Audition and Submission Requirements

In addition to completing an application, the following are required for admission to the graduate composition degree program:

  1. Submit 15 minutes worth of previous compositions in contrasting styles, in both score and mp3 format.
  2. Schedule an interview with a composition faculty member. Submission and discussion of previous compositions will take place at that time. Contact the School of Music at (626) 815-3848 or to schedule an interview.

Prospective students who are not able to appear in person may send their compositions, clearly marked as such, to Philip Shackleton, DMA, chair of the Department of Musical Studies, at, and schedule a subsequent telephone interview.

Note: This information is current for the 2023-24 academic year; however, all stated academic information is subject to change. Please refer to the current Academic Catalog for more information.

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