Winthrop University: Graduate School - Master of Music in Conducting Admission Requirements
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Master of Music in Conducting with Emphasis in Choral or Wind Instrumental


Application Requirements for all graduate Music Degrees:

1. The online Graduate School application with the non-refundable application fee.

2. Official transcript(s) from all institutions attended for undergraduate and graduate coursework. Transcripts must be sent directly to Winthrop's Graduate School office from the issuing institution(s). We cannot accept transcripts (even sealed, official transcripts) from individuals.

3. Have an overall undergraduate grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.

4. Submit an acceptable score on the verbal and quantitative sections of the General Test of the Graduate Record Examination, the Miller's Analogy Test (MAT), or the PRAXIS II Examination in music education;

5. Take entrance diagnostic examinations in music theory and music history/literature. Applicants must demonstrate at least baccalaureate-level competence in music theory and music history/literature. Results of these examinations will be used to plan an appropriate program of studies for the student. In order to address any deficiencies, a student may be required to enroll in courses which will not count toward their graduate degree;

6. Perform an applied entrance audition on the major instrument. Students who do not pass the applied entrance audition will study at the undergraduate level. Graduate-level study must be attained by the end of the first semester. The applied entrance audition and all entrance examinations should be taken prior to the semester of initial enrollment in the graduate program. Auditions and examinations are scheduled in January, May and August of each academic year. Students will not be fully admitted until the audition and examinations have been completed. **

7. Successfully complete a writing sample as prescribed by the graduate director. Contact the graduate director for additional information.

In addition to the general requirements for admission for all graduate study in music, the Master of Music degree in Conducting must:

1. Hold a baccalaureate degree with a major in performance or music education (or their equivalent), from an accredited institution.
**2. Perform an entrance audition in conducting to be arranged through the appropriate conducting faculty. The audition should consist of standard repertory and include representative works from various historical periods and styles. Students not accepted for graduate level study should register for undergraduate credit for one semester before re-auditioning for the graduate program.

3. Applicants for both choral and wind instrumental emphases should also possess:

  1. A keyboard proficiency equivalent to that required of an undergraduate degree in performance or music education; 
  2. A proficiency in a major instrument equivalent to that required of graduates in the appropriate undergraduate degree program for choral - piano, organ, or voice; instrumental - wind instrument or percussion; and 
  3. Applicants for the choral emphasis should also possess a diction proficiency in liturgical Latin and either French, German or Italian. 

Prospective students should contact Dr. Elisa Koehler, 803/323-2255, or by email at  to confirm their intent to perform the audition and take the diagnostic entrance examinations

Last Updated: 3/27/20