D.M.A. Orchestral Conducting

Important Dates

For priority consideration for funding (GTAs or fellowships), Graduate Applications must be completed by:

January 15th, 2018

(All Degrees Programs)

April 1st, 2018

(Summer MM-Music Educ ONLY)

Preferred graduate audition days:

February 16, 2018

Conducting & Jazz Performance auditions

February 17, 2018

All other area auditions

Submissions will be reviewed starting on January 15, 2018.

Admission Criteria:

  • M.M. GPA = 3.25/4.00 scale
  • Successful audition
  • Evidence of scholarly writing ability
  • Evidence of fit between the applicant's goals/interests and the School's ability to address those goals/interests
  • (For International Students Only) TOEFL minimum=Paper-600 Internet-100 (IELTS 7.0)


Application Checklist - Specific Requirements

Apply to the UNL Graduate College at: https://www.unl.edu/gradstudies/prospective/programs/Music
  • Complete UNL Graduate College application form (and $50 application fee) available on-line at www.unl.edu/gradstudies
  • You must upload all transcripts into MyRed.  You will need one copy of transcripts of all undergraduate work and all previous graduate work (including all studies for which credit was granted; e.g. summer institutes such as Aspen or Interlochen). Further information can be found at: https://www.unl.edu/gradstudies/prospective/reqs#transcripts
Apply to the Glenn Korff School of Music through G.A.M.E.S. application at: games.unl.edu
  • A minimum of three letters of recommendation. You will need to provide contact information, including an email address, for each person from whom you wish a reference. Then for each one you must click the send request button to notify your reference writer.
  • Submit required writing samples (details below)
  • Schedule an interview/audition (details below) (date selected within G.A.M.E.S.)
Prepared Creative/Scholarly Materials:  
Required Writing Samples (submitted in G.A.M.E.S.)
  • Submit a statement of purpose (500-700 words; Times, 12-point font; Word, rtf or pdf format; double-spaced). Statement should be written by the applicant describing his/her future goals and how the D.M.A. can help attain those goals.
  • Submit a written exercise (500-700 word essay; Times, 12-point font; Word, rtf or pdf format; double-spaced). Essay should be completed without consulting any outside references (human, electronic or in-print) on the following question:
  • Select two compositions performed, conducted or originally composed from a recent Master's or Doctoral recital that represent different historical periods or contrasting styles/genres and:
  • Discuss the characteristics of style and form in each composition, and 
  • Discuss each composer's contribution to THIS PARTICULAR GENRE OF MUSIC (i.e., discuss additional compositions, historical and/or theoretical significance of contribution, or compare/contrast your composition to well-known compositions of a similar genre or style.)

The essay must include this honor code statement at the beginning of the essay: "On my honor, I have not received any unauthorized aid on this essay." Applicants' essays will also be subjected to random plagiarism software checks. Any violations of the honor code statement or evidence of plagiarism will result in the candidate's application portfolio being withdrawn from further consideration.


Schedule an on-campus audition and interview. Applicants should confer with the Director of Orchestral Activities, Dr. Tyler White (twhite1@unl.edu), regarding the date and the literature to be conducted for the audition. The audition, with the UNL Symphony Orchestra, will begin with a run-through of the selected repertoire, followed by 5-10 minutes of rehearsal. For the remainder of the audition, the applicant will be coached in a "quasi-lesson format" by the Director of Orchestras.



Semester by Semester Plan
D.M.A. Degree - Conducting

Note 1: This plan assumes that the student has completed 36 hours of transfer credit that is applicable toward the degree.
Note 2: Any semester which exceeds 9 hours of coursework could be reduced if hours were taken in a summer session.
Note 3: Not shown = any hours of large ensemble as a performer.

Fall 1 Spring 1
MUAP 9--. Applied Conducting(2) 
MUSC 881. Bibliography (1) 
MUSC 8--. Music Theory/History (3) 
MUSC 845. Ensemble (1)
MUSC9--. Literature (3) 
MUSC 99. Doctoral Colloquium (0)
MUAP 9--. Applied Conducting (2)
MUSR 998. Recital (3)
MUSC9--. Literature (3)
MUEN 845. Ensemble (1)
MUSC 99. Doctoral Colloquium (0)
Fall 2 Spring 2
MUAP 9--. Applied Conducting (2)
MUSC 9--. Theory or History Sem (3)
MUSC 845. Ensemble (1)
MUSC977. Performance Practice (3)
MUSC9--. Literature (3)
MUSC 99. Doctoral Colloquium (0)
MUAP 9--. Applied Conducting (2)
MUSR 98. Recital (0)
MUED 992. College Teaching in Music (3)
MUSC9--. Literature (3)
MUSC 99. Doctoral Colloquium (0)
MUSC 845. Ensemble (1)
Fall 3 Spring 3
MUAP 9--. Applied Conducting (2)
MUEN 845. Ensemble (1) 
Elective (3) 
MUSC 8/9 Music History (3) 
Comprehensive Exams & 
Document Proposal completed by Nov. 1
MUAP 9--. Applied Conducting(2)
MUSR 998. Recital (3)
MUSC999. Doctoral Document (3)
MUSC 845. Ensemble (1)