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Composition Prescreening

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Students interested in the Bachelor of Music in Composition or the Master of Music in Composition must be invited, after evaluation of prescreening submitted materials, to interview for the Composition program. Undergraduate students must also audition on their primary instrument.​​​​​

Composition Prescreening Requirements - Materials due by January 1

Students must provide three scores which demonstrate composition experience for a variety of vocal and/or instrumental solos, chamber ensembles or large ensembles. A program note on each piece should be included. This composition interview is an opportunity for each applicant to demonstrate proficient musical understanding and ability; applicants will discuss their composition portfolio with a Composition faculty member.

  • ​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Acceptable styles for compositions include:
    • Classical (concert, film, and electronic/electroacoustic)
    • Jazz (fully realized scores, no chord charts)
    • ​Musical Theatre
  • ​​​​Compositions in popular/commercial styles are not acceptable.
How to Submit

Scores may be sent either via email​ to Dr. Jennifer Barker or via "snail mail" (USPS, UPS, FedEx, etc.) to:

Ms. Ellie Wydra
100 Orchard Road
Newark, DE 19716

Audio/midi files can be provided on a CD-R, DVD-R, or sent via email​. Scores sent by email should be PDFs or Sibelius 6 files.

Materials sent to the Department of Music will not be returned.​​

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  • Phone: 302-831-2578
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