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MM, DMA, AD

HOW TO APPLY

Voice, Opera, and Piano

Fall Admission Only

Rutgers University Application: December 1
Mason Gross Supplemental Application and Prescreening: December 15

All Other Instruments, Music Education, and Conducting

Rutgers University Application: January 1
Mason Gross Supplemental Application and Prescreening: January 15

Rutgers University Application

Deadline: Fall 2021 deadlines will be posted by September 1, 2020.

All applicants must complete and submit the Rutgers University Application. The university application requires the following:

  • $70 Rutgers application fee
  • University questionnaire
  • English proficiency test scores (international applicants)
  • Request for transcripts (completion of a bachelor’s degree at an accredited university is a required prerequisite)
    • Official transcripts must be sent from the Registrar’s office of the undergraduate institution where the bachelor’s degree was awarded.
      Transcripts can be sent:

      Via Mail:

      Administrative Services Building
      ATTN: Graduate & Professional Admissions
      65 Davidson Road
      Piscataway, New Jersey 08854

      Via Email: E-transcripts@gradadm.rutgers.edu

Mason Gross Supplemental Application

Five business days after submitting the Rutgers University application, applicants will be emailed a link to submit a Mason Gross supplemental application.

  • $75 submission fee
  • Music questionnaire
  • Music audition date selection
  • Prescreening video submission (voice, opera, and piano only)
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Personal statement (this should be the same as submitted through the university application)
  • Resume/CV
  • Writing sample
    • Applicants applying to the MM or DMA in Music Education are required to submit scholarly writing samples with the Mason Gross Supplemental Application.

Writing Exam

All DMA applicants and MM international applicants will be required to complete a writing exam on the day of their audition. The exam consists of writing an essay based on a musical excerpt or literary piece which will be analyzed by you in approximately 500 words. You may bring a printed foreign-language dictionary, however, cellphones, smartphones, electronic dictionaries and translators are not permitted.

Note: This is a separate part of the application from the writing sample.

Audition Dates

Audition dates for the fall 2021 cycle will be posted by September 1, 2020.

Audition Requirements

Brass

Master of Music (MM), Doctor of Musical Arts (DMA), and Artist Diploma (AD)

Euphonium

  • Any slow melody that will demonstrate the quality of your tone and sound. (i.e. lyrical air, operatic aria, etc.)

  • Any fast technical solo that will show off your technical development (i.e. air and variations, concerto movement, brilliant study, etc.)

Contact Aaron VanderWeele with any questions.

Horn

  • Two contrasting solos. (Examples: Bach, “Cello Suite No. 1 Courante” [Wendell Hoss edition], Mozart concerti, Schumann “Adagio and Allegro,” Strauss concerti, Buyanovsky Espana, Dukas Villanelle, etc.)
  • Choose four orchestral excerpts from the following:
    • Beethoven, Symphony #3 – 3rd movement, 2nd Horn, Trio Section
    • Beethoven, Symphony #7
    • Beethoven, Symphony #9 – 4th Horn solo
    • Brahms, Symphony #2
    • Ravel Pavane
    • Shostakovich, Symphony #5 – 1st movement tutti low excerpt
    • Strauss, “Ein Heldenleben” – opening call
    • Wagner, “Gotterdammerung” – short call

Tenor Trombone

  • Two etudes in contrasting styles by Kopprasch, Blazhevich, Bordogni/Rochut, or similar methods
  • A prepared solo of your choice
    (Examples: Hindemith sonata, Tomasi concerto, Creston “Fantasy,” Casterede “Sonatine” or equal difficulty •  
  • Two to three excerpts from the standard orchestral repertoire that reflects the applicant’s proficiency (Examples: “Bolero,” “Tuba Mirum,” “Ride of the Valkyries,” “William Tell Overture”)

Bass Trombone

  • A technical etude (such as Blazhevich, Grigoriev, or Kopprasch) and a lyrical etude (such as Bordogni/Rochut or Concone)
  • A prepared bass trombone solo or transcription of a tuba solo
  • Two to three excerpts from the standard orchestral repertoire that reflects the applicant’s proficiency (Examples: “Ride of the Valkyries,” “Hungarian March,” “Fountains of Rome,” and “The Creation”)

