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Graduate Applicants

The priority deadline for graduate portfolio submission is January 15 of each year. Submitting by January 15 will ensure that your application is fully considered for scholarships and graduate assistantships. Applications will be considered until the university deadline as space allows.

A portfolio submission via Accepted is required for your application to be considered. After the portfolio is reviewed, the composition faculty will contact you to set up an interview in person or over the phone.

  • Portfolio: 2-3 scores of original music as PDFs with corresponding recordings (if available).
  • In addition, you have the option to submit a work without a notated score (electronic music, non-notated music, film scores) as a complement to notated scores. Please include a short description of the work as context for faculty members reviewing you portfolio.

Undergraduate Applicants

Students interested in studying composition for their Bachelor's degree must apply to the Bachelor of Music Performance program through the School of Music audition application and audition process.

Request an audition date by submitting your audition request through Acceptd. Acceptance on an instrument or voice acceptance by the composition faculty via a portfolio and interview is required to pursue the BM - Performance, Composition degree program.

  • Portfolio: 2 - 3 scores of original music as PDFs (recordings not required, but appreciated if applicable) via the Media tab of your Acceptd application.

Portfolios with completed School of Music audition applications are due one month before the audition date selected. If the composition faculty approve of the portfolio submission, they will contact you to set up an interview in person or over the phone.

If you have any questions regarding composition studies at Texas State University, please contact Dr. Michael Ippolito (