Ph. D. Vocal Pedagogy - How to Apply

All materials must be submitted by January 15 for priority consideration.


Students who are fully admissible will meet the following criteria:

  1. A minimum GPA of 3.5 of higher on a 4.0 scale for any previous graduate work is expected.
  2. GRE scores (verbal reasoning, quantitative reasoning, and analytical writing; not more than 5 years old; no minimum score required)
    and for international students, a paper TOEFL of 600 or an internet TOEFL score of 100 or an IELTS score of 7.0
  3. Fit between the applicant's goals/interests and the department's ability to address those goals/interests.
  4. Evidence of writing abilities.
  5. Evidence of voice performance.
  6. Evidence of teaching skills.

No one criterion is more important than another. The application file is reviewed as a total package. 


Complete the following 7-step application process:

Apply to the UNL Graduate College at:

  1. Complete UNL Graduate College application form (and $50 application fee) available on-line at
  2.  Include one unofficial 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)
  3. Request GRE scores (& TOEFL scores, if applicable) be sent to the UNL Graduate College. (UNL Graduate Studies | 1100 Seaton Hall | Lincoln, NE 68588-0619 | 402-472-2875)

Apply to the Glenn Korff School of Music through G.A.M.E.S. application at:

  1. A minimum of three letters of recommendation (requests sent via email addresses in the G.A.M.E.S.process)
  2. Upload required audio and video screening materials using Slideroom (details below)
  3. Submit required application portfolio materials (details below)
  4. Schedule an interview/audition (details below), selecting date within G.A.M.E.S.


Required Audio & Video Screening Materials (Item 5 above):

All audio/video material is submitted during the G.A.M.E.S. process through Slideroom. There is a fee of $6 to upload your files.

  • Screening audio:  3 contrasting pieces from Art Song or Operatic repertoire
  • Screening video: 15-minute edited video recording demonstrating excellence in vocal teaching (may be private or group instruction, or combination thereof).

(NOTE ABOUT VIDEO FILE SUBMISSIONS: The maximum file size of a single video is 120Mb, split large video submissions into pieces that are logical and under the file-size limits. We suggest that you review all submitted files carefully.) The fee for audio submission (up to five files) is $6.


Required Application Portfolio Materials (Submitted on G.A.M.E.S) (Item 6 above):  

  • Cover letter of application
  • 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 earning the Ph.D. can help attain those goals.
  • Vitae/resume (should include detailed description of previous teaching)
  • Writing Sample (A 5-10 page double spaced discussing some topic in Vocal Pedagogy): academic paper, thesis, journal article, or grant proposal. This sample should demonstrate appropriate scholarly attribution using an accepted citation style. Applicants' essays will be subjected to random plagiarism software checks. Any evidence of plagiarism will result in the candidate's application portfolio being withdrawn from further consideration. (This may be the same topic as the teaching/research presentation)

Specific Interview/Audition Requirements (Item 7 above):

There are three parts to the Interview/Audition Requirements, a Singing Audition for the Voice Faculty, a Teaching/Research Presentation, and an Interview.

The Singing Audition will be a 20-25 minute program consisting of the following:

  • 1 aria (may be from oratorio, opera, a cantata, or operetta)
  • Art Song (minimum of one selection in each of the four major languages, Italian, French, German, and English)
  • Criteria for a successful audition will be demonstrated acceptable musicianship, artistry, proficiency of diction, and ease of vocal production – Level of acceptability need not reach that of a MM or DMA applicant depending on prior experience and training

The Teaching/Research Presentation:

  • A 20 minute presentation on some topic in the area of Vocal Pedagogy

Live Interview/Audition is preferred. Applicants may be asked to complete an interview in person, by phone, or by video conference.