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The Department of Music offers graduate studies leading to the master of music degree. Students may specialize in composition, music history or performance (instrumental, vocal, opera, conducting).

The graduate music program is small, and students receive personal attention from faculty, as well as quality performance opportunities.

Our opera program boasts a professional affiliation with the Tri-Cities Opera (TCO). Opera students are members of the TCO Resident Artist Training Program, where they gain professional experience while completing their studies. Our graduates have gone on to perform in major opera houses around the world.

Graduate Degrees Offered

  • MM with track in Opera (associated with the Tri-Cities Opera Company)
  • MM with emphasis in one of the following:
    • Composition
    • Conducting
    • History and Literature
    • Instrumental performance
    • Vocal performance

Application Deadlines

  Fall Admission Spring Admission
MM February 15 (funding)
April 1 (regular) 
October 1

Vocal Performance
& Opera Candidates

January 15
February 8 (Audition)


Admission Requirements*

The standards maintained by The Graduate School and individual departments and programs are applied to ensure that applicants admitted to the University are well qualified and trained to study at this institution and have a reasonable expectation of successfully completing a graduate program, and who, with the benefit of graduate education, are most likely to contribute substantially to their academic or professional fields.

To be eligible, you must have and provide:

  • A bachelor's degree or its equivalent from a nationally or regionally accredited college or university
  • Complete set of your undergraduate and graduate transcripts. At minimum, a 3.0 GPA is required. See details.

Applicant Qualifications: An undergraduate degree in Music (BA; BMus; BMusEd) is desirable for admission. Candidates with majors in other fields may be considered on a case-by-case basis if there is evidence of significant undergraduate music coursework in performance, music theory and music history.

All applicants should contact the director of graduate studies in music directly prior to submitting application materials for specific information pertaining to concentration or specialization-specific requirements, screening recordings, auditions and other aspects of the application process. Review application steps as outlined by the department.

All applicants must submit the following:

  • Online graduate degree application and application fee
  • Transcripts from each college/university you have attended
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Personal statement (2-3 pages) describing your reasons for pursuing graduate study, your career aspirations, your special interests within your field, and any unusual features of your background that might need explanation or be of interest to your program's admissions committee.
  • Resume or Curriculum Vitae detailing educational and professional experience
  • The GRE is only required for applicants pursuing Music History and Literature emphasis.
  • A live audition/interview is also required. For international applicants, the department will consider online audition/interviews via SKYPE or similar technology (contact the graduate director for details).

And, for international applicants:

  • International Student Financial Statement form (PDF)
  • Official bank statement/proof of support
  • Official TOEFL, IELTS, or PTE Academic scores

Depending on your desired track or emphasis, you must also submit the following:

  • Composition applicants:
    • Minimum of two manuscripts and/or recordings of compositions, preferably for differing performing genres. Electronic scores prepared with Finale or Sibelius preferred; hard copies accepted
    • Recorded sample of compositions (if possible); live performance recordings preferred
  • Conducting applicants:
    • Preliminary screening DVD of rehearsal and/or performance conducting an instrumental or vocal ensemble (10-30 minutes)
    • A (recent) recording sample, highlighting either:
      • the candidate's major instrument
      • voice; including a minimum of two composition(s) in contrasting styles
  • History and Literature applicants:
    • Minimum one writing sample (a research paper in music); two (or more) desirable
  • Instrumental Performance applicants:
    • Preliminary screening CD or DVD, including a minimum of two compositions in contrasting styles
  • Opera and Vocal Performance applicants:
    • Preliminary screening CD or DVD, including a minimum of four compositions in contrasting styles (one each in English, French, German and Italian)
      • Opera/oratorio and song literature should be included

*This information is subject to change. While we make every effort to keep it accurate and up-to-date, we recommend you contact the department for program-specific requirements.

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We welcome and encourage potential students to contact us.

Timothy Perry, Graduate Director

Department of Music website

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Last Updated: 12/30/14