Performance M.Mus.

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BECOME YOUR BEST. The Master of Music degree in Music Performance is a 30 credit program which prepares instrumental or vocal students as scholar-performers in an actively changing professional world.

Music is the language of the spirit. – Kahlil Gibran.

The Master of Music (MM) in Music Performance is offered in both vocal and instrumental music for those who wish to pursue performance at the professional level in orchestral, chamber and operatic fields. Designed with equal emphasis on scholarship and performance, the program grounds musicianship in a rigorous academic foundation. Students benefit from individual mentorship in applied music by dedicated faculty who are world-renowned artist and scholars. Through performance partnerships with a wide variety of large and chamber ensembles, students will hone their unique performance skills and be set on a path towards a career in the professional performance world.

Instruction from world-renowned faculty in applied music and performance opportunities in a variety of ensembles provide students with ample experience, while at the same time strengthening each individual performer’s artistic abilities.

For a full description of our programs, what they offer and how they are constructed, please download and view our Department of Music Graduate Student Handbook which includes information about each degree option from start to finish, including audition requirements for each instrument and voice type.

Please see the website for the Graduate School of the University of Minnesota Duluth for information on application at http://www.d.umn.edu/grad. All applications are processed online.

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Audition Requirements

Admission Requirements

  • A Department of Music Graduate Study Application
  • A three- to five-page paper addressing current issues in music performance to be used as a professional writing example
  • Two letters of reference from professional colleagues or supervisors describing the candidate’s potential for success in the graduate music program
  • An entrance performance audition on the candidate’s major instrument or voice, arranged with the applied professor in your area. A DVD or Web based link to a video may be accepted as a substitute for the live audition upon approval of the faculty and Director of Graduate Studies.

Instrumental Performance 2 year sequence of courses (odd year)

Instrumental Performance 2 year sequence of courses (even year)

Vocal Performance 2 year sequence of courses

Audition Dates:

Complete the Music application. Audition dates for the 2017-2018 academic year will be held on the following dates:

Saturday, January 28, 2017*

Saturday, February 11, 2017*

Saturday, March 25, 2017

*Priority Audition Dates for Teaching Assistantships and Scholarship funding

Students unable to make these dates may arrange for a different day or time by contacting;

Dee Charles at dcharles@d.umn.edu | 218.726.7890

Please call 218-726-7890 or email umdmusic@d.umn.edu with questions regarding the application or scholarship audition process.

Scholarships, fellowships, and teaching assistant-ships are available for graduate students.

Graduate Teaching Assistant Application

Audition Requirements