Trumpet

  • A prepared performance of advanced literature for trumpet (Examples: Honegger “Intrada,” Enescu “Legend,” solos by Bozza or Boutry, and concertos by Haydn, Tomasi, Gregson, Hummel, Boehme, or Neruda)
  • In addition, graduate students must perform on high trumpets (Examples: Torelli, Telemann, Fasch, Stradell, Herte,l or equal difficulty)

Tuba

  • Two etudes from the studies of Kopprasch, Blazhevich, Rochut or equivalent.
  •  A prepared solo of your choice:
    • Solos should include slow and fast movements equal to Vaughan Williams “Concerto for Bass Tuba,” Hindemith “Sonata for Bass Tuba,” Persichetti “Serenade for Solo Tuba,” John Williams “Concerto for Tuba,” Woodward “Concerto for Tuba,” Kraft “Encounters II” for solo tuba, or equal difficulty. No transcriptions, please.
  • Three to four excerpts from the standard orchestral repertoire that reflects the applicant’s proficiency (Examples: major passages from works by Mahler, Wagner, Prokofiev, Berlioz, Strauss and Verdi. Contact Allen Baer if you have any questions.
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Conducting

Master of Music (MM) and Doctor of Musical Arts (DMA)

Applicants to the conducting program must contact the listed faculty member to make special arrangements for their auditions.

Choral Conducting

Prior to submitting an application to Rutgers University graduate admissions, all students wishing to apply to the graduate choral conducting program must complete a prescreening by contacting the Director of Choral Activities, Dr. Patrick Gardner.

In the prescreening email applicants must include:

  • A CV and list of major repertory conducted and sung.
  • A written description of piano and vocal skills.

After the prescreening material is reviewed, applicants may be contacted for a phone interview. Those invited to continue to the second stage of the audition will be asked to provide:

  • A high quality CD of performances conducted by the applicant.
  • A video of the applicant in rehearsal and performance. If possible, the video should show a major segment of the performance with the camera facing the applicant from the point of view of the choristers (and orchestra if applicable).
Choral Conducting Contact

Instrumental Conducting

Candidates for the graduate program in wind conducting must submit these additional items:

  • A video of no more than 15 minutes in length that includes both rehearsal and performance conducting. The view should be from behind the ensemble viewing the conductor.
  • A repertoire list of compositions conducted since attaining your undergraduate degree
  • A repertoire list of the 25 most artistically significant pieces for wind band from your perspective
Instrumental Conducting Contact

Orchestral Conducting

Candidates for the graduate program in Orchestral Conducting must submit the following:

  • A video of no more than 15 minutes in length that includes both rehearsal and performance conducting. The view should be from behind the ensemble viewing the conductor
  • A video of the applicant playing their instrument or a composition
  • An updated CV
  • A repertoire list of works conducted publicly, with relative ensembles
  • An essay detailing why you want to study conducting and what you feel you have to offer the profession
Orchestral Conducting Contact
Harp

Master of Music (MM), Doctor of Musical Arts (DMA), and Artist Diploma (AD)

  • Bach/Grandjany etude
  • Two contrasting solos
  • Two movements from one of the following:
    • Major concerto
    • Debussy “Danses”
    • Ravel “Introduction and Allegro”
  • Two major orchestral excerpts and one cadenza that reflects the applicants proficiency
Jazz

Master of Music (MM)

Note: Piano/guitar, bass, and drum accompanists will be provided at live auditions. Pre-recorded backing tracks are not needed nor permitted.

Please prepare both Parts I and II of the jazz audition requirements listed below.

Part I

The following requirements apply to all instruments:
  • Scales, in twelve keys, two octaves as possible
  • Major, harmonic minor, and melodic minor scales
  • Chromatic scale, full range
  • Diminished scales, WH and HW
  • Whole-tone scales
  • Arpeggios, all in root position, in twelve keys, two octaves as possible
  • Major, minor, augmented, and diminished triads
  • Major 7th, dominant 7th, minor 7th, minor 7th b5, and diminished 7th chords
  • Major, harmonic minor, and melodic minor scale-modes, in twelve keys, two octaves as possible
  • Aural recognition of four-note chords, intervals, and modes, based on the above
The following additional requirements apply the the respective Individual Instruments:
Jazz Saxophone
  • One etude from Ferling 48 Studies
Jazz Bass
  •  Acoustic Uupright and electric bass applicants may audition.
  • Acoustic players may be asked to demonstrate some requirements arco.
  • A bass amp will be provided. Bassists must bring their own patch cables.
Jazz Drums and Percussion (supersedes the above requirements)
  • Perform the following time feels:
    • Swing in 4/4, 3/4, 5/4, and 7/8 (slow, medium, and up-tempo with sticks and brushes)
    • Afro-Cuban 6/8

