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Composition Requirements

In order to be considered for admission to the composition program at the undergraduate level, applicants must complete th​​​e following tasks:

  1. Portfol​​io Submission. An applicant’s portfolio will include the following items:

    • ​Three (3) c​​ontrasting original works demonstrating composition experience. For each work, include:
      • PDF file ​of the full score, fully notated (that is, for jazz/popular pieces, chord charts are not accepted). For electronic/electroacoustic works that have no score component, this requirement is waived.

      • Recording of the same work. Live recordings are preferred but MIDI realizations are accepted. Accep​ted formats are MP3, AIFF, or WAV.

      • ​​A progra​​m note that accompanies the work.

    • ​​One-page essay addressing the following prompts: (1) Why are you seeking a degree in music composition at the University of Delaware School of Music? (2) What are your future goals as a musician? (3) Pick a piece of music that you wrote. Describe what this piece is about and why it was significant to you as a composer.

  2. Comp​osition Interview. This 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.

  3. Audition on their primary instrument.


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How to Submit - Materials due by January 15

The auditio​​n materials should be uploaded to the music portfolio in My Blue Hen Home Portal. For questions, pleas​​e contact musicadmissions@udel.edu​.​

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