Jazz Composition Portfolio

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Studio Jazz Writing & Jazz Composition

Graduate students applying to Studio Jazz Writing or Jazz Composition at the Frost School of Music 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

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  • Portfolio Requirements

    Please submit five(5) original compositions or arrangements which should include: 

    • At least one composition or arrangement for large jazz ensemble (big band)
    • At least one composition or arrangement for a small jazz ensemble
    • At least one composition or arrangement for a non-jazz/chamber ensemble
    • At least one original composition in lead sheet form 

    Please submit no more than three(3) arrangements. Ensemble scores should be presented in transposed pitch. MIDI realizations are acceptable in lieu of recordings.

Applicants to the Doctor of Musical Arts in Jazz Composition

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  • Portfolio Requirements

    Please submit five(5) original compositions or arrangements which should include: 

    • At least one composition or arrangement for large jazz ensemble (big band)
    • At least one composition or arrangement for a small jazz ensemble
    • At least one composition or arrangement for a non-jazz/chamber ensemble
    • At least one original composition in lead sheet form
    • At least one of the submissions above should feature strings and/or a vocalist

    Please submit no more than two(2) arrangements. Ensemble scores should be presented in transposed pitch. MIDI realizations of your works are acceptable in lieu of recordings.

    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