission of your online application.This should include recent performances presenting appropriate musical literature. Video is optional. It should include at least 30 minutes of music performed within the last two or three years. Applicants with a jazz instrument emphasis should submit an audio and visual recording to the SlideRoom portal within the application to the university. The link for SlideRoom submissions will be sent to you via email upon submission of your online application. This should include at least five (5) tunes in contrasting styles, resume, and a complete list of tunes you can play. Once pre-screen materials have been evaluated, the School of Music will contact applicants directly regarding a live audition.

8b. A live audition at Mason (approximately 30-45 minutes of musical material) will be scheduled after a successful initial evaluation of the pre-screening material discussed above.  See our listing of Graduate Audition Requirements for your instrument/voice. A rhythm section will be provided for those students invited to audition in the jazz area.

DMA—Conducting: Audition

8a. Pre-Screening Audition — Applicants should submit an audio and visual recording to the SlideRoom portal within the application to the university. The link for SlideRoom submissions will be sent to you via email upon submission of your online application. This should be a video, and include recent performances presenting appropriate musical literature. It should include at least 45 minutes of music performed within the last two or three years. Once pre-screen materials have been evaluated, the School of Music will contact applicants directly regarding a live audition.

8b. A live audition at Mason (approximately 15 to 20 minutes of musical material) will be scheduled after a successful initial evaluation of the pre-screening material.  This audition may include an assessment of other skills critical to the artistic success of conductors such as sight-reading, sight-singing, ear-training, and error detection.

DMA—Composition: Portfolio and Interview

8a. Pre-Screening Materials – Applicants should submit an audio and visual recording to the SlideRoom portal within the application to the university. The link for SlideRoom submissions will be sent to you via email upon submission of your online application. The portfolio (scores and recordings) should include recent compositions, preferably for varying ensembles, and recordings of these compositions (from within the last two to three years).

8b. Interview with Music Faculty (scheduled after receipt and initial processing of other application material).

 
PRESIDENTIAL SCHOLARSHIP
Open to qualified doctoral students.
The scholarship provides a Graduate Research Assistantship (GRA) from August 25 through May 24 to include:
  • 20-hour-per-week research-based work requirement
  • A salary of $22,000 from August 25 through May 24
  • A tuition grant covering nine credit hours in the fall and nine credit hours in the spring

Application deadline:  January 15, 2016 for Fall admission

Download the Graduate Teaching Assistant Application.

For more information, contact Dr. Lisa Billingham, Director of Graduate Studies.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Do I need to take the GRE? The GRE general test is required for the application to the DMA and PhD degree programs.
  • What graduate scholarships are available, and how do I apply for one?
    Graduate scholarships provide for partial to full instructional fees. They are awarded for the academic year on the basis of scholarly achievement and performing ability. In order to be considered for a scholarship, applicants must be admitted unconditionally in degree status (minimum 3.0 GPA) and receive a recommendation from the faculty in the major area of study. All scholarships are awarded by the School of Music Scholarship Committee
  • May I apply to enroll in the winter or spring quarter?
     If you are applying for the DMA or the PhD, the annual application deadline is January 15th.
  • Can I defer my term of enrollment once I have been accepted?
    Yes.  Complete the Request to Defer an Admission Application form and return to the Office of Admissions. Incomplete applications will not be processed. CVPA Deferral Request Form
    FAX: 703-993-4622 ADDRESS: 4400 University Dr, 3A4, Fairfax, VA 22030
  • What TOEFL or ILETS score do I need to be accepted?
    To be considered for admission, applicants must score at least 230 on the computer-based TOEFL, 88 on the Internet based TOEFL, (with a minimum score of 20 in each section), or 575 on the paper based TOEFL, and 4.5 on the TOEFL essay.  A TOEFL score of at least 250 (computer-based) or 600 (paper based) is required to qualify for Teaching Assistantships. If you chose to take the ILETS examination you must score 6.5 or higher.
  • How do I get the I-20?
    Please visit the Office of Admissions website.

For information regarding graduate music programs, contact Melinda Wildman, Academic Advisor.