Graduate Online Audition/Interview Requirements

Master of Arts in Music 

Contact: Professor Joshua S. Duchan, jduchan@wayne.edu

Interview required. An audition is not required for admission to this degree program. As part of your application, please upload a writing sample or portfolio for review. A copy of a paper from a music history or music theory class that best represents your research and writing skills is recommended. Once your application is received, the faculty will contact you to schedule an interview.

Applicants must have an undergraduate degree in music (or its equivalent in coursework, private study, or experience). A strong background in music history and music theory, with experience writing research papers on music topics, is preferred.


Master of Music - Theory/Composition 

Contact: Professor Jonathan Anderson, jon.anderson@wayne.edu

Interview required. An audition is not required for admission to this degree program. As part of your application, please upload a portfolio of compositions (composers) or papers (theorists) for review. Once your application is received, the faculty will contact you to schedule an interview.

Applicants must have an undergraduate degree in music (or its equivalent in coursework, private study, or experience). A strong background in music history and music theory, ear training, counterpoint, and related courses, as well as experience composing music (composers) and/or analyzing music (theorists), are preferred.


Master of Music - Conducting 

Contact: Professor Douglas Bianchi, dbianchi@wayne.edu

Audition and interview required. Submit the required audition videos, described below, using Acceptd. In each video, please be sure to state your full name and the program for which you are auditioning. As part of your application, please upload a resume. Once your application is received, the faculty will contact you to schedule an interview.

Applicants must have an undergraduate degree in music (or its equivalent in coursework, private study, or experience), preferably in music education, performance, piano, organ, church music, or a related concentration. Also preferred are conducting experience; a strong background in music theory, analysis, history, ear training, and piano/keyboard; strong writing, research, and interpersonal communication skills; and, for choral conductors, knowledge of diction in at least three foreign languages (French, German, Italian, Latin, Church Slavonic).

Audition requirements include: 

  • open-score reading (SATB) at the piano 
  • one prepared piano piece at the intermediate level, e.g., a two-part Invention by Bach, or a movement from a Mozart or Beethoven sonata 
  • for choral conductors: sightreading, musicianship exercises, and score analysis 
  • one prepared conducting excerpt with a student ensemble (in-person auditions only; applicants submitting audition videos are encouraged to include one in which they are conducting an ensemble)

Master of Music - Performance (Instrumental and Vocal) 

Instrumental Faculty Contact: Professor Douglas Bianchi, dbianchi@wayne.edu

Vocal Faculty Contact: Professor Jonathan Lasch, gl0475@wayne.edu

Audition and interview required. Submit the required audition videos, described on this page, using Acceptd. In each video, please be sure to state your full name and the program for which you are auditioning. As part of your application, you may also submit a resume or other relevant materials. Once your application is received, the faculty will contact you to schedule an interview.

Applicants must have an undergraduate degree in music performance (or its equivalent in coursework, private study, or experience). Extensive performance experience and a strong background in music history and music theory are preferred.

Please review the audition requirements and the faculty contacts for each instrument for the M.M. in Performance by visiting https://music.wayne.edu/performance/grad-auditions.php


Master of Music - Jazz Performance 

Contact: Professor Russell Miller, russ.miller@wayne.edu

Audition required. Submit the required audition videos, described below, using Acceptd. In each video, please be sure to state your full name and the program for which you are auditioning. As part of your application, you may also submit a resume or other relevant materials.

Applicants must have an undergraduate degree in music (or its equivalent in coursework, private study, or experience), preferably in jazz, jazz studies, or jazz performance. Extensive performance experience and a strong background in music history and music theory are preferred.

1. One Prepared Jazz Standard 

Requirements: All instrumentalists should prepare 1 jazz tune from the standard jazz lexicon. The tune should showcase the student playing a chorus of the melody and an improvised solo. 

*Note: Applicants must use a backing track as accompaniment to the selected jazz standard. There are many free and paid options backing track options available by internet search. 

This list, yet not exhaustive, provides acceptable jazz standards of varying degrees of difficulty: Autumn Leaves, On Green Dolphin Street, All the Things You Are, Take the A Train, Song for My Father, So What or Impressions, All Blues, Billie's Bounce, Au Privave, Sandu, Blues for Alice, Blue Monk, Isotope, Straight No Chaser, Tenor Madness Confirmation, Donna Lee, Moment's Notice, Stable Mates, Oleo, Anthropology, In Walked Bud, Yes or No, A Night in Tunisia, Bouncin' With Bud. 

Additional requirement for drummers: in a separate video, demonstrate the styles listed below for approximately 20-30 seconds each. Please announce each style before you play.

  • Swing (slow, medium, fast) 
  • Bossa nova 
  • Latin 
  • Contemporary pop styles 
  • Jazz waltz time 
  • Straight time  

2) Prepared Jazz Excerpt

In lieu of sightreading, which is required during the live audition, each applicant must prepare and submit a video of the following jazz excerpt. 

Click here to access the jazz excerpt and recording instructions.

 


All video submissions are private and confidential and will be viewed only by the Department of Music Audition Committee. 

For audition/interview questions please contact: 313-577-1783 or mickayla.chapman@wayne.edu