Dr. Alfred & D. Suzi Osher School of Music

Supplemental content for MM in Conducting

Admission Information

Application Deadlines

August 1 for Fall semester, December 15 for Spring semester, April 15 for Summer semester

International Student deadlines: July 1 for Fall Semester, November 1 for Spring semester

All materials need to be submitted by the deadline. Applications are read on a rolling basis.

 

Applicants are required to provide the following materials:

  • Application: Online Application
  • Application fee: Waived for all applicants.
  • Transcripts: Official transcripts from all colleges or universities attended, excluding the seven campuses of the University of Maine System (UMS transcripts are accessible to USM). A transcript is official when sent directly from the institution.
    • International College transcripts: In addition to an official copy of the transcript, an official evaluation of college-level transcripts from a NACES (National Association of Credential Evaluation Services) approved transcript analysis agency is required
  • An essay of 300-500 words on your professional goals
  • A professional résumé
  • Two letters of recommendation: Recommendations should be from individuals who are qualified, through direct experience with your academic or professional work, to comment on your ability to undertake graduate study and your chosen profession.
  • Students whose first language is not English are required to take one of the following: Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) or the Pearson Test of English (PTE) or Duolingo. Applicants must submit official scores as part of the application process. See additional information below regarding test scores and requirements.

In addition, applicants to the School of Music graduate programs in conducting must fulfill the following requirements prior to enrollment:

  • A baccalaureate degree or its equivalent in music or music education.
  • An audition (by invitation only; see details below). Music education applicants submit additional materials in lieu of an audition.
  • One year or its equivalent of full-time teaching or conducting experience.

Applicants in conducting must submit:

  • A video recording which contains at least fifteen minutes of conducting, at least half of which should be of a performance.
  • A representative repertoire of works performed.
  • Music Audition.

Once the application in the Office of Admissions is complete, the School of Music Graduate Studies Committee will review the materials and make a recommendation to the School's coordinator of graduate studies. The program advisor for the specific area of concentration will contact applicants selected for audition. Applicants will take a sight-singing exam at the time of the audition.

Each area of conducting specialty has specific audition requirements outlined below. Acceptance into an area of study is exclusive to that area, and a separate application and audition is required for each area. Due to the intensive and individualized nature of a graduate program in music, admission in specific areas will be limited.

The conducting audition requires:

  • Choral: prepare a musical score(s) of at least ten minutes duration, know its musical structure, and be able both to conduct it and to sing any musical line.
  • Orchestral: prepare the first movement of a Beethoven symphony, know its structure, and be able to conduct it.
  • Wind: prepare the Ralph Vaughan Williams "Folk Song Suite," know its musical structure, and be able to conduct it and to sing any musical line.
  • Optional for the conducting audition:
  • Choral: play at the piano the following: a five-minute piece of at least the level of difficulty of a Clementi sonatina; all major and minor scales, hands together, two octaves; a Bach chorale at sight; "My Country 'tis of Thee" in all keys with an improvised accompaniment of I, IV, V chords; sing two art songs, one in Italian and one in English.
  • Instrumental: perform a five-minute piece on an instrument of the applicant's choice that demonstrates a level of competence equivalent to a Bachelor of Music on that instrument.
  • Preference will be given to conductors who have performance expertise.

 

International Applicants

In addition to the standard application materials, international students must also provide the following materials:

  • College transcript evaluation: official course-by-course evaluation of college-level transcripts from a NACES (National Association of Credential Evaluation Services) approved transcript analysis agency
  • Declaration of Finances form accompanied by the appropriate financial documentation
  • English proficiency test scores may be required for students whose first language is not English. See below for details.

 

Applicants whose first language is not English

Students whose first language is not English may be required to provide test scores or credentials for English language proficiency.

USM accepts the following test scores and qualifications for admission into graduate programs:

  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOFEL): scores of 79 or higher on the internet-based test, 550 or higher on the paper-based test, or 213 or higher on the computer-based test
  • International English Language Testing System (IELTS): scores of 6.5 or higher
  • Pearson Test of English (PTE): scores of 60 or higher
  • Duolingo Test of English:  scores of 105 or higher. Duolingo scores are being accepted on a trial for the 2022-23 academic year.
  • Bachelor's degree taught with English instruction

Questions regarding your experience and the requirements can be addressed with the Office of Admissions (usmadmit@maine.edu).

 

Where to send transcripts and application materials

Official transcripts and other supporting documents can be sent to:

Application Processing Center

University of Maine System

P.O. Box 412

Bangor, ME 04402-0412

Colleges and universities that participate in the electronic submission of transcripts can send official transcripts to edocs@maine.edu. Resumes, essays, and other documents can also be sent to edocs@maine.edu.

For a transcript or recommendation to be considered official, it must be sent by the institution or the person writing the recommendation

 

English Proficiency Test Scores

Official English proficiency examination scores are required from international applicants and/or applicants whose primary language is not English, unless the applicant has received a degree from an English-speaking institution. The University of Southern Maine accepts the following score reports sent directly from the testing agency.  TOEFL scores of 79 or higher on the internet-based test, 550 or higher on the paper-based test, or 213 or higher on the computer-based test; or IELTS scores of 6.5 or higher will be considered for a graduate program.

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