    • Bossa Nova

    • Samba
  • Interchange time feels with solos as requested: four bars time, four bars solo; eight bars time, eight bars solo, etc.
  • Sight-read charts and/or lead sheets, outline melodic content and hits while keeping time
  • Sight-read rudiment exercise(s)
Jazz Piano
  • Major, harmonic minor, and melodic minor scales in twelve keys and one or more octaves
  • Major scale-modes, twelve keys and one or more octaves (Ionian to Locrian)
  • Aural recognition and performance of chords and intervals
  • Triads: major, minor, augmented and diminished
  • 4-note chords: major 7th, dominant 7th, minor 7th, minor 7th b5, and diminished 7th

Part II

  • Prepare two songs, one each from lists A and B below, both memorized (melody and chords). Play the melody (acoustic bass players must play melody arco), comp one chorus (guitar and piano only), walk one chorus (bass only), improvise one chorus, and play the melody again. Drummers must outline melodic content and hits while keeping time.
List A
List B
Blue for Alice Airegin
Ceora Along Came Betty
I Hear A Rhapsody Bird Like
I’ll Remember April Countdown
Jordu Monk’s Dream
Speak No Evil Recorda Me
Up Jumped Spring Stablemates
Music Education

Master of Music (MM)

Applications for the master of music in music education program must submit the following materials:

  • School of Graduate Studies application and application fee
  • Bachelor’s degree in music education (or equivalent) with minimum GPA of 3.0
  • Evidence of at least one year of successful K-12 music teaching experience
  • Undergraduate transcripts (two official copies per school)
  • Three current letters of recommendation, which should address academic potential, teaching skills, musicianship, and character
  • Professional resume (1-2 pages)
  • Academic writing sample.
  • An Interview with music education faculty may be requested.

Other requirements (e.g., audition for performance or ensembles, etc.) will depend on the choice of elective or performance area, which does not have to be made at the time of admission.

Doctor of Musical Arts (DMA)

Applicants for the doctor of musical arts in music education program must submit the following materials:

  • School of Graduate Studies application and application fee
  • Bachelor’s and master’s degrees in music education or equivalent (minimum undergraduate GPA, 3.0; minimum graduate GPA, 3.25)
  • Evidence of at least three years successful K-12 music teaching experience
  • Undergraduate and graduate transcripts (two official copies per school)
  • Four current letters of reference, which should address academic potential, teaching skills, musicianship, and character
  • Minimum of one letter from a graduate professor in an academic area
  • Professional resume (1-2 pages)
  • Evidence of writing proficiency (for example, a master’s-level course paper or thesis)

On-campus interview with music education faculty

Other requirements (e.g., audition for performance cognate, ensembles, etc.) will depend on the choice of elective or cognate area, which does not have to be made at the time of admission.

Percussion

Master of Music (MM), Doctor of Musical Arts (DMA), and Artist Diploma (AD)

Snare Drum

  • Three orchestral excerpts
  • One Delecluse etude
  • Sight-reading

Timpani

  • Three orchestral excerpts
  • Hochrainer etude or comparable
  • Sight-reading

Xylophone

  • Three orchestral excerpts
  • One solo piece

Glockenspiel

  • Three orchestral pieces

Marimba

  • Perform two pieces in contrasting styles (Examples: one piece could be by J.S. Bach, and the other could be a contemporary piece; or two contemporary pieces but in two different composition styles)

Please bring your own sticks and mallets to the auditions. Sticks and mallets will not be provided; only instruments are provided.

 

Piano

Master of Music (MM), Doctor of Musical Arts (DMA), and Artist Diploma (AD)

Prescreening Requirements

All applicants to graduate programs in piano performance who are not currently completing a degree from Mason Gross must submit a prescreening recording. Applicants’ prescreening submissions must be in video format which shows a clear view of the applicant’s hands. The video does not need to be “professional quality” but should clearly and accurately represent the applicant. While pieces or movements may be included from different settings/performances, each individual piece or movement should be unedited and should not contain any processed effects.

The prescreening video must be a minimum of 30 minutes in duration. It must include three of the four categories below. All pieces must be performed from memory, except works composed after 1945.

