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Doctor of Musical Arts in Choral Conducting

Major code: D707

Dr. Richard Zielinski
  • Director of Choral Activities
Dr. David Howard
  • Associate Director of Choral Activities


Concentration and Code
(click for Coursework Requirements)

Standard (R113)

Church Music (R114)


Application Deadline

Applications for admission in Fall must be received by December 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 and Requirements

  1. Submit the online application (see Graduate Admissions page). Be sure to include all materials described below. Within a day or two of completing the online application, the School of Music will acknowledge receipt of the application by email. That email will also contain further information and instructions to continue the application process for your degree.
  2. The Choral Conducting faculty will review each application as it is submitted. After reviewing the application, the Choral Conducting faculty will decide whether or not to invite the applicant to campus for a live audition.
    • Repertoire for the live audition will be sent to the applicant two weeks in advance. In addition to the live conducting audition, the applicant will present a short (two songs) vocal recital and be interviewed by the Choral Conducting faculty.


Application materials required for this degree

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

  • A video of your conducting (rehearsals, performances, variety of repertoire)
    • Submitted to the online application. Video files or links to online video recordings may be submitted under Digital Portfolio > Upload Media.


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.