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AUDITION REPERTOIRE REQUIREMENTS

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The Audition Process

After an initial email inquiry with the appropriate conducting faculty and/or Graduate Coordinator, the first –and best– thing a prospective student can do is to assemble and send a 15-30 minute DVD/YouTube video to the corresponding Choral, Orchestral, or Wind professor that displays the candidate’s ability to run a rehearsal and conduct in performance (for Choral Conducting, please include a vocal warm-up with a choir as well.) From there, the corresponding SDSU professor will either encourage or discourage (with ideas for improvement or change) applying to the program.


If encouraged to apply, then apply to the California State University System by February 1 using the link from our Graduate Admissions page.  Then, use the same link to learn about the rest of the application process and dates. All students must apply to the CSU system and SDSU’s Graduate Program, and be sure to be in steady communication with the SMD via email or Decision Desk.  After review of applicants, the top candidates will be invited to campus for an audition/interview.  (See below for further audition details)


Audition Requirements for Choral Conducting

The preliminary round includes a cover letter, current resume, list of repertoire conducted.  Materials should be sent directly to Dr. Patrick Walders, Director of Choral Studies, at the below email address and to the Graduate School (do not include the DVD or YouTube videos for the Graduate School).  Please send the information via email to Dr. Patrick Walders, Director of Choral Studies.


Apply to the California State University System by February 1 using the link from our Graduate Admissions along with letters of recommendation, transcripts, and other requirements (GREs, for example).


First Round:  DVD or private YouTube video(s) and Application
Submit a DVD or private YouTube video(s) that demonstrates the candidate’s ability to run an effective vocal warm-up, rehearsal, and performance. Video footage should be taken within the previous two years.


Second (and Final) Round: On-campus Interview/Audition
A final round will consist of an on-campus interview discussing the candidate’s conducting and educational philosophies, diagnostics exams, and an audition conducting at least one of the choirs on campus. The diagnostics that will take place on the audition day could include: identifying intervals played on a piano, vocalization to assess voice range/color, etc. (serving as your audition for the auditioned choirs on campus), aural chord analysis, language and I.P.A. skills, and piano skills (please bring something that will show your ability and be ready to sight-read a simple hymn on the piano).  The interview and diagnostics portions of the day will end with a discussion of the candidate’s score preparation for that day, and sight-reading (most likely a motet and 20th century piece, tbd).


Admission to the choral conducting concentration requires successful completion of various departmental requirements in ear training, written theory and music history, along with Latin, Italian, French, English and German diction. These will be tested after acceptance and when the candidate arrives in the August of the first year of study. If review courses are needed, it is then that they will be assigned and taken.  Lastly, undergraduate or graduate credit in a course in vocal pedagogy must be presented for graduation.


Send all Choral Conducting inquiries and materials to: Dr. Patrick Walders, Director of Choral Studies, SDSU School of Music and Dance, 5500 Campanile Drive, MC 7902, San Diego, CA 92182


Audition Requirements for Orchestral Conducting

Admission to the instrumental conducting program is selective and candidates must be invited for an on-campus interview and audition.  Applicants should first complete all steps outlined on the graduate admission information page and additionally submit a 15-20 minute video recording that includes rehearsal segments (camera facing conductor) and performance. Copies of printed programs from concerts conducted must also be included.  All materials need to be received by the School of Music and Dance by February 1.  Successful applicants normally have at least one year of conducting experience in a public school, university, community college, or selective youth ensemble setting.  Upon receipt of the candidate’s materials, applicants will be notified if they are to be invited for an on campus audition and interview.


Audition Requirements for Wind Conducting

Admission to the instrumental conducting program is selective and candidates must be invited for an on-campus interview and audition.  Applicants should first complete all steps outlined on the graduate admission information page and additionally submit a 15-20 minute videotape that includes rehearsal segments (camera facing conductor) and performance. Copies of printed programs from concerts conducted must also be included.  All materials need to be received by the School of Music and Dance by February 1.  Successful applicants normally have at least one year of conducting experience in a public school, university, community college, or selective youth ensemble setting.  Upon receipt of the candidate’s materials, applicants will be notified if they are to be invited for an on campus audition and interview.


Successful applicants normally have at least one year of conducting experience in a public school, university, community college, or selective youth ensemble setting.  Upon receipt of the candidate’s materials, applicants will be notified if they are to be invited for an on campus audition and interview.