Choral Conducting

Prescreening

The prescreening video recording should include 20–30 minutes of the candidate in rehearsal and/or performance with a choral ensemble.  Please submit your prescreening recording online through our DecisionDesk portal.

Live Auditions

Selected applicants will be invited to audition in person, and a live audition in Boston is required for those invited.  The live audition repertoire will be chosen from the works listed below.  Please note that the MM & MSM requirements are different from the DMA requirements for the live audition.  Applicants must prepare all of the repertoire listed for the appropriate degree program below.

DMA

  • Stravinsky Symphony of Psalms (movement 1)
  • Bach St. John Passion (2a, b, c, d, e)
  • Haydn Die Schoepfung (opening recitative beginning “Im Anfange”….through the first chorus)
  • Gregorian chant Pange Lingua (consult the Liber Usualis)
  • Josquin Ave Maria (suggested edition Theodore Presser, but others are available)

Each candidate will also be asked to sing an art song and play a solo keyboard composition at the level of a Bach two-part invention.

MM & MSM

  • Mozart Requiem “Lacymosa”  (no edition specified, but the candidate should consult a full score)
  • Britten Rejoice in the Lamb (from the beginning through the Nimrod section)
  • J.S. Bach Aus der Tiefe Cantata #131 (conduct from the section starting with the text “Israel, Israel, etc.” to the end)
  • Victoria O Magnum Mysterium (suggested edition: Hinshaw)

Each candidate will also be asked to sing an art song and play a solo keyboard composition at the level of a Bach two-part invention.