Graduate Application and Audition
There are several steps to the application process, with different materials going to different offices. Please read the following section carefully. Students should begin by applying on-line at the Graduate application page. Please indicate your intended major area of study in the "Concentration" section. Various other materials are required depending on the concentration, and this material should be sent directly to the Director of Graduate Studies, Department of Music, P.O. Box 6000, Binghamton, NY 13902.
Send to the Graduate Admissions Office:
1. A completed application form (on-line preferred) with application fee.
2. Two letters of recommendation.
3. Official transcript(s) for all your previous college work. (You must have completed your bachelor's degree before beginning your graduate program.)
4. GRE scores for MM candidates in music history and literature. (GRE scores may be waived for all other MM candidates.)
Send to the Department of Music:
(Attention: Director of Graduate Studies)
Instrumental performance candidates:
A recently recorded pre-audition tape including at least two compositions in contrasting styles.
Vocal performance and opera candidates:
a recently recorded pre-audition tape including at least four compositions in contrasting styles (one each in English, French, German, and Italian.) Opera/oratorio and song literature should be included.
a recently recorded video tape (10-30 minutes) of rehearsal and/or performance conducting; a recent audio tape on the candidate's major instrument, or voice including at least two composition(s) in contrasting styles; and a resume ofconducting experience, repertoire, and career goals.
one or more recent compositions (include a tape if available).Music history and literature candidates: example(s) of recent written work.
Graduate Placement Exams
All incoming graduate students need to pass the graduate history and theory diagnostic tests before registering for music history and for Graduate Theory Survey. Students needing to review for the harmonic dictation portion can use the interactive on-line graduate theory web page which presents 64 practice questions of varying difficulty.
International student applicants must submit to the Graduate Admissions Office a Financial Affidavit Form, TOEFL results, and a transcript (English translation) confirming receipt of a bachelor's degree or equivalent.All materials should be submitted as soon as possible during the semester preceding that of expected matriculation. We recommend that you submit all materials by April 1 at the latest if you are applying for fall semester admission. We further recommend that you submit all materials by February 15 in order to be considered for a department assistantship.
To download a pdf of the graduate handbook, click here