Certificate in Music Performance: Composition

Composition Certificate Requirements
The requirements for successful completion of the composition-focused Certificate in Performance are completion of six required courses, and writing a composition as a major performance project under the supervision of a faculty advisor. Students also have access to private composition lessons with Princeton University graduate students.
Music Staff
  • 4 Materials and Making Courses: Completion (or placing out of) MUS 105 & 106, as well as two others from the M&M category (see a partial list of M&M courses)
  • 2 300-level Courses in CompositionFor a complete list of currently offered courses, please click here
  • Performance Project: Completion of a written composition under the supervision of a faculty advisor.

For questions about the composition track, contact Prof. Mackey

Private Composition Lessons

with Princeton University graduate students are coordinated by Andrew Lovett.

Program Auditions

Admission to the Program in Performance for instrumentalists is by live audition at the end of the sophomore year, for a panel of ensemble directors. Audition sign-up sheets are posted on the bulletin boards on the first floor of Woolworth when the audition date is announced online, by email, and by flyer.

Audition Requirements:

  • PIANO & ORCHESTRAL INSTRUMENTS: one movement from a standard sonata or concerto, showing an element of contrast.
  • SINGERS: two selections from standard opera arias or songs - one in Italian, and the other in French or German.
  • All classical performers must bring a brief musical CV and repertoire list, signed by their studio instructor, covering their freshman and sophomore years. 
  • JAZZ: two selections of contrasting style that demonstrate awareness of the jazz tradition and the ability to improvise.  Repertoire selection is open across jazz genres, including Afro-Latin and Brazilian pieces.  Musicians should be prepared to improvise over several choruses with their own ensemble accompaniment.