Postgraduate

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

Conducting Requirements

Applicants must submit the following pre-audition materials via email to con.apply@sydney.edu.au (after you have completed the online application form as per instructions on the How to Apply – Postgraduate page above):

  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:

Orchestral

  • Master of Music Studies: Beethoven’s Seventh Symphony in A major Op. 92, Second Movement
  • Doctor of Musical Arts: Brahms’ Fourth Symphony 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

Choral

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

Opera

  • 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 whether you will proceed to an audition/interview.

Audition Requirements for the Master of Music Studies and DMA Conducting Program

 

 

 

Live/*Video Audition:

A limited number of people will then be invited for a 20 minute personal audition with the SCM Conductors’ Orchestra.

Applicants will be given a series of aural tests as part of the auditioning process.

Invited applicants should prepare the following pieces for the live conducting audition:

  • Mozart: Symphony Nº 41 in C Major, K.551, Jupiter
  • Brahms: Variations on a Theme by Haydn, Op. 56A

In addition, all applicants should prepare a piece from the standard repertoire of their instrument to perform for the conducting faculty.

* If you are not able to travel to Australia for a live audition, it is possible to use your pre-audition materials and a Skype interview and aural skills assessment as your official audition.

Those pursuing the research MM and the DMA should submit their research proposal along with the university application and be prepared to discuss their research at the interview.

All materials must be submitted by 1 April for admission for second semester (August-November) or 14 October for admission in first semester (March-June).

For further queries regarding the orchestral conducting auditions process and repertoire, please contact the Chair of Conducting, Professor Eduardo Diazmuñoz:
eduardo.diazmunoz@sydney.edu.au

Wind Conducting Requirements

Applicants must submit pre-audition materials electronically to Associate Professor John Lynch john.lynch@sydney.edu.au by 1 September for admission in first semester (March-June), and 1 April for admission in second semester (August-November):

  1. Curriculum Vitae
  2. 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) or DVD (with no regional ZONE CODE): 15-20 minutes of rehearsal, 15-20 minutes of performance (frontal view) with a variety of repertoire
  6. Research Proposal of your desired topic to be worked on throughout your degree.
  7. A brief two page analysis to assess how you write and how you think about music as follows:
  • Master of Music: Holst First Suite in Eb mvt. 1
  • Doctor of Musical Arts: Hindemith Symphony in Bb mvt. 1

Live/*Video Audition:

Invited applicants should prepare the following pieces for the live conducting audition:

  • Master of Music: Holst First Suite in Eb mvt. 1
  • Doctor of Musical Arts: Hindemith Symphony in Bb mvt. 1

Those pursuing the research MM and the DMA should submit their research proposal along with the university application and be prepared to discuss their research at the interview.

The audition will consist of a 20 minute audition with the SCM Wind Symphony, an interview with a faculty committee, and an aural skills/knowledge assessment.

* If you are not able to travel to Australia for a live audition, it is possible to use your prep-audition materials and a skype interview and aural skills assessment as your official audition.

For further queries regarding wind conducting auditions and repertoire, please contact Associate Professor John Lynch: john.lynch@sydney.edu.au

Choral Conducting Requirements

Applicants should submit pre-audition materials electronically to Associate Professor Neil McEwan neil.mcewan@sydney.edu.au by 1 September for admission in first semester (March-June), and 1 April for admission in second semester (August-November):

  1. Curriculum Vitae
  2. 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) or DVD (with no regional ZONE CODE): 15-20 minutes of rehearsal, 15-20 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.
  7. A brief two page analysis to assess how you write and how you think about music as follows:
  • Master of Music:Requiem a 6 (Victoria)
  • Doctor of Musical Arts: Requiem (Duruflé)

Live/*Video Audition:

Invited applicants will be required to prepare suggested choral works for the live conducting audition with the SCM Chamber Choir or SCM Choir. The coordinator will advise you of these choral audition pieces.

Those pursuing the research MM and the DMA should submit their Research Proposal along with the university application and be prepared to discuss their research at the interview.

The audition will consist of a 15-minute audition with the Conservatorium Chamber Choir, or Conservatorium Choir, an interview with a faculty committee, and an aural skills/knowledge assessment

* If you are not able to travel to Australia for a live audition, it is possible to use your prep-audition materials and a skype interview and aural skills assessment as your official audition.

For further queries regarding choral conducting auditions and repertoire, please contact Dr Neil McEwan: neil.mcewan@sydney.edu.au