  1. A work by J.S. Bach in one of the following genres: “Prelude and Fugue,” suite, toccata, or another work containing a fugue
  2. A sonata-allegro movement from a classical sonata by Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven, or Schubert
  3. A substantial work from a significant Romantic Era composer

A work by a 20th or 21st century composer that illustrates post-romantic compositional techniques and is not shorter than five minutes in duration

Live Audition Procedures

If the applicant’s prescreening submission is approved, he or she will be invited to audition live on campus. Applicants must offer the repertoire as indicated below at live auditions. Memorization is required except for works composed after 1945.

  • Master of music applicants must offer a program of at least 45 minutes, satisfying all four of the categories above as well as the remaining movements of a classical sonata.
  • Artist diploma applicants must offer a program of at least 60 minutes, satisfying all four of the categories above as well as the remaining movements of the classical sonata.
  • Doctor of musical arts applicants must offer a program of at least 60 minutes that either (a) satisfies the four categories above and includes the remaining movements of the classical sonata; or (b) is pre-approved by the piano faculty. DMA applicants will also participate in a short interview with faculty members

Recorded Auditions Alternative

Live auditions are strongly recommended for all piano applicants. However, special permission may be granted for a video recording in lieu of a live audition if the applicant is unable to attend a live audition. The recording must be in accordance with the general recording guidelines indicated above for the prescreening requirement and offer the same required repertoire as indicated above for each degree program (i.e. a master of music recorded audition must be at least 45 minutes in duration and satisfy all four of the repertoire categories above).

Organ

Applicants scheduled for an audition will be given rehearsal time.

Master of Music

  • A work from the North German Baroque or French classical repertoire
  • A major prelude and fugue by J.S. Bach
  • A major work by Franck, Mendelssohn, Reger, or other 19th century organ composer
  • A work written after 1960
    • Sight-reading of a short trio

Doctor of Musical Arts (DMA) and Artist Diploma (AD)

  • A work from the North German Baroque or French classical repertoire
  • One of the chorale-based trios from the “Great Eighteen Chorales” or “Clavier-Übung III,” or one movement from one of the “Six Organ Sonatas” by J.S. Bach
  • A major “Prelude and Fugue” by J.S. Bach
  • A major work by Franck, Mendelssohn, Reger, or other 19th century organ composer
  • A work written after 1960
  • Sight-reading of a short trio
Strings

Master of Music (MM), Artist Diploma (AD), and Doctor of Musical Arts (DMA)

Violin
  • Two contrasting movements of a concerto from the standard repertory with cadenza, if applicable. (Examples: Beethoven, Brahms, Tchaikovsky, Sibelius, Shostakovich, Prokofiev, etc.)
  • Two movements of an unaccompanied partita or sonata of J.S. Bach, or only the “Ciaconna” from Partita no. 2
  • A Paganini “Caprice,” or a movement from the solo sonatas of Ysäye

One movement of a 19th or 20th century sonata for violin and piano

Viola
  • Two movements of a concerto from the standard repertory
  • Two movements from the unaccompanied works of Bach (originally for cello or violin)
  • One movement from a sonata or equivalent work
  • A work of the applicant’s choice: either a contemporary work or a piece to display the applicant’s technical virtuosity
Cello
  • Two contrasting movements of a concerto or equivalent work from the standard repertory with cadenza, if applicable. (Examples: Haydn D major, Dvorak, Schumann, Elgar, Schostakovich, Tchaikovsky “Rococo Variations,” or Block “Schelmomo”)
  • Two movements, including a prelude, from an unaccompanied suite by J.S. Bach
  • One movement of a 19th or 20th century sonata for cello and pPiano
  • A work of the applicant’s choice: either a contemporary work, or a piece to display the applicant’s technical virtuosity (such as those by Popper, Piatti, Davidov or Servais)
Double Bass
  • Two contrasting movements of a standard double bass concerto with cadenza or comparable works from the standard double bass solo repertoire
  • Three orchestral excerpts from the standard orchestral repertoire
  • Two movements of a solo Bach cello suite in any key
  • A work of the applicant’s choice
Voice & Opera

All graduate voice applicants are required to submit a prescreening video in order to be considered for an invitation to sing a live audition on campus. Only video recorded performances of the required repertoire will be accepted for the prescreening. Piano or orchestral accompaniment is required except, in the rare instance, where the selection is designed as an a cappella piece. There should be no selection offered as a cappella that has a designed accompaniment. The video should include the full body of the singer, and the accompanist must also be visible.

