All applicants for our conducting programs should check the How to Apply – Postgraduate page first.

Master of Music Studies, Doctor of Musical Arts Conducting Program

Applicants for the Symphony Orchestra, Wind Orchestra, Choral Conducting, Opera

The following pre-audition materials must be submitted in the online Audition/Interview form.

  1. Curriculum Vitae
  2. Conducted repertoire list
  3. Three contact numbers and emails for references
  4. Audio recording of your own ensemble (10-15 minutes) with a variety of repertoire
  5. Conducting work shown by video internet links (YouTube or similar URLs) or DVD with no regional ZONE CODE): 10-15 minutes of rehearsal, 10-15 minutes of performance (frontal view) with a variety of repertoire
  6. A Research Proposal of your desired topic to be worked on throughout your degree – 1000 words minimum, 1500 words maximum
  7. A brief two page analysis to assess how you write and how you think about music as follows:

Symphony Orchestra

  • Master of Music Studies: W.A. Mozart Symphony Nº 40 in G Minor, K. 550, First Movement
  • Doctor of Musical Arts: Brahms’ Fourth Symphony in E minor, Op. 98, Fourth Movement

Wind Symphony

  • Master of Music Studies: Holst’s First Suite in Eb, First Movement
  • Doctor of Musical Arts: Hindemith’s Symphony in Bb, First Movement


  • Master of Music Studies: Victoria’s Requiem a 6
  • Doctor of Musical Arts: Duruflé’s Requiem


  • Master of Music Studies and Doctor of Musical Arts: Mozart, Die Zauberflöte, Finale Act 1 ‘Speaker scene’, until ‘Schnelle Fuše’. Puccini, Madama Butterfly, Love Duet, end Act 1 (from Fig 116 – end of Act).

Once your audition materials have been reviewed, you will be notified on whether you will proceed to an audition and/or interview.

Audition Requirements


A limited number of people will then be invited for an interview which will include questions about your research topic.

You will also undertake a compulsory aural exam which will consist of the following:

  • Identification of several scales played at a keyboard, then sing them
  • Identification of 5th and 7th chords, including inversions
  • Write an 8 bar two part dictation played from the keyboard
  • Write a rhythmic dictation and read/play it afterwards (tapping)
  • Identify chord progressions. i.e: I, V, I64, IV, I64, V7 VI, IV, I, etc.
  • Identification of works’ excerpts or their composer, played in a CD player and/or at the piano


As a postgraduate SCM applicant, you are expected and may be required to undertake the following, depending on time availability:

  • Play any short piece on your instrument
  • Sight read a brief excerpt in your instrument
  • Sing a written vocal part
  • Sight read at the piano a brief excerpt from an orchestral score or sight sing any given part
  • Sing and play from a piano/vocal score if your main instrument is piano


A theory based test may also be conducted as part of your audition with us and this will involve:

  1. Identifying the scores shown at a glance. Work and/or composer.
  2. Analysing a given excerpt and talking about it



  1. For MM Symphony Orchestra and Opera candidates: Rehearse and conduct given sections of W.A. Mozart’s Symphony Nº 40 in G Minor, K. 550, F.J. Haydn’s Military Symphony Nº 100, and L.V. Beethoven’s Egmont Overture, Op. 84 with the Conservatorium Repertoire Orchestra on Wednesday, 1st of November 2017 between 3:00 and 4:00PM. During the previous week (23-27 October) the chosen candidates will be notified of their audition and interview allotted time. Overseas candidates will need to submit either a web link or a video conducting two excerpts from the above works and will be contacted to arrange a timein order to have an interview via Skype. The Aural Test for candidates on site will take place from 4:15 to 5:00PM on the same day of the auditions, so candidates must plan to stay until that time. For DMA candidates, rehearse and conduct any of the above mentioned movements by Mozart, Haydn or Beethoven plus Brahms’ 4th Symphony in E Minor, Op. 98, Fourth Movement.
  1. Conduct the required piece in front of the Wind Symphony or Conservatorium Chamber Choir or Conservatorium Choir according to the specific area each candidate applied for.