Doctor of Musical Arts in Composition

Karim Al-Zand, faculty
Anthony Brandt, faculty
Shih-Hui Chen, faculty
Arthur Gottschalk, faculty
Pierre Jalbert , faculty
Richard Lavenda, faculty
Kurt Stallman, faculty


Online submission of your portfolio is due by December 1, 2016
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Composers must submit a portfolio of compositions that is representative of their work to date. An audio recording can be uploaded with your compositions to the Dropbox.

The green icon labeled "Preliminary Dropbox" at the bottom of this page will lead you to the Rice University portal for Acceptd, an online repository for preliminary audition materials. There is a $24 fee to use this service.

The interview is mandatory and an important condition of the application process. After DMA materials have been submitted, faculty will review portfolios and extend interview invitations to DMA application finalists. Interviews will be conducted on the Rice University campus, and will take place on February 16 and 17, 2017.

To establish the applicant's musical ability and background, applicants must also demonstrate proficiency on a musical instrument by submitting an audio recording with a performance by the applicant of two contrasting works from the standard repertoire. It is not required that instrumental competence be at the level of a major in performance.

Your resume and answers to the DMA supplemental questions are due December 1, 2016 with the online graduate application.

Any questions regarding your application can be directed to Phyllis Smith.

Submit your digital application