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Requirements, Master’s Degree in Conducting

Admission Requirements

Consideration for program admission requires:

  • A bachelor’s degree comparable to a degree from the University of California in both distribution of academic subject matter and scholarly achievement
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Transcripts (UC Davis requires academic records from each college-level institution you have attended.  You will be instructed to upload scanned copies of your transcripts after you have submitted your online application.  For more details visit https://gradstudies.ucdavis.edu/prospective-students/admissions-application/submitting-your-transcripts.)
  • TOEFL or IELTS score (if applicable)
  • A CV (including a list of works conducted, rehearsed, and studied)
  • A list of 30 works for orchestra which the applicant considers to be the most  significant from a historical and/or musical standpoint
  • A 10–15 minute DVD (in English) of rehearsal or concert with 2–3 works showing different styles (YouTube links are acceptable in lieu of a physical DVD)
  • A minimum GPA of 3.0
  • An Office of Graduate Studies online application with fee by the stated admission deadline.
  • The most qualified applicants will be selected to take part in a live audition (and interview) conducting the UC Davis Symphony Orchestra & Chorus.
  • This year’s audition date is Tuesday, February 11, 2020. The assigned works for the audition with the orchestra are Ravel’s La Valse and Ravel’s Pavane pour une infante défunte.

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