Prescreening Videos

Master of Music (MM) and Artist Diploma (AD) with a concentration in Opera

Prescreening videos for all graduate degrees offered through Opera Theater Rutgers must include the following:

  • One opera aria in Italian
  • One opera aria in English
  • One opera aria in any other language

Note: Repertoire should represent different musical time periods, contrasting tempi and moods. Musical theater selections are not acceptable. All selections must be memorized.

Master of Music (MM), Doctor of Musical Arts (DMA) in Voice Performance, and Artist Diploma (AD)

Prescreening videos for all graduate degrees in voice performance must include the following:

  • One opera aria
  • One oratorio aria
  • One German lied
  • One French melody
  • One English language art song

Note: Repertoire should represent different musical time periods, contrasting tempi and moods. Musical theater selections are not acceptable. All selections must be memorized.  If the aria is not in Italian, then please include one other selection in Italian.

Required Repertoire for Live Auditions

Master of Music (MM) and Artist Diploma (AD) with Concentration in Opera

Five total opera arias are required:

  • One aria in Italian
  • One aria in German
  • One aria in French
  • One aria in English
  • One aria in any language

Note: One aria must be from the 20th or 21st centuries. Repertoire should represent different style periods, moods, and tempi. Musical theater selections are not acceptable. All selections must be memorized.

Master of Music (MM) in Voice Performance

Five total selections are required:

  • One opera aria
  • One oratorio aria
  • One German lied
  • One French melody
  • One English language art song

Note: Italian, French, German and English languages must be represented. One selection must be from the 20th or 21st centuries, preferably composed after 1950. Repertoire should represent different style periods, moods, and tempi. Musical theater selections are not acceptable. All selections must be memorized.

Doctor of Musical Arts (DMA) and Artist Diploma (AD) in Voice Performance

Nine total selections are required:

  • Two opera arias
  • One oratorio aria
  • Two German lieder
  • Two French melodies
  • Two English language art songs

Note: Italian, French, German and English languages must be represented. One selection must be from the 20th or 21st centuries, preferably composed after 1950. Repertoire should represent different style periods, moods, and tempi. Musical theater selections are not acceptable. All selections must be memorized.

Please contact any member of our voice faculty if you have questions about your audition or repertoire choices.

Woodwinds

Master of Music (MM), Doctor of Musical Arts (DMA), and Artist Diploma (AD)

Bassoon

  • Major and minor scales
  • An etude from Weissenborn “Fifty Advanced Studies”
  • At least two movements (one slow, one fast) from a sonata, concerto, or similar work, preferably from the Baroque or Classical period

Clarinet

  • Two contrasting etudes showing the applicant’s level of technicality and musical ability
  • A complete concerto from the standard repertoire
  • One major solo from the standard repertoire
  • One work composed since 1970; this may be a concerto, an unaccompanied work, or a work for one solo clarinet
  • At least three contrasting orchestral excerpts that reflect the applicant’s proficiency

Flute

  • Two contrasting orchestral excerpts
  • An etude at the level of Anderson “Opus 60”
  • Two contrasting selections from the concerto, sonata or solo literature. (Examples: concerti by Mozart, CPE Bach, Nielsen, Ibert orsonatas by Poulenc, Prokofiev, and Liebermann)

Oboe

  • Major and minor scales
  • Two contrasting etudes from Barret or Ferling
  • Two contrasting movements of a sonata or concerto (one must be from the Baroque or Classical era)
  • Three contrasting orchestral excerpts
  • Possible sight-reading

Alto Saxophone (Classical)

  • Major and minor scales.
  • Two prepared etudes (one slow, one fast) from either Karg-Elert “25 Caprices” or Voxman “Selected Studies”
  • Two complete works (all movements) from among the following:
    •  Creston sonata
    • Heiden sonata
    • Bozza “Improvisation et Caprice”
    • Glazunov concerto
    • Ibert concertino
    • Dahl concerto

Tenor Saxophone (Classical)

  • Two complete works (all movements) from among the following:
    • Tuthill concerto
    • Villa-Lobos “Fantasia”
    • Ward concerto
    • Ewazen sonata
    • Gould concerto

Soprano Saxophone (Classical)

  • Two complete works (all movements) from among the following:
    • Lunde sonata
    • Lamb sonata
    • Villa-Lobos “Fantasia”
    • Steve Cohen sonata
    • Sibbing sonata
    • Gates “Incantation and Ritual”

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