All conducting programs require a pre-screening process before an invitation to audition is offered. For fall semester admission, applications received by February 15, with audition and/or interview requirements completed by March 15, will be given full consideration for admission and graduate assistantship funding. Please scroll down for information regarding your specific conducting area.
Upload a recording of yourself conducting in a wind ensemble setting. The recording should be no longer than 20 minutes in length, and include both performance and rehearsal material. The conductor should be facing the camera and be in full frontal or a partial profile view. At least part of the ensemble must be in view.
You should upload your conducting video as an Unlisted Youtube Video to your GRADS application.
After initial materials are reviewed, the most qualified applicants will then be invited to the University Park campus for a formal audition and interview. The formal audition process may be altered due to COVID-19.
Formal Audition/ In-person
- An interview with Dr. Tonya Mitchell-Spradlin (email@example.com) discussing the applicant’s professional goals, teaching philosophy, and experience.
- A musical skills and knowledge diagnostic including aural skills, score recognition, and knowledge of wind/percussion instruments and musical terminology.
- A twenty minute audition with the Penn State Symphonic Wind Ensemble. Repertoire will vary from year to year and will be communicated to applicants once invited to a campus audition.
Instructor: Dr. Tonya Mitchell-Spradlin
For pre-screening purposes, we require a video of the applicant rehearsing a choir. The recording should be 10-15 minutes in length, and the applicant should be facing the camera. International applicants must speak in the English language. You can either send a DVD by mail or upload electronically. If sending my mail, please send to: Send a DVD for pre-screening purposes - see conducting audition requirements for specific information. Send to:
School of Music Graduate Admissions
Attention: Prof. Christopher Kiver
The Pennsylvania State University
233 Music Building
University Park, PA 16802-1901
Alternatively, the pre-screening video may be submitted electronically.To do this, go to www.youtube.com and create an account (if you do not have one). Upload your video following the instructions provided. Under the video settings, choose "unlisted", and email your video's link to firstname.lastname@example.org.
All application materials will be reviewed by the appropriate faculty members. The most qualified applicants will then be invited to the University Park campus for an interview and an audition conducting a University choir. Invited applicants will also be asked to perform on their major instrument/voice and to demonstrate functional keyboard skills. For specific information regarding degree requirements, click here.
Instructor: Christopher Kiver
Please send a link to a video (on youtube, vimeo, or some other online video service) of you conducting (both rehearsal and performances). The recording should be 10-15 minutes in length, and the applicant should be facing the camera. If rehearsing, international applicants must speak in the English language.
After a review of all application materials, the most qualified applicants will be invited to the University Park campus for an interview and an audition conducting a University orchestra. Applicants who are invited to audition will also be required to demonstrate skills at the keyboard (reading a Bach chorale in four clefs), ear-training, transpositions, and knowledge of orchestral repertoire. For specific information regarding degree requirements, click here.
Instructor: Gerardo Edelstein