Note that a Master's Degree in Music Performance is a pre-requisite for the D.M.A. program in Music Performance.
Begin by looking at the general admissions requirements
on the Graduate Center web site. There you will find information about submitting transcripts, letters of recommendation, GRE scores, and so on. Make sure you review all steps, 1-6.
Please be advised that it takes up to two weeks for GRE scores to reach the Graduate Center and the application deadline is December 1st. We recommend taking the GRE exam no later than the first week of November. GRE scores older than five years before the application deadline are not acceptable.
In addition to these general requirements, please submit:
1. One or two samples of your written work, that is: a substantial term paper or a chapter from an undergraduate or master's thesis, etc., plus a personal statement outlining your professional goals and your reasons for applying to the program.
2. The first round of auditions consists of pre-screening videos containing a total of 40-60 minutes of music.
Titles and composers of all works should be clearly identified. Your program should include solo repertoire from (at least) three different musical periods. Singers should include selections in four languages including English. For string players and pianists, a complete sonata from the 18th or 19th century is required. It is recommended that you include one work composed after 1950. For the remaining piece or pieces, you may, if you choose, include complete movements excerpted from longer works. The video does not need to be of a concert performance.
Applicants whose materials have been approved will be notified by early January regarding arrangements for an audition at the CUNY Graduate Center. Requirements for the live audition are the same as the pre-screening materials: You may, in fact, use some, or all of the same program.
Auditions—by appointment only—will be scheduled during the weekend of February 7-9, 2020. On the afternoon following the live audition, you will meet with the director of the program and take a two-hour qualifying exam in music theory and music history.
In addition to the general University requirements for admission, applicants for the Performance D.M.A. must present an adequate background, as judged by the Admissions Committee, in the areas of music history, theory, and analysis. Applicants must demonstrate promise of achievement in study, research, and scholarly writing.
Application Deadline: December 1st
If you have any further questions, please contact:
Prof. John Musto
, Coordinator, D.M.A. Program in Performance: firstname.lastname@example.org