Music Composition & Music Theory Portfolio Requirements

Music Composition requirements:

  • All applicants should submit a portfolio of original compositions to be reviewed by the composition faculty. Students should submit their most advanced and sophisticated work. The portfolio should contain three or four samples of original compositions, along with recordings for the same works, if possible. Evidence of experience using various instrumental and/or vocal combinations is very important. Students who have questions about what to submit in the portfolio should feel free to ask questions before submitting. Questions about portfolios should be directed to Dr. Steve Rouse at steve.rouse@louisville.edu. The goal should be to submit the best possible audition portfolio, because a strong audition portfolio could result in an offer of financial support. Applicants wishing to be considered for Bomhard Fellowships in composition should include works that demonstrate an inclination and ability to write for the human voice.
  • Students should also submit a curriculum vitae detailing education, any relevant work or teaching experience, and achievements, especially with regard to their compositional work. 
  • Graduate applicants in composition do not need to audition on an instrument or voice at the time of application.
  • The application portfolio is due on or before February 1st for full consideration for scholarship and GTA recommendations. Portfolios will be reviewed as received. Portfolios can be sent directly to the Admissions Counselor via mail at the information below:

Admissions Counselor
School of Music
University of Louisville
Louisville, KY 40292

 

Music Theory requirements:

The successful applicant will submit an electronic portfolio containing three pieces of work that show potential and interest in music theory. At least one piece must be an analytic essay of 1500 or more words containing at least one diagram. The other two pieces in the portfolio may be drawn from the following categories: analytic essays, original compositions (scores and recordings), program notes, review essays (of pieces, books, or articles), and teaching videos. Portfolios can be emailed to gomusic@louisville.edu . Graduate applicants in theory do not need to audition on an instrument or voice at the time of application.

The application portfolio is due on or before February 1st for full consideration for scholarship and GTA recommendations. Applications will be reviewed as received.