Jazz Composition Portfolio

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Studio Jazz Writing & Jazz Composition

Graduate students applying to Studio Jazz Writing or Jazz Composition must submit a portfolio of their compositions. All submissions should be in PDF format (engraved using a notation program such as Sibelius, Finale, or Dorico) and accompanied by an audio recording in mp3 format. Although live recordings are preferred, MIDI realizations are acceptable. The portfolio should be submitted via SlideRoom by January 1.

Applicants to the Master of Music in Studio Jazz Writing

  • Lead sheets of two (2) original compositions in different styles
  • Two (2) compositions or arrangements for 3-4 horns or voices and rhythm section
  • One (1) example of writing for Big Band
  • One (1) composition for chamber group, orchestra, or other non-jazz ensemble 

Applicants to the Doctor of Musical Arts in Jazz Composition

  • Lead sheets for two (2) original compositions in different styles
  • Two (2) compositions or arrangements for 3-4 horns or voices and rhythm section
  • Two (2) examples of writing for Big Band in two different styles
    • One arrangement of a Jazz standard and one original composition
  • One (1) composition for chamber group, orchestra, or other non-jazz ensemble 

Applicants for the DMA in Jazz Composition must demonstrate, through their portfolio, an advanced level of proficiency writing for instruments and voices from both jazz and non-jazz traditions.

All applicants are encouraged to visit campus. If a visit to campus is not possible, applicants must schedule an interview with the Program Director via Zoom, Skype, or similar technology. ALL applicants being considered for a Teaching Assistantship must visit the campus for an in-person interview. 

Applicants will be contacted by Frost faculty after an initial review of portfolios to set up in-person/virtual interviews. Please do not contact the FSoM Office of Admission. Interviews typically take place in February and scheduling will be done in advance to allow for travel arrangements to be made.

For more information please contact Dr. Stephen Guerra