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Composition Prescreening

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Students interested in the Bachelor 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 15

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 and audio/midi files may be sent either via email​ to Dr. Jennifer Barker. Scores sent by email should be PDFs.

Alternatively, scores can be submitted via "snail mail" (USPS, UPS, FedEx, etc.) to: Dr. Jennifer Barker 100 Orchard Road, Suite 209, Newark, DE 19716. Materials sent to the School of Music will not be returned.​​

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  • School of Music
  • Amy E. du Pont Music Building
  • University of Delaware
  • Newark, DE 19716, USA
  • Phone: 302-831-2578