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Master of Arts in Organ (M.A.)

Degree Requirements
Specific Admission Requirements
  1. Application for admission to the degree will be processed when an approved audition has been completed. Completing the application by March 15 will enhance the possibility of financial assistance.
  2. The M.A. audition is to be performed on campus if possible. It should be approximately 30-45 minutes in duration and consist of works of contrasting styles, including a major work of J.S.Bach. A portion of the audition recital should be performed by memory if possible.
Master of Arts Recital

The recital program should reflect a broad background of organ literature. A major portion of the recital is to be performed by memory. The recital may be performed after a satisfactory pre-hearing before the organ faculty no later than one month prior to the scheduled recital date. The recital committee shall consist of three faculty members (the organ faculty and two additional School of Music faculty member.

Final Examination

The final examination committee shall include the organ faculty, one faculty member from either the theory or music history area, and one more School of Music faculty member.

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Doctor of Musical Arts in Organ (D.M.A.)

Degree Requirements
Specific Admission Requirements
  1. Application for admission to the degree will be processed when an approved audition has been completed. Completing the application by March 15 will enhance the possibility of financial assistance.
  2. The D.M.A. audition recital is to be performed on campus if possible. It should be approximately 45 minutes in duration and consist of works of contrasting styles, including a major work of J.S.Bach. A portion of the audition recital should be performed by memory, if possible.
  3. Candidates should submit an example of writing style as reflected in a major term paper or research project.
Language Requirement

Two languages are required, usually French and German.

Comprehensive Examination

The comprehensive examination committee shall consist of five School of Music faculty members. The committee shall include the organ faculty and four additional School of Music faculty with representative faculty from the Theory and Musicology areas.

Doctoral Essay/Thesis (4-8 s.h.)

The essay/thesis committee shall consist of five faculty members. The committee shall include the organ faculty, three members of the School of Music faculty (representation of theory and/or history), and one non-music faculty member.

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Rahn and Frawley Organ Fellowships and Assistantships

Graduate fellowships and assistantships with in-state tuition status are available. All graduate organ students are eligible. Actual amount of award will be determined after performance audition before University of Iowa organ faculty. Performance ability and academic excellence are the major considerations. Fellowships and assistantships may be renewed with the recommendation of the organ faculty, and based on maintenance of performance and academic standards. All applicants must be registered or have applied for admission to The University of Iowa to be considered.

Questions?

For more information on the organ area at the University of Iowa School of Music, please contact Gregory Hand, area head, at (319) 335-1630 or gregory-hand@uiowa.edu.

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