Graduate Performance Evaluations

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BrassGuitarPianoVoice
Chamber MusicHarpPiano AccompanyingWoodwinds
CompositionHarpsichordViola 
ConductingOrganViolin 
Double BassPercussion/TimpaniVioloncello 

Postgraduate Performance Evaluations

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Postgraduate Diploma in Vocal Performance
Professional Studies Diploma in Instrumental Performance

 

Brass

Two graduate juries are required to determine fulfillment of performance requirements; two graduate recitals are required.

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Chamber Music

Each student must give two recitals over the two years of the program, at least one with an emphasis on chamber music repertoire. Two juries are also required, with repertoire at the discretion of the instrumental teacher.

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Composition

Graduate students are expected to produce a major work (“thesis”) toward their degree. The thesis is to be of substantial length (15–20 minutes) and of a sustained and unified nature. The thesis is to be discussed with the instructor. One goal of the thesis is to demonstrate mastery of all compositional elements. Three copies of the thesis are to be given to the Department Chair before the graduation recital.

During the first year, at least 20 minutes of music must be completed and performed. (“Readings” may not be included, except of orchestral pieces.) During the second year, the candidate may present either one full recital in the final semester of work or two half-recitals within the last two semesters of work. (A full recital is defined as about 45–60 minutes of music.) Works performed must have been composed during the time the composer was a student at the Conservatory. In both years, any pieces to be performed must be reviewed with the student’s composition professor in advance and approved by the professor for presentation. At least one week before a performance, two scores for each work being presented should be given to the chair of the composition department.

Criteria in evaluation of graduate composition recitals include versatility, imagination and pleasure as well as competence in working with musical materials. Also taken into account will be competence in aspects of modern musical technique such as orchestration, instrumentation, text setting, the use of electronics and the preparation/presentation of the music.

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Conducting

Students must participate in three juried Conservatory performances to fulfill requirements. At least two of these shall involve conducting one work on a Conservatory Orchestra concert. Typically, the student will organize and present additional non-juried performances with ensembles other than the orchestra.

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Double Bass

Two graduate juries are required to determine fulfillment of performance requirements; two graduate recitals required. The first graduate jury must consist of one work from each of the four categories outlined as appropriate for an undergraduate senior jury.

From Senior Jury Requirements:
  1. Concerti or virtuoso-type pieces
  2. Sonatas or multi-movement works from the romantic or contemporary repertoire, or an entire solo cello suite by Bach
  3. Pieces: three short works from any of the representative periods
  4. A fourth category consisting of chamber music may be included on the recommendation of the professor
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Guitar

Two graduate juries are required to determine fulfillment of performance requirements; two graduate recitals are required. Repertoire guidelines for juries are in the Guitar Department Manual, which is available from the Office of Admission and on the web site. Graduate students must perform a major concerto on a jury and on one of the graduate recitals, a department recital or some other venue. The first graduate recital must include music from three different musical periods. Program notes are required for juries.

Harp

Two graduate juries and two graduate recitals are required.

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Harpsichord

Two graduate juries and two graduate recitals are required to fulfill performance requirements.

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Organ

Two public recitals are required to determine fulfillment of performance requirements. At least two compositions of recent origin should be played. Performance of works with other instruments is encouraged.

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Percussion/Timpani

Two graduate juries and two graduate recitals, both of which will be used to determine fulfillment of performance requirements.

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Piano

Two graduate juries are required to determine fulfillment of performance requirements; two graduate recitals are required. Recital programs are to be approved by the major professor and the Piano Department; one program may include a chamber work. The first graduate piano recital should be representative of all musical periods. For the second recital, the student is encouraged to specialize in a particular repertoire, period or genre. At any time during a graduate student's residency, a one-time concerto performance requirement must be satisfied at an additional concerto jury.

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Piano Accompanying

Two juries and two recitals, one consisting of vocal music, the second consisting of instrumental works. Appropriate solo works will also be required on juries.

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Viola

Two graduate juries are required to determine fulfillment of performance requirements; two graduate recitals required. The first graduate jury must consist of one work from each of the four categories outlined as appropriate for an undergraduate senior jury.

From the undergraduate requirements:
During a four-year course of study, a student will be required to perform the following:

  1. A minimum of four concerti chosen from the following: Bartok, Berio, Berlioz, Bloch, Feldman, Handel, Handoshkin, Hindemith, Hoffmeister, Mozart, Nixon, Piston, Pleyel, Stamitz, Schnittke, Telemann, Walton, Vaughan Williams. With the approval of the professor, other concerti may be selected. At least one concerto shall be performed at the end of each school year.
  2. At least three of the six cello suites, or the violin sonatas and partitas, or the gamba sonatas of Bach, transcribed, and at least one from the unaccompanied repertoire of Stravinsky, Reger or Hindemith. One is to be performed at the end of each school year.
  3. At least four sonatas from the representative periods, one to be performed at the end of each school year.
  4. A fourth category may be included on the recommendation of the professor and could include etudes; the standard chamber music for viola, such as the duos of Mozart or Beethoven or the trio of Debussy; and the standard orchestral studies, such as Strauss Don Quixote or Don Juan.

Concerti must be memorized. Memorization in other categories shall be at the discretion of the professor.

