Advanced Professional Degrees
The graduate music program at Southeastern Louisiana University is designed to continue one's professional preparation for musical careers or to prepare for doctoral studies. Master of Music concentrations are offered in Music Performance (36 graduate credit hours), Music Theory (33 graduate credit hours), Instrumental Conducting (34 graduate credit hours), and Choral Conducting (34 graduate credit hours).
Southeastern Louisiana University is located within an hour's driving distance of Baton Rouge and New Orleans, affording our graduate students the opportunity to use the excellent research facilities at Tulane, LSU, and the University of New Orleans. Our musicians have access to performance opportunities with professional orchestras throughout Louisiana, Mississippi, and Alabama.
The Music Program's Graduate Handbook describes in detail the requirements for both degrees. Our departmental requirements conform to the broader policies and regulations of The Office of Research and Graduate Studies. Admission is determined by academic credentials and an audition.
Prospective students are urged to apply for admission as early as possible, but no sooner than a year before the term you plan to enroll, and to utilize the on-line application.
How to Apply:
Details for applying to graduate programs and on-line application can be found on the university's Graduate Admissions Process page.
Master of Music - Performance:
In addition to the Graduate Application to Southeastern, an audition and/or interview must be scheduled directly with the graduate advisor, Dr. Glen Hemberger and appropriate faculty members. On-campus auditions and interviews are strongly recommended. However, if an on-campus audition is not possible, audio and/or video tapes of performances may be submitted. Admission is either unconditional or with conditions. Please contact the graduate advisor (Dr. Glen Hemberger) for more information.
Deadline: April 1
Master of Music - Conducting (Instrumental or Choral):
Please apply to the university and contact Dr. Glen Hemberger for an audition/interview MM conducting (instrumental) email@example.com or Dr. Alissa Rowe for an audition/interview MM conducting (choral) firstname.lastname@example.org.
In order to be considered for an audition and interview, applicants to all conducting programs are required to upload a face-to-the-camera video of themselves conducting in rehearsal and interacting with an ensemble he or she regularly conducts, and a performance. For those applicants who have difficulty meeting this request, it is acceptable to use a smaller ensemble (such as a string quartet and piano, for example, rather than a full orchestra) playing a reduced version of a composition.
The musical portion of the video should be at least ten minutes in length and include literature of the applicant's choice. The examples may be incomplete and a variety of different styles are welcome.
The video should also include the applicant responding verbally to the following: (1) speak briefly about yourself and your musical background; (2) describe your goals in pursuing graduate studies in conducting.
Please make each video a separate track when uploading.
Deadline: April 1
Note: At the discretion of the music faculty, students may be admitted to the department provisionally for one semester.
Master of Music - Theory:
In addition to the Graduate Application to Southeastern, an audition and/or interview must be scheduled directly with Professor of Theory, Dr. Stephen Suber. On-campus auditions and interviews are strongly recommended. However, if an on-campus audition is not possible, audio and/or video tapes of performances may be submitted. Admission is either unconditional or with conditions. Please contact the graduate advisor (Dr. Glen Hemberger) for more information.
Financial aid packages and scholarships are available to graduate students on a competitive basis. Incoming Master's degree students may apply for graduate assistantships, which range from $4,200 to $4,700 per semester plus tuition and nonresident fee waivers. These fellowships also include full waiver of all in-state and out-of-state tuition. Duties may include classroom teaching, applied lessons, assisting in ensemble programs, and other departmental services.
There are also assistantships that are specifically for work with the Marching Band. Students with an interest in the Marching Band Assistantships should contact Dr. Glen Hemberger.
International students from non-English speaking countries who do not hold a degree from an American university must provide a TOEFL score. One cannot be admitted without a TOEFL score. International students who hold degrees from English speaking American, Canadian, or British universities are not required to provide a TOEFL score. Please see the office of International Students for more information.