D.M.A. Orchestral Conducting

Important Dates

For priority consideration for Graduate Assistantships and/or Fellowships, two deadlines must be met:

December 15, 2022

Completion of graduate applications for all degree programs/specializations

(The priority consideration deadline for Summer MM-Music Education fellowships is May 1, 2023)

 January 21, 2023

Deadline for completion of all required auditions

(Conducting auditions must be completed by January 27, 2023) 

Admission Criteria:

  • Begin by applying online at http://go.unl.edu/gradapp.

    1. Create an account.
    2. Complete your application.
    • You will be asked to upload scanned copies of your transcripts showing all postsecondary coursework completed, 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/admissions/requirements#transcripts. We require:       MM GPA = 3.25/4.00 scale.
    • Students whose native language is not English or who have not previously earned a degree from an institution at which English is the official medium of instruction must enter their TOEFL or IELTS score and upload a copy of their score report. Official scores should be sent directly to UNL. Further information can be found at https://www.unl.edu/gradstudies/prospective/international/english. We require: TOEFL iBT 100 or IELTS 7.0 overall band score.
    • You will need to provide contact information, including an email address, for each person from whom you wish a reference. For each recommender, click the Submit Recommendation Request button to send a letter request to your reference writer. A minimum of three letters of recommendation is required; four recommendation letters are recommended.
    • You will need to submit any “Prepared Creative /Scholarly Materials Requirement” marked with an asterisks (*) below as part of the initial application process.
    1. Submit your application and pay the application fee of $50 ($25 if you are currently an active student at UNL). After you’ve clicked “Submit,” validated your information, and paid the application fee, you’ll receive a confirmation email indicating that the application was successfully submitted, and providing you with a link to submit information regarding your audition video and graduate assistant preferences.
    2. Submit required “Prepared Creative /Scholarly Materials Requirements” (see below) marked with a bullet (•) via SlideRoom, a resource manager of The Common Application. A SlideRoom account can be created by going to https://unlarts.slideroom.com/#/login and clicking on “Apply Now.” Once the account has been created, scroll down on this page and select “GKSOM-Priority GA Graduate Application Material Submission (2022).”

    Prepared Creative/Scholarly Materials Requirements:

    * 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. (This statement will help the Committee evaluation the fit between the applicant’s goals/interests and the School’s ability to address those goals/interests.)

    * Submit a written exercise (Times, 12-point font; Word, rtf or pdf format; double-spaced). This writing example should be of one of two kinds. It may be an academic term paper of yours, complete with citations and bibliography. Alternatively, you may submit an essay written specifically for this application, for which you 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. In this newly written essay you should discuss the characteristics of style and form in each composition, and iscuss 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).

    Required Pre-Audition Screening Video Footage, with these parameters, to be completed (materials submitted and reviewed) no later than December 15:

    (1) Approximately 10 minutes of rehearsal footage demonstrating the applicant’s abilities teaching, assessing, coaching, and developing ensemble skills.

    (2) Approximately 10 minutes of performance footage from the ensemble’s perspective (conductor’s face is visible) demonstrating the applicant’s abilities as a creative colleague and performer.

    (3) There is no restriction as to the profile of the ensemble (elementary, middle school, high school, college, professional/military, community). The applicant should select the footage that illustrates their best work in partnership with the ensemble. Careful consideration should be given to the quality of the repertoire and suitability for the ensemble’s skills and for graduate conducting study.

    NOTE: Applicants whose Pre-Audition Screening is approved should confer with the Director of Orchestral Activites, Dr. Tyler White (tgw@unl.edu, regarding the date and time of the audition and the literature to be conducted for the audition. The audition will begin with a run-through of the selected repertoire, followed by 5 to 10 minutes of rehearsal (lead at the discretion of the applicant). For the remainder of the audition, the applicant will be coached in a "quasi-lesson format" by the Director of Orchestras.  Applicants will be notified by the end of December if they have passed the pre-screening round. At that point, successful applicants should arrange travel and accommodations to participate in the scheduled audition on the Lincoln campus. All expenses associated with the audition are the responsibility of the applicant.

    NOTE: Each writing example 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.

     

     

Semester by Semester Plan
D.M.A. Degree - Conducting
10-9-11-9-10-9

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.

D.M.A. DEGREE - CONDUCTING
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)