Graduate Music Auditions
Webster offers the Master of Arts degree in music and the Master of Music degree.
Students must complete a minimum of 32 hours of graduate credit regardless of the chosen emphasis.
To be accepted for graduate study in music at Webster, a student must meet these criteria:
1) An undergraduate GPA of 2.5 in music courses
2) Completion of at least 30 undergraduate semester hours in music
3) Completion of prerequisites for Webster's graduate courses
4) Completion of entrance examinations appropriate to the proposed area of concentration.
Please contact the Department of Music at the Webster Groves campus on (314) 968-7032 to request our graduate packet of information, or to schedule an entrance examination and audition. Graduate student auditions are separate from undergraduate auditions.
Church Music. Applicants should prepare a minimum of three works in contrasting styles from the classical or sacred repertoire for piano, voice, or organ as the major instrument. If piano or organ is not the major instrument, a demonstration of keyboard skills will also be expected.
Composition. Applicants for the MM in composition must present a portfolio of scores in various genres, as well as recordings of the works from performances, or electronic realizations, if possible. Applicants are also required to perform on their major instrument.
Instrumental Performance and Orchestral Performance. Applicants for the MM in instrumental performance and orchestral performance should present a minimum of three major works, preferably performed from memory in a variety of historical and technical styles. Orchestral instrumentalists should perform excerpts from standard orchestral literature.
Jazz Studies. Applicants should prepare a minimum of three works from memory. Instrumentalists should demonstrate improvisation skills on a 12 bar blues, a standard by Ellington or a similar composer, and a contemporary jazz work. Vocalists should perform two standards from the jazz repertoire. Scat singing may be requested. Percussionists will demonstrate an understanding of swing, Latin, fusion, and other styles. A brief sight-reading demonstration may be required.
Music Education. Please follow the guidelines provided elsewhere in this section for auditions in piano, vocal or instrumental performance, or jazz studies.
Piano or Organ. Piano and organ applicants should prepare a minimum of three major works, performed from memory, in contrasting styles. Two selections must be from the Baroque, Classical, or Romantic periods. The third work should be from the Impressionist or contemporary periods.
Voice. Applicants must submit previous recital programs and will be assessed on knowledge of repertoire, diction, and language phonetics. Applicants will perform five works from memory, including oratorio/opera arias and songs from the classical repertoire in four languages. Applicants may be asked to sight-sing or vocalize to assess pitch perception and tone production.
Master of Arts. Applicants should follow the guidelines for their instrument or interest area as listed previously. Applicants should discuss audition preparation with the Director of Graduate Studies in Music.
Department of Music News
"My experience at Webster was one I can truly say shaped the person I have become. The Department of Music, with the rest of the school, is overflowing with a talent pool of staff and students that constantly kept me pushing and challenging myself. Webster's diverse environment forced me to become a more open-minded, well-rounded individual."
- Krystal Schieffer, BME '11
"From the second I stepped onto Webster's campus, I have felt at home, like part of a family. The Department of Music shares a solid bond because of its size and the cozy feel of Thompson House; but even as the Department expands, there is still the fundamental sincerity of people who care about each other. Creative people could not be more different, and my time at Webster has showed me that these differences are sometimes what unites us the most. Across the spectrum of disciplines, whether you're a composer, jazz pianist, vocalist, violinist, teacher, ad infinitum, Webster provides a support system that you don't find at other schools. There is no cut-throat environment here; everyone is encouraged to grow as an artist and musician in a manner that promotes confidence, inspiration, and success."
- Samantha Schmid, BA '11
"Webster University made me excited to go back to school for my master's degree. The professors, my advisor, and the staff were very helpful and flexible; they worked with my schedule as a working graduate student. They allowed me to basically get a "Beth degree," within my requirements. This knowledge was immediately applicable to my current job. When I look back now I am so pleased that I got to study with professors that are such talented, intelligent, professional and accomplished musicians. Webster was exactly what I needed and wanted."
- Beth Enloe Fritz, MA '05
"I thought Webster was perfect for my undergrad as it gave me the attention I needed. I never worried about getting lost in a sea of faces, and I wound up with excellent tools for graduate school. The low-stress environment also made it easier for me to learn my way around the stage as I was able to openly experiment with new ideas. Furthermore, Webster, unlike other smaller universities, gave me the opportunity to work with some important figures in opera, like Christine Brewer. Webster is definitely the way to go."
- Maddy Pessin, BM '11