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Violin

Two graduate juries are required to determine fulfillment of performance requirements; two graduate recitals required. The first graduate jury must consist of one work from each of the four categories outlined as appropriate for an undergraduate senior jury.

From the undergraduate requirements:
During a four-year course of study, a student will be required to learn the following:

  1. A minimum of four standard concerti, such as Barber, Bartok, Beethoven, Berg, Brahms, Bruch, Dvorak, Glazunov, Lalo, Mendelssohn, Mozart, Paganini, Prokofiev, Saint-Saens, Sibelius, Stravinsky, Tchaikovsky, Vieuxtemps or Wieniawski. During the four years, no composer shall be represented by more than one concerto.
  2. Two of the six partitas or sonatas for solo violin by Bach.
  3. Four classical, romantic or contemporary sonatas for violin and piano, one to be performed at the end of each school year.
  4. Four short virtuoso pieces—or works in a similar style—by any of the following composers: Kreisler, Paganini, Saint-Saens, Wieniawski.

Students will be required to perform three works from contrasting periods for their jury examination.

Concerti must be memorized. Memorization in other categories shall be at the discretion of the professor.

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Violoncello

Two graduate juries are required to determine fulfillment of performance requirements; two graduate recitals required. The first graduate jury must consist of one work from each of the four categories outlined as appropriate for an undergraduate senior jury.

From the undergraduate requirements:
During a four-year course of study, a student will be required to perform the following:

  1. A minimum of four concerti chosen from the following: C.P.E Bach, Barber, Beethoven Triple Concerto, Bloch Schelomo, Boccherini, Brahms Double Concerto, Dvorak, Elgar, Haydn D and C concerti, Hindemith, Lalo, Milhaud, Prokofiev, Saint-Saens, Schoenberg, Schumann, Shostakovich, Walton. At least one concerto shall be performed at the end of each school year.
  2. At least three of the six cello suites or the gamba sonatas by Bach, and at least one from the unaccompanied repertoire of Bloch, Britten, Hindemith, Kodaly or Reger. One is to be performed at the end of each school year.
  3. At least four sonatas from the representative periods, one to be performed at the end of each school year.
  4. A fourth category will be chosen with the advice of the professor and may include etudes, virtuoso pieces, the standard chamber music for cello, such as duos of Ravel and Kodaly, trios of Schoenberg and Webern, or the standard orchestral studies, such as Strauss Don Quixote.

Concerti must be memorized. Memorization in other categories shall be at the discretion of the professor.

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Voice

The first-year graduate student in voice is required to prepare a full recital for the second semester jury examination, following the general requirements of the senior recital but at a more advanced level. The jury will consist of material selected by the voice faculty from the recital program. At the end of the semester in which students are not doing a jury (usually the fall semester), they may be required to perform a piece chosen by the voice faculty for an evaluation. Students will receive written comments on both evaluation and jury performances.

A public performance of the first-year graduate recital program is optional for students who performed an undergraduate recital as part of their undergraduate degree. If the student has never performed an undergraduate recital, it is recommended that he or she present a solo recital in public as a first-year graduate student, at the discretion of the major teacher. This recital does not require a preview. All first-year graduate students will perform a year-end jury.

Second-year graduate students may be required at the end of the first semester to perform a piece chosen by the voice faculty for an evaluation. A solo recital of 60 to 65 minutes of music is to be presented in public, usually in the second semester.

Second-year graduate students who have presented standard repertoire in previous recitals may present recitals comprising repertoire of specialized interest. In close consultation with the teacher, a program can be designed that will satisfy the artistic and educational requirements for the master’s degree while not strictly adhering to the senior repertoire guidelines. Some students who do not have much recital performance experience (such as students whose undergraduate degrees were in majors other than music) may, however, benefit by following the guidelines for senior recitals, but at a more advanced level appropriate to graduate studies. The program for the recital, whether specialized or standard, must be approved by the major voice professor, and a portion of the recital may be required to be presented to the voice faculty at least four weeks prior to the recital date during a recital preview. The voice faculty will either approve the memorized recital or ask for a second preview. If the second preview is not approved, the recital must be rescheduled for a later date.

At the time of the preview, materials for the program must beturned in to the major teacher and voice faculty for their review. This must include the recital repertoire (including opus numbers and composers’ dates), translations, program notes (limited to 150 words per piece on the program) and an optional biography (limited to 150 words or less).

The recital preview will be the second-year graduate jury. An exit evaluation will be required at the end of the semester, consisting of one piece chosen by the student.

The second-year graduate student may also perform an optional second recital whose program reflects a special interest. This second recital may not occur until the requirements for the first recital have been fulfilled.

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Woodwinds

Two graduate juries are required to determine fulfillment of performance requirements; two graduate recitals are required.

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Postgraduate Diploma in Vocal Performance

Postgraduate students, at the discretion of the voice faculty, may be required to perform a piece chosen by the voice faculty at the end of the first semester for evaluation. During the second semester the postgraduate student must perform a recital, the requirements for which are the same as for the Master of Music degree but at a more advanced level appropriate to postgraduate studies. Evaluation and jury requirements are also the same as the Master of Music degree.

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Professional Studies Diploma in Instrumental Performance

Students are required to complete one jury as well as any midterm evaluations required by their individual departments. Jury requirements are determined by department in accordance with the student’s specific career plans. A recital is required in all departments except for brass and percussion.