General Information and RequirementsAn application, with explicit directions for completion, may be downloaded. Applications and the printed counterpart to this Web site are available from the Institute office at 409 Prospect Street, New Haven, Connecticut 06511-2167.
All completed forms and supporting materials are to be sent directly to the Institute of Sacred Music, to arrive no later than January 15. The Institutešs Admissions Committee will consider applications for all degree programs, invite applicants for auditions and interviews, and then make its recommendations to the appropriate admissions committee of either the School of Music or the Divinity School. Letters of joint acceptance will be sent to successful candidates on or around April 1. Admission is for fall term. There is no early decision process nor is there a summer program. Divinity School degrees may be completed part-time by special request. The School of Music does not now offer a part-time degree program.
Tape Recording Guidelines
An audition tape, twenty to thirty minutes in length, is required of organ and composition candidates. Cassettes should be labeled with the applicantšs name, instrument, and works performed. A recent recital tape may be submitted if the program falls roughly within the repertoire guidelines.
OrganRepresentative works from the major areas of organ literaturea major Bach work, a romantic work, and a contemporary work.
CompositionScores and cassette tapes of at least three recent works, each written for a different group of instruments, voice, and/or electronic media.
Choral ConductingChoral conductors are not required to submit tapes, although they may choose to do so. They are selected for audition on the basis of the application and supporting credentials.
School of Music ApplicantsApplicants are chosen for formal audition on the basis of the performance tape, scores, and application credentials. If selected, you will be informed as soon as possible of the time and place to appear before an auditions committee. Auditions are held in New Haven at a specified time, either the last weekend in February or the first weekend in March. M.M.A. applicants will be expected to audition and take a written examination in New Haven on a date in early March as specified by the School of Music.
Organ applicants should perform works other than those presented on their audition tape. You will be asked to demonstrate sight-reading ability and other essential musical skills.
Choral Conducting applicants will be expected to present a highly developed level of comprehensive musicianship, including theory, transposition, keyboard skill, and score reading. In addition, applicants will be asked to conduct one or two previously assigned works with a University ensemble.
Composition applicants must come for personal interviews with the Institutešs Admissions Committee and the School of Music composition faculty on a date specified in early March.
Divinity School ApplicantsBased on applications and supporting materials, persons are invited to appear for an interview. During the interview, applicants are asked to speak about their intentions and expectations regarding study at the Institute. If performers, they are asked to demonstrate performing ability and basic music skills and to outline performance experience. Religion and the Arts or Liturgical Studies applicants will be asked to make a ten-minute presentation to the Institutešs Admissions Committee on a speciŪc topic in their area of concentration. Artists should present their portfolio. Interviews are held on a weekend in late February or early March.
Graduate Record ExaminationAll applicants must take the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) General Test. In addition, all School of Music applicants must take the gre Revised Music Test. GRE applications can be obtained from this department or by writing to: Graduate Record Examination (GRE), Educational Testing Service (ets), P.O. Box 6000, Princeton, New Jersey 08541-6000. Please use institution code #7072. Failure to use this code may result in lost scores.
Test of English as a Foreign LanguageStudents from abroad for whom English is a second language must demonstrate, with a Test of English as a Foreign Language (toefl) score of high quality, a level of language proficiency appropriate for study in a graduate school. Applicants in choral conducting, composition, and organ, and those who apply to the Master of Musical Arts program may submit toefl scores in lieu of the GRE General Test scores but they must take the Revised Music Test section of the GRE. toefl applications may be obtained from: Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), Educational Testing Service (ETS), P.O. Box 6154, Princeton, New Jersey 08541-6154. Please use institution code #7072. Failure to use this code may result in lost scores.
Applicants are urged to submit all required materials as soon as possible. Applicants should check periodically to be certain that requested credentials have arrived at the Institutešs Office of Admissions. All inquiries should be directed to the Office of Admissions, Yale Institute of Sacred Music, 409 Prospect Street, New Haven, Connecticut 06511-2167
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