Postgraduate

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

Master of Music Studies Performance (Coursework), Master of Music (Research), Doctor of Musical Arts Conducting Program

Semester 2 2018 application closing date: 15 April 2018
Semester 1 2019 application closing date: 15 September 2018

If you are unable to travel to Sydney for a live audition, your pre-audition materials can be considered as your audition and Skype will be used for the interview. Please inform staff when emailing your material.

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

The following pre-audition materials must be emailed to: A/Prof John Lynch <john.lynch@sydney.edu.au>; Prof Eduardo Diazmunoz Gomez <eduardo.diazmunoz@sydney.edu.au>; A/Prof Neil McEwan <neil.mcewan@sydney.edu.au> and Ms Shauna Crick <shauna.crick@sydney.edu.au>

  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 (Wind conducting only)
  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 – 500-1000 words minimum for coursework, 1500-2000 words maximum for research
  7. A brief two page analysis to assess how you write and how you think about music as follows:

 

Symphony Orchestra (semester 2 2018)

  • Master of Music Studies: W.A. Mozart Symphony Nº 35 in D Major, “Haffner”, K. 385, First Movement
  • Doctor of Musical Arts: Brahms’ Fourth Symphony in E minor, Op. 98, Fourth Movement


Symphony Orchestra (semester 1 2019)

  • Master of Music Studies: F.J. Haydn Symphony Nº 94 in G Major, “Surprise”, First Movement
  • Doctor of Musical Arts: P.I. Tchaikovsky’s Fifth Symphony in E Minor, Op. 64, First Movement


Wind Symphony (semester 2 2018 and 1 2019)

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


Choral (semester 2 2018 and 1 2019)
Contact Assoc. Professor Neil McEwan for repertoire


Opera (semester 2 2018 and 1 2019)

  • 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.

Live audition repertoire for Symphony Orchestra and Opera candidates

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. Analyse given excerpt and talk about it

Please contact Maestro Eduardo Diazmunoz  for further inquiries.

Semester 2 2018

  1. Rehearse and conduct given sections of W.A. Mozart’s Symphony Nº 35 in D Major, K. 385, L.V Beethoven’s 5th Symphony in C Minor, Op. 67, First Movement M. Ravel’s Mother Goose Suite -any movement with the Conservatorium Repertoire Orchestra on Wednesday, 30 May 2018 between 3-4pm.
  2. During the previous week (7-20 May) 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 time in order to have an interview via Skype.
  3. The Aural Test for candidates on site will take place between 4:15pm-5pm on the same day of the auditions, so candidates must plan to stay until that time.
  4. For DMA candidates, rehearse and conduct any of the above mentioned movements by Mozart, Beethoven or Ravel plus Brahms’ 4th Symphony in E Minor, Op. 98, Fourth Movement.


Semester 1 2019

  1. Rehearse and conduct given sections of F.J Haydn’s Symphony Nº 94 in G Major, G. Rossini’s La gazza ladra d’un faune– with the Conservatorium Repertoire Orchestra on Wednesday, 24 of October 2018 between 3-4pm.
  2. During the previous weeks (8-21 October) the chosen candidates will be notified of their audition and interview allotted time. Overseas candidates will need to submit either a link or a video conducting two excerpts from the above works and will be contacted to arrange a time in order to have an interview via Skype.
  3. The Aural Test for candidates on site will take place between 4:15-5pm on the same day of the auditions, so candidates must plan to stay until that time.
  4. For DMA candidates, rehearse and conduct any of the above mentioned excerpts by Haydn, Rossini and Debussy plus Tchaikovsky’s Fifth Symphony in E Minor, Op. 64, First Movement.

Wind Symphony audition requirements (semester 2 2018 and 1 2019)

  1. Aural skills assessment including identification of intervals and chords; melodic and rhythmic dictation; terminology; score I.D.
  2. Interview with the conducting and research faculty
  3. Sight-singing
  4. A twenty minute live audition with the SCM Wind Symphony: MM candidates First Suite in Eb mvt. I-Gustave Holst; DMA candidates Symphony in Bb mvt. 1-Paul Hindemith. Conduct through the movement, receive feedback, rehearse for the remaining time.

Please contact Assoc. Professor John Lynch <john.lynch@sydney.edu.au> for further inquiries.

Choir audition requirements (semester 2 2018 and 1 2019)

  1. Aural skills assessment including identification of intervals and chords; melodic and rhythmic dictation; terminology; score I.D.
  2. Interview with the conducting and research faculty
  3. Sight-singing
  4. Conduct and rehearse the designated piece(s) with the Conservatorium Chamber Choir.

Please contact Assoc. Professor Neil McEwan for further inquiries.