Classical Composition

Graduate Audition Requirements

The portfolio should consist of 5 scores of original compositions (no arrangements please), accompanied by at least three audio recording of the pieces submitted. The other two pieces may be a synthetic/midi version if no audio recording is available.

The compositions should display:

  1. A diversity of styles, showing an understanding of avant-garde techniques
  2. Diverse instrumentation (for instance: solo, vocal, chamber ensemble, electronics, large ensemble)
  3. Rhythmic and metric sophistication
  4. Harmonic inventiveness, and exploration of post-tonal harmonies
  5. Motivic and melodic artistry
  6. Textural refinement
  7. Strong sense of structure and form
  8. Attention to scoring details (dynamics, tempos, articulations, tonguing, bowings)

For more information contact Eliane Aberdam.