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Doctor of Musical Arts in Brass

Major code: D735

Professor Brian Dobbins
  • Tuba and Euphonium
Dr. Matthew Reynolds
  • Horn
Dr. Karl Sievers
  • Trumpet
Dr. Irvin Wagner
  • Trombone, Area Chair


Application Deadline

Applications for admission in Fall must be received by February 1.



There is no separate application for assistantship. Unless the applicant indicates otherwise, we assume that all applicants are interested in being considered for assistantships. Please note that assistantships are usually awarded for the Fall and Spring semesters together. We very seldom have assistantships available for anyone entering in a Spring semester. We do not award assistantships for Summer sessions.


Procedure for Applying

Submit the online application (see Graduate Admissions page) and all materials described below. After submitting the online application, contact the appropriate member of the brass faculty to schedule an audition. More details about the audition can be found at the bottom of this page.


Application materials required for all graduate degrees

These items must be submitted to the online graduate application system.

  • Resume
  • Personal Statement
    • Submitted to the online application under the Statement of Purpose tab
    • Why do you want this degree, and why do you want it from OU?
    • Include your reasons for applying, personal statement, and what you have learned about yourself and the field that has further stimulated your interest and reinforced your conviction that you are well suited to the field.
  • Three letters of recommendation
    • Submitted to the online application under Recommendations tab
    • While all three of your letters of recommendation should be from someone who can speak to your ability to be a successful graduate student in a music program, we ask that you consider the following when requesting your recommendations:
      • One letter should be from a person who has considerable knowledge about your abilities as a performer, conductor, or composer (e.g.:  studio professor, ensemble conductor, chamber coach, etc.).
      • One letter should be from a person who can speak to your abilities as a scholar of music.


Scholarly writing requirement

This degree requires you to submit a sample of your scholarly writing.

  • Submitted to the online application under the Supporting Documents tab
  • This sample should not be more than 3 years old.
  • Minimum of 5 pages of double-spaced text, not counting bibliography.
  • Should represent your best scholarly writing and researching skills in music.
  • Should present a complete argument supporting a clear thesis.
  • Should feature a consistent method for citations.
  • Examples include but are not limited to a critical analysis, a research paper in musicology, music in culture, or music pedagogy, or an article suitable for publication in a recognized scholarly or professional music journal.



After submitting the online application and the materials described above, contact the appropriate member of the brass faculty to schedule an audition. In person auditions are preferred, but online video auditions may be accepted with special permission from the audition committee. If you will be submitting an audition video, video files or links to online video recordings may be submitted to the online application under Digital Portfolio > Upload Media. For basic acceptance into a graduate degree program, the audition requirements are the same for live or recorded auditions.

Applicants must complete a live audition to be considered for an assistantship.

With the approval of the applied teacher, a current master’s student at OU who plans to apply to the DMA program within twelve months of his/her planned graduation from the master’s program may use his/her MM degree recital as the DMA audition. The recital must meet DMA audition requirements. In order for a faculty committee to be organized to attend the recital to evaluate it for DMA application purposes, the student must inform all members of the brass faculty at least one week before the recital.

Audition Requirements

  • The applicant shall prepare thirty minutes of music.
  • The audition should feature works of contrasting style periods, chosen to
    demonstrate musicianship and technical proficiency.
  • Sight-reading, including transposition and/or reading in different clefs (trombone
    and horn) may be required.
  • Trumpet players are encouraged to demonstrate proficiency on Bb, C, and
    piccolo trumpets
  • The audition will be presented without accompaniment.
  • The audition may include an interview with the members of the brass faculty.