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Performance  Doctoral

Prepare for a career in higher education or the professional world with a rigorous course of study in the instrument of your choice.


What is Performance at WVU like?


The primary objective of the Doctor of Musical Arts degree is the recognition of the highest achievement in music performance and teaching, preparing artist-pedagogues for careers in higher education and in the professional world.

The degree may be taken in performance and literature (with specialization in piano, collaborative piano, voice, vocal pedagogy, percussion, flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, saxophone, horn, trumpet, trombone, tuba, low brass, violin, viola, cello, double bass or conducting) or in composition.

Historical and theoretical knowledge sufficient to support individualized interpretations for performers and original creative work for composers is expected, as are writing and speaking skills needed to communicate clearly and effectively. To assist the student in achieving these objectives, the course of study includes requirements in performance or composition, academic coursework and research.

Interested students should check the program website for specific audition and application information.

Application Deadlines

Each graduate program sets their own terms of admission and application deadlines. Applicants can only apply for admission for the terms displayed below. Any questions regarding the application deadline should be directed to the graduate program representative.

Fall: March 1
Spring: January 1

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What are the requirements to apply for Performance at WVU?

University Requirements

To be eligible for admission into a graduate program at WVU an applicant must submit official, bachelors degree transcripts from a regionally accredited institution and hold a GPA of at least 2.75.

WVU operates decentralized admissions. Decentralized admissions allows each graduate program to set its own application requirements in addition to the University requirements.

Program Requirements

To be eligible for admission into the Performance graduate program an applicant must submit the following documentation:

  • Audition
  • Masters Degree Required
  • Résumé /CV
  • Statement of Purpose

Additional application considerations include:

  • An audition is required for admittance. Please contact the School of Music at to receive further information about the audition process, including audition dates, scheduling an audition, and requirements. Please also contact the School of Music for additional application requirements which include letters of recommendation and a repertoire list.

Applications that are incomplete or are submitted after the deadline may be reviewed if openings remain.

International applicants must also submit required documents for international students.

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