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Graduate Applications and Auditions

Please read the following section carefully. 

There are several steps to the application process. Begin by starting an online application through the Graduate School website.

In the Program of Study field of the online application, opera applicants should select "Music - Opera MM." Other applicants should select "Music MM" and then indicate their area of emphasis. 

All applicants must submit the following materials:

  1. The online graduate degree application with the graduate degree application fee
  2. Transcripts from each college or university attended
  3. Personal statement
  4. Résumé or curriculum vitae detailing both educational and professional experience
  5. Two letters of recommendation
  6. Applicants must submit additional area of emphasis-specific materials. These materials should be uploaded to the Portfolio section of the online application.
    • For collaborative piano candidates: Click here for specific requirements. Auditions will be held in late February and arranged with the head of the program.
    • For composition candidates:  PDF files of TWO or more recent, contrasting scores --- and accompanying recordings, as possible. MIDI versions are acceptable, but please include live recordings when available. Skype interviews will be held in mid-February and are arranged by email with the program coordinator. 
    • For conducting applicants: A recently recorded video file (10-30 minutes) of rehearsal and performance conducting; a recent audio file on the candidate's major instrument or voice, including at least two composition(s) in contrasting styles; and a resume of conducting experience, repertoire and career goals.
    • For instrumental performance applicants: A recently recorded pre-audition video file including at least two compositions in contrasting styles
    • For music history and literature applicants: Official GRE scores and examples of written work
    • For opera or vocal performance applicants: A recently recorded pre-audition video file including at least four compositions in contrasting styles, one each in English, French, German and Italian. Opera/oratorio and song literature should be included. 


  • Opera and vocal performance applicants should submit their applications by January 15, 2019. Vocal auditions will be held at Binghamton University on the weekend of February 15 - 17, 2019.
  • All other applicants should submit their applications by February 1, 2019 in order to be considered for funding. 

For general guidelines for these materials, see the Graduate School website.

International applicants must also submit the following materials:

  1. International Student Financial Statement (ISFS) form
  2. Financial documentation
  3. Proof of English proficiency (such as official TOEFL, IELTS or PTE Academic scores)

 For more information, see the Graduate School website.

Graduate Placement Exams

Examinations in music history and theory are given during the orientation period before classes begin to determine eligibility to take graduate-level courses in these areas. Students are expected to demonstrate appropriate levels of achievement, equivalent to the baccalaureate degree with a major in music. The results are used for diagnostic and advisory purposes; students may be required to do remedial work before taking graduate music history and/or music theory courses.


Last Updated: 7/23/18